Gregg Hunter’s Newspace


The Labor Day holidays are straight ahead and, if Hawaii is a trifle distant, check out the 43rd annual Labor Day Luau happening Saturday September 5th at Horace Heidt Estate in Sherman Oaks. There’ll be dinner at 7 p.m. and live entertainment at 8 followed by dancing at $50 per person by advance paid reservations only. For details, call (818) 784-8211 ext. 14. It’s all done with a Polynesian flair.
Sushi Yuzu on Riverside Drive in Toluca Lake village is a cheerfully casual and very popular intimate spot for fresh sushi, sashimi, tempura, teriyaki, tofu and curried Japanese specialties served at sensible prices. The typical entrée tab for two with miso and a mini-salad averages $20 to $30, and you can add and share a hot or cold appetizer from $6 to $11. All dishes are attractively presented at table or counter seating by a swift courteous staff. Yuzu is ’ah so’ conveniently pleasurable for lunch or dinner.
No doubt about it, In and Out Burgers have a taste edge over other fast-fooderies with each sandwich prepared to order.  It’s certainly not health food but it is comfort food prepared with integrity; no frozen ingredients or holding racks with hateful heat lamps. Your burger arrives fresh and hot and the price is still right.
While on the fast food trail, a kind word about Carl’s Jr.’s onion rings; real battered sweet onion with rough crumb breading to provide Palate pleasing crispness and contrast to the munchy filling. Flavorful and affordable — why settle for the ordinary greasy stuff?
Partners Wayne Elias and Chris Diamond have acquired the Vermont Restaurant in Los Feliz and introduced a new menu by Chef Stephane Beaucamp. Due in September, a 6000 square foot extension for an indoor-outdoor bar with its own kitchen and swingin’ prospects. Talk about confidence: the enterprising pair signed a 20-year lease!
Kids eat free with adults on Tuesday or Saturday at Marie Callender’s from a limited menu of favorite juvenile dishes. Sorry kids — MC’s pies cost extra!
“Julie and Julia” is a seven-course cinematic feast for foodies in general and especially for fans of the colorful TV chef Julia Child, who is brilliantly re-cooked by the always amazing Meryl Streep.
 Nora Ephron’s rousing concoction has been acclaimed as “more delicious than haute cuisine” and we get confectionary Amy Adams for dessert. Watch your blood sugar soar!

Share your dine-out experiences by E-mail to Join Gregg Hunter and his roster of show biz guests Sunday eves 9-11 on (on CRN channel one) or call CRN at (818) 352-7152 for our local cable channel number. Talk shop to Gregg ‘on the air’ at (800) 336-2225.

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