Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Is Cole's closing?...and other notes

There was a flurry of worry when the Downtown News reported that Golden Gopher bar proprietor Marc Smith had bought Cole's P.E. Buffet, the city's oldest continuously operated restaurant. (Others like Canter's, Philippe's and Musso and Frank are either younger or have moved locations.) Although the Downtown News article said Cole's would be turned into a "posh watering hole," Chowhound posters insist it's just getting a good clean-up and will be open later for the drinking crowd.
A terrific restaurant list:
Chowhound poster Modernist must have had too much coffee last night...he compiled a massive list of great L.A. restaurants, with lots of good choices particularly in the Japanese and Chinese areas. See how many you've been to. This is a great reference if you're thinking, "I've always wanted to try a Chinese place in the San Gabriel Valley, but where to start?" or "Now where was that tempura bar I heard about?"
L.A. Times relents
Hooray, hooray, the L.A. Times website is free! Well, not free of pesky pop-ups or boring columnists, but at least you can get a restaurant review without spending several hours on the registration process. The food section is looking good lately -- today's articles about food writing, Indian snacks and an Ortolan review were a particularly good selection. And say what you will about David Shaw, I completely agree with him about L.A. pizza. Although I don't have a coal-fired oven, I've taken to making my own after a few disastrous experiences at Nicky D's.
You never hear anyone recommend this place, but taste nostalgia makes me still appreciate my high school hang Di Vita's on Wilshire.

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