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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

      The...

    • 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...

    • Cauliflower crust and meatball skewers at the new Prufrock Pizzeria
      Cauliflower crust and meatball skewers at the new Prufrock Pizzeria

      Concept: A Neapolitan-style pie shop by food stylist Tobi Martin, Shad Davis (the Federal) and Spaceland Presents' Mitchell Frank and Partners (the guys behind Echoplex, Knitting Factory) in The Regent Theater in downtown L.A. The restaurant is named after T.S. Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred...

    • Where to celebrate Beaujolais Nouveau on Thursday
      Where to celebrate Beaujolais Nouveau on Thursday

      Each November, on the third Thursday of the month, the French giddily celebrate Beaujolais Nouveau. That’s when the fresh, fruity Gamay from the new vintage is rushed from the vineyards into shops and wine bars in Paris and elsewhere across France. On that day, it’s almost obligatory to pick up...

    • No good bagels in L.A.? Think again -- here are 7 great ones
      No good bagels in L.A.? Think again -- here are 7 great ones

      It’s not easy to get a great bagel in Southern California. It's easy enough to get a bagel, but too many of them are just bread in another shape, by another name.

      But it’s not impossible. There are a handful of shops that turn out solid, satisfying bagels, and a few that make genuinely delicious...

    • Nozawa Land keeps growing; what it means for L.A. sushi
      Nozawa Land keeps growing; what it means for L.A. sushi

      When I first went to Sushi Nozawa near the end of 1987, I was mostly impressed with its rigor. The fish was good enough, the usual parade of tuna, yellowtail and mackerel, but there was a sign that read, "Today's special: Trust me," and the chef, Kazunori Nozawa, made it clear that you were expected...

    • Smoked fish is the prized catch at Pete's, Gjusta and Petrossian
      Smoked fish is the prized catch at Pete's, Gjusta and Petrossian

      Whenever I used to get a hankering for smoked fish, I'd indulge myself at Barney Greengrass at Barneys in Beverly Hills with smoked sturgeon, sable and Nova salmon. Now that the New York deli has retreated home, where else could I find some great smoked fish? Pétrossian, of course, is a classic,...

    • Yakitori-Ya at Orsa & Winston, 50% off Sushi Roku Pasadena, Moon Juice goes mobile
      Yakitori-Ya at Orsa & Winston, 50% off Sushi Roku Pasadena, Moon Juice goes mobile

      Orsa & Winston, Josef Centeno's Japanese-Italian restaurant in downtown L.A., will have a special O&W Yakitori-Ya two-night event Nov. 25 and 26. The restaurant plans to grill Japanese-style skewers and serve Japanese craft beer and schochu cocktails. Inspired by the restaurant's signature Japanese...

    • 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...

    • Like pickled dishes? Here are some tangy dishes to savor around L.A.
      Like pickled dishes? Here are some tangy dishes to savor around L.A.

      Whether it's Indian achaar or Japanese nukazuke, pickles of all varieties are featured on menus around the city, and not just as side dishes. What was once used as a necessary form of preservation is now a way for chefs to playfully showcase their seasonal ingredients.

      The pickle plate began appearing...

    • 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...

    • Oyster Gourmet finally opening at Grand Central Market, in a shell of its own
      Oyster Gourmet finally opening at Grand Central Market, in a shell of its own

      The next time you visit Grand Central Market, do not be surprised by what looks something like a lost set from a 1950s science fiction movie. Or is it a rocket ship/tiki bar? Whatever, Christophe Happillon’s Oyster Gourmet kiosk has finally landed on the upper deck by Hill Street, and it is something...

    • 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...

    • New downtown L.A. boarding school aims to enhance culture, education
      New downtown L.A. boarding school aims to enhance culture, education

      The elevator doors slide open on the 11th Floor, and Annie Chau, 14, walks down a plush carpeted hallway, a backpack slung over her shoulder.

      She pushes open a door to reveal a lushly appointed dining room with a sweeping view of the downtown Los Angeles skyline. A catered lunch has been laid out...

