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Retro Norms restaurant could become an L.A. monument

A retro restaurant on the Westside beloved for its outlandish, exaggerated architectural style could soon become a historic monument in Los Angeles. Architecture buffs rallied to save the Norms restaurant on La Cienega Boulevard this year after learning that a new owner had obtained a permit to...

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    • Happy Hour: Spretzels, mussels, half-off wines by the glass at Cooks County

      Happy Hour: Spretzels, mussels, half-off wines by the glass at Cooks County

      Name of restaurant: Cooks County Happy hour: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday to Thursday. Regardless of what's on the menu, this is a happy hour you can actually make it to if you get off work at 6 p.m. On top of that, every wine by the glass is half-off and there's Racer 5 IPA ($3.50) and Stiegl Gold ($4.50)....

    • Where to get a great chocolate chip cookie in L.A.

      Where to get a great chocolate chip cookie in L.A.

      Sure, it's the holiday season, when we're all supposed to be baking pies or sugar cookies shaped like elves or stars or candy canes. But sometimes you just want a chocolate chip cookie, preferably a very good one — and at this point, preferably baked by somebody else.  Fortunately, there are many...

    • Free Philly cheesesteaks at The Bazaar

      Free Philly cheesesteaks at The Bazaar

      José Andrés, chef at The Bazaar at the SLS Hotel, is in town. And to celebrate, he's giving away free Philly cheesesteaks Friday from 5 to 6 p.m.  If you've ever tried Andrés' Philly cheesesteak, you'll know better than to expect steak, onions and peppers on a roll. And don't even think about cheese...

    • Preech pops up, Gabrielle Hamilton at Lucques, Alma joins Shopwalk

      Preech pops up, Gabrielle Hamilton at Lucques, Alma joins Shopwalk

      Everyone knows Suzanne Tracht at Jar, but ever since the restaurant opened in 2001, there’s been a secret weapon in the kitchen, chef de cuisine Preech Narkthong. Now he’s stepping out from the shadows. This month Jar is kicking off Monday Night With Preech, a weekly series of prix-fixe dinners...

    • Pork chop feasts at L.A.-area restaurants

      Pork chop feasts at L.A.-area restaurants

      My husband loves to tell the story of a restaurant in Brooklyn, N.Y., where, in his memory, a huge pork chop was served with a knife sticking out of it. And while he dug into that chop, a crescendo of arguing and cursing issued from the kitchen. Apparently one of the cooks had suddenly realized...

    • Chef of the moment: James Trees spices it up at Hutchinson Cocktails & Grill

      Chef of the moment: James Trees spices it up at Hutchinson Cocktails & Grill

      James Trees is the executive chef at the newly opened Hutchinson Cocktails & Grill, an Indonesian-focused steakhouse in West Hollywood. Trees, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in New York, has worked at Le Bernardin, spent a month at Fat Duck in Britain and opened five restaurants...

    • Who's got the best white truffles in L.A.? Here are some candidates
      Who's got the best white truffles in L.A.? Here are some candidates

      It’s the beginning of November and Italophiles know exactly what that means: white truffles. And Los Angeles chefs are celebrating the season with elaborate and accomplished truffle dishes and menus.

      Here’s a sampling of truffle dishes and special menus, most available now through the end of the...

    • Hello Kitty eats! Celebrate 40th anniversary with a movable feast
      Hello Kitty eats! Celebrate 40th anniversary with a movable feast

      If nibbling on a Hello Kitty pizza with nori whiskers or slurping up a pink frothy boba topped with fresh strawberries sounds enticing, Sanrio can make those savory and sweet dreams come true.

      Hello Kitty fans are now roaming the city ordering Sanrio’s Hungry Hunt dishes and treats and collecting...

    • Lady Gaga buys $23-million Malibu estate with stables, bowling alley
      Lady Gaga buys $23-million Malibu estate with stables, bowling alley

      Lady Gaga has shelled out $23 million to bowl in Malibu.

