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BBQ Shrimp with Ginger and Lime

You can’t really talk about iconic Hollywood restaurants without including Spago. But Spago is not all that it used to be. The new Spago in Beverly Hills represents a certain kind of dining in Los Angeles. Solid, dependable and perfectly delicious. It’s not where you would go exclusively to see stars. The food is too good for that, and while the occasional star certainly dines there, the new Spago seems to have the attention of the serious Los Angeles foodie.

But you know what? I preferred the old Spago, even though I rarely went during it’s hey days of the 1980s and early 1990s. In my mind there is something so elusive about the old Spago in West Hollywood, I can’t quite describe the vibe of the place. Though in my photos here I did try to capture the extravagant starkness mixed with a neon glow that seemed to pulse through the restaurant’s windows. It sat on a cliff above Sunset Blvd. in old wood frame building with windows all around. In a city that puts a premium on views, it had one of the best. Not that I ever got a window table there.

Despite the hugely “see and be seen” attitude about the old Spago, some very interesting new food was being served. It’s easy to forget that Asian Fusion was once a new sensation and Wolfgang Puck and Spago led the charge.

This recipe was adapted from one by Wolfgang Puck. It’s here to represent the old Spago in it’s prime. Most especially the casual, innovative style of food that was served in the there. While I can’t say for sure that this dish was ever served at the old Spago, I can say it was just these sorts of bold, grilled flavors that dominated the menu.

BBQ Shrimp with Ginger and Lime

New Tastes at Old Spago

Shrimp with lime and ginger

For this entry into my Panamanian Cooking Series I want to feature Wolfgang Puck and Spago. You can’t really talk about iconic Hollywood restaurants without including Spago. But Spago is not all that it used to be. The new Spago in Beverly Hills represents a certain kind of dining in Los Angeles. Solid, dependable and perfectly delicious. It’s not where you would go exclusively to see stars. The food is too good for that, and while the occasional star certainly dines there, the new Spago seems to have the attention of the serious Los Angeles foodie.

But you know what? I preferred the old Spago, even though I rarely went during it’s hey days of the 1980s and early 1990s. In my mind there is something so elusive about the old Spago in West Hollywood, I can’t quite describe the vibe of the place. Though in my photos here I did try to capture the extravagant starkness mixed with a neon glow that seemed to pulse through the restuarant’s windows. It sat on a cliff above Sunset Blvd in old wood frame building with windows all around. In a city that puts a premiuim on views it had one of the best. Not that I ever got a window table there.