the NIXON Chops & Whiskey A restaurant by Chef Katsuji Tanabe


Chef Katsuji Tanabe has partnered with local businessman Randy Doten, transforming the long running Seta restaurant in uptown Whittier into a classic neighborhood steakhouse. As one might expect with Tanabe, however, the restaurant also arrives with a slight Mexican accent and a few culinary flourishes from around the globe. Debuting dinner service on Friday evening, December 8, 2017, the NIXON brings to this charming, architecturally inspired neighborhood the flavors of Tanabe’s childhood, incorporated within a contemporary market driven menu specializing in a generous assortment Black Angus beef chops, including a 32 ounce Chef’s Cut Bone-In Ribeye, a Colorado Wagyu Flat Iron, a massive old school double cheeseburger that will no doubt fill local Instagram feeds, a Maple Glazed Double-Cut Duroc Pork Chop, and a show stopping Confit Half Pig Head for Two, which arrives intact at the table for presentation, then carved by the chef and served with tortillas and classic accompaniments.  Tanabe’s menu divides into sections of CHILLED, including ‘Crab Guacamole with Serrano Chile’; OCEAN, featuring ‘Bacalao Croquettes with Yuzu Aioli’; LAND, offering ‘Chicharrones,’ ‘Bacon,’ and ‘Roasted Bone Marrow with corn soaps and salsa verde’; also, SALADS, SEAFOOD ENTREES, and an expansive list of classic steakhouse accompaniments labeled as COMFORT, which include ‘Corn Esquites’ and ‘Chiles Toreados.’

The interiors enjoyed a dramatic makeover, courtesy of Santa Monica’s AKAR Design Studios.  Large, sweeping red leather banquettes anchor the main dining room, enjoying views into intimate rows of wood grained table tops and flooring, with rich hued, multi-colored seating arrangements. The bar area refracts subtle shades of blue back lighting, offering multiple specialty cocktails on tap and exotic punch bowl offerings to be shared by the table.  The restaurant features a large private dining room accommodating up to 50 guests, expanding to open air views onto the tree lined boulevard. An intimate Mezcal speakeasy, provocatively tucked into the rear of the space will debut to the public on December 13, serving drinks and snacks, DJs and entertainment late into the early morning hours.

“This restaurant is the culmination of my many years of travel,” says Tanabe. “All of the television productions in Mexico, Charleston, Chicago, New York and Boston have afforded me an extraordinary opportunity to learn alongside a wide range of talented chefs and restaurateurs.” A fan favorite from his three appearances on Bravo’s Top Chef television series (Mexico, Boston, and Charleston), NIXON is the fourth restaurant in Tanabe’s budding empire, including Mexikosher Los Angeles and New York City, and restaurant Barrio in downtown Chicago. The NIXON will serve as Tanabe’s home base, where he will be found most evenings cooking for and personally greeting his guests. “Meeting  the new Nixon ownership proved to be a stroke of good luck for us all.  Whittier provides a large and appreciative audience, as well as the opportunity to cook the foods that I love most, the foods of my heritage. This city offers the magic of a close knit community that every restaurant hopes to earn and to serve for many years. The city has embraced us, and I feel extremely fortunate to now call this beautiful city my home.”

the NIXON Chops & Whiskey

Hours Of Operation

Dinner Service:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday:

Lunch 11:30am – 3:00pm

Dinner 5:00pm – 10:00pm

Friday, Saturday

Lunch 11:30am – 3:00pm

Dinner 5:00pm – 11:00pm


11:30am – 9:00pm

Closed Monday

the NIXON Chops & Whiskey

13033 Philadelphia Street (at Bright Avenue)

Whittier, CA 90601

(562) 698-3355

Ample street parking; Lot parking directly across the street on Philadelphia; garage parking one block North on Bright Street.