      Set on an ocean-view six acres, the gated Mediterranean-style villa she hooked was built in 2005 and features open-concept living and dining rooms, high ceilings with exposed beams, numerous chandeliers and, yes, a two-lane Brunswick bowling...

    • First look: Compartés chocolatier to open on Melrose Place on Sunday
      First look: Compartés chocolatier to open on Melrose Place on Sunday

      The next time you walk through Alfred Coffee and Kitchen on Melrose Place, you may notice a brightly lighted chocolate wonderland just down the stairs in the back. Compartés, the high-end chocolatier with a store in Brentwood, is opening a second outlet on Melrose Place on Sunday. Customers looking...

    • Celebrate 'French Roots' cookbook from longtime Chez Panisse chef Jean-Pierre Moullé and his wife, Denise
      Celebrate 'French Roots' cookbook from longtime Chez Panisse chef Jean-Pierre Moullé and his wife, Denise

      Everybody who enjoyed Jean-Pierre Moullé's cooking at Chez Panisse during his storied 30-year tenure as executive chef at the iconic Berkeley restaurant has been waiting for this book for years. Moullé and his wife, Denise, have written “French Roots: Two Cooks, Two Countries & the Beautiful Food...

    • Where to find sherry at Los Angeles area restaurants and wine shops
      Where to find sherry at Los Angeles area restaurants and wine shops

      Where to drink

      Bar Pintxo: Joe Miller's tribute to Spain's little dishes serves about 15 sherries by the glass. Wine buyer Chris Keller's favorites? Fino and Pedro Ximénez from the small producer El Maestro Sierra, and Gutierrez Colosia's  "Sangre y Trabajadero" Oloroso. They do sherry flights...

    • Still waiting for 'Game of Thrones'? Here's a beer to make it easier
      Still waiting for 'Game of Thrones'? Here's a beer to make it easier

      There are still many long months before HBO’s beloved "Game of Thrones" returns, and even longer until author George R. R. Martin finishes the next book in the series, but at least fans can drown their sorrows in another "GOT"-inspired beer from Brewery Ommegang while they wait.

      The fourth beer...

    • Cafe Bustelo coffee pop-up, Four Seasons kids cooking class, Sunset & Dine
      Cafe Bustelo coffee pop-up, Four Seasons kids cooking class, Sunset & Dine

      Cuban-style espresso brand Cafe Bustelo is hosting a pop-up cafe in Los Angeles from Friday to Sunday and from Oct. 10 to 12. There will be free coffee, wi-fi, more freebies and a lineup of live acoustic bands and DJs. Complimentary coffee drinks will include espresso with or without milk, sweet...

    • Chef of the Moment: Brilliantshine's Richie Lopez and the new bar food
      Chef of the Moment: Brilliantshine's Richie Lopez and the new bar food

      Richie Lopez is executive chef of Brilliantshine, the new Santa Monica bar and restaurant helmed by mixologist team Julian Cox and Josh Goldman (who call it a “coastal saloon”). Lopez, who was born in Lima, Peru, where he grew up helping his mother prepare family meals, moved to Los Angeles 10...

    • 10 places to get uni, beyond the sushi bar
      10 places to get uni, beyond the sushi bar

      Now that foie gras is just a delicious ghost of our culinary past, uni is the delicacy with top billing on every trend-conscious menu in L.A.

      It’s a strange food, when you think about it. How did anyone know to open up a spiny sea urchin and feast on its goopy orange gonads? Because of its unusual...

    • B.o.s. closing, Pistola, Hutchinson Indonesian steakhouse opening soon
      B.o.s. closing, Pistola, Hutchinson Indonesian steakhouse opening soon

      B.o.s., David Bartnes' "nose to tail" restaurant in downtown's Little Tokyo announced it will close Sept. 27. The restaurant issued a statement on its website saying they were "unable to generate enough buzz to keep up with the high costs of maintaining a nose-to-tail restaurant" in that location....

