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  • Salt's Cure brings the city's best pork chop to its new location on Highland Avenue

    Salt's Cure brings the city's best pork chop to its new location on Highland Avenue

    It is probably easier to find a great pork chop in Los Angeles than it has ever been, from the char siu pork chop at Jar to the fennel-crusted chop at Sotto, to the racket-size tomahawks at Chi'Spacca. But the best pork chop in town is the one at Salt's Cure in its new Hollywood digs: a full pound...

  • Kagura does a crisp business in the pork cutlet known as tonkatsu

    Kagura does a crisp business in the pork cutlet known as tonkatsu

    Los Angeles, I believe, has yet to reach Peak Ramen. New sushi bars seem to open each week. In some parts of town, you are rarely more than a few minutes' drive from a curry house, a Japanese spaghetti parlor or a plate of okonomiyaki. Yet occasionally it seems as if too little is said about tonkatsu,...

  • Shawn Pham's Simbal is what you might call a Vietnamese izakaya

    Shawn Pham's Simbal is what you might call a Vietnamese izakaya

    If you've been to Tokyo, you know that finding a restaurant can be even harder than wrangling a reservation to one, even if you have an exact street address, even if you're with a friend who knows the neighborhood fairly well. Sometimes the best places are on the 12th floor of what looks like an...

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Love za'atar? Try making the addictive Middle Eastern spice blend at home

With a name that sounds like an exotic superhero, za’atar can save food from blandness with just a sprinkle. The woodsy, herbal, citrusy spice blend from the Middle East is thrilling to eat — one taste and the palate veers in surprising and delicious directions. Za’atar is a harmony of herb, sesame...

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Highland Park is about to get a new, serious cocktail bar, called ETA

Highland Park is about to get a new, serious cocktail bar, called ETA

ETA, a new cocktail bar on Figueroa Street in Highland Park, is scheduled to open Friday. And its owners, James Bygrave (formerly of Father's Office and Lukshon), Ryan Julio and Matt Glassman, are billing their new project as the "first legitimate cocktail bar" in the area. "We think there are...

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    Fosselman's, the Alhambra emperors of ice cream

    There are few foods as inherently nostalgic as ice cream. A scoop of vanilla melting down the jigsaw pathway of a waffle cone. The high jingle of an approaching ice cream truck. The casual geometry of a banana split. Any of these can swing open the gates of childhood. Maybe because of this, ice...

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    Chefs are by nature obsessive. It's a personality trait that tends to fit them, like their chef's whites, that knife collection, maybe some latent pyromania. You could argue that chef Sang Yoon has been better than most at channeling his kitchen fixations. He built his first restaurant, Father's...

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    For Jean Shim and her daughter, Elia Min, practically every day is a family bake sale. “I always made these at home. My mom had the idea of selling them, and they were popular,” said Min about the chocolate chip cookies she bakes for Rubies + Diamonds, the glamorous cafe located in the Columbia...

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    At Yuca's tacos in Los Feliz, a neighborhood origin story

    For some, the origin story of Los Feliz begins on Hillhurst Avenue, under the canopy of “Mama” Socorro Herrera’s Yuca’s Hut. The tiny taco stand is a place of happiness — educational for some (no hard shell tacos or salsa bar) and a safe space for others, where Christmas ornaments hang from the...

  • Hungry for biryani? Here are 7 places in the L.A. area to get your fill

    Hungry for biryani? Here are 7 places in the L.A. area to get your fill

    Toss curry and rice together and you have biryani, right? Well, not exactly. This is what often passes for the beloved Indian rice dish at restaurants too pressed for time to make the real thing. A sumptuous dish once feasted on by Mogul rulers, biryani consists of ornately seasoned meat (chicken,...

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    L.A.'s tacos are filled with a world of flavors; chef Enrique Olvera loves that about us

    Enrique Olvera doesn't believe in Mexican food. The 40-year-old chef behind Pujol in Mexico City and Cosme in New York cites the difference between Texas barbecue and California cuisine to prove his point. "Nationality in general is a stupid discussion," he says. "There is a Mexican cuisine that...

  • L.A. Kitchen gives its students the ingredients for a better life

    L.A. Kitchen gives its students the ingredients for a better life

    The 20,000-square-foot Lincoln Heights kitchen is humming with the sounds of pre-service food prep. While the chef de cuisine shapes cheese quenelles for a pasta dish, an apprentice washes arugula, then whisks together a balsamic vinaigrette. At the heart of the room, a battalion of busy cooks...

  • The small plates at Moruno hold some big ideas

    The small plates at Moruno hold some big ideas

    Moruno, one might imagine, is a restaurant devoted to the pincho moruno, the miniature shish kebabs that you find almost everywhere in southern Spain. Chris Feldmeier, the chef, goes to Seville a lot, and pinchos moruno, marinated in olive oil, lemon juice and a cumin-heavy spice mixture pretty...

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    David Rosoff's 45-wine list at Moruno is short, sunny and radical

    David Rosoff has downsized. At Moruno, the new restaurant he owns with chef Chris Feldmeier in the Original Farmers Market (with a satellite imminent in Grand Central Market), he has created a wine program that's remarkable for its brevity, accuracy and quirkiness. Rosoff is like wine royalty in...

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