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Squad goal: Try all 6 of these hot pot styles at restaurants in L.A. and O.C.

When you're going out for hot pot, don't just invite any group of friends: First make sure your companions are reasonable, considerate, even empathetic diners, the sort of people who are good at trust games. Because when you reach your chopsticks into that boiling, shared kettle of broth, there...

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    • Chef Chris Cormier finds life-changing work at L.A. Mission

      Chef Chris Cormier finds life-changing work at L.A. Mission

      Chef Chris Cormier has overseen countless meals served during his 16 years with the Los Angeles Mission, located in the heart of downtown. Perhaps best known for its annual Thanksgiving event, a star-studded affair with well-known chefs and a flood of volunteers, the food service at the mission...

    • Redbird sets a divine scene at St. Vibiana's in downtown L.A.

      Redbird sets a divine scene at St. Vibiana's in downtown L.A.

      Redbird may be the most anticipated Los Angeles restaurant of the current decade, a venture involving the city's highest-profile food entrepreneur at the moment, an actual deconsecrated cathedral and a chef for whom greatness has lain just out of reach for more than a decade. No local restaurant...

    • Beer festival season starts this weekend

      Beer festival season starts this weekend

      Beer festival season is getting going in a big way this weekend with events, parties and special releases happening across Los Angeles. From favorite local beer bars celebrating anniversaries to your chance to sit atop the Iron Throne of Westeros while sipping "Game of Thrones"-inspired beer, there’s...

    • Auntie Em's Kitchenette to open in DTLA: More red velvet cake for you

      Auntie Em's Kitchenette to open in DTLA: More red velvet cake for you

      If you are among the many people whose idea of fun is a plate of orange French toast or a breakfast torta — probably followed by a red velvet cupcake or even a whole cake — at Auntie Em's Kitchen, we have excellent news for you. Terri Wahl is expanding beyond Eagle Rock, opening a second restaurant...

    • Chef Neal Fraser opens the roof on Vibiana with Redbird

      Chef Neal Fraser opens the roof on Vibiana with Redbird

      Neal Fraser, who has been a successful chef in Los Angeles for more than 20 years, grew up eating chicken pot pie and Stouffer's spinach souffle. And he didn't always want to be a chef. Fraser took up cooking as a trade he could fall back on if times got tough but ended up working with Wolfgang...

    • Whole Foods to anchor posh apartment complex in downtown L.A.

      Whole Foods to anchor posh apartment complex in downtown L.A.

      A ritzy 700-unit apartment complex, anchored by a prominent supermarket on the ground floor, is rising in resurging downtown Los Angeles. The project, called Eighth & Grand, is one of several residential and retail developments that are transforming blocks of historical structures and parking lots...

    • Union's Bruce Kalman is latest addition to Grand Central Market
      Union's Bruce Kalman is latest addition to Grand Central Market

      Union restaurant’s Bruce Kalman is the latest big-name chef to join the party at downtown’s Grand Central Market. He’ll be opening a pasta bar and market there sometime this summer.

      Kalman will be joined by his partner in the Pasadena restaurant, Marie Petulla, in the as-yet-unnamed spot. They’ll...

    • Tione's on Main, an Italian restaurant and deli, opening in downtown L.A.
      Tione's on Main, an Italian restaurant and deli, opening in downtown L.A.

      Inspired by East Coast delis and red sauce Italian restaurants, Tione’s on Main, part of the Medallion development in the Old Bank District of downtown L.A., will open its doors on Monday for lunch service.

      Tione’s is a tribute from Executive Chef Christian Page to the food he ate growing up in...

    • Verve Coffee Roasters opens today in downtown L.A.
      Verve Coffee Roasters opens today in downtown L.A.

      Santa Cruz-based Verve Coffee Roasters’ first Los Angeles cafe is set to open Friday in downtown's Fashion District, not too far from Alma and the Ace Hotel.

      The roaster partnered with cold-pressed-juice company Juice Served Here to open the cafe, meaning it's a one-stop shop if you happen to be...

