The Food Guy: Chicago Restaurants Expanding Into Los Angeles

Posted: Apr 21, 2023

A number of successful Chicago restaurant groups have slowly been adding to their portfolios on the West Coast.

NBC 5's Food Guy Steve Dolinsky has been tracking this, and since he’s in Los Angeles, he decided to pay them all a visit.

The weather and the year-round produce are certainly big draws for chefs in LA, but there’s a lot of competition too. How do you distinguish yourself? You do what’s worked already in Chicago.

The hand stretched, artisan pizzas and toothsome pastas share a menu with plenty of salads at Stella Barra, the only Lettuce Entertain You restaurant in Los Angeles, located just blocks from the ocean in Santa Monica. Opening Chef Jeff Mahin brought the concept here from Lincoln Park, and yes, you can still use your Lettuce Frequent Diner points.

A few miles inland, the team behind Bucktown and River North’s Etta has opened at the base of a boutique Hyatt hotel in Culver City. The Mediterranean menu is very similar here.

Meanwhile, the Boka Restaurant Group made a big splash a couple of years ago near downtown, by opening the second Girl and the Goat with Chef Stephanie Izard.

By Steve Dolinsky
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Date published: April 20, 2023

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