If you didn't read the headline, and only looked at the picture above, you might think - based on the floor-to-ceiling sheer curtains, ornate chandeliers and soaring palms - that the dining room you see is at The Delano in South Beach. If you saw a picture of the bar without any explanation, you might be thinking it's an über-hip watering hole in New York's Meatpacking District:
Yet both images are from superstar/celeb chef and Mexican majordomo Rick Bayless' first restaurant project outside of Chicago - Red O - in Los Angeles. After watching my Badgers suffer a heartbreaking loss at the Rose Bowl last weekend, I had some time on Sunday - before taking the redeye home late that night - to grab dinner at the West Hollywood location.
I kept thinking about the similarities and differences, as I made my way through the night.