Strip malls will catch your eye for all sorts of different reasons. Maybe they sit at a clogged intersection, where you and every other bored commuter have lots of time to take in the scenery. Perhaps there’s a certain food you’re partial to — Indian, say — and you find yourself seeking out the hidden lunch buffet gems as a habit. It could be bright colors, obtrusive architecture or sheer size that draws you to any other strip mall, but at the Clar-Ven Center on the corner of Venice Boulevard and Clarington Avenue, the first thing you’ll notice is the variety.
Each end is stamped with a regional Asian food chain, the first being Miyako Japanese Restaurant and the other a Thai Original BBQ. But in between, you’ll find plates of Oaxacan food, daily Italian dishes and that ever-present Indian buffet. Here’s a look…
It’s week two of the new KCET alcohol event listings I do. Check ‘em out!
Grab your coats and hail a cab: Tom Bergin’s is back! Starting last night, the popular Carthay Circle-adjacent Irish bar on Fairfax is up and running again. After a prolonged construction period that forced them to miss their first St. Patrick’s Day in decades, the whiskey and Guinness is once again flowing like… well, whiskey and Guinness.
A bit further south in Culver City, the Unibroue folks from way up north (Quebec, to be specific) are pouring some beers at L’Épicerie Market. The $45 price tag comes along with five courses of casual French fare and a selection of tasty beers to wash it down with. Just down the street, City Tavern is giving you Sunday respite from your Mother’s Day woes by pairing up four courses with a glass of premium brew as well.
Elsewhere, Naja’s Place in Redondo Beach is putting the wraps on their 4th annual IPA festival. They’ve been dedicating the majority of their taps to hoppy IPAs from all around the country, but the event closes on the 10th, so plan accordingly. In Alhambra, The Bruery opens up a keg of rare beer in celebration of their fourth anniversary. The popular Orange County brewery will be hitting the road for ten different events in the coming days, with the Alhambra fete slated for 38 Degrees Ale House & Grill.
Between the beach city IPA festival and the mid-city Tom Bergin’s reemergence, there’s no reason not to stop off for a pint this week. Whatever your local watering hole happens to be.
For more food and drink events visit kcet.org/events/food.