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Jon & Vinny's is a sort of contemporary art take on a pizza joint

The best vantage of Jon & Vinny's, the new pizzeria across the street from Canter's Delicatessen, may be from Helen's, the tiny, glassed-in wine shop behind the dining room. Helen's is superbly air-conditioned, even on a miserable summer day, and the restaurant's groaning hip-hop sounds almost...

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      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...

    • New York-style pizza and killer garlic knots at Prime Pizza

      New York-style pizza and killer garlic knots at Prime Pizza

      Name of the restaurant: Prime Pizza. Concept: A New York-style pizzeria by Jason Bernstein, Zak Fishman and James Starr, the guys behind Bludso's, Golden State and Cofax. With Damiano Mr. Pizza gone, it's the new Fairfax neighborhood pizza joint. On the menu are paper-thin pies, a square pizza...

    • First look: Stir Market, Jet Tila's new food hall and restaurant to open Tuesday

      First look: Stir Market, Jet Tila's new food hall and restaurant to open Tuesday

      Stir Market, a new food hall, restaurant and retail space helmed by chefs Jet Tila (The Charleston) and Chris Barnett (Relais D'Auteuil in Paris, the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills) is slated to open Tuesday in the former Buddha's Belly space on Beverly Boulevard. The 4,000-square-foot hall will...

    • Ago Sciandri to open Vespaio downtown; Cardamom, the One Up are open

      Ago Sciandri to open Vespaio downtown; Cardamom, the One Up are open

      Chef and restaurateur Ago Sciandri (Ago) will open a new Italian restaurant called Vespaio in downtown L.A. at the Emerson later this year. The 5,500-square-foot space will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week as well as weekend brunch. Sciandri plans to also have extensive...

    • 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...

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      It's World Tripe Day! Where would Jonathan Gold celebrate?

      The first question you may have about World Tripe Day is whether the occasion in fact exists. It has not, as far as I know, been sanctioned by Congress or any other official sanctioning body, and unlike Melon Day in Turkmenistan (Aug. 9), or National Pigs in a Blanket day in the United States (April...

    • Pink's celebrates 75 years with 75-cent chili hot dogs
      Pink's celebrates 75 years with 75-cent chili hot dogs

      Pink's, the legendary hot dog stand to the stars on La Brea Avenue in Hollywood is turning 75. And to celebrate, the restaurant is selling its famous chili dogs for just 75 cents. 

      Between Nov. 7 and Nov. 13, the 75-cent chili dogs will be available for 75 minutes beginning at 7 p.m. The classic...

    • 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...

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      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...

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      Cookies for Kids' Cancer, Feast of San Gennaro, Mr. C outdoor movies

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      Chef of the Moment: Smoke.Oil.Salt.'s Perfecto Rocher would throw out all his forks

      Perfecto Rocher is the executive chef of Smoke.Oil.Salt., who also happens to be a third-generation paella maker from Spain’s Valencia region, where he worked at his grandfather’s restaurant. After hitchhiking to London (where he taught himself English) and working in restaurants including the...

    • 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,...

    • Review: Smoke.Oil.Salt brings back a paella master
      Review: Smoke.Oil.Salt brings back a paella master

      Have you ever tasted real paella? And by "real," I should specify that I mean not the stuff you eat with sangria down by the beach or even the lovely yellow rice with seafood that you have to order a day in advance at Cuban restaurants, but the real thing, rare outside its birthplace in the mountains...

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      Ceviche spots in Los Angeles area

      Deep into summer, when a bouillabaisse or even a grilled fish seems like too much, that's the moment for ceviche. What can be simpler or more refreshing than raw fish or seafood "cooked" in lime juice and garnished with chile and cilantro? We've all enjoyed the basic, but some newish places are...

    • El Jefe pop-up at Animal with 'Chef' star Jon Favreau and Roy Choi
      El Jefe pop-up at Animal with 'Chef' star Jon Favreau and Roy Choi

      If you missed the El Jefe pop-up at Pot restaurant earlier this year, here's your chance to get a taste of the Cuban food truck from the movie "Chef." Another El Jefe pop-up dinner is set to take place at Animal restaurant July 21.  

      In celebration of the film, which Jon Favreau starred in and...