    • Flatbread, a point of pride from the Mediterranean
      Flatbread, a point of pride from the Mediterranean

      For as long as humans have been cultivating grains, cooks have been baking flatbreads in the embers or on primitive wood-fired ovens. Pizza is a flatbread, beloved the world over. But it's certainly not the only flatbread from the Mediterranean or the Middle East. Consider Turkey's lahmacun spread...

    • Eight of the best tortas in Los Angeles
      Eight of the best tortas in Los Angeles

      Move over, tacos. It's time to share the spotlight with your sandwich counterpart: the torta.

      A torta is more than just a Mexican version of a beefed-up sandwich; it is an entirely different species. A good torta is usually available anywhere that a good taco is, with just as many regional variations....

    • 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...

    • Sandwiches can be little slices of heaven at these three spots
      Sandwiches can be little slices of heaven at these three spots

      A sandwich is a portable feast — to take to the beach, to the park or just back to your desk. It can be as simple as tuna with mayo or jambon beurre — a ficelle or baguette spread with good butter and a slice of ham. It can be dainty, as in cucumber finger sandwiches, or heroic, as in the magnificently...

    • Events: History of hot sauce, banh mi, sustainable seafood and a French chef
      Events: History of hot sauce, banh mi, sustainable seafood and a French chef

      Longtime Los Angeles Times food writer and historian Charles Perry will deliver a lecture to the Culinary Historians of Southern California on the history of hot sauce on Oct. 11. His story winds back through tomato ketchup and Worcestershire sauce to the 17th-century English infatuation with Asian...

    • Restaurants with wine in kegs
      Restaurants with wine in kegs

      Some places where you can try wines on tap:

      Bäco Mercat

      This popular downtown L.A. restaurant has just one wine on tap, but it's a terrific one: Alta Maria 2013 "Carbonic" Pinot Noir made in the style of Beaujolais, $13 a glass.

      Bäco Mercat, 408 S. Main St., Los Angeles, (213) 687-8808, www.bacomercat.com

      ...

    • Mark Peel to open seafood-focused stand in L.A.'s Grand Central Market
      Mark Peel to open seafood-focused stand in L.A.'s Grand Central Market

      Mark Peel is coming to the Grand Central Market.

      The former chef and co-owner of landmark Campanile restaurant says he has signed a lease to open a quick-order seafood-based stand at the location currently held by Lupita’s Seafood sometime in late fall or early winter.

      “I love going into the Grand...

    • Hotel under construction in downtown L.A. will be an InterContinental
      Hotel under construction in downtown L.A. will be an InterContinental

      The enormous new hotel being built in downtown Los Angeles will be an InterContinental, its developers announced Tuesday.The nearly 900-room hotel will be the heart of a skyscraper called Wilshire Grand, soon to be the tallest building in the West at 73 stories. The tower set to open in 2017 will...

    • Ease into the weekend with a leisurely brunch
      Ease into the weekend with a leisurely brunch

      Ease into the weekend with a leisurely brunch at Lucky Duck, Fifty Seven or Superba Food + Bread. Mimosas and eggs not your thing? The chef had you in mind too with heartier options.

    • 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...

    • Six ways to celebrate Oktoberfest in Los Angeles
      Six ways to celebrate Oktoberfest in Los Angeles

      Dust off the lederhosen and dirndls, it’s time for pretzels, oompah tunes and plenty of delicious beer as Oktoberfest parties kick off across Los Angeles.

      Never mind the triple-digit temperatures; raising a stein of frosty German-style beers and shouting “Prost!” is like a rain-dance for autumn...

    • Diwali fundraiser dinner, Redbird preview, Nobu 20-year anniversary omakase
      Diwali fundraiser dinner, Redbird preview, Nobu 20-year anniversary omakase

      The L.A. Mumbai Sister City Affiliation is celebrating Diwali (India's festival of lights) with a special fundraiser dinner Oct. 12 at the Bombay Cafe. The evening will include food, and wines by Alexana Estate Vineyards and Winery, as well as a dance performance, tarot readings, henna painting...

