This is a total lazy post. I could write a counterpoint to the ’10 Best Hainan Chicken” piece on LA Weekly, I could dissect J Gold’s regional Chinese piece (I’m so far about 200 words-deep in), but they’re writers, I’m not. Plus, in case any one missed it, I had to churn through a day of Grub Street posts last Friday, which means I’m literally as spent as a farang in Phuket’s sex shops as far as words go. This is all I can manage for the first week of May…
Stella Barra is LEYE’s third venture in Los Angeles. I may have said this before — I know I’ve said it to many Chicagoans and Ex-Chicagoans — there’s this deeeeep love-and-hate relationship for LEYE that rides on my back constantly. Everest made the Chickie fall in love with fine-French dining, Mon Ami Bistro made the Chickie fall in love with French bistros. We’ve have some really fun meals at Ba-Ba-Ree-Ba. L2O was the first fine dining/Michelin star we had after the human addition arrived. One of the foulest meals I’ve ever had in Chicago was at a Wildfire in the burbs. National 27 was a mad clusterF, and everytime I drove bye Wow Bao + Big Bowl I want to jam a knife down my throat.
Thankfully, it’s Stella Rossa that’s opening a second restaurant in Hollywood (as Stella Barra), and not National 27 arriving in LA. Here’s a peek:
One item worthy of note: there’s Goose Island beer. Of course, as NYT Magazine noted, Chicagoans, being Chicagoans, will always get their own.
Stella Barra (Part of LEYE)
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