    • 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...

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      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...

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      Hot dogs with yakisoba and Japanese curry: Six great Asian-fusion dogs

      What started with Roy Choi's Kogi truck and the Seoul Sausage crew bringing an Asian fusion sensibility to street food has grown into a full-blown culinary movement. Sriracha has become the new ketchup, and kimchi and pickled ginger are the new sauerkraut. 

      The all-American hot dog in Los Angeles...

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      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,...

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      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? 

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      Sommelier not required? The new WineGlass app could be a game changer

      A new iPhone app called WineGlass is poised to change the way wine drinkers order wine in restaurants. Partnering with CellarTracker, the online database of wine prices and opinions, WineGlass helps both the clueless and the semi-knowledgeable pick an appropriate wine.

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      World Cup beers: Making 'the beautiful game' even better

      It’s time for another World Cup tournament, and craft beer in Los Angeles has exploded in the four years since the action in South Africa (ah, the vuvuzelas!). The “beautiful game” is often at its most beautiful when you’re watching it with many other slavering, boisterous fans and raising great...

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      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.

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      ...

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      Steak frites at Mattei's Tavern, Church & State, L'Assiette

      Sometimes you just feel like tucking into that classic French bistro dish, the steak frites. In France, the steak isn't usually tender prime. It's typically a flavorful, chewy cut that has to be cooked on the rare side of medium rare to maintain its tenderness. That means hanger or skirt steak...

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      Grilled cheese and pastrami at Greenspan's Grilled Cheese opening April 11

      Eric Greenspan is ready to open his long-awaited grilled cheese shop, Greenspan's Grilled Cheese, on  April 11. The restaurant is on Melrose Avenue next to Greenspan's Foundry, now closed for renovations until August.  

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      Hatfields to open new restaurant Odys & Penelope on La Brea

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      "It started with loving what we were doing at Sycamore...

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

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      Pigs ears and vampiros: Jonathan Gold finds 7 good tacos with a surprise inside

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      A boundless love contained in a single ZIP Code

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      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.

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      L.A.'s best sweets, treats and buttery breads

      A baker's dozen of favorite neighborhood shops where the house specialty is more than the icing on the cake.

    • John Sedlar's garden class; baking with Zoe Nathan and Sherry Yard; new menu at Valentino
      John Sedlar's garden class; baking with Zoe Nathan and Sherry Yard; new menu at Valentino

      Rivera chef John Sedlar planted a garden called Cielo Verde atop what used to be Playa, the more casual restaurant he ran on Beverly Boulevard. He’s no longer associated with that space -- it’s now Walter Manzke’s Petty Cash taco joint -- but he still keeps up the garden.

      And you can learn about...

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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.

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

    • Where to buy quality cured meats in the L.A. area
      Where to buy quality cured meats in the L.A. area

      Not all that long ago, I would have to drive all over the city on the hunt for decent prosciutto or salami. Now a number of purveyors have upgraded to the good stuff and trained staff to slice it correctly. Below are some recommended sources for cured meats. And if none is nearby, Bristol Farms...

    • Creating the perfect charcuterie or salumi plate at home
      Creating the perfect charcuterie or salumi plate at home

      There's an art to putting together the perfect plate of handcrafted salami, prosciutto, smoked ham and more. Expert advice on selection, slicing and display.

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      Jonathan Gold | L.A. restaurant review: Petty Cash takes taco culture to high-toque status

      The taco is a perfect expression of time and place, varying in method and composition from region to region of not just Mexico but also Los Angeles, delicious in even mediocre incarnations, cheap enough for everybody to enjoy but violently flavored enough to feel a bit transgressive.

      The great...

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      Jonathan Gold | L.A. restaurant review: Bludso's Bar & Que mixes smoke and swank

      Michael Pollan may have spent a zillion pages examining the smoked whole hogs at North Carolina's creaky Skylight Inn in "Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation," and the legend of Kansas City's Arthur Bryant's is eternal, but the real story in barbecue in the last several years has been the...

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      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.

      ...

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      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...

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      The A to Z of Los Angeles pizza

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      800 Degrees Neapolitan...

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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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    • 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

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

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      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

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

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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

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      Places to eat for $5 or less in Southern California

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

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