Show 547, October 14, 2023: Airliner Bar, Lincoln Heights with Chef Vinh Nguyen

Vinh Nguyen of the Airliner

The Airliner is a historic, 100-year old, Lincoln Heights (Los Angeles) neighborhood bar that exudes warmth, character and hospitality. Whether you’re into beer and shots, sultry natural wines, or classic to modern cocktails, there’s something for everyone – with an intriguing Pan-Asian Izakaya comfort food menu created by fine-dining chef Vinh Nguyen (ex-Grumpy Pig in Shanghai) and nostalgic soundtracks.”

A design highlight is the impressive, restored and distinctive curved wooden bar running the length of the space. The interior is reminiscent of an art deco cruise ship

Menu highlights include Chong Qing Chicken Wings with whole crisp fried wings, chili oil and crispy bits, and Beef Rendang on a Roll with Indonesian stewed beef, cabbage and pickled red onions.

Chef Vinh Nguyen joins us with a plate of Hunan BBQ Pork Ribs.

Show 76, June 14, 2014: Donato Poto, co-owner, Providence, Hollywood, CA

Providence Restaurant“June marks our ninth anniversary at Providence and we are on…well…Cloud 9! We would like to take this opportunity to thank you, our loyal guests, for your enduring support. “We feel so fortunate to be part of the ever-evolving Los Angeles food scene. At times, I look back and can’t believe it’s been nearly a decade. It feels like we just opened yesterday!”, says consummate host and co-owner of Providence, Donato Poto. In honor of this auspicious occasion, Providence is providing some incentive for you to celebrate along with us. Beginning on our May 28th reopening, we are offering our four-course tasting menu for $80 a person, during the entire month of June. We look forward to celebrating with you!” This may be extended into July…

The Los Angeles Times‘ restaurant critic, Jonathan Gold, recently ranked Providence as the Number One Restaurant in the annual Jonathan Gold’s 101 Best Restaurants 2014. This is an encore from the same position in 2013.

Providence was closed last month for about two weeks for a freshening of the dining rooms. It’s got a new art deco look. The patio located off the main dining room was enclosed.