    • Free Blaze pizza, Haché LA opens in Silver Lake, Crossroads brunch
      Free Blaze pizza, Haché LA opens in Silver Lake, Crossroads brunch

      Peter Koral, founder of 7 For All Mankind premium denim company, is opening a Blaze Pizza in South Gate today. To celebrate, the restaurant will offer free build-your-own pizzas on Friday between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. For a free pizza, just follow Blaze Pizza on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. If...

    • First look at the Nice Guy, a 'mafia'-inspired restaurant opening Friday
      First look at the Nice Guy, a 'mafia'-inspired restaurant opening Friday

      Walking into the new restaurant and lounge the Nice Guy, with its mod yellow and white floral-patterned booths and wood paneling, is like taking a step back in time. You half expect to see Warren Beatty walk through the door, flanked by a young Diane Keaton. 

      The throwback restaurant, which is...

    • Don't want extra noise with your meal? Try Providence, Jar or Tower Bar
      Don't want extra noise with your meal? Try Providence, Jar or Tower Bar

      The emails come in with the question: Can you recommend a quiet restaurant? Other readers write in to rant, saying they've given up going to restaurants because it's impossible to have a conversation anymore. I can't offer much solace. Even fine dining hotel restaurants, with their thick carpets...

    • Chef tracking: 'Top Chef Duels,' new chefs at Firefly and Culina, Black Hogg makeover
      Chef tracking: 'Top Chef Duels,' new chefs at Firefly and Culina, Black Hogg makeover

      If you're tracking chefs, here's what several Los Angeles toques are up to and/or which restaurants they've moved on to. In addition, several L.A. chefs will be appearing in a new Bravo reality series. And a few restaurants have recently closed, or are in the midst of a transformation.... 

      Four...

    • Chef of the moment: Barton G.'s Jeff O'Neill serves his steak with a 3-foot fork
      Chef of the moment: Barton G.'s Jeff O'Neill serves his steak with a 3-foot fork

      Jeff O’Neill is the executive chef at Barton G., the newly opened L.A. outlet of the Miami restaurant known for its seasonal cuisine and fantastical plating, such as a steak served on a wooden board with a 3-foot giant’s fork and a salad in a mini-wheelbarrow with gardening tools, flower pots of...

    • Is $4 happy hour at Open Air Kitchen + Bar the best deal in L.A.?
      Is $4 happy hour at Open Air Kitchen + Bar the best deal in L.A.?

      Name of the bar: Open Air Kitchen + Bar

      Happy hour: 3 to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday at the newly converted West Hollywood restaurant, which was originally opened by the Broseph's Restaurant group (Brick + Mortar) as Fatty's Public House. The name represents the large open-air patio in front of the...

    • Lindy & Grundy kick back, Texas L.A. BBQ, Darren's restaurant charity dinner
      Lindy & Grundy kick back, Texas L.A. BBQ, Darren's restaurant charity dinner

      Lindy & Grundy butcher shop will participate in the Fairfax Summer Kick-back Sunday. The event will take place from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. and include music, BBQ, coffee and cocktails. The Lindy & Grundy team will serve hamburgers, bratwurst with grilled onions and mustard, adobo-marinated brick chicken,...

    • 7 French spots for a Bastille Day fête
      7 French spots for a Bastille Day fête

      Bastille Day is Monday, July 14, and this weekend bistros around Los Angeles are showing off their French pride. If you want to get back to your French roots, or if you took a year of Francais in high school, or if you just have an immense affinity for cheese, this is the holiday for you. Check...

    • Events: Charm City cake classes, Wirsthaus World Cup, wine tasting at Andaz
      Events: Charm City cake classes, Wirsthaus World Cup, wine tasting at Andaz

      Duff Goldman’s West Coast cake shop, Charm City Cakes West, is holding cake-decorating classes led by the bakery’s team of professional decorators. The first class is at 11 a.m. Saturday and will teach students ages 14 and up how to make cakes with a quilted monogram design. Each class has a different...

