Big-name chefs are doing big things this summer. Opening June 4 is L.A.'s newest clam "shack" Connie & Ted's. Chef-owner Michael Cimarusti's (Providence) friends and family previewed the goods last week; the rest of us are soon to follow.
Possibly the most notable recent opening is Petty Cash Taqueria, a collaboration between Bill Chait and chef Walter Manzke, with assists from food blogger Bill Esparza and chef Guillermo "Oso" Campos Moreno. For Angelenos whose first memories of Manzke's cooking are not Bastide but Church & State, where the chef convinced many guests of the worthiness of pig's ears, the pig ear nachos are utterly fitting.
In more opening news, Pa-Ord Noodle has a second location in Hollywood. Come for the familiar boat noodles, crispy pork and fried squares of nearly gelatinous swine that offer a nice bite to accompany slices of broccoli swimming in soy sauce. Turn the page for the latest restaurant openings and closings:
Badmaash: 108 W. 2nd St. Los Angeles; (213) 221-7466.
Chi-Lin: 9201 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood.
041 Bacaro: 9552 Washington Blvd., Culver City.
Bank of Venice: 80 Windward Ave., Los Angeles.
The Federal Bar: 102 Pine Ave., Long Beach.
Fishing with Dynamite: 1148 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach.
Milk Jar Cookies: 5466 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles; (323) 634-9800.
Nozawa Bar: 212 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills; (310) 276-6900 (opened in April).
Pad-Ord Noodle: 7075 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A.; (323) 464-2989.
Petty Cash Taqueria: 7360 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles; (323) 933-5300.
Seasalt Fish Grill: 508 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica.
Sonny's Hideaway: 5137 York Blvd., Highland Park.
True Burger: 850 S La Brea Ave., Los Angeles.
Trois Mec: 716 N Highland Ave., Los Angeles (opened in April).
TWIST Eatery and Bakery: 344 South La Brea, Los Angeles.
Black Cat Bakery: 519 S. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles.
French Garden: 1936 E. 7th St., Los Angeles.
Jerry's Famous Deli: 8701 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood.
L'Epicerie: 9900 Culver Blvd., Culver City.
Naya: 3705 W Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles.
Ramen Jinya: 2208 Sawtelle Blvd., Los Angeles.
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