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Jun Won, the popular Korean seafood restaurant, is moving

Jun Won almost seemed like a private club for Korean seafood lovers. You had to enter through a back door that always appeared to be locked, and the restaurant’s sign was untranslated from Hangul. But the reputation of owner Jung Ye Jun’s spicy casserole of cod resting on a tender slab of chile-lashed...

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      5 Questions: Making pasta with Angelo Auriana of Factory Kitchen

      If you've been to the Factory Kitchen in downtown L.A.'s arts district, chances are you're obsessed with the handkerchief pasta, also known as mandilli di seta. It's a plate of al dente sheets of pasta topped with a silky Ligurian almond basil pesto and pecorino Sardo. Chef Angelo Auriana may be...

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      Alma's Ari Taymor drops in to make roasted carrots with chanterelles

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      Mapo Galbi has a one-dish wonder

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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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      Helen's Wines at Jon & Vinny's blends curated finds with a sense of humor

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      Perfecto! L.A.'s best paella maker shares his secret rituals

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      B.S. Taqueria has a few twists even for this taco-centric city

      Have you heard about the taco with lardo and clams? In some circles it seems as if all anybody talks about is the taco with lardo and clams, which is the improbable specialty of B.S. Taqueria, a cocktail-oriented restaurant implanted into the carapace of the former Mo-Chica in downtown L.A. Because...

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      Three of Jonathan Gold's favorite soup dumplings in the L.A. area

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      Osteria Mozza ready to reopen after crash

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      At Empress Pavilion in Chinatown, it's not 1991, but not bad either

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

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

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      At Hangari Bajirak Kalgooksoo in Koreatown, great bowls of handmade noodles

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      Retro Norms restaurant could become an L.A. monument

      A retro restaurant on the Westside beloved for its outlandish, exaggerated architectural style could soon become a historic monument in Los Angeles.

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      Winerave heads to Chinatown with #chinatownmixtape1

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      At Shabu Hyang, a mashup of hot pots, shabu shabu, spring rolls and kimchi

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

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      E.P. & L.P.'s Louis Tikaram digs up favorite Fijian flavors

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

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      Event: New world of kosher wines, plus food from 7 kosher restaurants

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      Wesson turns against Koreatown karaoke bar he once favored

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

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      Verve Coffee Roasters opens today in downtown L.A.

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      Free Salt & Straw ice cream at Compartes in Brentwood for Valentine's Day

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      How to score free chili at Philippe's on Tuesday

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      Cimarusti to open Cape Seafood and Provisions in Lindy & Grundy space

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

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      10 great places for food lovers in the Downtown Arts District

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      Gonjiam in Koreatown serves Army stew, cow head soup, hot pots

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

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      Angel City Brewery throws a snow day party

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      4 places in L.A. to find great Mexican hot chocolate

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

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      Mark Peel's Bombo getting closer at Grand Central Market

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      ...

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

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      Night + Market Song open for lunch: Thai boxing chicken, 'fast plates'

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      Nae Go Hyang: Handmade whole wheat noodles and dumplings in Koreatown

      Name of restaurant: Nae Go Hyang. Korean translation: "My home town."

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      Where to find ponchiks, or Armenian doughnuts: Big, small, Nutella-filled

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

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      Quarters Korean BBQ: 'Korean tapas' with spicy pork cheeks and nacho cheese

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      Michael's Pizzeria alum opens Prova Pizzeria in WeHo

      Fans of the pistachio, mortadella and stracciatella pizza at Michael's in Long Beach, can now get Vito Iacopelli's creation in West Hollywood. The Italian chef, who was head chef and manager at Michael's, is opening a new pizza joint with owner Jake Ireland, called Prova Pizzeria, on Santa Monica...

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      Roxana Jullapat, until recently the pastry chef at Cook’s County on Melrose Avenue, is popping up Jan. 10 for the kickoff of a series of pop-up dinners cooked by bakers called, appropriately, "Bakers Making Everything."

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      Object of Desire: leek cakes at Chinatown's Kim Chuy

      Perhaps you are in the Far East Plaza, and the line outside Pok Pok Phat Thai is too long, and you are in the mood neither for vegan maple-Oreo ice cream at Scoops nor Ooey Gooey Fries at Chego. You could walk across the street for a plate of duck rice at Lucky Deli.

      Or a dim memory of pleasure...

    • Happy hour: lobster rolls and $1 oysters at Blue Plate Oysterette
      Happy hour: lobster rolls and $1 oysters at Blue Plate Oysterette

      Name of restaurant: Blue Plate Oysterette. The one on 3rd Street. 

      Happy hour: Both the Santa Monica and 3rd Street locations have been staples for locals looking for an East Coast-style, casual seafood joint since they opened. But if you're looking to gorge on fresh oysters, it isn't cheap, unless...

    • New year, new spices for your kitchen -- plus other pantry tips
      New year, new spices for your kitchen -- plus other pantry tips

      Now that you’ve cooked your way through the holidays and used up every bit of chocolate, almonds, honey and spices in your cupboard, you’ll probably want to replenish them.