    • KazuNori opens downtown from sushi master behind Sugarfish
      KazuNori opens downtown from sushi master behind Sugarfish

      In 2005, during the first vacation Kazunori Nozawa had taken in decades, Sugarfish was just an inkling, a conversation between the veteran sushi chef and technology entrepreneur Jerry Greenberg. Nearly 10 years later, Sugarfish is a budding chain with nine locations and a new offshoot: Nozawa's...

    • More than 50 Rhone Rangers pour their current vintages at Vibiana
      More than 50 Rhone Rangers pour their current vintages at Vibiana

      Vibiana, downtown L.A.’s deconsecrated cathedral, was the site of the latest Rhone Rangers tasting Tuesday, in which more than 50 California producers poured their Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Roussanne, Marsanne, Grenache Blanc and Viognier.

      The tasting is such a hot ticket that we were cautioned...

    • Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic, All Star Mixology contest, James Beard Taste America
      Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic, All Star Mixology contest, James Beard Taste America

      Veuve Clicquot is hosting the fifth annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic at Will Rogers State Park Oct. 11. VIP picnic attendees will be treated to a meal prepared by Wolfgang Puck Catering and Veuve Clicquot bubbly, as well as a seat to watch the polo match. Tickets go on sale Wednesday at www.vcpoloclassic.com...

    • Chef of the moment: Robbie Arnold-Starr goes whole hog at Belcampo Meat Co.
      Chef of the moment: Robbie Arnold-Starr goes whole hog at Belcampo Meat Co.

      Robbie Arnold-Starr is executive chef of Belcampo Meat Co., the butcher and dining counter in downtown’s Grand Central Market. Arnold-Starr knew he wanted to be a chef when he was 10 years old, prompting his mom to ask Laurent Grangien — then the chef at Bistro Laurent in Paso Robles — if her son...

    • Bucato drought benefit dinner, 'Heroes' Week' specials at Justice Urban Tavern
      Bucato drought benefit dinner, 'Heroes' Week' specials at Justice Urban Tavern

      Bucato in Culver City is hosting a dinner Wednesday to raise money for Flora Bella, one of the restaurant's local partner farms. The restaurant says the farm has been hit extremely hard by the drought. Ari Taymor from Alma, Chris Jacobson from Girasol, Shannon Swindle from Craft, Travis Lett of...

    • 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....

    • 7 super L.A. cheese shops and what they have to offer
      7 super L.A. cheese shops and what they have to offer

      Rows of milky-white triple crèmes, mold-ripened fromage with rumpled rinds, logs of tangy young goat cheese, wedges of luxurious creaminess surrounded by bloomy crusts. These are a few of the splendors of a new wave of neighborhood cheese stores that opened recently across L.A.

      There's DTLA Cheese...

    • Scouting report: Tunisian briks and a Marilyn Monroe tribute at The Briks
      Scouting report: Tunisian briks and a Marilyn Monroe tribute at The Briks

      Name of restaurant: The Briks

      Concept: The menu is a melting pot of North African, Indian, Spanish, Middle Eastern and Mexican flavors, heavily influenced by chef Mario Christerna's time spent working at Martin Berasategui's Michelin-star restaurant Lasarte in Barcelona. Think Tunisian briks (a...

    • Downtown location of Five0Four to open in October with frozen daiquiri bar
      Downtown location of Five0Four to open in October with frozen daiquiri bar

      A second location of Joshua Kopel's Hollywood spot Five0Four is slated to open downtown in October. The New Orleans-inspired restaurant and bar has taken over the space formerly occupied by The Parish. 

      The 120-seat restaurant at the corner of Spring Street and Main Street includes two dining levels...

    • Alma patty melt pop-up, Good Girl Dinette pies, Belcampo dinner
      Alma patty melt pop-up, Good Girl Dinette pies, Belcampo dinner

      Belcampo Meat Co. at Grand Central Market features a weekly rotating dinner menu served on Thursday to Saturday evenings by head chef Robbie Arnold-Starr, highlighting organic Belcampo meat direct from the butcher shop’s farm near Mt. Shasta. Meat is served alongside farmers market produce, and...

