Table Stakes

Because every Angeleno loves to eat, even if he has to valet, we bring you Table Stakes: a series that answers man’s eternally recurring question (“Uh, what’s new?”) and recurs once every lunar cycle or so. Bon appétit.


July was hot. So hot no one wanted to move. Or, seemingly, open a restaurant.

But new lights flickered on in random corners of the giant motherboard of Southern California.

So in this month’s Table Stakes, you’ll see us hopping around like the characters in a Thomas Pynchon novel.

From a former mobster hangout that’s now a Moroccan-themed haunt in Palm Springs to a tiny sushi joint in Downtown.

Also included:

  • A massive patio serving clean-plated cuisine
  • A flattop burger with tasty homemade sauces
  • And a sexy nightclub serving sweetbreads

They’re all here. So dine on. Drink well.

And enjoy the guide.