    • DineL.A. restaurant week: Where to get the best bang for your buck
      DineL.A. restaurant week: Where to get the best bang for your buck

      DineL.A., the two-week Los Angeles restaurant tasting event, is happening July 14 to 27. Eateries around the city are offering special, prix-fixe menus designed to give diners a taste at a discounted price. 

      Those in the know use DineL.A. as an opportunity to try all the restaurants on their bucket...

    • Happy hour: A taste of Jose Andres on the cheap at the Bazaar's 'Tapas on the Terrace'
      Happy hour: A taste of Jose Andres on the cheap at the Bazaar's 'Tapas on the Terrace'

      Name: Tapas on the terrace at the Bazaar by Jose Andres

      Happy hour: 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday to Thursday on the terrace overlooking the valet area just off the Bazaar dining room. Andres' "Tapas on the Terrace" is a taste of the chef's signature, whimsical bites at a discounted price. Tapas are all priced...

    • Fourth of July: Where to eat and watch the fireworks
      Fourth of July: Where to eat and watch the fireworks

      Wondering where to watch the fireworks for the fourth of July Friday? Here are some restaurants where you can sit, grab a bite to eat and watch the show. Some places even have special holiday menus. 

      The Roof on Wilshire offers a sprawling view of the city, so chances are, you'll be able to catch...

    • Sweet Rose Creamery's pop-up, a Good Girl Dinette bake shop, LA Creamery at Viceroy
      Sweet Rose Creamery's pop-up, a Good Girl Dinette bake shop, LA Creamery at Viceroy

      Sweet Rose Creamery, the small-batch ice cream shop with locations in Santa Monica, Brentwood and Mid-City, is heading downtown for the first time starting Saturday. Each Saturday and Sunday in July, Sweet Rose will pop up at Woo Souvenir Shop from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. On Saturdays the pop-up will...

    • Butchers' guide: Where to get meat for your 4th of July barbecue
      Butchers' guide: Where to get meat for your 4th of July barbecue

      The big holiday is fast approaching. Time to start planning the menu for the 4th of July picnic or barbecue. To help with that task, we've polled some of L.A.'s best butchers to find out what they're laying in for the holiday. Dry-aged steaks, house-made sausages, slabs of ribs, marinated meats,...

    • Lindy without Grundy? The store will go on
      Lindy without Grundy? The store will go on

      What will Lindy do without Grundy? Just watch and see.

      Erika Nakamura, half of Lindy & Grundy, the charismatic butchering team that helped introduce Southern California to the concept of sustainable meat, has moved back home to New York City. Her former partner (and spouse) Amelia Posada is staying...

    • Wine Enthusiast's 100 Best Wine Restaurants in America -- how'd we do?
      Wine Enthusiast's 100 Best Wine Restaurants in America -- how'd we do?

      The magazine Wine Enthusiast has just published their annual Restaurant Issue with its list of the 100 Best Wine Restaurants in America. How does L.A. fare on the list? Would anybody like to take a guess as to how many local restaurants made the cut, and which? 

      In all, out of 32 restaurants in...

    • Events: De Porres dinner party, Alma benefit, Pork 101 at Lindy & Grundy
      Events: De Porres dinner party, Alma benefit, Pork 101 at Lindy & Grundy

      Downtown dinner series and catering company De Porres DTLA hosts a dinner party at the Think Tank Gallery in the Fabric District on Sunday, July 6, at 7:30 p.m. Four courses will include roasted beet and peach salad, pulpo tiradito (made with octopus, orange and fennel), chupe de spot prawns and...

    • Events: Tanabata tasting, Food GPS Rib Fest, Terroni World Cup, Low Country Boil
      Events: Tanabata tasting, Food GPS Rib Fest, Terroni World Cup, Low Country Boil

      Hinoki & the Bird will celebrate the Japanese tradition of the Tanabata star festival through the month of July. Tanabata is a Japanese tradition that takes place on the seventh day of the seventh month of the year when two stars that representing two deities, usually separated by the Milky Way,...

