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Flounder Oscar?


Out of the red-carpet fray, the Los Angeles area gains two fine new comfort eats.

The Academy Awards are held February 26th in Hollywood, and if you’re the type who doesn’t buy into the hype, there are two culinary winners both east and west of it all, which recently opened doors.

L&E Oyster Bar: Clean and simple, the new spot may show how slow the West Coast is in hopping on Manhattan culinary trends, but who cares? With a nod to all those lobster roll joints in New York City, but also a push toward the Big Easy, this little woody spot focuses on the daily raw oysters rolling in (as well as fried with an aioli sauce), but also features dishes such as blackened catfish, Cajun shrimp, wild Pacific shrimp baked in a pie crust, a “knife-and-fork” oyster po’boy, and the like.; 1637 Silver Lake Blvd., Silver Lake

Tar & Roses: Acclaimed chef Andrew Kirschner takes inspiration too from a New York trend—comfort food—with his new family-friendly restaurant. Not to mention that goat trend, which The Wall Street Journal recently chronicled in detail. Much of the food is cooked within a wood-burning oven. We are told the wine list is formidable, and we kind of like that a restaurant would have the audacity to put the word “tar” in its name, particularly considering all those freeways out there.; 602 Santa Monica Blvd. (at Sixth), Santa Monica