Jen Villa


Stateside Sets Sail

Any place that’s willing to serve a Kobe beef corndog, with sriracha ketchup and mango mustard as accoutrements no less, deserves a visit to see if it’s got the sense of humor and chutzpah to pull it off. That means culinary adventurers will have to visit the just opened Stateside Restaurant & Lounge (1114 State St., 564-1000) in the old Acapulco space in La Arcada. Chef Chris Barnett, recently from the Hotel Bel-Air, dishes up California-goes-Asian cuisine at prices that won’t max out the credit cards. But it’s not all whimsy-braised short ribs, wasabi mashed potatoes, and autumn stir fry is just about the right mix of hot, haute, and down home. And barbecued pork with lentils and ginger plum sauce sounds like what I wish I had for dinner. Here’s hoping the music/nightclub/special functions portions of the program don’t keep away those of us who just want the food. Visit

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