    • Ray Garcia opening BS Taqueria in old Mo-Chica space
      Ray Garcia opening BS Taqueria in old Mo-Chica space

      Ray Garcia is on a roll. Not only is he opening Broken Spanish in the old Rivera space near Staples Center downtown, he’s also working on a spin-off taco stand to be called BS Taqueria, which will take the old Mo-Chica space on 7th Street and open as early as February.

      “This project is something...

    • 38 L.A. restaurants with Valentine's Day specials
      38 L.A. restaurants with Valentine's Day specials

      Valentine's Day is the perfect excuse to spoil that special someone, or revel in the fact that you're single, and don't need to buy a gift for anyone but yourself. It's also called singles awareness day, right? Whether you're solo or in a couple, if you're looking for somewhere to dine out on Feb....

    • 10 great places for food lovers in the Downtown Arts District
      10 great places for food lovers in the Downtown Arts District

      For those who don’t live downtown, Saturdays are a great day to visit the sprawling Downtown Arts District. There’s a lot happening and much of it is walkable once you find a parking spot for car or bike or jump off the bus. On Saturdays, two of the best food trucks also park in front of Blue Bottle...

    • One hump or 2? Pop-up meal features camel picadillo, wild-pig taquitos
      One hump or 2? Pop-up meal features camel picadillo, wild-pig taquitos

      One hump or two? Camel picadillo will be one of the dishes served on Saturday, Jan. 31, at a special one-night pop-up tapas feast at downtown’s Coco Laurent.

      Chef Robert “Bean” Castaneda of Living Breathing Kitchen and chef Jean Paul Peluffo of the Fair Game food truck are collaborating on an epic...

    • Angel City Brewery throws a snow day party
      Angel City Brewery throws a snow day party

      While the weather has been a bit manic in Los Angeles lately, on Friday you can count on snow in the Arts District when Angel City Brewery throws its first Snow Day Party. 

      The National Weather Service is predicting highs in the mid-70s on Friday, but from 2 to 10 p.m. snow will be the star of...

    • Your Patina update: A new chef, tasting-menu-only format
      Your Patina update: A new chef, tasting-menu-only format

      Patina, Patina Restaurant Group's flagship restaurant in the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles, has announced both a new chef and a new menu format. 

      Joachim Splichal, founder of Patina Restaurant Group, has named Paul Lee executive chef of Patina, replacing Charles Olalia, who had...

    • Mark Peel's Bombo getting closer at Grand Central Market
      Mark Peel's Bombo getting closer at Grand Central Market

      Mark Peel’s Bombo is getting closer to dropping. That’s the name the chef has come up with for his new fish stand at the Grand Central Market. 

      “It’s Spanish for kettle drum,” Peel said, while shopping at International Marine Products downtown for fish for a pop-up dinner Tuesday night at Rascals.

      ...

    • Five questions for Christophe Happillon of the Oyster Gourmet
      Five questions for Christophe Happillon of the Oyster Gourmet

      Christophe Happillon is the master écailler (shellfish master) behind the Oyster Gourmet, the wooden, slightly tiki-looking oyster bar at Grand Central Market. The 14-seat circular bar is his first restaurant.

      Happillon was raised along the Mediterranean in the south of France and says he developed...

    • In an emerging downtown, 'DTLA' makes strong initial impression
      In an emerging downtown, 'DTLA' makes strong initial impression

      Alan Valentin slips off his bulky headphones. He's checking out a new art gallery/fashion boutique/event venue — a cavernous space where bass-heavy music reverberates off pristine white walls — that recently opened on Broadway in downtown L.A.

      Or, as it's known by the folks here, DTLA.

      Does Valentin,...

    • Ice cream truck alert: Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams coming to Los Feliz
      Ice cream truck alert: Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams coming to Los Feliz

      Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams out of Columbus, Ohio, has been getting raves for quirky flavors for years. Founder Jeni Britton Bauer has also written two books, “Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream Desserts” and "Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home.” And though her ice creams are stocked in a several supermarkets...

    • Ray Garcia wants to combine old-school soul and new-wave ingredients at Broken Spanish
      Ray Garcia wants to combine old-school soul and new-wave ingredients at Broken Spanish

      Ray Garcia says his new Broken Spanish restaurant in downtown Los Angeles will offer a combination of his past and his present, of his grandmother and all the farmers and chefs he’s worked with.

