New Openings This Week: Red Medicine at Formosa, More

By Lesley Balla  |  January 24, 2014

As of tonight, the new Red Medicine menu is available at the iconic Formosa Cafe in Hollywood. That means chicken dumplings, banh mi, green papaya salad, crispy confit chicken wings and rice cakes with bacon-x.o. sauce among the small plates and larger format dishes meant to feed a group, like a two-pound beef brisket or a crispy whole fish. All of this adds new delicious life to one of our favorite storied spots.

Speaking of banh mi, Culver City now has East Borough, at least for lunch. The new Vietnamese-inspired spot, owned by Paul Hibler and overseen by chefs Jason Neroni, Chloe Tran and business partner John Cao, is now serving lemongrass pork belly banh mi, "phocatini," pork shank lettuce cups and more. 

Sweet Rose Creamery debuted for the first time east of the 405, bringing the unique seasonal ice cream flavors, sundaes with house-made toppings and syrups, ice cream sandwiches, pies and so much more to Beverly Boulevard. And by more we mean Zoe Nathan pastries from Milo + Olive, Caffe Luxxe pour-overs and cold brews.

In pizza news, Santa Monica's new 800 Degrees outpost is now slinging Neapolitan-style pies. Downtown, a similar concept, Live Basil Pizza, which allows complete pizza customization, opened at L.A. Live for pre-Staples games and concerts. Next to it is the fifth local Smashburger, the chain known for smashing certified Angus beef patties into the grill before serving them with a crazy array of toppings.