The former Studio City home to Take A Bao is now a Midcentury Modern dream called Mister O’s from longtime L.A. restaurateur Michael Cardenas, who coincidentally first got started down the street at Teru Sushi back in the ’80s. To oversee his bustling cocktail bar, Cardenas hired Bar Director Rafael Jonathan Barba, an L.A. native who previously worked in Napa as Goose & Gander’s Bar Director and in The Restaurant at Meadowood’s lauded kitchen.
Trade Secret ($15) is the closest thing that Mister O’s has to a signature cocktail. This tangy, slightly spicy cocktail combines Cazadores reposado tequila, passion fruit and lime juices, egg whites, and a Thai shrub crafted in-house with lemongrass, ginger, jalapeño and coconut. The sneaky-potent yellow concoction’s shaken until frothy and served in a stylish coupe, featuring white foam stenciled with “Mister O’s” using orange-hued Angostura bitters.