Under the direction of chef and prolific author Sam Talbot, Lemon Grove restaurant will take over the expansive rooftop space of The Aster members’ club and hotel in August, with a healthy California spin.

Talbot, whose book, “The Sweet Life: Diabetes without Boundaries,” was inspired by his Type 1 diabetes diagnosis, emphasizes clean eating and will have a kitchen free of any white sugar at Lemon Grove. Items on the seasonal menu include snapper crudo with lemon ponzu and crisp capers, as well as Beluga lentils alla vodka with goat cheese and roasted vegetables. Also expect pizza with truffled salami, Treviso pesto, and grass-fed mozzarella, and a Green Goddess salad with apples, kohlrabi and avocado.

Named after the citrus groves that once blanketed the rolling hills of the neighborhood,  Lemon Grove is the latest addition to mushrooming Hollywood rooftop restaurant skyline, located six stories up, and will be open for brunch, lunch and dinner. The bar program of the 112-seat restaurant (almost equally split between indoor and outdoor dining in the 7,200-square-foot rooftop space) will be overseen by  Chris Whelan. The outdoor space will be surrounded by lush landscaping and lemon trees, fire pit booths, and regular live music programming. 

Talbot plans on running a sustainable kitchen by reducing food waste, using alternatives to plastics, and always sourcing local ingredients, and will partner with the Hollywood Food Coalition in an initiative to donate unused food and participate in various volunteering opportunities.

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Spicy Soft Shell Sando (Courtesy Broad Street Oyster Company)

Pacific Coast Highway seafood pit stop Broad Street Oyster Company in Malibu has brought back their fan favorite Spicy Soft Shell Sando. Sandwiched between two brioche buns, a fresh, deep-fried Maryland soft shell crab is topped with slaw and a fresno chile aioli. This limited  time sandwich is only available at the Malibu location. 

In carnivore news, Fogo de Chão is opening its newest Los Angeles location on Friday, May 27.  The new El Segundo restaurant marks the brand’s 65th location globally and the third in Los Angeles County, joined by locations in Beverly Hills and Downtown L.A. The new location on Rosecrans Avenue has a dramatic marble and gold exterior, soaring windows, modern chandeliers, natural wood paneling and deep furnishing colors that pay homage to the restaurant’s Brazilian heritage. The dining room is anchored by a white Carrara marble Market Table and an open-air churrasco bar, where you can dine and watch gaucho chefs display the culinary art of churrasco, as they butcher, prepare and grill different cuts of protein over an open flame.

Sprinkles is going savory. The cupcake chain has teamed up with Austin barbecue mavens LeAnn Mueller and Alison Clem of la Barbecue to create their new Savory Scone, the second drop of their new Female Chef Series, May 30 to June 12, available for local delivery and pick-up in all bakeries nationwide.The smokey scone features bites of bacon, jack cheese, cracked pepper and other barbecue spices. As part of the collaboration, Sprinkles is making a donation to LeAnn and Ali’s nonprofit of choice, which is Allgo, an organization that nurtures, celebrates and empowers queer people of color.

Sunday Boat House at the new Del Rey Swim Club at Marina del Rey Hotel kicks off on Memorial Day Weekend on Sunday, May 29, and will run through Sept. 4. The marina-front property just updated its pool area and will celebrate the new look with the return of its Sunday Boat House pool parties featuring live DJ’s, dancing, outdoor bar and restaurant, and themed events like Wild West, Neon Fiesta, Jungle Fever and Pride. Tickets are $15 presale and $25 entry at the door. Doors open at 1 p.m. Marina del Rey Hotel guests receive free admission. 

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BBQ scone (Courtesy Sprinkles)

While you’re at the beach – The Waterfront Venice, which is normally closed on Mondays, will be open for the holiday on Monday, May 30. Across town in DTLA, Smoke City Char Bar will offer discounted cocktail specials for seasoned vets, active military, and first responders, including the The First Marines out of Pendleton (elderflower, aperol, lemon with Japanese whiskey) and The Field Medics (lemon, bourbon and ginger.)

On Sunday, May 29, National Biscuit Day, Maple Block Meat Co. will be giving away  house-made biscuits to anyone who comes in and orders an entree (offer good for dine-in only and one per person). Served with Maple Block’s signature honey butter, the offer is good all day from brunch through dinner. 

Randy’s Donuts is kicking off June with a lot of things to celebrate – National Donut Day, Pride Month, and the grand opening of its first San Fernando Valley location in Burbank minutes away from Burbank Airport. On Wednesday, June 1, the iconic donut will host a grand opening celebration for its third domestic franchise location from 6 a.m. to noon, giving away one free glazed donut to every customer. The celebratory moment will include a ceremonial ribbon-cutting at 11 a.m., along with live DJ entertainment and a chance for customers to win giveaways and prizes.

On Friday, June 3, all Randy’s Donuts locations will celebrate National Donut Day giving away one free classic donut of choice to every customer from 6 a.m. to noon – no purchase necessary. All month long, all Randy’s Donuts corporate locations will celebrate Pride Month with the return of the Pride Flag Donut (priced $3.35/ea) donating a percentage of proceeds to both the Los Angeles LGBT Center and LGBTQ Center of Orange County. Pride Flag Donut availability at franchise locations may vary.

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Pride Flag Donut (Courtesy Randy’s)

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