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Owners Matthew Hechter and Christopher Brandon (Select Hospitality & Design associates with proprietorship in Santa Monica’s Hinterland and New York City’s Hudson Clearwater restaurants) have most recently partnered with acclaimed Chef Diego Hernandez to re-envision the beloved Dominick’s Restaurant in West Hollywood, California.  Following sixty-nine years along Beverly Boulevard, the painstaking planning and design engineering of the space spanned one entire year, with a mandate to honor and preserve what came before, as well as effectively utilize the entirety of the space, much of which has never before been enjoyed by the public.  Fans of the old Dominick’s will immediately note that the entrance has been relocated from the front, indoor dining room to a side garden corridor that was previously utilized only as a service entrance.  This long, graceful entrance corridor is flanked with lush new trees and plantings, offering a nod to the past with a glimpse of the original Dominick’s neon sign that rested atop the building for decades. The corridor sweeps guests into the main bar area, a  uniquely recognizable area of the old Dominick’s, now offering a surplus of marble topped seating arrangements and ample gathering space for cocktails and small bites. The rear gardens now comprise the main dining room of Verlaine, a refreshing garden patio that celebrates the eternal sunshine of Southern California, with open skies and blooming, fragrant plants serving as the casually elegant backdrop to Los Angeles’ most anticipated new menus.  Pinstriped banquettes are arranged in the fashion of old Hollywood, with brass design points merging with black marble, brick, antique floor tiles, and emerald green plaster of paris walls, seamlessly offering a fresh, vibrant vision of Hollywood new and old. The indoor bar and dining room is reserved exclusively for private functions and events.

Hechter and Brandon have partnered with Chef Diego Hernandez to bring an altogether new vision to the Verlaine table. Set in the beautiful surroundings of the Valle de Guadalupe in Mexico’s Baja California peninsula, Hernandez has led the kitchen of the acclaimed restaurant Corazon de Tierra for six years, celebrated among the World’s 50 Best Restaurants of Latin America (#39 #LatAm50Best), a coveted award that the restaurant has enjoyed for four consecutive years. Hernandez mentored alongside esteemed Chefs Enrique Olvera at Mexico City’s acclaimed Restaurant Pujol (#5 #LatAm50Best) and Chef Guillermo Gonzalez Beristain at Monterrey’s Pangea Restaurant (#19 #LatAm50Best). With Verlaine, Chef Hernandez introduces his first restaurant home in the United States.  Hernandez plans Verlaine to speak to the philosophies of his award winning Baja dining room, offering an intensely focused celebration of California’s organic farming and fishing communities. Hernández’ motto is “organic, local, sustainable,” – his Baja restaurant grows herbs, fruits, and vegetables, producing olive oils and honey, with other ingredients supplied locally. As well, chef has established his restaurant among the most highly coveted by culinary tourists from Southern California and around the globe.  Chef has spent much of the previous year establishing these close, personal relationships throughout the farming regions of California, with a unique vision of seasonality and artistry presented on each Verlaine dinner plate.

Select Hospitality & Design was created in 2014 by partners Matthew Hechter and Christopher Brandon, the company behind Santa Monica’s Hinterland, and part of the team behind Hudson Clearwater Restaurant in Manhattan’s West Village.  In partnership with Chef Diego Hernandez, the group will debut Verlaine Restaurant in the iconic former home to Dominick’s Restaurant in West Hollywood, CA on Tuesday, March 28, 2017. Additional chef focused restaurants, lifestyle and design projects are slated by the group to debut throughout Southern California in the coming months.

Chef Portrait


8715 Beverly Boulevard

West Hollywood, CA 90048 


Hours of Operation

Dinner service in the main dining room only

Sunday through Thursday, 6pm until 11pm

Friday & Saturday, 6pm until 2am

The Verlaine Social Media Platforms






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I welcome 2017 with one positive resolution:

Share the table more often with good friends and loved ones,

And surround myself with brilliant people of good heart and mind –

The thinkers, artists, writers, musicians, chefs, and entrepreneurs

That make our world a better place for all.

The DCPR holiday gift list this year includes

Donations in your honor

To the following  organizations:

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital


Southern Poverty Law Center

Sierra Club

Planned Parenthood

Human Rights Campaign

Lambda Legal

Wishing a safe, happy and healthy holiday season to all!

Dan Cox



A Commitment to Community (Ideas and free flowing red wine)

On Thursday, March 28, 2013 Osteria La Buca will host the first in an endless series of dinner parties – THE SALON AT OSTERIA LA BUCA.