    • Cee Lo Green pleads no contest to giving woman Ecstasy, avoids jail
      Cee Lo Green pleads no contest to giving woman Ecstasy, avoids jail

      Singer Cee Lo Green avoided jail time Friday after pleading no contest to one felony count of furnishing Ecstasy to a woman while dining at a downtown Los Angeles restaurant, prosecutors said.

      The 38-year-old former judge on NBC's "The Voice," whose real name is Thomas DeCarlo Calloway, entered...

    • Grand Central Market makes new friends, keeps the old
      Grand Central Market makes new friends, keeps the old

      How does a business that's more than 100 years old wind up as one of America's best new restaurants of the year? It takes more than simply recruiting a slew of trendy new concepts. It takes a careful balancing of a choice selection of new stands with the best of the old. That's the trick that the...

    • Beyond the mall, food courts turn into gourmet destinations
      Beyond the mall, food courts turn into gourmet destinations

      The great American food court that rose with the shopping malls of the 1970s is fast disappearing. And in its place is the modern equivalent: a curated roster of restaurants and food purveyors that are more likely to serve a grass-fed beef burger on a brioche bun than a hot dog on a stick. In fact,...

    • An eclectic dining mix at the Taste at Figat7th
      An eclectic dining mix at the Taste at Figat7th

      The Taste is the dining showcase at the Figat7th shopping center, a collection of local restaurants on the main floor of a mall that also houses Target, H&M and Zara. It's not your regular mall eats: Indian food, handmade Japanese soba, Korean barbecue and fresh gelato are part of the "new food...

    • Sushi sensei: Kazunori Nozawa talks hand rolls and Apple Pan
      Sushi sensei: Kazunori Nozawa talks hand rolls and Apple Pan

      In 2005, during the first vacation that Kazunori Nozawa had taken in decades, Sugarfish was just an inkling, a conversation between the veteran sushi chef and technology entrepreneur Jerry Greenberg. Nearly 10 years later Sugarfish is a budding chain with nine locations and a new offshoot -- Nozawa’s...

    • The finest food in Los Angeles for even the thinnest wallets
      The finest food in Los Angeles for even the thinnest wallets

      Is it possible to spend more than $400 per person at some of the restaurants on this year's list of the best 101? Of course. Cuisine costs. But great cooking takes many different forms in Los Angeles, and some of the most exquisite flavors belong to us all.

      Attari Sandwich Shop

      Attari is a slice...

    • Veuve Clicquot truck, Rhone Rangers wine tasting, Terrazza's spirited Thursdays
      Veuve Clicquot truck, Rhone Rangers wine tasting, Terrazza's spirited Thursdays

      Veuve Clicquot is launching a cross-country tour of its Clicquot Mail truck with a couple stops in the Los Angeles area. The truck is named after the Clicquot Mail collection of products that includes a Champagne bottle carrier shaped like a letter and another in the shape of a mailbox. The first...

    • Thousands of California's brick buildings face quake danger
      Thousands of California's brick buildings face quake danger

      Three decades after some California cities began requiring old brick buildings to be seismically retrofitted, thousands across the state still have not been strengthened and are in danger of collapse during a major earthquake.

      Many are in some of California's poorest cities, where officials have...

    • Grand Central Market one of Bon Appetit's 10 best new restaurants in U.S.
      Grand Central Market one of Bon Appetit's 10 best new restaurants in U.S.

      Last year it was the experimental restaurant Alma that was honored by Bon Appetit as the best new restaurant in America. This year, the magazine went in an entirely different direction, naming the Grand Central Market as one of its Hot 10 — the best new restaurants of 2014.

      At Alma, chef Ari Taymor...

    • Josef Centeno dishes on his classic American makeover of Pete's Cafe downtown
      Josef Centeno dishes on his classic American makeover of Pete's Cafe downtown

      Josef Centeno plans on doing his take on American classic cuisine as a new partner and the executive chef at Pete's Cafe in downtown. The restaurant will be his fourth venture in the Old Bank District with the existing Baco Mercat next door, and Bar Ama and Orsa & Winston around the corner on 4th...

