Mastro’s Steakhouse

246 N Canon Dr. Beverly Hills, CA 90210(310) 888-8782 • mastrosrestaurants.com

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Let the gluttony begin! …Sorry, let the posh gluttony begin!

If you’re looking for a nicer, hipper version of Morton’s and Ruth’s Chris, this is the spot. Very cool décor. Great seafood and steak. Sides that stick to your, well, sides. Awesome wine least. Top notch service- and even top notcher prices. Definitely not for the penny pincher- but a great place for big business dinners or a bachelor party, etc… I had a lot of fun both times I ate here.

Some specific highlights are the seafood tower starter, the wagyu beef and the lobster mashed potatoes, because why even get out of bed if your mashed potatoes don’t have lobster in them? Creamed corn was also rib-sticking good. And, as previously stated, the “awesome” wine list is one you can get lost (and poor) in.

4 teeth

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The Bazaar

465 South La Cienega Blvd. Beverly Hills, CA 90048(310) 246-5555 • thebazaar.com

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I know… Jose Andres… blah, blah, blah… Well, sorry to say it, but the décor/scene definitely steals the show. And it is quite the scene. Great people watching set amidst an extremely modernist take on a bazaar. But unfortunately you can’t eat those things, so if it’s food you seek, welcome to Russian Roulette. Everything is SOOO hit and miss- even the cocktails were a disappointment. And unfortunately I would say we only hit on about 20% of our selections. So for us I guess it was more miss and hit. My one reco would’ve been the foie gras cotton candy- yes, you heard right. So inventive and delicious, we put in a second order on the spot- good thing, otherwise we probably would’ve starved. But now for the rub, since California has banned foie gras, there’s absolutely zero reasons to go here anymore. Culinary speaking, of course.

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Villa Blanca

9601 Brighton Way Beverly Hills, CA 90210(310) 859-7600villablancarestaurant.com

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I had dinner and drinks here with a friend and I have to say I was pretty impressed. First of all, the location is awesome if you’re doing a little high end shopping on Rodeo Drive.

The decor is very cool. clean, white, silver and mirrors. And the wait staff ain’t too shabby either. Both the men and women are either aspiring models or should be. But not snooty about it, which was refreshing.

And as for the food, a pleasant surprise once again. From the fresh baked bread and tapenade to the awesome burrata caprese salad that might just rival Capo’s, which is high praise coming from such a Capo lover as myself. My entree was just okay. But that’s probably my own fault for ordering such a basic dish as Fra Diablo. And last but not least, the peach berry cobbler for dessert was awesome, both in size and in taste. Easily enough to feed 4 people. Or 8 if they are being self conscious because the staff is so intimidatingly thin and beautiful.

4 teeth