Westside Dining Scene, September 23, 2021
From Dolores Quintana
Etta now open in Culver City
Chef Danny Grant’s rustic Italian restaurant, Etta, opened a new location in Culver City earlier this month on the ground floor of the Shay Hotel in Ivy Station. The restaurant has 240 seats, with indoor and outdoor areas. Some of the menu items include wood-fired pizza with summer corn and Jimmy Nardello pepper, and dry-aged roasted branzino with tahini ricotta and charred eggplant. Guests can also enjoy wood-fired picnics of 40-ounce bone-in-stove-seared ribs or whole grilled lobsters filled with bubbly prawns, king crabs, and “love”. These picnics are also served with stovetop bread, salad cups, pickles and yogurt sauce. In addition to wine and cocktails, a special “Porrón and Polaroid” offers guests a Polaroid camera loaded with a roll of film and a Porrón of wine, so that they can immediately take photos of their special night.
Primo’s opens in the former Stan’s Donuts Space
Primo’s Donuts, one of the most popular donut stores in Los Angeles, has opened a location in Westwood Village. Located in the room that used to be Stan’s donuts, Primo’s has cakes and yeast donuts, an espresso bar, and regular coffee from 7am every day until they sell out. They’ll be selling Primo’s newest menu item, the ice cream donut sandwich. A location in Culver City and outdoor seating in Westwood will follow soon.
The Draycott honors firefighters
To honor the firefighters during Fire Preparedness Month, the Draycott Restaurant in Pacific Palisades continues to raise funds for its hugely successful “You Give. We cook. You Eat ”program. Draycott has been raising money to deliver groceries to first responders and frontline workers since the pandemic began. Even after the Los Angeles home stay order was lifted, the restaurant is still delivering meals to first responders. You can donate here on their Go Fund Me page or while visiting their restaurant at 15255 Palisades Village Lane. On their website it says: “Your donations to the program will directly support the local firefighter heroes by providing the people at the front with meals”.
Little Fatty Opening of the adjoining restaurant
Taiwanese soul food restaurant Little Fatty has announced the opening of a sister restaurant near its Mar Vista location at 12204 W. Venice Blvd. The new company will be called Big Fatty and will be more of a pizza and burger joint with an upscale dive bar atmosphere. Guests can enjoy live music on a small stage in the new restaurant, which has an area of 2,658 square meters with 110 seats. Owner David Kuo has not yet set an opening date.
Venice Whaler opens office in Santa Monica
Local institution The Venice Whaler opened another location in Santa Monica on September 18. In the former Ma’Kai room on the corner of Broadway and Ocean in downtown, Santa Monica residents can enjoy the relaxed party atmosphere of The Whaler and famous fish tacos, chowder fries, raw oysters and the communal meal The Tower 10.