    • 'Mad Men' happy hour with Don Draper oysters, Betty's wedge at Nick + Stef's
      'Mad Men' happy hour with Don Draper oysters, Betty's wedge at Nick + Stef's

      Name of the bar: Nick + Stef's

      Happy hour: Monday through Friday, from 3 p.m. to close, the Patina-group-owned downtown steakhouse has a "Mad Men"-inspired happy hour. The restaurant created small plates inspired by some of the show's favorite characters. For Don Draper, oysters Rockefeller with...

    • Ceviche in Los Angeles: 8 great spots for the cool fish dish
      Ceviche in Los Angeles: 8 great spots for the cool fish dish

      Summer may be almost over, but that stubborn Southern California sun isn't going anywhere. For better or worse, Los Angeles is stuck with stunningly perfect weather, a perfect excuse to eat ceviche every day.

      Ceviches are in the same category as tacos and sushi: foods that our city absolutely excels...

    • What could go wrong? An alcohol delivery service, with underwear models, in L.A.
      What could go wrong? An alcohol delivery service, with underwear models, in L.A.

      What's better than having your favorite alcohol delivered to your door? Having it delivered by a model in his or her underwear, of course. 

      Saucey, an L.A.-based alcohol delivery app, and MeUndies, an L.A.-based company that sells underwear, have teamed up to bring you your favorite liquor and...

    • Five L.A. spots nominated for America's best new restaurants
      Five L.A. spots nominated for America's best new restaurants

      Bon Appetit has come out with its annual list of nominees for the best new restaurants in the country. This year, five Los Angeles restaurants made the cut. 

      It's actually a food court, but the ever-evolving Grand Central Market, with its growing number of vendors, earned a spot on the list. Highlighted...

    • Guacamole in your beer? It's time for Angel City Brewery's Avocado Fest
      Guacamole in your beer? It's time for Angel City Brewery's Avocado Fest

      What’s green, emblematic of California, and goes great in beer? Avocado, of course! Though you might not have any experience with that last claim, you’ll have a chance to judge the merits of Avocado Ale yourself at Angel City Brewery’s upcoming Avocado Festival.

      The Arts District brewery will throw...

    • Guisados tacos opens in downtown Los Angeles' Spring Arcade
      Guisados tacos opens in downtown Los Angeles' Spring Arcade

      There must be hundreds of restaurants selling tacos in downtown Los Angeles, but you wouldn’t have known it from the lines at the new Guisados that opened this week in the rapidly transforming Spring Arcade.

      Tuesday, the line was constantly at a couple of dozen people from noon until at least 2...

    • L.A. to pay $26 million for ban on naps by garbage-truck drivers
      L.A. to pay $26 million for ban on naps by garbage-truck drivers

      The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday finalized a $26-million legal settlement to end a lawsuit over a ban on lunchtime naps by trash-truck drivers.

      The expenditure, approved on a 9-2 vote, resolves a class-action lawsuit involving nearly 1,100 sanitation workers who said they were improperly...

    • Cafe Gratitude to open downtown at One Santa Fe in early 2015
      Cafe Gratitude to open downtown at One Santa Fe in early 2015

      Vegan favorite Cafe Gratitude, which has Los Angeles restaurants in Larchmont Village and Venice, is planning to open downtown at the Yards at One Santa Fe in the arts district.

      Cafe Gratitude will be joining other shops, restaurants and community art spaces at the mixed-use development designed...

    • Wexler's Deli makes a grand addition to downtown's Central Market
      Wexler's Deli makes a grand addition to downtown's Central Market

      Micah Wexler first came to attention as the chef at Mezze, up in the old Sona space on La Cienega Boulevard, and in his stint at the short-lived restaurant he redefined what Middle Eastern food might be, garnishing braised tripe with nuggets of crunchy falafel, drizzling labneh onto foie gras and...

    • Cocktails: How to make clear milk punch (no siphon necessary)
      Cocktails: How to make clear milk punch (no siphon necessary)

      "Sometimes I think I'm in over my head," half-jokes Michael Lay, head bartender at Faith & Flower downtown, in the middle of peeling 36 lemons for six batches of English milk punch, gallons of which customers have been drinking every week -- about a gallon a night on weekdays and two gallons a...

