Los Angeles Openings: Storefront, The Hart and The Hunter

Judging by the weather in LA this morning, fall is officially here, and so hearty, comfort food is on our minds. (Aside from the general election and Honey Boo Boo and Danny Devito and Rhea Perlman getting divorced.) In Hollywood, a small neighborhood deli called Storefront just opened, headed by the teams behind Covell and Salt’s Cure, and offering gourmet sandwiches and burgers replete with Salt’s Cure’s infamous bacon. You want a coffee? Great. They serve it black. You want any other coffee drink? Not an option.

Inside the Melrose District’s Palihotel, The Hart and The Hunter has arrived with classic Southern small plates like boiled peanuts, chicken cracklings & hot pepper vinegar, and assorted pickles. But if you’re really hungry, they have a bunch of potted provisions, like ham hock rillette, collard green marmalade, and bay shrimp salad. Eat too much and you can just check in for the night next door.

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Los Angeles Openings: ROFL Cafe, 54Twenty

Luckily for all of us, the staff of ROFL CafĂ©, the new Govind Armstrong (formerly of Post & Beam), aren’t rolling around the floor laughing, but we will say they do seem super jazzed to be there. The "Republic of Laughter" Cafe is apparently inspired by Dr. Madan Kataria, a laughing yoga guru, and the self-help author Tony "Fire-Walker" Robbins. There honestly is a certain feel-good vibe going on here, and the food is worthy of the atmosphere: beer-brined chicken, mussels and fries, Liege waffles, and Armstrong’s infamous short rib grilled cheese sandwich.

Also opening yesterday was 54Twenty, a mod-1960s diner located at 5420 Hollywood Blvd.,  that serves coffee-spiked fries, purple mashed potatoes, and brunch and lunch alllllll day long. We’re guessing that the Silver Lake and Los Feliz crowd will happily walk a few blocks for these modern twists on the BLT or the steak and eggs.