Church & State’s New Cocktails; Little Taiwan Gets Close-Up on Easy Chinese

Church & State's new Preying Mantis
Church & State’s new Preying Mantis

Beverly Hills: Sotto is introducing a new happy hour menu in July with cocktail and pizza pairings for $19, Tuesday through Fridays. Julian Cox’s new cocktails include a focus on Amaro, including one named Use Your Illusion. [GS]
–Chaya is holding a foie feast this week with six foie dishes served through Sunday, including foie gras pork bao and seared foie on buckwheat soba risotto, sold a la carte. [GS]
Citywide: How about a glass of what ails ya to greet the morning? [CoC]
–Stumptown Roasters is considering opening its own roasting facility in L.A. [Eater]
GQ shouts out Grilled Cheese, Flatiron, and The Lobsta Truck in its look at “the best fast food in America.” [GQ]

Downtown:The X Games gold medal-winning vert biker Chad Kagy will guest bar-tend this Thursday from 5:00-7:00 P.M. at Nick + Stef’s at the restaurant’s Girl & a Grill night that pairs ale and grilled eats. [GS]
–Church & State will debut a new cocktail menu from beverage director Sarah Clarke and bartender Jon Navasartian. See the full menu below. [GS]
Echo Park: Historic gay bar The Other Side is officially closed. [LAW]
–The Beer Chicks’ L.A. Craft beer Crawl returns on Saturday, August 18. [LAW]
Koreatown: Beer Belly is planning a July 4th barbecue with The Park’s Finest. [GS]
Mid-City: Last Friday, Marcona began offering picnic packages priced at $44 to take away from the restaurant, including two sandwiches or salads, two sides, two seets, and a bottle of Pellegrino packed into a re-usable Marcona bag with disposable plates, cups, and utensils. [GS]
–Zach Brooks notes that Kabab Mahaleh now has rotisserie chicken and it’s huuuuge! [ML]
Monterey Park: The latest episode of Cooking Channel’s Easy Chinese, premiering Sunday, was shot in the Little Taiwan neighborhood’s restaurants. [GS]
Watts: Bill Esparza goes nuts for the beef lip tacos at Tamales Elena. [SGLA]
West Hollywood: Burger Lounge will start selling grass-fed corn dogs priced at $5.95, only through July. [GS]
–Tortilla Republic is now open for lunch service. Check out the full menu. [GS]

Church & State New Cocktail Menu

Strawberry Fields
luksusowa vodka, strawberries, gran classico, sage, up 11

luksusowa vodka, blackberries, loganberry liqueur, ginger, lime, rocks 12

matusalem platino rum, luxardo maraschino, lime, grapefruit, up 12

Plummer’s Punch
smith & cross rum, pear eau de vie, old grand dad bourbon, lemon, rocks 13

Splendor in the Glass
plymouth gin, amaro montenegro, lime, parsley, cucumber, up 10

Gin Gin Smash
plymouth gin, averell plum liqueur , raspberries, lemon, mint, rocks 12

Preying Mantis
linie aquavit, elijah craig bourbon, green tea syrup, lemon, thyme, rocks 14

Scarlet Ruse
el jimador tequila, del maguey mezcal, watermelon, lemon, jalapeño, rocks 11

bushmills irish whiskey, cantaloupe, lemon, honey syrup, rocks 12

The Allocation
buffalo trace bourbon, peach, combier, lemon, mint, highball 12

Church & State’s New Cocktails; Little Taiwan Gets Close-Up on Easy