Costa Mesa: Tapas and Drinks at Vaca

  Vaca in Costa Mesa opened at the end of 2015 and though I managed to make it in for drinks last year, I didn’t have a chance to eat there until just… Continue reading

Frogtown: Hidden Treasure at Elysian LA

  I was a little bit dumbfounded when I got to Elysian. They’ve been open for five years but I just went for the first time a few weeks ago. I’ve always known… Continue reading

Mid-City: Scott Conant’s Spaghetti is Now at The Ponte

  The Ponte from chef Scott Conant and restauranteur Stephane Bombet opened a little over a month ago. The first thing everyone asks about is if that “famous spaghetti” is on the menu.… Continue reading

Hollywood: All The New Drinks on Sassafras Saloon’s Menu

  Sassafras Saloon, the New Orleans style bar in Hollywood has done it again with a new cocktail list. Since my last run down well over a year ago, Sassafras introduced a brand… Continue reading

Pasadena: Late Night Eats at Du-Par’s

  A couple of weeks ago after a concert in Pasadena, my friend and I stopped into Du-Par’s on Lake Avenue. Despite being in a sleepy part of town, the bar at Du-par’s… Continue reading

Koreatown: All the Drinks at The Venue

  The Venue in Koreatown opened about two months ago. The noraebang (karaoke) spot features not only pretty fun private rooms to sing in but has a dining room and bar. Once you… Continue reading

Hollywood: Magic, Asian Eats and Cocktails at Black Rabbit Rose

  I checked out Black Rabbit Rose, the Houston brothers’ latest spot in Hollywood a couple of weeks ago. It opened about a month and half ago, taking over the old Butchers and… Continue reading

Culver City: Bacoshop is Now Open

    Bacoshop opened about two weeks ago in Culver City. Long time readers of The Minty know how much I love Chef Josef Centeno spots. I’ve followed the baco from Koreatown to… Continue reading

DTLA: Falafel and Lamb at Dune

  Dune DTLA opened a few weeks ago. It replaced Secret Chinese Delivery on the corner of Olympic and Broadway. This is the second location of the popular falafel shop in Atwater Village.… Continue reading

Koreatown: Checking Out the Food and Drinks at Terra Cotta

  Terra Cotta opened in Koreatown late last year. The restaurant and bar is next to the Wiltern. Opened by the successful group behind Kang Hodong Baekjeong and Quarters Korean BBQ, Terra Cotta… Continue reading