      Chocolate prices are going up, so buy what you’ll use over the next few months. Almond prices, too, are bound to rise as California’s...

    • Andy Ricker's Pok Pok Phat Thai now open in Chinatown
      Andy Ricker's Pok Pok Phat Thai now open in Chinatown

      If, around noon today, you felt the axis of the culinary earth shift some in downtown Los Angeles, you would not be wrong. Andy Ricker's much-anticipated Thai noodle shop in Chinatown finally opened its doors a few hours ago.

      Ricker, whose Thai food empire in Portland, Ore., is now composed of...

    • 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...

    • 3 food and wine events: Foragers festival, Zinfandel event, Slow Wine tasting
      3 food and wine events: Foragers festival, Zinfandel event, Slow Wine tasting

      We're all busy writing up our New Year's resolutions, right? If yours include the intention to learn more about foraging or wine, we've got three events coming up in January that may further your education in those directions.

      Got a lock on a Big Sur rental mid-January? Or are lucky enough to have...

    • 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...

    • Special restaurants for grown-ups: Pistola, Providence, Spago
      Special restaurants for grown-ups: Pistola, Providence, Spago

      In the midst of holiday potlucks, family get-togethers, office parties and craft fairs, sometimes you need a shot of glamour. You want to celebrate in high style. Casual won't cut it. You want to dress up. You want tablecloths, Champagne, a thrilling menu and a special bottle of wine. You want,...

    • Three great new L.A. coffeehouses
      Three great new L.A. coffeehouses

      For those of us who love coffee, the last two months have been like early holiday presents. Because no fewer than three terrific coffee shops have opened around the city since November. One is a brand new dinosaur-themed shop that is about as fun as a trip to the Natural History Museum; the other...

    • Cassell's Hamburgers reopens at Hotel Normandie in Koreatown
      Cassell's Hamburgers reopens at Hotel Normandie in Koreatown

      Cassell's, the classic 6th Street Koreatown hamburger joint opened by the late Al Cassell in 1948, has reopened just a few blocks away, on the ground floor of the Hotel Normandie. The new location features the original wooden Cassell's sign inside, the original menus -- and a refusal to serve French...

    • 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...

    • Porridge and its (dis)contents: Congee, jok, haleem and what Grandma ate
      Porridge and its (dis)contents: Congee, jok, haleem and what Grandma ate

      Last week, we visited Porridge + Puffs, chef Minh Phan’s monument to the warm, oozy bowls of happiness that obsess so many of us this time of year, when temperatures plunge into the 50s at night, backyard trees groan with citrus and the waves are a bit too chilly to surf. Winter in Los Angeles...

    • Starry Kitchen launches $500,000 Kickstarter to save the restaurant
      Starry Kitchen launches $500,000 Kickstarter to save the restaurant

      Starry Kitchen co-owner Nguyen Tran wants you to save his balls. We're of course referring to his crispy fried tofu balls, a staple on the restaurant's menu, along with the reserve-only Singaporean chile crab. 

      Tran, who can often be found walking around Chinatown in a banana suit, owns the pan-Asian...

    • Ramen alert: Eggslut's Alvin Cailan opening Ramen Champ in Chinatown
      Ramen alert: Eggslut's Alvin Cailan opening Ramen Champ in Chinatown

      While roaming around town in his food truck, and later attracting long lines on the east side of Grand Central Market, Eggslut chef Alvin Cailan would find himself craving ramen.

      This desire for noodles led to frequent trips to the Men Oh ramen shop in Little Tokyo, and to an exploration of the...

    • 7 great places for food lovers in Echo Park
      7 great places for food lovers in Echo Park

      Diversity is just part of the fabric of Echo Park, the Hispanic/hipster neighborhood just minutes from downtown Los Angeles. Its center is the junction of Echo Park Boulevard and Sunset Boulevard, but you can now find shops and restaurants strung along both those streets in either direction.

      Now...

    • Can't find Aleppo pepper? Here's why, and what to substitute
      Can't find Aleppo pepper? Here's why, and what to substitute

      If you, like many of us, are somewhat addicted to fruity, spicy Aleppo pepper, you've probably also noticed that you can't find it anymore. Why? Quick geography quiz: Where's Aleppo? Right, Aleppo is in Syria, which is currently in the middle of a massive, catastrophic civil war.

      This means many...

    • 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)...

    • Chaya Brasserie in Beverly Hills to close after 30 years
      Chaya Brasserie in Beverly Hills to close after 30 years

      Chaya Brasserie in Beverly Hills has announced it will close its doors at the end of the year. The restaurant has been serving its signature mix of French and Japanese cuisine for the past 30 years. 

      "Throughout the three decades of service, we've made many friends and great memories," Yuta Tsunoda,...

    • Wine guru Lou Amdur on kosher wine and what to eat and drink for Hanukkah
      Wine guru Lou Amdur on kosher wine and what to eat and drink for Hanukkah

      L.A.’s wine guru Lou Amdur, no longer Sqirl-adjacent and now operating his Lou’s Wine Shop and Tastings in Los Feliz, has thoughts about wine and Hanukkah, which begins Tuesday evening. None of the wines, however, were made according to Jewish dietary law.