    • Saint Martha in Koreatown and ToC open, Ford's Filling Station at L.A. Live
      Saint Martha in Koreatown and ToC open, Ford's Filling Station at L.A. Live

      Saint Martha, a new restaurant by executive chef and partner Nick Erven (Farmer's Daughter Hotel and Tart) opened Friday in a strip mall in Koreatown. The restaurant, named for the patron saint of cooks and servants, is serving up pecan wood smoked brisket with hoisin, Santa Barbara spot prawn...

    • Outdoor dining picks in the L.A. area: Cliff's Edge, AOC, Malibu Farm
      Outdoor dining picks in the L.A. area: Cliff's Edge, AOC, Malibu Farm

      When I lived in the Bay Area, it was warm enough to dine outside only three, maybe four nights a year — and even then I sometimes had to hand out sweaters. L.A., though, is paradise for those like me who'd eat outdoors every night if we could. And restaurateurs are beginning to realize what an...

    • 8 steak spots for Father's Day and a free burger to boot
      8 steak spots for Father's Day and a free burger to boot

      This Sunday is Father’s Day. For a lot of dads, that might mean one thing -- meat. And when it comes to meat, what's more satisfying than a juicy steak? Take a stab at one of these eateries to satisfy your father’s beefy cravings:

      Oliver’s Prime is offering a “Steak and Scotch” special for dads...

    • 10 great L.A.-meets-Naples Margherita pizzas
      10 great L.A.-meets-Naples Margherita pizzas

      It’s hard to write about Los Angeles pizza without getting a little defensive. Non-Angelenos love to hate our city, and after they exhaust the topics of traffic and Hollywood, they accuse us of having no pizza. This is a preposterous accusation. Los Angeles may not have a storied regional style...

    • 6 stress-free picnic boxes to pick up for the 4th of July
      6 stress-free picnic boxes to pick up for the 4th of July

      Red-checkered blankets and wicker baskets may seem like a cliche, but the American picnic is making a comeback in Los Angeles, just in time for Independence Day. Don't be fooled, your childhood picnic favorites aren't on the menu this 4th of July. Many popular restaurants in the L.A. area are offering...

    • 10 places to get a great Bloody Mary
      10 places to get a great Bloody Mary

      The Bloody Mary, when done right, is a comforting meal in a cocktail. It's a tall glass of cool, rich, spiced tomato juice with a little hair of the dog to soothe that hangover the morning after a late night. Los Angeles Bloody Mary connoisseurs know they can count on the Bloody Marys at Fig and...

    • Mexican wine at Loteria Grill, Cooking for a Cure at Plan Check, Filipino food pop-up
      Mexican wine at Loteria Grill, Cooking for a Cure at Plan Check, Filipino food pop-up

      Loteria Hollywood will offer an eight-course tasting menu by Jimmy Shaw and Mision 19 chef Javier Plascencia on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Each dish will be paired with a wine from Baja California. Maite Gomez-Rejon from LA Artbites will give a brief history of Mexican wine and sommelier Lui Hussong...

    • Events: 'The Science of Pie,' habanero eating contest, Golden Road at Plan Check, more
      Events: 'The Science of Pie,' habanero eating contest, Golden Road at Plan Check, more

      On Sunday, June 1, UCLA will be hold its annual "Scientific Bake-Off." Amy Rowat is heading up this event as part of her "Science and Food" course at UCLA. Students of Rowat will compete in an apple pie baking competition, using past analysis and experimentation to determine the best method to...

    • Where these chefs are taking mom for Mother's Day
      Where these chefs are taking mom for Mother's Day

      Ask chefs who most influenced their cooking or to whom they attribute their success, and they're likely to tell you it was mom.

      "My mom told me to follow my passion and work hard and luckily I listened," says Ari Taymor, chef-owner of downtown restaurant Alma, which has pulled no shortage of accolades. 

      ...

    • Where to get Mother's Day brunch
      Where to get Mother's Day brunch

      Give mom the gift of brunch on Mother's Day. Here are some restaurants and bars around town offering brunch specials. 