Last month, La Buca began offering “The Dinner Party.”  Held in the privacy of the upstairs Pasta Room (during the daytime hours, this space is used only for making fresh pasta for lunch and dinner service), the space offers it’s own private entrance, a view from above of the entire restaurant, and a $30.00 pp “All-You-Can-Eat & Drink” of simple greens, spaghetti & meatballs, and lush Italian red wine (min six guests, max ten).  An instant success, the room now finds itself booked most every evening of the week.  Observing the popularity of the space, as well as the conversation and camaraderie that it promotes, OLB has taken the idea one step further – The Salon.

The Salon at La Buca will be offered one evening each month.  The evening will feature the ‘All You Can Eat & Drink’ of The Dinner Party, with one notable addition – The Salon places a premium on conversation.  All of our guests will be invited to join The Salon with our compliments because they have important thoughts, ideas, and opinions to bring to the table.  A diverse group of individuals will be invited to the inaugural Salon, perhaps a scientist, an artist, a writer, a DJ, a chef, or designer – entrepreneurs that have a vested interest in exploring and improving our community.  The inaugural Salon invitees will be hand selected by the staff and owners of La Buca. Prospective guests may RSVP to, offering creative suggestions as to why they will make the perfect Salon guest. Whether that RSVP arrives in the form of a poem, a screenplay, a docudrama, a recipe, a video, a manifesto, a drawing, a biography, or a haiku is at the complete discretion of the hopeful guest. As with good conversation, individuality, creativity, and thoughtful opinion will be rewarded with an invitation to join the group.  After the inaugural Salon, guests of the first dinner will be invited to hand select the guests for the second, continuing every month thereafter.

Why The Salon?  Los Angeles is home to a hotbed of contemporary artists, writers, talented chefs, musicians, city planners, and political activists that are changing the world on a daily basis.  Our city creates and often dictates popular culture. Our reputation as a city, however, is often derived only from stereotypes that have long since vanished.  We love our city and we treasure our talented citizens and their contributions to our community.  Gathering brilliant personalities around the dinner table is the very essence of a restaurant – good food & drink, good people, and good conversation.  At the very least, good memories will ensue.  At the most, we just may arrive at a few solutions for a couple of our city’s greatest challenges.  We are confident that the bonds that are built during The Salon will carry forth afterward into our community, enriching our neighborhood and our world.


THE SALON AT OSTERIA LA BUCA | Thursday evening, March 28, 2013

5210 Melrose Avenue | Los Angeles, CA 90038 | 323.462.1900

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“Thanks to your teaching and your example, I know what my destiny is,” said Chef Jose Andres of Robert Egger, the founder of the life changing and life saving D.C. Central Kitchen. This accolade was given recently in Washington, D.C. as the founder of this inspired philanthropic organization stepped down from his position to travel west to create L.A. Kitchen.  The highlights of the evening included the first ever $1 million grant from the AARP Foundation to begin his work here, as well as a $50,000.00 anonymous donation earmarked for website and online support networks.  The Washington, D.C. City Council declared January 20th “Robert Egger Day,” in honor of the good works of the man and his organization.

Mr. Egger arrives in Los Angeles, his former home, in order to bring the power of this philanthropic model to the west coast cities that have struggled to find solutions to homelessness, poverty, and hunger in our city. During the ceremony honoring Mr. Egger, Dan Glickman cited the teachings of the Talmud, offering “Whoever saves a life, it is considered as if he saved the entire world.”

The time has arrived for the most fortunate among us to assume the responsibility of an outstretched hand, indeed a meaningful gesture to save the lives of our friends and neighbors in Los Angeles.

Mr. Egger has created a brilliantly insightful business model that simultaneously reduces food waste, feeds the hungry, and prepares the unemployed for work, all issues that have long been ignored and unattended in Los Angeles. This insightful man brings a plan for changing our city for the better, for productively dealing with some of our city’s most dire human issues, and in the process making us all better people and better citizens.

We gratefully and sincerely welcome that arrival of Mr. Egger and the L.A. Kitchen.  We invite you to do similarly, and to support this wonderful new organization with your time, your talents, and your gifts.




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Among the very first to spark a restaurant renaissance in downtown Los Angeles, Takami Sushi & Robata dramatically arrived twenty-one floors up in the sky five years ago this August.  Renowned for unparalleled views of Los Angeles and beyond, exceptional sushi (consistently rated by Zagat among the very best in Southern California), and inspiring philanthropic endeavors (Takami donated six weeks of all proceeds to the Red Cross Japan Tsunami Relief Fund).

