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.
Time to refresh the date-night toolbox.
Set Lotharian lasers to stun.
Sharpen thy Cupidian arrows.
Aka get a reservation. At one of the five new restaurants that comprise this month’s Table Stakes, all of which you should add to your pants-charming arsenal.
For the casual date, there’s Maré, Chef Eric Greenspan’s newest spot, located in what’s basically an open-air garage.
To get to it, you’ve got to walk through the kitchen of his fast-casual Grilled Cheese shop. Sounds like a speakeasy, but it’s not. And there’s no roof — “If it rains, we close.”
It’s meant to evoke the sort of place Mediterranean townsfolk break bread over: shared seafood, market-fresh produce (marinated kumquats and olives are gratis) and a backyard ambience.
- Where to get a very cheesy Italian meal
- Where to meet a first date for drinks and light grazing
- Where to go in Pasadena (Because where the hell does one go there?)