      The Abbey Food + Bar will have a "drag-centric" brunch hosted by West Hollywood diva "Momma." All moms in attendance will receive a free mimosa with the purchase of an entree....

    • Umami Soba workshop, Taste of Beverly Hills, Bite at the Beach, Wagyu at Sushi Roku
      Umami Soba workshop, Taste of Beverly Hills, Bite at the Beach, Wagyu at Sushi Roku

      An Umami Soba workshop will take place Sunday at a private residence in Santa Barbara from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sonoko Sakai from the cultural and educational project Common Grains will teach guests about bonito flakes, konbu seaweed, dried shitake mushrooms and koji-fermented seasonings such as soy,...

    • Deborah Madison, David Lebovitz and Martha Rose Shulman at book events this week
      Deborah Madison, David Lebovitz and Martha Rose Shulman at book events this week

      We’ve got a big week coming up for cookbook lovers. Three authors of terrific new books will be having signing events in Southern California.

      Los Angeles' own Martha Rose Shulman, author of more than 25 cookbooks and the longtime New York Times Recipes for Health columnist, will kick things off...

    • Alma's tasting menu, DIY tofu, Balaboosta pop-up
      Alma's tasting menu, DIY tofu, Balaboosta pop-up

      As of today, downtown's Alma restaurant (whose chef, Ari Taymor, recently received a Best New Chef nod from Food & Wine magazine) is offering a single nine-course tasting menu for $95 dollars, with optional beverage pairings for $55. "This is a decision to better utilize our farmer and forager,...

    • 'Game of Thrones' and Ommegang beer tap takeover at Plan Check
      'Game of Thrones' and Ommegang beer tap takeover at Plan Check

      Plan Check Kitchen + Bar is teaming up with New York Brewery Ommegang for a two-week tap takeover at the restaurant's Fairfax location.

      From Saturday to April 6, the restaurant will pour eight of Ommegang's Belgian-style craft beers and a flight of five for $8. Beers include the Abbey Ale, Hop...

    • $1 oysters at the Churchill, $5 burger and fries at Golden State
      $1 oysters at the Churchill, $5 burger and fries at Golden State

      Starting March 12, the Churchill in West Hollywood will introduce its weekly Wednesday $1 oyster night. All oysters from a selection will be $1 from 6 p.m. to close (or until they run out). The Churhcill also will be ramping up its oyster offerings on its regular menu throughout the week. 8384...

    • Free Plan Check doughnuts, fried chicken at The Larder; vegan Umami dinner at Crossroads
      Free Plan Check doughnuts, fried chicken at The Larder; vegan Umami dinner at Crossroads

      To celebrate its two-year anniversary, Plan Check Kitchen + Bar Sawtelle is giving away free cruller doughnuts Saturday. Get a free order of the signature sugar-coated crullers with the purchase of an entree at both the Sawtelle and Fairfax locations. Plan Check Sawtelle, 1800 Sawtelle Blvd., Los...

    • Plan Check to open on Fairfax with pastrami salmon and, of course, burgers
      Plan Check to open on Fairfax with pastrami salmon and, of course, burgers

      Westside burger haven Plan Check is set to open its second location (on Fairfax Avenue just south of Canter's) on Friday, in a twice-the-size-of-the-original space and with chef Ernesto Uchimura's menu and cocktail consultant Matthew Biancaniello's drinks.

      The menu mimics its Sawtelle predecessor...

    • Thanksgiving 2013: Where to eat out on the holiday
      Thanksgiving 2013: Where to eat out on the holiday

      Cooking a full Thanksgiving meal is a lot of work. If you'd like someone else to worry about the cooking, here are some places that will be open and ready to serve Thanksgiving lunch and dinner.  

      33 Taps is offering a special "Next Day" turkey sandwich on Thanksgiving and the week after. It's...

    • Jonathan Gold | L.A. restaurant review: Mari Vanna is poetic Russian
      Jonathan Gold | L.A. restaurant review: Mari Vanna is poetic Russian

      Counter Intelligence: Mari Vanna may have invaded a beloved Melrose Place restaurant space, but lucky fans of simple Russian cooking will feel right at home.

