LA's Latest Restaurant Openings: Blaze Pizza at Farmers Market, More
Blaze Pizza: The next location for "fast fire'd" pizza, one of the better customizable quick-fire pizza joints popping up around town, is at the Original Farmers Market at Third and Fairfax. It's not actually in the market, but in the strip mall across the parking lot. The shop makes its debut today, May 1, and is giving away pies all day from 11 AM-10 PM - the only requirement is that you're a Facebook fan. Chef Brad Kent (Olio Pizzeria) is the mastermind behind the dough and toppings here, which definitely gives it an edge over a lot of some of the other chains (110 S. Fairfax Ave.).
The Patio Cafe at Sportsman's Lodge: The legendary Studio City hotel has undergone a multi-million dollar renovation and complete redesign, including it's longstanding restaurant, the Patio Cafe. The look is kind of spage age-y - white everything except for the mod orange chairs - with views out to the pool as a backdrop. Now open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, there's a classic menu with fun twists, like the TV dinner menu featuring things like fried chicken, meatloaf with port wine sauce, and beer-battered fish and chips served on specially made TV dinner trays. The cocktail menu kicks back to classics, all named for stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood. Opens daily from 7 AM-10 PM (12825 Ventura Blvd.; 818-769-4700).
Zinque: West Hollywood's former sushi stalwart Nishimura has been flipped into a European cafe and wine bar, a sibling to Zinque in Venice. Right across from the Pacific Design Center, look for a sleek new look, bright tiles, an airy room and nice patio. There's everything from pan con tomate to flatbreads and caprese salad on the dinner menu, with egg sandwiches, croissants, quiches, tartines and more on the breakfast and lunch menu. The restaurant opens at 6:30 AM during the week and 7:30 AM on weekends, and serves late (8684 Melrose Ave.)
Wexler's Deli: Now open at the Grand Central Market in Downtown LA, chef Micah Wexler, a native Angeleno, creates Jewish deli classics with a slightly modern twist for the kitchen and counter: things like pastrami and mustard on rye; corned beef on rye; roast turkey with slaw on Kaiser rolls; and Ruskie egg salad. He's making as much as he can in-house, from pickling to preserving and even trying his hand at bagels and house-curing lox and sturgeon to top them. The counter opens daily from 8 AM-6 PM (317 S. Broadway).
Sayulita: The Mondrian hotel debuts a taco and tequila bar this week, just in time for our early summer. There are ottomans and fake grass for lounging poolside, a spot to sip cocktails made with artisanal tequila and mezcal, and eat tacos filled with pig's ears and corn relish, shrimp and bacon, and more. It's soft open now starting at noon daily and serving food until 10 PM. The bar closes at 2 AM Tuesday through Saturday. Full grand opening happens on May 6.