      “I grew up eating all these amazing flavorful dishes,” says the highly acclaimed chef. “Some of them,...

    • Three L.A.-area restaurants that can satisfy a craving for rice
      Three L.A.-area restaurants that can satisfy a craving for rice

      Some people are obsessed with rice. Go to their houses and you'll find electric rice cookers, small and large, maybe one of those woven bamboo cones used to steam Thai sticky rice, or a thick-sided ceramic donabe specially designed for cooking rice. I once saw a Japanese woman in kimono walk into...

    • Object of Desire: Kakiage, the Bloomin' Onion of the tempura world
      Object of Desire: Kakiage, the Bloomin' Onion of the tempura world

      Perhaps you are in Little Tokyo, as one often is, and you are in the mood for noodles, and you fear that you may perish from hunger, pure hunger, if you are forced to endure the wait at either Daikokuya or Shin-Sen-Gumi. So you settle in at Marugame Monzo, where the line is only half as long, and...

    • R&B artist turned juicer opening Green Grotto Juice Bar in downtown L.A.
      R&B artist turned juicer opening Green Grotto Juice Bar in downtown L.A.

      Green Grotto Juice Bar, a cold-pressed juice bar, will open in the Spring Arcade Building on Friday. It's the latest addition to the downtown building, whose recent revamp includes the addition of Guisados and Gelateria Uli. 

      But the man behind the business isn't an experienced restaurateur. He's...

    • Jonathan Gold's top 10 restaurant dishes of 2014
      Jonathan Gold's top 10 restaurant dishes of 2014

      2014 — I remember 2014. In Los Angeles, it was the year of peak steakhouse. It was a year of artisanal soda pop, $16 cheeseburgers and chef-ly barbecue. Tacos entered their Mannerist period. Cocktails largely supplanted wine, even in fine-dining restaurants. Kale, sea urchin, offal and poached...

    • Grab a craft beer at these 4 great brewery New Year's parties
      Grab a craft beer at these 4 great brewery New Year's parties

      We’ve all been there before — waiting to finalize plans for New Year’s Eve until the last minute, and then realizing that nothing sounds all that compelling. This year, forget the fancy clubs and expensive parties, and celebrate the end of 2014 at one of L.A.’s craft breweries.

      More laid back than...

    • Downtown's Maccheroni Republic opening soon in Hawaii -- and beyond
      Downtown's Maccheroni Republic opening soon in Hawaii -- and beyond

      Is Maccheroni Republic going to take over the world?

      Jean Louis de Mori and Antonio Tomassi, who opened the always-crowded little downtown restaurant two years ago, have formed a partnership with celebrity chef Roy Yamaguchi to open places in Hawaii, and possibly even to franchise restaurants in...

    • Review: At Ledlow, Josef Centeno is serious about American cuisine
      Review: At Ledlow, Josef Centeno is serious about American cuisine

      When people ask about the modern way of eating in Los Angeles, the succession of wildly variant small plates followed perhaps by a big, shared platter of meat, I sometimes refer them to Josef Centeno, who got the style started here when he was chef of the long-defunct Koreatown restaurant Opus...

    • Step out, then duck into these L.A. hot spots for a drink
      Step out, then duck into these L.A. hot spots for a drink

      The holidays are a time to socialize, and for some of us that means an uptick in cocktail consumption. Where to go is always a question because There'seach hot spot comes with its own vibe, favorite cocktails and dress code. Where might you fit in? We've got a few suggestions.

      Brilliantshine

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    • Orsa & Winston converts to a yakitori-ya for two months
      Orsa & Winston converts to a yakitori-ya for two months

      After the end of the year, Josef Centeno, who opened Orsa & Winston as his version of a return to fine dining, is turning that restaurant over to a yakitori concept for January and February.

      Centeno — also the chef/owner of Bäco Mercat, Bar Amá and now Ledlow Swan (the newly renamed Pete's Cafe)...

    • Pete's L.A. in downtown renamed Ledlow Swan
      Pete's L.A. in downtown renamed Ledlow Swan

      Josef Centeno, who also owns Baco Mercat, Bar Ama and Orsa and Winston, has changed the name of his latest venture, Pete's L.A., to Ledlow Swan. The downtown restaurant currently has no signage while Centeno waits for a new logo. 