To celebrate this FIVE YEAR milestone, Takami invites all our guests, friends and neighbors to arrive and enjoy FIVE ROLLS FOR FIVE DAYS FOR FIVE BUCKS! Beginning Sunday, August 5 until Thursday, August 9th guests may select from the following (full portion) sushi rolls for a celebratory FIVE DOLLARS EACH.  No limits.  Enjoy as many as you can during dinner hours (*Note: Offer not available during lunch and not valid with other promotional offers.) Bring your office, your friends, and your mom!  At $5 you can’t afford NOT to order up a roll…or five?

Included are the following Takami Specialty Sushi Rolls:

Baked King Crab Roll, King Crab baked in a Dynamite Sauce & rolled in Soy Paper (normally $16 each)

Garden Roll, Veggie Roll with Lettuce, Red Onion, Bell Peppers, Micro Greens, Sesame Soy Dressing (normally $13)

Spicy Yellowtail Roll, Spicy Yellowtail & Cucumber wrapped inside out in soy paper (normally $11)

Crunch Roll, Shrimp Tempura, Avocado, & Cucumber, topped with Tempura Crunch & Eel Sauce (normally $14)

Penthouse Roll, Spicy Tuna Roll on Soy Paper, Tempura Crunch inside, topped with Avocado (normally $14)


811 Wilshire Boulevard | The Penthouse

Los Angeles, CA 90017

213.236.9600 |

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stunning $1million restoration brings unparalleled offering to los angeles music scene

Inconspicuously perched twenty-one floors above downtown’s financial district, elevate lounge has long been a favorite of the club/dance circuit for its unmatched dazzling vistas of the LA skyline and beyond.  Following a $1million restoration of interiors and state of the art sound and lighting installations, elevate just upped the ante in sweepingly dramatic ways.

The new interiors, courtesy of Tag Front Architects, arrives replete with plush sofa seating, allowing guests an intimate nightlife environment that pivots on proximity to the performance space, inviting an unparalleled ability to enjoy the evening immediately adjacent the performing artists.  Included are contemporary seating arrangements that dramatically emulate the downtown skyline, with tufted white leather pillars, rising in alternating heights, to reflect the skyline views witnessed by a simple turn of the head. Ceilings now glow with color and movement with the addition of 15,000 computerized tiles, each installed by hand. Due to the intimate design, guests may elect to ride the night immediately adjacent to the performers and the dance floor, or opt for seating that floats outward, allowing for intimacy, conversation, and privacy.  No matter the choice, every seat and every angle elevates the breathless views of the LA skyline.

elevate lounge | 811 Wilshire | LA, CA 90017 | facebook

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Chefs Bruce Kalman & Gavin Mills Join Forces

To Benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand

Two acclaimed Los Angeles chefs, Bruce Kalman of downtown’s Urbano Pizza Bar and Gavin Mills of Hollywood’s Wood + Vine will join forces on Sunday, April 1 for the first installment of a series of Cooking With Friends Events, each to be hosted by Kalman and Urbano. The inaugural event, “Pig & Beer,” features a multi course porcine feast, with beverages curated by “The Beer Chicks” Christina Perrozi and Hallie Beaune.

The chefs have hand selected Pigs from ReRide Ranch in Lake Hughes, CA, which offers free range, acorn fed herds.  From this, the two chefs will alternate in presenting and discussing each successive course, from the savory and sweet to the weird and wild, each paired with a new beverage of the Beer Chicks’ choosing.  In addition, area farmers have joined for the evening, with growers from ReRide Ranch, Weiser Family Farm, Coleman Farms, Thao Farms, and more arriving with donated products for the chefs to cook, as well many arriving in person to discuss their connections to the land, the dinner table, and our charity.  As well, the staff of Urbano Pizza Bar is volunteering their time and efforts for this evening.

Due to space requirements and menu planning, admission for this event is strictly limited.


