Swamped at work but I haven't forgotten y'all...here's a few tidbits to keep you going.
Did you think a new Middle Eastern restaurant was coming to Atwater? Well, not unless Tony Shalhoub is the head chef. The film AmericanEast, about Arab-Americans, constructed an realistic-looking restaurant set in the former Manila Oriental market space on Glendale Blvd., just up the street from Osteria Nonni. Filming will continue for another few weeks.
Nonni and Netty's, both survivors of the '80s, are in the midst of changing hands. The new proprietor of Netty's is Gloria Felix. The new brunch menu looks good, but I hope she updates the regular menu, which is looking a little 80s-ish.
The New York Times discovers Musha, Orris and Izakaya Haru Ulala in a story by new L.A. bureau chief Jennifer Steinhauer. I beg to differ, though, some of the vegetable dishes at Haru Ulala are quite nice and they're not all fried, either. And it really isn't that hard to obtain the cod.