    • Hand-roll sushi bar KazuNori set to open next week
      Hand-roll sushi bar KazuNori set to open next week

      KazuNori, the Sugarfish sushi bar spin-off focusing on hand rolls and cut rolls only, is set to open next week in downtown's historic core. The scheduled debut is Monday. 

      The 24-seat restaurant is located next to the driveway for the Old Bank District Parking Garage (directly on the other side...

    • Don't swelter: Here are a dozen L.A. ice cream shops to help you cool off
      Don't swelter: Here are a dozen L.A. ice cream shops to help you cool off

      It’s summer, if you haven’t noticed, and though ice cream is a year-round treat, it’s especially sweet when the sun shines without mercy. Frozen yogurt and shaved ice are nice, but you and I both know true happiness comes with more butterfat than that.

      Los Angeles is full of top-notch ice cream,...

    • Food GPS Fried Chicken Fest, Salt's Cure at Domaine LA, Olvera Street mole fair
      Food GPS Fried Chicken Fest, Salt's Cure at Domaine LA, Olvera Street mole fair

      The 3rd Annual Food GPS Fried Chicken Festival is back this summer on Sunday, Aug. 17. The fest is from 4 to 7 p.m. in Chinatown’s Central Plaza and is hosted by Bolthouse Farms. Chefs from around Los Angeles will be putting their spin on fried chicken throughout the festivities, with this year's...

    • Events: Doner Revolution pop-up, $1 oysters, talking Baker-to-Baker
      Events: Doner Revolution pop-up, $1 oysters, talking Baker-to-Baker

      Doner Revolution chef Farid Zadi is hopping on the Carb & Nation food truck for a one-night-only Algerian menu. The truck will be parked at Angel City Brewery in downtown L.A. Aug. 2, from 5 p.m. to midnight. The menu will include New York-style halal chicken, lamb, falafel, chorizo-stuffed bacon-wrapped...

    • Scouting Report: A sensory experience is what's for dinner at Tink's House
      Scouting Report: A sensory experience is what's for dinner at Tink's House

      Name of restaurant: Tink’s House

      Concept: A temporary, underground, multi-course dinner series combining art, design and sensory stimulation, located in a secret location in downtown Los Angeles. In other words, one doozy of a meal. 

      Chef: Jon Sewitz. He's a 19-year-old chef who already has had...

    • What are Los Angeles' hottest restaurants? Alma, République and Pot
      What are Los Angeles' hottest restaurants? Alma, République and Pot

      What are the hottest restaurants in Los Angeles? That’s subjective, of course, but one obvious way of measuring it would be which restaurants do the most people want to go to.

      And judging by the readers voting on our Jonathan Gold’s 101 Best Restaurants page, the hottest restaurants in L.A. are...

    • Downtown L.A. office building to be converted to hip hotel
      Downtown L.A. office building to be converted to hip hotel

      A long-vacant 1920s office building in a recovering neighborhood of downtown Los Angeles has been purchased by prominent developers who intend to make it into a hip hotel for young people traveling on a budget.

      The 13-story Commercial Exchange Building at 8th and Olive streets is in the midst of...

    • What's the most-visited great restaurant in Los Angeles? Border Grill
      What's the most-visited great restaurant in Los Angeles? Border Grill

      Southern California is full of great restaurants. But which ones do people really go to the most?

      At least according to the voters at Jonathan Gold’s 101 Best Restaurants, it’s Border Grill by a landslide, followed by the Kogi BBQ Truck, Langer’s Delicatessen and the Mozza-plex (Pizzeria and Osteria...

    • 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...

    • Crumbs Bake Shop chain closes: 5 foods that could be the next cupcake
      Crumbs Bake Shop chain closes: 5 foods that could be the next cupcake

      Crumbs Bake Shop Inc., one of the bakeries that helped fuel the cupcake craze that swept the country a couple of years ago, closed all of its stores Monday. But before you shed too many tears over your beloved frosted mini cakes, know that Sprinkles is opening a new location at the Americana at...

    • 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...

