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Craft Century City – Handsome Eats

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008
Serene... until the agents arrive

Serene... until the agents arrive

Recently Dirty Handsome had the pleasure of dining at the Tom Colicchio restaurant Craft in Century City. The steak restaurant is infamous in Los Angeles for being run by a recent Top Chef contestant, being a great New York transplant, having wonderful food, and enduring a mild douchebag crowd courtesy of the CAA talent agency, whose Death Star headquarters looms over Craft’s beautiful, warm, spacious-but-not-overwhelimg space. We were excited that our recently-former boss’ wife swung us a reservation and were even more excited when we figured that someone else would probably be picking up a tab. We live Handsomely, but we’re hardly Old Man Moneybags.

Half our reservation was late, so we started lunch with an Elderberry Collins, one of Craft’s specialty cocktails. It was a spruced up version of a traditional Tom Collins, but with elderberry liquer and a splash of lemongrass soda. It was top notch, and it meant having booze in the afternoon. These are good things.

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Handsome Eats Update – Palate Gets 3 Stars

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008
We concur - the lamb was succulent and cute.

We concur - the lamb was succulent and adorable.

Using the less-than-kind (but justified – FACE!) subhead “3 stars in Glendale?” LA Times food critic Irene Virbila gave Palate Food + Wine three stars. To put this in perspective, critical favorite AOC has three stars and the insanely popular newcomer Fraiche only has two and a half. As we noted in our Handsome review, we were nothing short of enthusiastic about Palate Food + Wine and wish the chef and crew their the best.

Also remember – only two weeks left for their complimentary tasting Saturdays from 2-5pm.

Palate in Glendale – Handsome Eats

Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

Handsome Eats is an ongoing series of posts helping you eat Handsomely. Feel free to use this as a reference for good location for dates, celebration, and general indulgence of your inner Handsome.

A view from the table at the bar up front

A view from the table at the bar up front

Last week a dear friend was in town going through the grueling process of taking the bar.  As Handsome gents we can always use more lawyas around, so to celebrate the end of the bar exam we had dinner at Palate Food and Wine in Glendale. We’d heard about Palatte from a few sites on the internets and I took the initiative to try something new that was close by (which isn’t to say we’re not anything but delighted by Canele down the street in Atwater).

Palate has a few things going for it – take chef Octavio Becerra for instance. We support talented folks getting an opportunity to prove themselves; Octavio is a Patina alum breaking out on his own. And he does it well – the wine store in the back of the restaurant is well curated, I love the idea of the communal tables, and the main dining room is just classy enough without being stuffy. (Read on …)

Handsome Eats: Street Meat at Taco Zone

Friday, July 25th, 2008

This is the first in an ongoing series of posts about Handsome’s love affair with eats. We’re starting with a classic and will do our best to keep you informed about places and things to eat. 

 

For better or worse, this picture is from Valentine's Day

For better or worse, this is on Valentine's Day

Taco Zone in Los Angeles’ Echo Park neighborhood has certainly been covered, debated, reviewed, and discussed ad nauseam both online and on the skinny lips of skinny hipsters.  That’s fine, but was any of this noise Handsome? Probably not Handsome enough, so here’s our take: We. Love. Taco. Zone. 

Does ‘the Zone’ have it’s drawbacks? Of course – the lines just seem to get longer, (Read on …)