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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: http://la.eater.com/archives/2013/05/...

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

                      Edit: Original UrbanDaddy article: http://www.urbandaddy.com/la/food/239.... They have some nice pics too: http://www.urbandaddy.com/slideshow/l...

                      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 (http://tabernala.com/)...

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

                                  1. I can't wait for Grimaldi's Pizzeria to open in El Segundo.

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                                    1. re: Norm Man

                                      OMG I am glad I read this thread! I just tried Grimaldi's in vegas! I LOVED IT! This just made my day!

                                    2. Barton G hopefully will open in June on La Cienaga Blvd.

                                      1. It would be great to have Mezze re-open. Anyone heard anything?

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                                        1. re: Thor123

                                          Chef Micah Wexler is doing a pop up at Umamicatessen downtown called "Dead Chef's" featuring a different menu and dead chef tribute each week starting June 6th and running through July.

                                        2. To the OP: regarding Badmaash, do you intend to try the ghost chili vindaloo?? I would love to hear about it if you do, as I would be too chicken to try it!


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                                          1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                            Ah, but it is a lamb vindaloo, not a chicken....

                                            1. re: New Trial

                                              It may well be too hot to tell if it "tastes like chicken" or lamb or warthog for that matter...

                                            2. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                              HELL YES. I will take pics, possibly video.

                                              1. re: ipsedixit

                                                I'd pay to see pix of you swirling around with one of their noodle masters...

                                                1. re: ipsedixit

                                                  But as Thor123 stated, would love to see Micah back in a restaurant on a full time basis.
                                                  Really miss mezze.

                                                2. Was this thread originally inspired by the Eater post the previous day (http://la.eater.com/archives/2013/05/...)? I only just came across it. Many of the places we've mentioned are on the list, as well as some that I forgot about (e.g., Bucato).

                                                  1. Okay, I'll say it: I'm looking forward to Fab Hot Dogs opening in Westwood. It's a stone's throw from my office and boy I love those dogs!

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                                                    1. re: EarlyBird

                                                      Fab's open and running, with both inside and patio tables. Owner very nice. I won't pay big bucks for a dog, but they have a grilled chicken sandwich on a toasted roll with lettuce, tomato and cheese that was good for $4.95.

                                                    2. Was also looking forward to the Terroni project, but Maccheroni's pastas (and BYOB) are so fantastic, it basically rendered Terroni unimportant before even opening.

                                                      Robbie Richter's Roadhouse at the Improv. He studied under Mike Mills/Rick Schmidt. It could change the face of bbq in LA.

                                                      And of course, Meizhou Dongpo. This place needs to open ASAP just so this thread would die: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/879828

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                                                      1. re: TonyC

                                                        It looks really exciting from various websites, but do you or anyone have any firsthand experiences with Meizhou Dongpo in Beijing or anywhere? If it's one tenth as good as it sounds, it will end the question about Chinese food on the Westside.

                                                        1. re: Ogawak

                                                          For those wondering, Miezhou Dongpo is supposed to be opening a unit in Century City sometime soon. Does anyone know when?

                                                          1. re: bulavinaka

                                                            Now open after a soft prelim. If anyone gets a link to their menu, with prices, please post.

                                                        1. Walter Manzke's (and Bill Chait's) Republique.

                                                          As much as I look forward to C & T's - I think this will likely be more special - great chef in a great space.

                                                          Supposed to open in August.

                                                          1. Little Beast in Eagle Rock. It's replacing Larkin's. Opening mid-June.