    • Movember specials, baking with Craig Ponsford, SLS anniversary menu
      Movember specials, baking with Craig Ponsford, SLS anniversary menu

      Muddy Leek is offering a free appetizer to anyone participating in Movember by having a mustache or a beard, or wearing a mustache T-shirt. The freebies are valid for lunch or dinner between the hours of 11 a.m. and 10 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday until Nov. 30. The restaurant is also serving...

    • A new project for 'Runway' producer Heidi Klum
      A new project for 'Runway' producer Heidi Klum

      "Project Runway" producer Heidi Klum buys the Sherman Oaks estate of Ed Weinberger and his wife, Carlene Watkins, for $9.875 million.

    • Three restaurants in the L.A. area take smoke to seductive heights
      Three restaurants in the L.A. area take smoke to seductive heights

      Critic's Choice: Smoke is a versatile tool for the savvy chef. Three Los Angeles-area restaurants that use it well: Hinoki & the Bird, Barney Greengrass and Horse Thief BBQ.

    • Halloween 2013: Candy and wine pairings, free pancakes, cocktail specials and more
      Halloween 2013: Candy and wine pairings, free pancakes, cocktail specials and more

      Halloween is the perfect excuse to down mounds of candy, sip down ghoul-inspired cocktails and eat your fill of pumpkins. Throw in your favorite costume and you're ready for a night of spooky indulgence. Here are some places around town offering freebies, specials, music and costume contests:

      Freebie...

    • 28 great L.A. bakeries
      28 great L.A. bakeries

      Maybe it was the rise of kouign amann -- the uber-buttery, caramelized "it" pastry from Brittany -- and better access to fresh-baked baguettes that lately has helped reinvigorate an Angeleno culture of neighborhood bakeries, all butter and sugar and love.

      There's a bakery out there to suit any...

    • 16-course truffle dinner, 'Iron Chef' dish at Caulfield's, $6 drinks at Comme Ca
      16-course truffle dinner, 'Iron Chef' dish at Caulfield's, $6 drinks at Comme Ca

      Chef José Andrés is celebrating white truffle season with the second annual 16-course white truffle dinner series at SAAM, the chef's private tasting room at The Bazaar at the SLS Hotel.

      The meal will be paired with cocktails, including the Truffle Mist, made with rum, pomegranate, mescal, lime...

    • Chef of the Moment: Comme Ca's Attila Bollok, fleischnacka maker
      Chef of the Moment: Comme Ca's Attila Bollok, fleischnacka maker

      Attila Bollok is the newly installed chef de cuisine at David Myers’ French brasserie Comme Ça. Bollok grew up in New York, but it was during visits to his parents’ native Hungary that he discovered the pleasures of cooking alongside his grandmother. As a teenager, Bollok apprenticed at the French...

    • Chaya anniversary dinner, Cafe del Rey fishing excursion, Taste of Culver City
      Chaya anniversary dinner, Cafe del Rey fishing excursion, Taste of Culver City

      Chaya Brasserie Beverly Hills will celebrate the restaurant's 30th anniversary with a special two-night event. Michelin-star chef Kuniaki Kozuka, from the original Chaya in Japan, will visit the kitchen Oct. 18 and Oct. 19 for a collaboration dinner with Shigefumi Tachibe to prepare a special seven-course...

    • New weekend brunch at Girasol, Caulfield's and Mari Vanna
      New weekend brunch at Girasol, Caulfield's and Mari Vanna

      Weekend brunch usually means three things: You need something hearty to soak up last night's drinks, you welcome a little more alcohol for some hair-of-the-dog action, and you're looking to relax somewhere that will provide you with both. Most people have their neighborhood favorites, but here...

