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May 17, 2013 09:20 AM

Most anticipated openings of 2013?

As a downtowner, the Terroni project(I believe three restaurants will be coming in to the spot on Spring and 8th) and the recently opened Badmaash(we are in need of an Indian makeover, this place aint Tabla but it is a start are mine. What are/were yours?

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  1. Water Grill Santa Monica. I work near Water Grill in downtown LA and eat there about twice a month. I consider it the second best restaurant in downtown LA after Drago Centro. I live very near the new Water Grill SM. If Water Grill SM is on par with Water Grill downtown, I'd consider it the second best restaurant in SM after Melisse. Would be nice! The old Ocean Avenue Seafood, owned by the same group, was no good, so hopefully this is an upgrade. I have low expectations for Water Grill SM given the touristy location and the crap restaurants surrounding it.

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    1. re: aventinus

      I'm looking forward to this as well.

      I did enjoy the oysters at Ocean Ave Seafood -- their oyster Happy Hour and oyster/wine sampler were quite good. But boy the decor was bit ho-hum. I hope Water Grill brings a fresher feel to the place.

      1. re: aventinus

        I agree the Water Grill is one of LA's very best restaurants. My wife and I had dinner there on our honeymoon. I don't know why you would be so concerned with the one in Santa Monica though, unless you're concerned they are going to go downscale for the tourists.

      2. Michael Cimarusti of Providence's "Connie & Ted"........ Yeah more fresh seafood! from LA EATER "expect two kinds of lobster rolls, fried fish sandwiches, oysters Rockefeller, clam steamers and stuffies (linguica- and breadcrumb-stuffed Quahog clams)" with "traditional sauces." A total of 16 oyster varietals are planned for the raw bar and live lobster tanks will stock crustaceans. Land animals to be served in the form of burgers and steaks, with all bread baked in house.

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        1. re: wienermobile

          Same here..... I wonder if they will be flying in Quahogs on a daily basis.... Those will be some expensive stuffies, unless they decide to freeze them and bake them to order.

          1. re: wienermobile

            I had forgotten about this. Would definitely love to have some old school New England style seafood. I haven't had a stuffed quohog in years.

            1. re: wienermobile

              I wonder if this will be the restaurant theme of LA 2013... casual seafood eateries. So far, Littlefork and Fishing with Dynamite.

              1. re: wienermobile

                Connie & Ted's - that's my vote too.

                I hope they pull it off.

                    1. re: wienermobile

                      Very nice! Great pics of the space at Eater:

                      Can't wait to try the stuffies and clam cakes. And Rhode Island clam chowdah!!!

                      Edit: Original UrbanDaddy article: They have some nice pics too:

                      1. re: PeterCC

                        Can't wait for this. Assuming its dinner only at first?

                        1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                          I'm assuming so too. But I hope they add lunch service soon, a la Fishing With Dynamite.

                        2. re: PeterCC

                          I see that they and Little Fork both serve Clam Cakes (I call them Clam Fritters) with tarter sauce. I've only ever had them unadorned in a brown paper bag and frankly, that's how I would want them still. Anyone?

                          1. re: JAB

                            That's how I was used to having them too, in Narragansett or at Rocky Point, RI, back in the day.

                      2. Chi-Lin West Hollywood. Looking forward to trying the high end Chinese from the founder of Joss. Room is beautiful.

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                        1. re: BSW6490

                          It is gorgeous..... Looking forward to reading your review!

                          1. re: BSW6490

                            Viewing this one with trepidation... I was burned by Philippe Chow (anyone remember that abomination?) on Melrose before.

                            1. re: J.L.

                              I'm going to take a wild stab in the dark, and say if you enjoy traditional Chinese in SGV, this may not be the place for you.... If you enjoy Americanized Chinese food in a stylish atmosphere, then this may be the place. Think Chinois married to Mr. Chow...... Go ahead and skewer me now......

                              1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                Wouldn't skewer at all, would agree.
                                Think of it as Joss 2.0.
                                And a rock throw from the original.

                                1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                  Hehehe relax... I dig you. Americanized Chinese is its own genre (which I respect). I actually think Joss and Chinois on Main are OK. I even do takeout from Joss every now & then.

                                  My beef was with Philippe Chow, which pretended to be oh-so-authentic, but the food just plain stunk, any way you looked at it. With Mr. Chow prices.

                                  1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                    Frankly, I could live with that. Not for everyday, but a fun vibe with creative food and bar. It looks (style) great.

                              2. I'm rather looking forward to Michael Cardenas's Taberna Arros y Vi (

                                1. Horse Thief BBQ as part of the revitalization of the Grand Central Market. We will finally have decent BBQ in Downtown.