Los Angeles

A Stunning New Steakhouse and Celeb Hot Spot Opens on Melrose Place

This luxe modern take on steak has an official Kobe license from Japan, a Beef Sommelier, and draws an A-list crowd.

Photo courtesy of catchrestaurants.com
Photo courtesy of catchrestaurants.com
Photo courtesy of catchrestaurants.com

It’s not easy to predict the popularity of high-end restaurants; the whims of the celebrity and disposable-income set in LA change like the weather in other parts of the world. But sometimes, you can just tell when a place is going to draw a huge crowd. Catch Steak LA, a lavish new temple of beef that’s an offshoot of the mega-popular Catch, has only been open for a short while, but it’s already clear that it’s a premier place to see and be seen. The space is as palatial as you might imagine from a restaurant group with locations in LA, NY, Vegas, and Aspen. The new Catch Steak LA is 13,000-square-feet of modern-meets-classic steakhouse design located right on Melrose Place, just down the street from Balmain, Bottega Veneta, and Oscar de la Renta. The restaurant has several different themed rooms, some with a sumptuous old-school red leather and wood motif, while others run towards a modern industrial aesthetic, with high ceilings and exposed brick, bronze fixtures and ivy crawling up the walls. You can have any kind of night you want at Catch Steak LA, as long as it’s a festive one.

Photo courtesy of catchrestaurants.com
Photo courtesy of catchrestaurants.com
Photo courtesy of catchrestaurants.com

The opening menu is as expansive as the footprint, with a broadly appealing selection of updated steakhouse favourites, including seafood dishes like Mediterranean Branzino, Roasted Salmon, and Papa’s Spicy Baked Clams. Plant-based patrons can enjoy options like Vegetarian Chicken Parm, made with a plant-based cutlet, and a Burrata and Tomato Salad with fresh strawberries. Because this is a Catch property, the raw bar is a prominent feature, and there are a handful of fusion-y sushi rolls too. Steak is the centrepiece of the experience, though, and like any good opening at this scale they have a signature affectation-a Beef Sommelier, who will conduct a tableside tasting experience with three varieties of extremely special Japanese Wagyu. There is a Hokkaido Snow Beef, with cows bred in cold weather; an Olive Beef from Kagawa, where the cows only eat caramelized roasted olives; and a true A5 Kobe Beef from Hyogo, the standard-bearer for marbelisation. You can order each by the ounce, or they offer a flight of all three, cooked right at your table like Benihana for ballers.

Photo courtesy of catchrestaurants.com
Photo courtesy of catchrestaurants.com
Photo courtesy of catchrestaurants.com

There are plenty of other steak options on the menu, divided between Classic USDA Prime steaks, dry-aged steaks, and American Wagyu steaks, if you want to compare the home-grown stuff to the Japanese champs. Cuts run the expected gamut from filet and ribeye on up to large format porterhouse steaks and a massive 40-ounce tomahawk that’s been dry aged for 35 days. Sides hew to steakhouse classics like mashed potatoes, grilled asparagus, and wilted spinach, but with a few luxurious flourishes like the truffle aioli that comes with waffle fries, and aged cheddar and whipped creme fraiche on the twice-baked potato. In case you weren’t totally sure what kind of place this is, you can also add Osetra caviar to your potato as a $50 supplement. The primary selection of cocktails have cheeky names like the martini riff Talk Dirty To Me with vodka, olive brine, and truffle-blue cheese olives; or the bourbon, apricot, cinnamon, and lemon drink called The Side Piece. In an unexpected twist, the Reserve Cocktails turn out to be much simpler, straight-forward takes on classics with high-end spirits like Wolves’ “Spring Run” whiskey in the Sazerac, and the Old Fashioned which flips in Cincoro A√Īejo Tequila for the expected bourbon. There are wines by the glass, of course, but if you need to go the extra extra extra mile, there is also a specific section for “Baller By The Glass” pours, from Napa’s Opus One Overture to the highly regarded Clos St.Jean from Domaine Ramonet in Burgundy.

Photo courtesy of catchrestaurants.com
Photo courtesy of catchrestaurants.com
Photo courtesy of catchrestaurants.com

Between the Japanese beef and wine specifically for ballers, Catch Steak is your destination to party like Steph Curry, even if you can’t hit an NBA three. Just don’t try to keep it going ‚Äėtil 5 AM, they will definitely kick you out.

Catch Steak LA is now open from 5:30 to midnight, seven days a week. Reservations can be made online.

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Los Angeles

8 LA Fundraisers that Support Abortion Rights and Reproductive Justice

In light of the recent Supreme Court decision, LA businesses and organizations are stepping up to raise money and support reproductive justice for all.

Matt Gush/Shutterstock
Matt Gush/Shutterstock
Matt Gush/Shutterstock

As Beyonc√©’s talented sister Solange once sang, “I got a lot to be mad about.” At the top of that growing list is the Supreme Court’s recent decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, clearing the way for states to regulate abortion. Since the ruling, abortion is now illegal in states like Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Kentucky, while others like Utah, Idaho, and Missouri, have signaled plans to ban or create significant barriers to accessing abortion services.

Many are outraged by this decision, which is certain to disproportionately impact low-income and BIPOC communities. Protests have erupted in cities across the country and legal battles are already underway in attempts to counteract the ruling. Many are calling for the Supreme Court to be reformed, calling into question other recent decisions, including a ruling that limited the federal government’s power to regulate greenhouse gas emissions at existing power plants.

