The Kabab Shop
The Kabab Shop opened their newest fast casual Mediterranean restaurant in El Segundo on Dec. 30. Besides offering a menu of seasoned kebabs, they hand-carve proteins from a vertical rotisserie and grill them over an open flame. Also on the menu is a falafel, a variety of salads and sides. Open 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. 460 N. Pacific Coast Hwy, (424)277-0221.
Dry January at Piccalilli
The Cali-Asian restaurant with pre-prohibition cocktails, craft beers and curated wine selection is serving vibrant and visually stunning mocktails during Dry January. Piccalilli has updated their cocktail menu to feature beverages for sober curious imbibers. There is non-alcoholic preserved persimmon and tonic drink made with crisp Fuyu persimmons and Q Spectacular tonic that is garnished with an aromatic Kaffir lime leaf. They are also shaking a Yoo-Hanan made from a Yoo-Hoo chocolate drink. It’s a coconut kiwi lassi offering tropical flavors and Farmers Market Smash made with Santa Monica Farmers Market fruit, herbs, lemon, simple syrup and soda. 3850 Main St., (424)298-8540.
Cafe Gratitude’s juice cleanse
Executive chef Dreux Ellis and registered dietitian/nutritionist Jayne Pinsky have created Café Gratitude’s Juice Cleanse to kick-off the new year. The nutrient-filled menu of juices, includes wellness shots and smoothies. Try the Plentiful Rainbow Juice made with red grapes, beet, carrot, cranberry, ginger, pomegranate and apple. The Invincible Shot is a blend of blueberry, lemon, ginger and ashwagandha. Try the Glowing Smoothie made with collagen protein, banana, spinach, almond butter, cinnamon and maca. Order online at any Cafe Gratitude location or through Postmates and Uber. The one-day juice cleanse is $60, and a three-day program is $180. cafegratitude.com. 639 N. Larchmont Blvd., (323)580-6383.
Southern Fried Vegan Chick*n
Founded by Matthew Glover, co-founder of Veganuary, and innovative chef Adam Lyons of Vegan Fried Chick*n offer a perfect combination of crunchy, moist and savory 100% vegan, high protein chick*n bites and fillets. The flavor, texture and well-balanced nutritional values are ideal for vegan, vegetarian and carnivore diets. Not only is vegan chick*n better for the environment, but also your health. No chicken is harmed in making Vegan Fried Chick*n filets perfect for a burger, Chick*n Bites for dipping and dunking and Popcorn Chick*n for a sharing snack. Available nationwide at Bristol Farms, Central Market, Lassens, Harmon’s, Jungle Jim’s, Draeger’s, Town & Country, Roots and America’s leading vegetarian online grocery store. gtfoitsvegan.com.
Loco Burrito Grillers
Try the new El Pollo Loco Sonoran style hand-held burritos tightly packed with flavorful chicken or beef with Jack cheese, cilantro and onion. It’s served with the new Loco dipping sauce. They can also be ordered in a chicken and beef combo. Each order contains two Loco Burrito Grillers that are served in a colorful carrier box by artist and designer Raul Urias. elpolloloco.com. 1260 N. Vine St., (323)464-0860, 5319 Sunset Blvd., (323)462-2644, 912 N. Vermont Ave., (323)660-7900 and 5001 Wilshire Blvd., (323)937-7171.
Bird’s Nest at Birdie G’s
Bar Manager Stephanie Reading has expanded the non-alcoholic and low ABV cocktail menu for Dry January. Try a Cosmopolitan made with Monday’s zero-alcohol gin or the Bird of Paradise made with passion fruit and Monday’s mezcal. Birdie G’s is popping open a fun, non-alcoholic Riesling from Leitz and also NON’s sparkling wines that come in some wild flavors, such as lemon marmalade and hibiscus. Early Birdie’s Happy Hour at “The Bird’s Nest” is every day from 5 to 6 p.m. The restaurant will be closed on Jan. 16 for a staff event. 2421 Michigan Ave., (310)310-3616.
Mocktails at Grandmaster
The Hollywood Italian and Australian restaurant offering one of the largest rooftop decks in Los Angeles, is making some standout non-alcoholic drinks this season. Head Mixologist Milosz Cieslak is enticing guests with one named Wild Strawberries and another named Hidden Garden all month long. 1518 N. Cahuenga Blvd., (323)963-7800.
Aguas Frescas at Brooklyn Ave. Pizza
Sip some non-alcoholic agua frescas with flavors such as guava and jamaica habanero, pineapple cucumber mint and horchata. These are good to sip with the community-inspired pizzas made in-house by chef Jorge Sandoval. Options include the Mole pizza made with mole, queso oaxaca, curtido, crema and mozzarella, and The Sinner made with house bacon, sweet and spicy pineapple, mushroom and mozzarella. 2706 E. Cesar E. Chavez Ave., (323)968-1106.
Bar Moruno menu items at Rápido
Bar Moruno is closed until mid-January for upkeep and maintenance. Until it reopens, Bar Moruno items are available for dine-in at Rápido Food & Wine every night from 5 to 9 p.m. Menu items include rotisserie chicken served with rye flatbread, garlic yogurt, pickled onion and pepperoncini. There are also two different salads and a veggie Moruno dinner for two people via Bar Moruno’s DoorDash and Caviar to order and pick up. 3705 Sunset Blvd., (323)546-0505.
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