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DINING BEAT NEW CREOLE CAFE COMING TO ENCINO.

Byline: With Larry Lipson

Former child actor Stephen Perry, who appeared in numerous television shows and movies in the '60s and for the past 14 years has operated Stevie's on the Strip at 3403 Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles, plans to open Stevie's Creole Cafe & Bar within the next two weeks at 16911 Ventura Blvd., Encino.

Formerly Benvenuti and Forte's, the new restaurant-club has been entirely remodeled and fitted to utilize top musical stage talent.

Chef Leslie Bradley will prepare Stevie's acclaimed seafood gumbo ($18) that contains Alaskan king crab, shrimp, oysters, chicken and smoked beef sausage and is served with rice and French bread.

Other dinners include smoky fried chicken, crawfish etoufee, soft shell crab, Australian lobster tail, jambalaya and a signature appetizer of buttermilk-marinated catfish on a skewer.

Appetizers will run from $8 to $12, entrees from $18 to $28, desserts $5 each.

Initial star performer bookings (Thursday through Saturday) are soul singer Mary Clayton (Aug. 17-19) followed by Billy Preston and Linda Hopkins.

Perry promises live entertainment every night and at lunchtime. Headline shows will cost $20 admission.

Information and reservations: (818) 528-3500.

New bill of fare

For those who like to keep up with menu additions: Oliva, 4449 Van Nuys Blvd., Sherman Oaks, (818) 789-4490, now has an artichoke and hearts of palm salad with walnuts ($8.95), a mixed entree-size seafood soup ($14.95) and a grilled Hawaiian shrimp dish (market price) as new menu listings. And the Steak Joynt, 4354 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, (818) 761-9899, has added a Cobb omelet ($7.95) and a spinach-and-mushroom salad with crumbled bacon and warm balsamic dressing ($6.95) for lunchers.

Wave after wave of sushi

Claiming to be the San Fernando Valley's first restaurant featuring floating sushi, Kaiten Sushi has opened on the site previously occupied by Don Men Tei at 17302 Ventura Blvd., Encino.

Owner-host Takeo Mizoo said as many as 21 boats at a time float around the large, oval sushi bar-canal loaded with a variety of sushi snacks, there for the taking.

Sushi is prepared by 30-year veteran chef Yasuo Yamada and can be made to order.

Prices run from as low as $1.95 for a three-piece California roll to $3.95.

Information: (818) 986-7003.

Napkin notes

Chef Dana Dare of King's Fish House in Calabasas is moving to the House of Blues on the Sunset Strip as executive chef. He'll be at King's through Aug. 11. ... In an article in the July/August issue of Food Arts, a restaurant trade magazine, New York Daily News restaurant critic Irene Sax tells about a diner who had lunch at Michael's in New York (24 W. 55th St., 212-767-0555), jetted to Los Angeles and ate dinner the same night at Michael's in Santa Monica (1147 Third St., 310-451-0843). Michael McCarty, who owns both restaurants, said that whether it was a ``bicoastal thing'' or just a fondness for his food, he wasn't complaining. ...Chaya Brasserie, longtime L.A. favorite at 8741 Alden Drive, (310) 859-8833, has been cloned in San Francisco at 132 The Embarcadero, (415) 777-8688. ... Ex-Spago Hollywood cook Betsy Bowers has founded Dinner's on the Table, a Calabasas-based food service firm that delivers three to seven meals ($125 to $210 for two adults per week) to the buyer's door. Information: (818) 224-3472. ... With Cienega (formerly Drai's and L'Ermitage) going into a strictly catering mode, its sommelier-general manager Michael Jason Baker winds up at Traxx in Union Station downtown just in time for the upcoming Democratic National Convention, which should see a lot of good wines being ordered by discriminating wine buffs in town for the big happening.
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