Lots is popping up in L.A. this week, including surprises at Found Oyster and Pizzana, an Australia Day fundraiser at Otium and breakfast specials across town.
Saturday, January 25
Found Oyster joins forces with chef Mailea Weger of Lou, Nashville!, the restaurant and natural wine bar out of East Nashville. The one-day experience brings L.A . diners a chance to taste Weger’s food for the first time since she left California. The daughter of a bohemian mother from Venice Beach and a Frenchman father, Lou is Weger’s brunch locale and dinner destination. Lou merges California fare with old-world European style. The Found Oyster menu will be offered with Weger’s additions, including albacore crudo, fermented chili water, mezcal, finger limes, olive oil, and fleur de sel.
On Saturday, January 25 and Sunday, January 26, chefs Helene An and Tony Nguyen will be offering an eight-course Lunar New Year menu to celebrate prosperity, longevity and good luck to come during the year of the rat at Da Lat Rose. The experience will begin with a satay served with lemongrass garlic butter and bird’s eye chili salt, which represents prosperity and black truffle impossible dumplings with truffle caviar, ponzu reserve and wild black trumpets for good fortune. The menu continues with salt and pepper crispy quail with chili Persian cucumbers and celery root puree, which represents the sky, Goi Da Lat with banana blossom, kohlrabi and red water radish, which represents the land, and the signature An’s famous garlic noodles with Santa Barbara sea urchin and 24k gold, which represents longevity. From the sea, roasted whole Dover sole with coconut turmeric nage, green rice and Malabar spinach will be served, and the last savory dish is Wagyu money pot, which represents abundance. The meal concludes with coconut tapioca che with jack fruit, pandan, lychee, rambutan and longan to represent happiness.
Sunday, January 26
On Australia Day, Otium chef Timothy Hollingsworth is collaborating with fellow Netflix The Final Table finalist chef Mark Best on a BBQ brunch buffet. This Texas-meets-Aussie feast will benefit the Australian Red Cross to aid in bushfire relief and recovery. Details here.
Monday, January 27
Chicago’s cult-favorite fried chicken makes its way to Los Angeles for the Honey Butter Fried Chicken pop-up. Co-owners and chefs Josh Kulp and Christine Cikowski, partner with the team at Brentwood pizzeria Pizzana to offer a selection of their signature sandwiches on Monday. Pizzana guests will have the option to order Honey Butter Fried Chicken’s namesake sandwich with fried chicken strips and honey butter or the Chicago fan-favorite, “The OG” Fried Chicken Sandwich with fried chicken strips, candied jalapeno mayo, and crunchy slaw, as well as the Pizzana chicken parm sandwich with crispy Jidori chicken, San Marzano dip, fior di latte, parmigiana crisp and basil. Each sandwich is available during lunch and dinner (or until sold out) from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. The sandwiches are available for dine-in only, but customers can also place a takeout order in the restaurant.
Wednesday, January 29
At the Norms Inglewood ribbon cutting from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., the first 50 guests lined up starting will receive a free 4 Deuces breakfast, while Inglewood residents with proof of address will receive 10 percent off all day. Radio station KJLH will be on-site giving away Clippers tickets starting at 1 p.m. as well.
Public School, located in downtown Los Angeles and specializing in craft beer, classic drafts and elevated fare, will open its doors early starting January 29 as the lunch and dinner gastropub begins serving breakfast Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m.-10:30 am. For a limited time only — January 29 to January 31 — guests at this location can enjoy any breakfast entrée for just $4.
The menu includes everything from avocado toast with pepitas, radish, Fresno chiles, pickled red onion, arugula and micro cilantro to the Wet Breakfast Burrito, stuffed with chorizo, cheesy eggs, corn, bacon cheddar tots, black beans, avocado, poblano salsa and guajillo sauce. For those on the go, pick up the breakfast sandwich with scrambled eggs, Tillamook cheddar and bacon on a brioche bun.