Monthly Archives: November 2014

Bravo Finds Best New Restaurant Contenders in Los Angeles

Best New Restaurant Bravo pic A new competitive reality TV show from Bravo has set out to discover the best upcoming restaurant in America. Best New Restaurant will feature 16 top new restaurants from around the country competing in challenges focusing on culinary skill, customer service, and various other aspects of successful restaurant management.

Celebrity chef Tom Colicchio, a Top Chef judge and prominent restaurateur, worked to locate these popular eateries in collaboration with Bravo and Bon Appetit magazine. His travels naturally took him to Los Angeles, a hub of culinary culture and the home of three Best New Restaurant competitors.

The L.A. metropolitan area’s list of contenders includes Union Restaurant in Pasadena. Overseen by head chef and founder Bruce Kalman, the gastropub has been serving its innovative Italian cuisine paired with a vast collection of craft beers since March 2014. To the west, Doma Beverly Hills offers seafood and Italian specialties crafted by Dustin Trani, who has competed alongside top chef Ming Tsai at the James Beard Awards in New York City. The list of the L.A. metro area’s Best New Restaurant participants also includes Church Key in West Hollywood, where head chef Steven Fretz offers modern American dim sum and expertly crafted cocktails.

Best New Restaurant is scheduled to premiere in January 2015. The winning establishment will not only receive a special editorial in Bon Appetit, but will be a featured guest at next year’s Vegas Uncork’d culinary festival.


Lunch Highlights at Bea Bea’s

Bea Beas pic Burbank restaurant Bea Bea’s may be best known for its breakfast, but it also serves a full lunch menu. With entrees ranging from quesadillas to soups and sandwiches, it offers up classic dishes drawn from French, American, Italian, and Tex-Mex cuisine. If breakfast out isn’t in your plans for the day, you can still stop by Bea Bea’s for one of the following lunch items.

The chicken rancheros burrito. Bea Bea’s chicken rancheros burrito starts out with chicken breast and wild rice, while avocado and black beans are added before everything is topped off with mozzarella cheese and rancheros sauce. For a side, diners can select French fries or onion rings.

The vegan wrap. Vegan guests can grab one of Bea Bea’s vegan wraps, which builds on a base of tofu and wild rice. The wrap incorporates veggie chorizo and spinach, as well as avocado and several other kinds of vegetables.

The croque monsieur or croque madame. Bea Bea’s serves two versions of this French favorite. The monsieur contains grilled ham and cheese topped off with Béchamel sauce, while the madame includes fried eggs as well.