Roy’s Restaurant, the festive Hawaiian fusion place in Woodland Hills, has introduced a fresh twist on happy hour.

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They call it the “Aloha Hour,” and from 4:30 til 6:30 on weekdays, a half-dozen tropical snacks and featured wines by the glass are specially priced at $5 each. Among the “Aloha” treats are lobster pot stickers in a spicy miso sauce.  (6363 Topanga Canyon Blvd. in Woodland Hills.)
Can you top this? Katsuya Glendale offers a “Pound and Pitcher” $20 special, with a pound of peeled tiger shrimp and a foamy pitcher of beer served to lunch or dinner patrons.  (702 Americana Way in Glendale)
New in Toluca Lake, the Sweetsalt Food Shop features soups, salads, sandwiches and tempting (no-no) salt and sugar treats in a cozy setting. (10218½ Riverside Dr. in Toluca Lake)
Fresh from the Oscar ball, celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck will launch WP024, a casual day and night place in partnership with the Ritz-Carlton Hotel and skedded to open in April.  (900 W. Olympic Blvd. in Downtown L.A.)
“Fresh” takes on an even fresher meaning at the newest Tender Greens location near the Farmer’s Market in Hollywood, where organic salads are everything. (6290-A Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood)
Regulars insist that rotisserie cooking never equals the Middle East-inspired Zankou Chicken. Featuring its distinctive tangy garlic sauce, the Zagat dining guide proclaimed Zankou “the single best takeout dish in town.” So why are the stores — now 10 in all — still so few? There could be scores of these stores with a heavy Armenian presence statewide and beyond, but the split-family run business has a family tree with badly broken branches.  The good news for TT readers is that our primary circulation area has several prospering locations.  The Toluca Lake, Burbank, and a pair of Glendale Zankou take-out locations are owned by Rita Iskenderian and her four sons.
Evidently somebody up there at Kraft Foods has been listening to complaints like mine about excessive salt in packaged food products. Changes at the nation’s biggest food maker will reduce salt by 10% in 1,000 products, eliminating 10 million pounds of salt each year starting in two years.  That’s a heap, but not enough, and none too soon. Americans eat too much salt and the majority of sodium is in processed foods.  About a teaspoon of salt a day is safe for healthy adults. For the record, Kraft already offers more than 100 products bearing no reduced salt or sodium levels.  Check label ingredients before you buy and never add salt to packaged products.

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