      "I probably should have changed the name Pete's from the outset,"...

    • Neal Fraser opens Redbird in downtown's Vibiana, finally
      Neal Fraser opens Redbird in downtown's Vibiana, finally

      Fans of Neal Fraser's excellent cooking have long been waiting, literally or figuratively, outside the deconsecrated gates of downtown's Vibiana Cathedral for news of his restaurant, long-scheduled to open in the building's former rectory.

      Well, the gates are finally opening, as Redbird is slated...

    • Spam lover's guide to L.A.: 7 great dishes with your favorite processed meat
      Spam lover's guide to L.A.: 7 great dishes with your favorite processed meat

      Fans of Spam know that it can actually be pretty great stuff. Sure, it's a chunk of gelatinous, salty meat in a little blue can, but when you put it in the hands of trained professionals, or your grandmother, it can be pure magic. 

      If you didn't grow up eating Spam, or consider it mystery meat,...

    • All-Star Chef Classic to return to L.A. with Lefebvre, Silverton, more
      All-Star Chef Classic to return to L.A. with Lefebvre, Silverton, more

      The All-Star Chef Classic is set to return to downtown Los Angeles for its second year. The March 11-14 culinary event aims to bring together some of the most celebrated names in food, from the U.S. and beyond.

      Participating chefs are to include Nancy Silverton (Mozza), Michael Cimarusti (Providence),...

    • John Sedlar has some good news and some bad news
      John Sedlar has some good news and some bad news

      Rumors that Latin chef John Rivera Sedlar, who owns Rivera in downtown L.A., had been sniffing around his hometown of Santa Fe, looking for the right space for a restaurant there, have been circulating for months. But even as recently as a couple of months ago, Sedlar hadn't found anything.

      Now...

    • Clark Street Bread opens a bakery in Grand Central Market
      Clark Street Bread opens a bakery in Grand Central Market

      If you're a fan of Zack Hall's remarkable breads, you know how much of a Los Angeles treasure hunt it can be to find them: at farmers markets, through delivery services, on the menu at Trois Mec. Hall, a 30-year-old former musician, opened his one-man company Clark Street Bread earlier this year,...

    • Some fear Arts District development plan would ruin the neighborhood
      Some fear Arts District development plan would ruin the neighborhood

      Architect Mark Rothenberg listened as the young city planner answered questions about a sweeping new vision for how the downtown Arts District should grow. Then, point by point, Rothenberg, who has lived in the district for more than two decades, delivered an earful about how it was all wrong.

      ...

    • 5 great places to eat in South L.A.
      5 great places to eat in South L.A.

      Some Angelenos don't venture east of La Brea. Similarly, many rarely make it south of the 10 Freeway. Those who head south of Rodeo Road on Crenshaw Boulevard are rewarded with smoky barbeque joints serving large helpings of greens and corn bread; island cuisine from Jamaica, Belize and other parts...

    • Five questions for chef Josef Centeno
      Five questions for chef Josef Centeno

      Josef Centeno is the chef-owner of downtown’s Bäco Mercat, Bar Amá, Orsa &; Winston and, most recently, Pete’s Los Angeles. Before becoming the unofficial restaurant king of downtown’s Old Bank district, Centeno started his career in New York at Daniel, La Côte Basque and Les Celebrites. He was...

    • Forget mimosas, drink craft beer with your brunch
      Forget mimosas, drink craft beer with your brunch

      In Los Angeles, brunch is a dearly held weekend tradition, and for good reason. A languid pace and cheat-worthy foods that straddle the divide between eggs-and-bacon and soup-and-salad, all alongside boozy beverages served long before the sun gets above the proverbial yardarm, make the meal into...

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

      The latest wave of sandwich shops (Hero Shop, Superba Food + Bread, Trencher) and modern Vietnamese cafes (East Borough, Phorage) in Los Angeles have generated tantalizing new spins on banh mi, the beloved Vietnamese sandwich that is the culinary result of French colonialism in Southeast Asia.

      ...