Those in California are lucky to be protected by a state constitution where abortion is recognized as an individual right, with Governor Newsom recently vowing to continue to safeguard these rights, as well as women who travel west for reproductive care. But just because we don’t currently have to worry about our reproductive rights being stripped doesn’t mean that we can’t step up and provide support for those who are in the thick of these struggles. From donating to on-the-ground activism, there are plenty of ways to get involved in the national fight to protect abortion care and access for all.

LA’s hospitality industry is doing just that, providing plenty of delicious and fun opportunities to stand up for reproductive rights and abortion care, including food pop-ups, bake sales, wine and mezcal tastings, shopping deals, and more.

Satisfy your munchies at a stoner food pop-up

Ongoing
Genever, Historic Filipinotown
One of our favourite bars in LA right now, women-owned Genever is hosting a weekly Friday pop-up with food from Bodega that they describe as Asian Stoner Food. Every pop-up donates 50% of proceeds to a rotating reproductive rights organization.
Cost: Varies

Photo courtesy of Local Angeles
Photo courtesy of Local Angeles
Photo courtesy of Local Angeles

Order a Westside Cocktail

Ongoing throughout July
Winston House, Venice Beach
Each month, the team at Winston House, a lively supper club off the Venice Boardwalk, donates $1 from every sale of their Westside Cocktail to a different charity. In June, they donated proceeds to The Trevor Project and for July, they’re donating to the National Network of Abortions Funds. The cocktail is made with butterfly pea- and cucumber-infused Future Gin, lime juice, and mint syrup.
Cost: $15

Photo courtesy of Madre
Photo courtesy of Madre
Photo courtesy of Madre

Sip on women-made mezcals at Madre Restaurant

Ongoing from July 11 for four weeks
West Hollywood, Torrance, and Palms
Get an education in mezcal while supporting women with a special mezcal flight curated by owner Ivan Vasquez, featuring women-owned or produced brands. Dubbed Her Mezcal, the flight includes a one-ounce pour of Real Minero, Agua Del Sol, and Rezpiral, available for $45 beginning Monday, July 11, with 10% of the net sales from each flight going to the National Network of Abortion Funds. And if you buy a bottle of one of the three featured brands, Madre will donate 10% of those sales, too.
Cost: $45

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@vanillabeansanddaydreams
@vanillabeansanddaydreams

Bakers Against Racism: Bake Sale For Reproductive Justice

Saturday, July 17
These Hands Makers Collective, Culver City
Launched during April 2020 as a pop-up, Bakers Against Racism is a social community “connecting bakers and creatives all across the globe to fight against racism in all of its forms.” On Saturday, July 17 from 11 am to 3 pm, they’re firing up their ovens to raise money and awareness for reproductive justice, with all sorts of treats and desserts available for sale, including cookies, pies, cakes, pastries, traditional Southern desserts, gluten-free and vegan options, and more. All proceeds will be donated to the National Network of Abortion Funds. Bakers who are interested in joining the sale can reach out to LA lead @winterfatebakes on Instagram.
Cost: Free to participate, baked goods vary.

Photo by Jenny Caloca, courtesy of Vinovere
Photo by Jenny Caloca, courtesy of Vinovere
Photo by Jenny Caloca, courtesy of Vinovere

Taste natural, women-made wines with Vinovore

Saturday, July 23
Virtual tasting
Woman- and LGBTQ-owned Vinovore stocks predominantly small-batch, natural, and woman-produced labels in its Virgil Village and Eagle Rock wine shops. On Saturday, July 23 at 5 pm, they’ll host a WINEsplaining event over Zoom, which includes two bottles of natural, women-made wine that attendees can enjoy as they discuss tasting notes with owner Coly Den Haan. All proceeds will be donated to The National Network of Abortion Funds. Register online and wines will be ready for pick-up, shipping, or delivery the week before the tasting, with the Zoom link sent the day before.
Cost: $75

Join a community bake sale for reproductive rights

Saturday, July 23
The Oinkster, Eagle Rock
Over in East LA, chef Andre Guerrero is opening up the patio to local bakers for a massive community bake sale, with proceeds benefiting Planned Parenthood, Plan C Pills, and Women’s Reproductive Rights Assistance Project. And since you’re there, you might as well grab a stacked Frito Pie burger, a house-cured Pastrami Sandwich, or some Chili Fries. For more info and to participate, reach out to chef Kristi Descher on Instagram.
Cost: Free to participate, baked goods vary.

Photo courtesy of Botanica
Photo courtesy of Botanica
Photo courtesy of Botanica

Snag a cute tee from Botanica

Ongoing
Purchase online
Women-owned restaurant and market Botanica is selling their five-year anniversary tee that’s made in collaboration by LA’s Lamero Studio. The shirt features a “vegetables in space” design created by bar manager and artist, Ryan Halie Gossett. All profits from the shirts benefit the National Network of Abortion Funds.
Cost: $45

Photo courtesy of Helen's Wines x The Goods Mart
Photo courtesy of Helen’s Wines x The Goods Mart
Photo courtesy of Helen’s Wines x The Goods Mart

Order a summer snack box filled with women-owned treats

Ongoing
Purchase online
Another one of our favourite women-owned natural wine shops in LA, Helen’s Wines teamed up with NYC’s The Goods Mart for a summer snack box featuring female-founded brands, including Azziah’s Herbal Green Popcorn, Magic Dates Salted Walnut Brownie, Moonshot Sourdough Crackers, and a bottle of natural ros√© from women producers, chosen by founder Helen Johannesen and her team, and rotating with each box. Even better, 50% of proceeds from the box will be donated to the Women’s Reproductive Right’s Assistance Project, the largest national, independent, nonprofit abortion fund providing urgently-needed financial assistance to individuals seeking abortion services or emergency contraception nationwide.
Cost: $75

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Danielle Dorsey is the West Coast Editor at Thrillist.

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