Seafood-centric in Pasadena, more hot chicken and HomeState To-Go in West Adams

Stephanie Breijo
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Dishes from Saso
The menu at Saso includes pintxos, Wagyu tomahawk steaks, handmade pastas, a raw bar and desserts such as torrijas and Basque cheesecake. (Fried Chicken Sandwich Studios)


Saso, a seafood-centric restaurant at the Pasadena Playhouse, takes its inspiration from three coastal regions — the Basque Country, the Pacific Northwest and Los Angeles— for a menu of pintxos, Wagyu tomahawk steaks, handmade pastas, a raw bar and desserts such as torrijas and Basque cheesecake. Saso is open Wednesday to Sunday with patio seating for the full menu and oysters-and-wine sets for takeout.

37 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena, (626) 808-4976,

Rick’s Produce at the Original Farmers Market

Toast from Rick's Produce at the Original Farmers Market
Rick's Produce has opened a stall within the Original Farmers Market that serves cafe fare. (Stephanie Breijo)

Rick’s Produce, a Fallbrook, Calif.-based farm that supplies L.A. restaurants, has opened a stall within the Original Farmers Market, selling a rainbow of vegetables, herbs, fruits, fresh-pressed juices, smoothies, local honey, fresh pastas, sandwiches, toasts and other cafe fare. Find the new stall near the West 3rd Street parking lot entrance. Open daily.

6333 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, 323-433-4370,

Sushi Hide

Sushi Hide, an edomae-style sushi bar, is open in Little Tokyo’s Japanese Village Plaza. A partnership with Hideyuki Takeda of Sushi Takeda, the restaurant sources its fish from California as well as Tokyo’s Toyosu Market, then marinates and cures it for its nigiri and chirashi. Order hot pot sets, sushi boxes, ever-changing barachirashi and party-size “mega boxes” to-go.

123 Astronaut Ellison S. Onizuka St., #307, Los Angeles, (213) 613-0083,

Dave’s Hot Chicken

Fried chicken, sandwiches and french fries from Dave's Hot Chicken
Dave's Hot Chicken is opening a new location in Culver City. (Dave's Hot Chicken)

Nashville-inspired hot-chicken specialist Dave’s Hot Chicken is slated to open in Culver City on Feb. 26, with chicken tenders and sliders available in seven levels of spiciness. Since its 2017 launch, Dave’s has sold the franchise rights to nearly 300 locations, but the new Culver City restaurant will be owned and operated by its founders. Open daily until midnight, with patio seating, takeout and delivery.

10704 Venice Blvd., Culver City, (310) 362-0777,

HomeState To-Go

Tex-Mex destination HomeState is expanding to West Adams this spring with the local chain’s first walk-up window. HomeState To-Go will offer a full menu of tacos, migas, queso, quesadillas and more in a streamlined, takeout-only format.

3923 W. Jefferson Blvd., Los Angeles,

Thank You Coffee

In early March, the popup Thank You Coffee will open in a larger, permanent outpost — still shared with stationery shop Paper Please — offering five-spice lattes, teas and pour-overs, with room for a larger coffee bar. A second permanent location, in Anaheim, is set to open this spring.

938 N. Hill St., Los Angeles, (562) 265-8359,

Sweet Chick at Dodger Stadium

Whenever Dodger Stadium reopens to the public, chicken and waffles will be waiting. Sweet Chick, the Fairfax fried-chicken restaurant, plans to open an outpost in the baseball stadium in April, promising a menu of chicken, sides and more.

1000 Vin Scully Ave., Los Angeles,

For the record:
2:48 PM, Feb. 23, 2021: An earlier version of this story said the Sweet Chick menu would include buttermilk biscuits. It will not.

This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.