Dear Jane’s Seafood Sails to Marina Del Rey; Butcher’s Daughter Adds Sunny Melrose Location

For a city as close to the ocean as Los Angeles, there are surprisingly few fun, relaxed seafood-focused activities. Restaurants. The recent opening of Marina del Rey Dear Jane, the pescatarian counterpart to industry favorite Dear John’s in Culver City, has improved the situation considerably. Of Jamie Lee Curtis‘ voice on the answering machine to regulars like Jodie Foster and Sharon Stone, it’s clear this spot from chefs Josiah Citrin and Hans Röckenwagner, plus former STX and Paramount marketing executive Patti Röckenwagner, will draw the same crowd as its beefier brother. “It has great views of the marina and it’s an original mid-century building from the 1960s,” says Patti Röckenwagner of the former Chart House space, noting that the area has changed a lot in recent years. “It’s not your father’s Marina anymore.”

Dear Jane’s menu is filled with old-school options and just enough updates to keep things interesting. There’s JLC’s impressive seafood tower (a nod to the “Halloween” actor, who is a friend), Louie’s Table Shrimp, Almond Trout, Linguine and Clams, the surf and turf, cioppino and whole Maine lobster. “It’s kind of the best version of this thing you’ve had in a really beautiful setting,” says Patti Röckenwagner. One of her favorites is the homemade fish sticks with caviar and seven-layer dip, which she says are “very popular.”
13950 Panay Road, Marina del Rey

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The butcher’s daughter, the hip, plant-based all-day restaurant that started in New York and then expanded to Venice, has opened a fifth location in West Hollywood. With a menu that doesn’t rely on fake meats and lets the produce shine – surprisingly rare in vegetarian restaurants – the airy interior-
outdoor spot is called “a vegetable slaughterhouse”. Brightly colored blue butterfly risotto with pea flowers, cauliflower steak and corn ribs are among the imaginative dishes on the menu, which also includes pizza, pasta, cocktails and many vegan selections and gluten free.
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