Haute Plates - April 2010

Internationalist Cuisine in the Warehouse District

Mesón 923 opened recently at 923 S. Peters St. in a beautifully renovated building that dates from 1810. Astrid LaVenia, who owns the restaurant with Jerome Fertel, is responsible for the restaurant’s concept and overall design, which combines the 19th-century…

Consistency Is Key at Lilette

Chef John Harris opened Lilette in 2001. He had previously worked at Bayona and as executive chef at Gautreau’s, with a break in between for an apprenticeship in France. He’s received numerous honors locally and was recently nominated for a…

Meltdown Popsicles and Goings-On

Michelle Weaver has been making handmade popsicles for several years. In Los Angeles, she started selling standard ice cream –– along with her own creations –– from a Good Humor truck. She and her husband, Paul Pitalo, moved to New…

A Torch and the Loneliest Number

The Flaming Torch puzzles me sometimes. It’s in a category of restaurants that have a loyal following and produce excellent food yet still fly under the radar of most folks. The restaurant’s location, 737 Octavia St., may have something to…

Springing Into the Season

Spring is upon us, my friends, and the higher temperatures seem to have kick-started things in the restaurant industry –– so many things that instead of featuring a single restaurant, chef or operation, this week’s Haute Plates will jump from…