Sunday, April 1, 2012

4pm “Pig Tails” | 5pm Dinner Service Begins

$50 pp includes all food and beverage (Staff is all volunteer; gratuity is not included)


630 W. 6TH Street

LA, CA 90017

For reservations, please call 213.614.1900

or email |

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LUCA ON SUNSET Celebrates Oscar Sunday

It’s Oscar weekend.  Joan Rivers is busy with an emergency touch up.  Stylists all over town are suffering panic attacks.  The ladies of the red carpet haven’t eaten solid food in weeks.   And we mere mortals… absolutely cannot get enough!

Of course, critiquing of red carpet faux pas and mocking acceptance speeches gone awry takes energy and creativity.  Los Angeles sarcasm does not arrive easily, and is not performed well on an empty stomach.  Enter Luca On Sunset. This weekend, the West Hollywood eatery that has quickly become a neighborhood destination is rejoicing in all things Oscar.

First, for every dollar spent in the dining room on Oscar Sunday, guests will receive a gift certificate of the same denomination to return to the restaurant in the future.  The red carpet arrivals will stream live, as will the awards ceremonies.  Guests will be given ballots to choose winners, and for each winner correctly selected, Luca and The Mann’s Chinese Theatre will award the guest with two tickets to the theatre.  You may never pay for another movie ticket in 2012…or 2013.

If, on the other hand, you must run in to pick up a gorgeous dessert for a hostess gift, a sandwich for the sofa, or dinner for the family, you will not miss a minute of the action, whether it is Miss Rivers unknowingly insulting a tween starlet, or Harvey Weinstein pretending that he didn’t just purchase an award.  You’re guaranteed to enjoy every salivating minute.


Opened recently on a high profile stretch of Sunset Boulevard by the gregarious Luca Giorgetti as a follow up to his long successful Beverly Hills lunch destination, Basic Bites, Luca On Sunset is a casual dining destination featuring a healthful California twist on the foods and recipes of his Tuscan childhood.  Recently expanding hours to include a dinner menu, Luca’s menus offer a unique selection of Panini, salads, pizzas, pastas, and dinner entrees, as well as a boutique selection of wine and beer.   Luca on Sunset has rapidly built a cult following for its freshly pressed juice and coffee bar offerings, with lines forming continuously throughout the morning hours for the restaurant’s healthful start to the day (and quite possibly the most delicious croissant in Los Angeles.  YES, we said it! …More to come on those croissants).


7950 Sunset Boulevard (bet Fairfax & Crescent Heights)

LA, CA 90046

323.822.2900 |

Enter on Hayworth for free validated parking

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The New Chef, The New Market Driven Menus &

The New Pizza Happy Hours

Chef Bruce Kalman quietly assumed the Executive Chef position for downtown’s bustling Urbano Pizza Bar, bringing with him a market driven menu of pizzas, with a new focus on fresh vegetables and a selection of market produced antipasti and charcuterie.

Most recently, Chef kalman is recognizable as the opening Chef of Santa Monica’s Misfit Bar, where he became a mainstay at the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market.  The proximity to the market allowed him to build an unusual bond with the many farmers and purveyors that frequent the market, building a unique network of suppliers virtually unheard of in an urban setting.

Chef Kalman’s astonishingly affordable menus are now in being served at Urbano Pizza Bar, with offerings such as “Pulled To Order” Fresh Mozzarella ($8); Chef’s selections of Salumi ($12) and AntiPasti ($6); Roasted Garlic ($4); Leafy Broccoli ($7); Heirloom Fingerling Potatoes ($6); and Braised Greens with house smoked bacon  & Lodi beans ($6).  As well, Kaman has added a new selection of vegan cheese and gluten free pizza crust, upon request, all available with a wide selection of fresh vegetable toppings.

To kick off the new menu, Urbano offers “Pizza Happy Hour” – the perfect respite for downtown meetings, greetings and after work imbibing.  Monday through Friday, 3pm until 7pm, Urbano offers all pizza at half off the dinner menu pricing, along with all draft beer for a mere $4.  The Pizza Happy Hour is by far the best deal in town, as Chef Kalman has intentionally created his menus to offer affordable, delicious, and healthful options.

URBANO PIZZA BAR | 6th & Hope (630 W. 6th St)

Los Angeles, CA | 90017

213.614.1900 |


$5 Validated Parking is available just across the street

(at 611 W. 6th Street)

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