    • Happy hour at Riviera 31 for blue cheese puffs and $12 martinis
      Happy hour at Riviera 31 for blue cheese puffs and $12 martinis

      There are a lot of ways to forget the day's woes after work, but few compare to brushing it all off with a stiff cocktail and a light bite to eat on the cheap at happy hour. New on the happy hour scene is Riviera 31, the recently opened bar and lounge at the Sofitel Hotel in Los Angeles. 

      On a...

    • Freddy Smalls BBQ, Son of a Gun lunch, Local Hive at Cognoscenti Coffee, more
      Freddy Smalls BBQ, Son of a Gun lunch, Local Hive at Cognoscenti Coffee, more

      Freddy Smalls' Summertime Backyard BBQ takes place Aug. 18. in the West L.A. gastropub's back parking lot. It's $45 for an all-you-can-eat menu of beer-steamed Maryland blue crab, smoked Mary's chickens, grilled tri-tip with Texas toast and chimichurri, roasted pork shoulder tacos, grilled corn...

    • Secret restaurant menu items: 5 great off-the-menu dishes in Los Angeles
      Secret restaurant menu items: 5 great off-the-menu dishes in Los Angeles

      This list of off-the-menu dishes doesn't include anything from In-N-Out or McDonald's; you already know about those. These, which you might not be familiar with, are iconic items from places particular to Los Angeles. And though access to a couple of these dishes (and drinks) depends on your relationship...

    • Blinis, cured herring and Russian dumplings at Mari Vanna coming to West Hollywood
      Blinis, cured herring and Russian dumplings at Mari Vanna coming to West Hollywood

      Mari Vanna, the Eastern European restaurant with locations in New York, Washington, and a flagship in St. Petersburg, is slated to open in Los Angeles in late June.

      The restaurant has taken over the space formerly occupied by Bastide, a once lavish French restaurant on Melrose Place and La Cienega...

    • Spago, Rivera among L.A.'s best in wine
      Spago, Rivera among L.A.'s best in wine

      They have interesting wine programs. Others are AOC, Sotto, Ray's and Stark Bar at LACMA and Valentino.

    • Jonathan Gold | L.A. restaurant review: AOC in new digs with familiar tastes
      Jonathan Gold | L.A. restaurant review: AOC in new digs with familiar tastes

      Chef Suzanne Goin's menu is still recognizable and delicious, whether you order meat dishes or just vegetables. But the larger space and big platters are a break from the past.

    • Counter Intelligence: The Hart & the Hunter makes angelic biscuits
      Counter Intelligence: The Hart & the Hunter makes angelic biscuits

      The restaurant from Kris Tominaga and Brian Dunsmoor in the Palihotel on Melrose serves up notable Southern-style food (often in little bowls).

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      Counter Intelligence: Cooks County, fresher than modern

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      Good things come on small plates at Mezze

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      The Review: Son of a Gun on 3rd Street

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      Banh mi goes gourmet; here's 11 of Los Angeles' best

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      Five Chinese restaurants where MSG isn't on the menu

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      The A to Z of Los Angeles pizza

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      Jonathan Gold's 101 best restaurants in L.A.

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      9 great breakfast sandwiches plus one killer burrito to try now

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      Falafel! 6 great places to get your fried-garbanzo fix

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      Cold-pressed juice, hot in L.A.

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      Where to find the best bibimbap

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      Easy dinner ideas from the Los Angeles Times California Cookbook

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      The hunt's on: Three restaurants deep into game this season

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      25 Cinco de Mayo recipes: Guacamole, tostadas, chiles rellenos and more

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      Three L.A. restaurants that are good brunch bets

      Critic's Choice: Bucato, Girasol and Farmshop are three L.A. restaurants that know how to do brunch right, which can be a lifesaver when you have houseguests.

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      Places to eat for $5 or less in Southern California

      Dining out for $5 or less may seem like a fantasy, but Southern California has much to offer for those on a tight budget. For affordable Vietnamese fare, venture to Garden Grove. Or look to food trucks for inexpensive eats. Even some pricier restaurants offer cheap eats during happy hours.

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      Pancakes, on a grand or silver-dollar scale, in L.A.

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