      It’s not that Amdur doesn’t have opinions...

    • 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,"...

    • At Porridge and Puffs, spoonfuls of devotion in every bowl
      At Porridge and Puffs, spoonfuls of devotion in every bowl

      We all have particular ideas of what a porridge restaurant might look like, whether a Hong Kong-style congee shop like Delicious Corner in Monterey Park or a Taiwanese porridge hall like Lu's Garden in San Gabriel, Atlacatl and its list of Salvadoran atoles, the Koreatown pumpkin-porridge specialist...

    • 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,...

    • Holiday tamales from Breed Street's Nina Garcia
      Holiday tamales from Breed Street's Nina Garcia

      If you've been to the always terrific Ricky's Fish Tacos for a fish or shrimp taco lately, you may have been absolutely delighted to discover that the woman who called out your pickup ticket number was none other than Nina Garcia, one of the stars of the much missed Breed Street food scene. Indeed,...

    • 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),...

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

      Name of restaurant: Cooks County

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

    • 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...

    • Five questions for Stir Market chef Chris Barnett
      Five questions for Stir Market chef Chris Barnett

      Chris Barnett is the executive chef at Stir Market, a new boutique food hall in the Fairfax neighborhood of Los Angeles. Barnett has been cooking since he was 14 years old but believes the real turning point in his career came when he got the opportunity to work under Jeremiah Tower at Stars in...

    • 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,...

    • Celebrate Repeal Day with $1 cocktails and free moonshine
      Celebrate Repeal Day with $1 cocktails and free moonshine

      Friday is Repeal Day, a time to shake up a couple of martinis and celebrate the end of Prohibition. For those who may need to brush up on their history, on Dec. 5, 1933, the 21st Amendment repealed the 18th Amendment, which prohibited the manufacture, sale and transportation of alcoholic beverages....

    • Four food and wine events: Bubbly, Bordeaux, white truffles and more
      Four food and wine events: Bubbly, Bordeaux, white truffles and more

      Calendar not yet completely full for the next couple of weeks? Good. To fill in those blanks, here are some possibilities tailored for food and wine lovers.

      Champagne & Alsace tasting 

      On Thursday Dec. 4 from 6 to 8 p.m., the luxe Beverly Hills wine shop Héritage Fine Wines hosts a tasting of Champagne...

    • 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...

    • Dining and coffee break ideas for Southern California holiday shoppers
      Dining and coffee break ideas for Southern California holiday shoppers

      Holiday shopping is not for wimps. Given that it's among the most strenuous and exacting activities on the planet, you, the one staring with glazed eyes at a very long list, will need sustenance. Sometimes a quick bite is all that's needed. Other times you'll want to put those bags down beside...

    • 3 December food and wine events: Mark Peel, Alain Giraud and a wine festival
      3 December food and wine events: Mark Peel, Alain Giraud and a wine festival

      Recovered from Thanksgiving? Good. Because here comes another round of food and wine events. Early December’s lineup includes a wine dinner at Maison Giraud with wines from the Ojai Vineyard and Santa Barbara's weekend wine festival “Key to Wine Country.”  

      First up, Mark Peel, late of Campanile...

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

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

      Fortunately, there are many...

    • Cognoscenti coffee cart moves to Chinatown
      Cognoscenti coffee cart moves to Chinatown

      After several months in residence at Good Girl Dinette in Highland Park, Jack Benchakul of Cognoscenti Coffee recently moved his coffee cart to Scoops Chinatown. Cognoscenti now offers coffee drinks at Scoops, the ice cream shop just a few doors down from Chego in the Far East Plaza, the same shopping...

    • Want a real reason to shop on Black Friday? Rare beer
      Want a real reason to shop on Black Friday? Rare beer

      For just the second year, Los Angeles is one of the few markets that will see official distribution of the rare Bourbon County beers from Chicago’s Goose Island Brewery. The barrel-aged brews are some of the most sought-after and well-regarded brews in the craft world and, after launch events on...

    • Beef knuckle soup and more Cambodian cuisine at Golden Lake Eatery
      Beef knuckle soup and more Cambodian cuisine at Golden Lake Eatery

      Name of the restaurant: Golden Lake Eatery

      Who’s behind the restaurant: A mother and daughter team from Cambodia

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    • 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...

    • Free Philly cheesesteaks at The Bazaar
      Free Philly cheesesteaks at The Bazaar

      José Andrés, chef at The Bazaar at the SLS Hotel, is in town. And to celebrate, he's giving away free Philly cheesesteaks Friday from 5 to 6 p.m. 

      If you've ever tried Andrés' Philly cheesesteak, you'll know better than to expect steak, onions and peppers on a roll. And don't even think about cheese...

    • 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...

    • The flat white, or how to order a cup of coffee like Russell Crowe
      The flat white, or how to order a cup of coffee like Russell Crowe

      The flat white -- that espresso-and-milk drink that is as ubiquitous to Antipodean culture as meat pies and Lamingtons -- is having something of a moment in Los Angeles. You can, with increasing frequency, find it on the menu boards at specialty coffee shops around the city, from Coffee + Food...

    • 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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