Now at Fig at 7th downtown Los Angeles is a new Loteria Grill and Torta Company by Executive Chef and founder Jimmy Shaw. His Torta Company serves warm vegetarian and meat sandwiches made on authentic Telera rolls. Chef Jimmy Shaw’s brother, Andrew Shaw, helped create some of the recipes. Their distinctive flavors will keep people downtown happy at lunch or when they take one home for dinner. Next to Torta Company is Loteria Grill offering a smaller menu than Shaw’s sit down restaurants, yet many of Loteria Grill’s regional Mexican specialties. 735 S. Figueroa St.
Al Bacio Ristorante
An Italian restaurant just opened on Saturday, December 7 at the former Osteria Drago. All dishes are made from scratch right on the premises including its pastas and sorbets. The interior of the 75-seat restaurant carries a sleek Hollywood Regency design with contemporary touches and colorful artwork. Al Bacio is open daily for dinner except Sundays with lunch served Wednesdays – Fridays beginning in 2014. Happy hour is from 5 through 7 p.m. weekdays. 8741 West Sunset Blvd. (310)657-1182.
Located on the 24th floor of The Ritz-Carlton, WP24 restaurant is featuring a “Holiday Dim Sum Dinner” for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at $70 per person, not including beverages, tax, and gratuity. 900 W Olympic Blvd. (213)743-8824.
LA Market Restaurant
At LA Market Restaurant at the JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE, seasonal offerings include sweet potato gnocchi featuring apple smoked bacon and truffle cream; Prime rib of beef with Bloomsdale spinach, pop over, porcini butter, and tricolor cauliflower; and Chocolate Yule Log featuring a gingerbread sponge, eggnog crème brûlée, and chocolate sauce. LA Market’s Christmas Eve and Christmas Day prix fixe menu is priced at $65 per person and does not include beverages, tax, and gratuity. 900 W. Olympic Blvd. (213)765-8600.
Tortilla Republic Gives Back
During the month of December 2013, Tortilla Republic will donate to Mercy Corps for every guest who orders the $19 Arroz con Pollo Mole plate. The modern Mexican restaurant’s signature dish features Mary’s free-range chicken breast, herb-infused long grain rice, mole de poblano sauce, toasted sesame seeds, and avocado. Mercy Corps assist families suffering from poverty and oppression and help people build secure, productive and just communities in some of the world’s toughest places. 616 N. Robertson Blvd. (310)657-9888.
Pork Belly’s Sandwich Shop
New menu items include Baby Back Ribs on Monday, Thursday & Sunday starting at 1 p.m. Also, the Chix, a smoked in-house chicken pulled, then topped with homemade BBQ sauce and coleslaw on a fresh made brioche roll. Pork Belly’s Macaroni and cheese is an in-house recipe with three kinds of cheese on shells. Add smoked brisket for a Chop Mac. 1146 Abbot Kinney (310)948-2631.
Feast of the Seven Fishes
Join others in a memorable Christmas Eve dinner with Executive Chef Kris Morningstar with a variety of fresh, delicious seafood with robust spices to enhance the Italian meal. There is an oyster and seafood salad course before salt cod fritters and prawns. Salt baked whole fish follows a clams and octopus entrée. Completing the evening of sumptuous eating is a Tiramisu made with Marsala wine. This special dinner is served from 5 to 10 p.m. at $55 per person served family-style and $19 for children under 12 years old. 5905 Wilshire Blvd. (323)857-6180.
On Christmas Eve come savory a three-course elegant dinner for $65, a four course is $85 and the seven-course is $140. Guests will enjoy dishes that include Maine lobster carpaccio, butternut squash Velouté, and sweet indulgences that include a chocolate Bûche de Noël with Marcona almond and eggnog ice cream, as well as sticky toffee pudding with salted caramel and ginger sorbet. Seatings are available between 5 and 8 p.m. 141 S. Grand Ave (213)972-3331.
Ventura Harbor Holiday Parade of Lights
Ventura Harbor celebrates the season with its 37th annual Holiday Parade of Lights & Fireworks on Friday and Saturday, December 20-21 at 7 p.m. The two-day fun filled event includes seaside shopping and dining followed by the lighted boat parade & fireworks show in the evening. This is a free event. 1583 Spinnaker, Ventura.
Tres by José Andrés
Open Christmas Eve with a regular menu from 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. On Christmas Day come to a holiday brunch located in the lobby of the SLS Hotel from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for $52 per person, in addition to the regular menu. 465 S. La Cienega Blvd. (310)246-5551.
On Christmas Eve from 5 to 8:30 p.m., chef Josiah Citrin is preparing a five-course prix-fixe with an amuse for $150 per person. Decadent options include Maine lobster, truffle risotto, and Liberty duck. Mélisse is closed on Christmas Day. 1104 Wilshire Blvd. (310)395-0881.
Celebrate Christmas Eve with a four-course prix-fixe dinner for $75 per person. Reservations are from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Karen and Quinn Hatfield invite guests to celebrate with a menu comprised of some of the restaurant’s favorite dishes. Hatfield’s will be closed on Christmas Day. 6703 Melrose Ave. (323)935-2977.
Delphine Eatery & Bar
Come to Hollywood for a Christmas-inspired menu during the week of December 23 including Christmas Day for $65 per person with the last seating at 7:30 p.m. each evening. 6250 Hollywood Blvd. (323)798-1300.
Michael’s On Naples
A traditional Christmas Eve dinner on Tuesday, December 24, features a spectacular five-course, prix fixe dinner offered at $75 per person excluding tax and gratuity. Reservations are highly recommended. 5620 E. Second St., Long Beach, (562)439-7080.
Chef Andrea Cavaliere is preparing a Northern Italian cuisine for Christmas Eve with an iconic domed pasta dish, Timpano. It’s available for dine-in (pre-orders only) or for take out for those who want to celebrate the Italian masterpiece at home. In addition to the regular a la cart menu, guests can enjoy handmade Timpano with Ragu Bolognese and meatballs baked in a handmade dough crust. Orders for the Christmas Eve Timpano need to be placed with 48 hours notice for both dine-in and take-out. For take-out orders need to be picked up on December 23 or 24 with 48 hours notice before the date. It’s $90 an order and serves 6 to 7 people. Christmas Eve dinner is from 5 to 9 p.m. 8764 Melrose Ave. (310) 432-2000.
Doors will be open at 5 p.m. for dinner on Christmas Day, offering holiday specials along with the regular dinner menu. 9201 Sunset Blvd. (310)278-2068.
a/k/a Bistro and the Pasadena Symphony Quartet
The Pasadena Symphony Quartet will entertain guests in the foyer of a/k/a Bistro, from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Thursday, December 19. Please call for reservations in the beautifully decorated dining room. a/k/a will be open Christmas Eve, serving the regular menu (minus sandwiches), plus adding a special $40 prix fixe three-course tasting menu of grilled tiger shrimp “cocktail”cwith sauce “Sergio” and tomato-basil sorbet and a choice of entrees: all natural Meyer beef short ribs with caramelized onions, potato mousse and roasted Heirloom carrots or white sea bass with saffron, cauliflower flan and grilled winter vegetables. Finish the meal with Chef James’ holiday bread pudding or upside down blackberry tart. a / k / a and Bistro 45 will close their kitchens at 8:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve and both venues are closed on Christmas day. 41 Hugus Alley, Pasadena. (626)564-8111. www.akabistro.com