    • Five Chinese restaurants where MSG isn't on the menu
      Five Chinese restaurants where MSG isn't on the menu

      Monosodium glutamate: Love it or hate it? Some people are convinced it’s toxic, though there isn't much science behind that claim. Others compare it with table salt.

      Regardless of which camp you fall into, it’s no secret that MSG is used heavily in restaurants – especially in traditional Chinese...

    • The A to Z of Los Angeles pizza
      The A to Z of Los Angeles pizza

      In celebration of National Pizza Day, here's a run-down of Los Angeles pizza, including go-to delivery spots, Chicago-style, New York-style, Neapolitan-style and New York-Naples hybrids. Here's where to get your gooey, cheesy, melty, crispy- and/or chewy-crusted pizza fix.

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

    • 9 great breakfast sandwiches plus one killer burrito to try now
      9 great breakfast sandwiches plus one killer burrito to try now

      A perfectly balanced breakfast sandwich the size of your head goes a long way toward improving the prospects of almost any day. (And there’s nothing like it for curing a hangover.) It has to have melted cheese, protein (preferably crisp bacon), eggs (of course) and bread (from tortilla to loaf,...

    • 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...

    • The great L.A. coffee scene: Your dream caffeine fix may be just around the corner
      The great L.A. coffee scene: Your dream caffeine fix may be just around the corner

      You're a coffee fiend keeping track of every new specialty coffee shop that opens in L.A.? With one new cafe opening after another, it's not so easy anymore. But it is a lot easier to come across a great brewed coffee or perfect pull of espresso, whether in south Santa Monica or North Hollywood,...

    • 5 best not-Cronuts in L.A. (and a map that includes all the rest)
      5 best not-Cronuts in L.A. (and a map that includes all the rest)

      It's easy to succumb to a faux-Cronut addiction. Intrigued by a meta-pastry trend, I've eaten every version of the croissant-doughnut hybrid in Los Angeles that I could find, from Spudnuts in Canoga Park to DK's Donuts in Santa Monica.

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

      There's an art to making falafel so that the ground garbanzo beans are perfectly light and fluffy, the exterior crisp but not greasy, the mix of textures and spices habit-forming.

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    • Cold-pressed juice, hot in L.A.
      Cold-pressed juice, hot in L.A.

      Shortly after Chipper Pastron opened the first Juice Farm in Pasadena in January, a developer asked if he'd be interested in setting up another in the same neighborhood. No way, Pastron said, thinking there wouldn't be enough demand.

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    • L.A. restaurants: Top 13 spots on hotter-than-ever Sawtelle Boulevard
      L.A. restaurants: Top 13 spots on hotter-than-ever Sawtelle Boulevard

      The stretch of Sawtelle Boulevard often referred to as Little Osaka recently has expanded so quickly that it's bursting beyond its traditional boundaries. With so many new restaurant openings, they're popping up north of Santa Monica Boulevard and south of Olympic. 

      Shin Sen Gumi officially opened...

    • Chicken karaage list: 6 great places to get your fried fix
      Chicken karaage list: 6 great places to get your fried fix

      Chicken karaage, the Japanese version of fried chicken, is addictive. Unlike its American cousin, karaage are boneless, cut small and mostly dark meat. It's easy to pop five into your mouth in quick succession. The coating, made of potato starch, is light, almost paper thin and delicate. And the...

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      Best banh mi sandwiches

    • Where to find the best bibimbap
      Where to find the best bibimbap

      Several locations specialize in the many varieties of the favorite Korean mixed-rice dish.

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      Easy dinner ideas from the Los Angeles Times California Cookbook

      99 EASY DINNER RECIPES to help you when you need something fast.

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      The $10,000 martini

      The $10,000 martini from Vaucluse is literally on the rock - a one-carat, rough cut diamond added to the drink.

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

      Critic's Choice: Josie Restaurant, Patina at Disney Hall and Saddle Peak Lodge are there to indulge your hankering for wild boar, elk, quail and other manner of game.

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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
      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.

    • Places to eat for $5 or less in Southern California
      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.

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

      Critic's Choice: Pancakes are an American comfort food favorite. Three L.A. eateries offer terrific examples: Cooks County, Valerie and Axe.

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