    • Chef of the Moment: DTLA Cheese's Reed Herrick, cheesy as he wants to be
      Chef of the Moment: DTLA Cheese's Reed Herrick, cheesy as he wants to be

      Reed Herrick is executive chef at DTLA Cheese, the neighborhood downtown cheese shop in Grand Central Market. Herrick, born and raised in Minneapolis, started working when he was 12 at a neighbor’s restaurant as a dishwasher and busboy. By 15 he was a prep cook, working his way up to line cook...

    • 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...

    • The Garagiste Festival: Urban Exposure debuts July 12 at Union Station
      The Garagiste Festival: Urban Exposure debuts July 12 at Union Station

      So once you’ve made it through the Fourth of July weekend intact, your burgers done to perfection, your ribs a masterpiece, the dishes all done, on the following weekend, why not hang up that apron and chill. You can go far, but why not stay near, the better to enjoy our very own city.

      Here’s what...

    • Bar Mateo opens inside Zinc Cafe in downtown's Arts District
      Bar Mateo opens inside Zinc Cafe in downtown's Arts District

      Tucked into a corner of the sprawling new Zinc Cafe & Market in downtown's Arts District is Bar Mateo, a cocktail hideaway with a drinks list created by Proprietors LLC.

      Attached to the cafe's olive-tree-dotted patio, the new drinkery features a long zinc-topped bar, cafe tables and chairs and...

    • DTLA Night Market: ramen pizza, galbi crispy buns and nitro cold brew
      DTLA Night Market: ramen pizza, galbi crispy buns and nitro cold brew

      The massive 626 Night Market, billed as the largest night market in North America, proved so popular that the organizers expanded to a new downtown location.

      DTLA Night Market on Friday and Saturday featured hundreds of vendors. Here's a sample of the downtown food fest's offerings, including Umaya...

    • Confused about sherry? 7 tips for pairing sherry with food
      Confused about sherry? 7 tips for pairing sherry with food

      In San Francisco this week, the grand tasting that wound up the SherryFest there included 150 sherries. That was just one of more than 2,000 events that took place around the world as part of International Sherry Week.

      The fortified wine from southern Spain is big in San Francisco. It’s even bigger...

    • 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,...

    • Japanese Gourmet Fair, Tacolandia, DTLA Night Market, L.A. Street Food Fest
      Japanese Gourmet Fair, Tacolandia, DTLA Night Market, L.A. Street Food Fest

      The next two weeks are for you, aficionados of global street food. Love Tokyo shio ramen and Hokkaido crab inari? Beijing-style lamb skewers and Taiwanese shaved snow? Carnitas tacos? Cochinita pibil? Grilled cheese sandwiches? Spam musubi? Ramen burgers? Then the Japanese Gourmet Fair, DTLA Night...

    • National Sushi Day: Six places for cheap sushi
      National Sushi Day: Six places for cheap sushi

      With a sushi restaurant on nearly every block of Los Angeles, it's not hard to get your fix. But it could be hard on your wallet.

      Low-priced sushi may sound like an oxymoron, but it does exist. And we're not talking about the stuff you pick up at a gas station. Here are seven places around town...

    • 'Master Chef Junior's' 14-year old winner takes over downtown's Drago Centro
      'Master Chef Junior's' 14-year old winner takes over downtown's Drago Centro

      The winner of Season 1 of Fox's "Masterchef Junior" cooking competition is sharpening his knives for a kitchen takeover at Drago Centro in downtown Los Angeles. 

      Alexander Weiss, the 14-year-old budding chef who went up against Drago Centro's chef de cuisine Ian Gresik in an episode last fall,...

    • 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.

      800 Degrees Neapolitan...

    • 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.

      I've had the original Cronut, the "half-croissant, half doughnut"...

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

      Falafel's exact origins are unknown, but it's believed to have started in Egypt, then made its way through the Middle...

    • MSG-free bowl
      No MSG, no worries

    • 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.

      Six months in and he and his partners are negotiating a space...

    • 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...

    • Best banh mi sandwiches
      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.

    • Easy dinner ideas from the Los Angeles Times California Cookbook
      Easy dinner ideas from the Los Angeles Times California Cookbook

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

    • The $10,000 martini
      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.

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

      Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with recipes for margaritas and tacos and other great fare.

      You can also find a recipe list here.

    • 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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