Pass the Salt!

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Happy 45th birthday to Dan Tana’s Hollywood dining landmark (caught in an appealing culinary time warp that lures celebs and star gazers of several generations who savor this dimly-lit blast from the past still watched over by its ebullient founder and namesake). As for the kitchen décor, if there is delight in disorder, Dan Tana’s remains the inside place where newly-famed and nearly forgotten celebs blend with the curious and nostalgic appetites, and who arrive with reservations and a hearty hunger for satisfying Italian cuisine where there’s nothing merely trendy and not a trace of attitude at 9071 Santa Monica Blvd. in bold and brassy West Hollywood. They serve late, and lavishly, at Dan Tana’s so call for a star occasion.
The big game is on and munchies are called for. Don’t settle for salty, oily potato or corn chips when you can savor the food that’s both good tasting and good for you. Multigrain, all-natural tortilla chips (also a cracker} is a crispy, tasty new recipe combining flax, sunflower, sesame seeds, oat fiber, brown rice quinoa and soy. Nothing this satisfying should also be all-natural and free of gluten, trans-fats and cholesterol. Look for the multigrain label on the brown and white bag at your grocery store…
Master sommelier Michael Jordan is exiting his longtime post as general manager of Disney’s Napa Rose Restaurant to fulfill a longtime dream of establishing his own wine company tagged “Word.”
It’s a battle of namesakes as Michael Chow files suit against former employee Philippe Chow (evidently no relation) who is accused of promoting restaurant imitators of Mr. Chow’s celeb-laden Beverly Hills landmark.
How pricy can a burger get? Consider $26 for the mid-week burger special at Citrus. The ground beef is a blend of short rib and New York Strip steak with fillings like foie gras and house made ketchup. The deluxe sandwich comes with a pile of eloquent French fries so it may actually be a bargain. Pass the salt!
The TGIF chain has cut the tab on the popular Jack Daniel sauced hamburger to a paltry $5.
Meat maniacs come back to Picanha Brazilian Restaurant time and again. The lure is an array of roasted and speared meats endlessly-carved at the table by roaming gaucho costumed waiters. There’s an okay salad buffet but the meat is the treat seven days a week from 5pm at 269 Palm Ave. in Burbank.
There’s a choice of a Bloody Mary or Mimosa with the new all you can eat $9.95 Sunday Buffet Brunch at Clancy’s Crab Broiler served from 10 til 2 at Jeff Williams popular place (210 No. Central Ave. in Glendale). The brunch is featured in all sections of Clancy’s where big screen TVs broadcast Sunday sports events. Fans can cheer while they chew on a wide range of good eats. No reservations necessary, so check it out!

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