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Late-night dining survival guide: 11 places to eat after last call

Eating after you've had a drink or two is one the finer pleasures in life. That is, after all, why before-dinner cocktails were invented and why so many restaurants direct you to the bar before you're seated. And while a five-course dinner is perfectly lovely after an aperitif, let us also consider...

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    • 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...

    • 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...

    • 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 For those who may need to brush up on their history, on Dec. 5, 1933, the 21st Amendment repealed the 18th Amendment, which prohibited the manufacture, sale and transportation of alcoholic beverages....

    • 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...

    • 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...

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

      Pork chop feasts at L.A.-area restaurants

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

    • 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...

    • The Cat & Fiddle restaurant and pub to close in December
      The Cat & Fiddle restaurant and pub to close in December

      The Cat & Fiddle restaurant and pub, the iconic spot on Sunset Boulevard known for its large courtyard patio and musician crowd, will close in December after 32 years in business, Eater LA reported

      According to owner Ashlee Gardner, who owns the restaurant along with mother Paula Gardner, a specific...

    • Hot or not? Esquire hails Faith & Flower and Chi Spacca, TripAdvisor disses
      Hot or not? Esquire hails Faith & Flower and Chi Spacca, TripAdvisor disses

      Are we hot or are we not? This week, Esquire magazine named two local restaurants as among the best new spots in the country. But just last week, the travel website TripAdvisor released its annual 10 best list and there wasn’t a Southern California spot on it.

      On the plus side, Faith and Flower...

    • 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...

    • The night Massimo Bottura met Chi Spacca
      The night Massimo Bottura met Chi Spacca

      It was the culinary equivalent of the “Odd Couple” Tuesday night when the emphatically primitivist restaurant Chi Spacca hosted a book party for the emphatically modernist Italian chef Massimo Bottura. What was most interesting, though, was how both ultimately seemed to be on the same wavelength.

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    • Petit Trois is a bistro done Lefebvre's way
      Petit Trois is a bistro done Lefebvre's way

      When you are evaluating a sushi bar, you can tell a lot by looking at the tamago, the sweetened omelet often served as a last course. To casual customers, it may be a throwaway, but the consistency and texture reveal a lot about a chef's concentration and skill. In Hong Kong-style restaurants,...

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

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

      The fourth beer...

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

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

    • 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...

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

      The Cookies for Kids' Cancer charity bake sale will take place Sunday at The Grove from 1 to 4 p.m. Brownie Brittle founder Sheila G. Mains and actress Jaime King will host the event, part of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Ian Opina from Church Key, Roger Eggleston of Cavatina at Sunset Marquis,...

    • Ludo Lefebvre's Petit Trois to expand hours and lunchtime menu
      Ludo Lefebvre's Petit Trois to expand hours and lunchtime menu

      Petit Trois, the newly opened French cafe next to Trois Mec by Ludo Lefebvre, Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook, is expanding its hours and lunch menu.

      Beginning Tuesday, the restaurant will be open from noon to midnight Monday to Friday. Starting Sept. 22, the restaurant will also be open on the weekends....

    • Scouting Report: At Field Trip, an only-in-L.A. Asian-Amish mash-up
      Scouting Report: At Field Trip, an only-in-L.A. Asian-Amish mash-up

      Name: Field Trip at the Farmers Kitchen

      The chefs: Minh Phan (Gaji, Mignardises pop-up, Beachwood Cafe) dreams up Asian-inflected savories while Sarah Lange (Hart & the Hunter, Flores & the Ladies Gunboat Society) handles the Amish-inspired pastry program.

      Concept: Breakfast, lunch or brunch by...

    • Biz News: Cucina Enoteca opens at Fashion Island

      A new Fashion Island restaurant that caught on fire during construction opened Wednesday.

      Cucina Enoteca joins other recently opened, upscale restaurants at the shopping center, including Fig and Olive and Red O.

      The restaurant offers communal seating and private tables and features a wine shop....

    • Nancy Silverton leads all-star chefs for 'Field to Fork' at the Taste
      Nancy Silverton leads all-star chefs for 'Field to Fork' at the Taste

      One of the bonafide highlights of this year's Los Angeles Times food festival The Taste will be "Field to Fork" on Saturday, Aug. 30, hosted by this year's winner of the Outstanding Chef award from the James Beard Foundation, Nancy Silverton of the Mozza Group, and Times food editor Russ Parsons.

      ...

    • In a piña colada renaissance, La Gigante rises at Warwick
      In a piña colada renaissance, La Gigante rises at Warwick

      When was the last time you had a piña colada?

      When was the last time you had a piña colada served in a pineapple?

      When was the last time you had a piña colada served in a pineapple at a nightclub in Hollywood? 

      It sounds like an improbable scenario, but mixologists Damian Windsor and Jason Bran...

    • 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...

    • Mohawk Bend, Blue Palms celebrate birthdays with craft brew blowouts
      Mohawk Bend, Blue Palms celebrate birthdays with craft brew blowouts

      Summer is slipping by at an alarming rate, but you can make the most of the dog days of August when some of L.A.’s most celebrated beer bars celebrate their birthdays.

      Mohawk Bend Turns 3

      Echo Park’s marquee craft beer bar, Mohawk Bend, is celebrating its third anniversary on Aug. 6 -- and for...

    • 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,...

    • Good Samaritan killed after saving child from attack in Hollywood
      Good Samaritan killed after saving child from attack in Hollywood

      Detectives were looking Friday for a man who fatally punched a good Samaritan who tried to fend off an attack on a child at a Hollywood fast-food restaurant.

      Gabriel Ortega, 57, of Hollywood, was inside the restaurant in the 1400 block of Vine Street on June 18 when he saw another man screaming...

    • First look: Grandpa Johnson's, an Art Deco cocktail lounge now open in Hollywood
      First look: Grandpa Johnson's, an Art Deco cocktail lounge now open in Hollywood

      It's late in the afternoon Thursday and L.A. nightlife veteran Johnny Zander is squinting in the bright sunlight, standing in the doorway to his latest Hollywood venture, Grandpa Johnson's. From the street it looks like a closed vintage jewelry store with two empty glass display cases, but a couple...

    • 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...

    • 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...

    • 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...

    • Events: World Cup at Dog Haus Biergarten, Luckyrice festival, Sabor de las Americas
      Events: World Cup at Dog Haus Biergarten, Luckyrice festival, Sabor de las Americas

      Dog Haus Biergarten in Pasadena will go full-Bavarian on Sunday at noon to watch Germany compete in the World Cup final. Any customers wearing traditional German lederhosen or dirndl gear get their first liter of beer for 7 cents. It will be happy hour all day, and the restaurant has seven large...

    • Events: Swine & Dine, truffles at Café del Rey, Crabfest 10 at Hungry Cat
      Events: Swine & Dine, truffles at Café del Rey, Crabfest 10 at Hungry Cat

      Chef Ray Garcia of Fig Restaurant in Santa Monica was just crowned the "King of Porc” after his win at the national Grand Cochon competition. To honor his win (and to boost his bragging rights), Fig is partnering with local farms to create the Swine & Dine dinner series.  The series is three nights...

    • Vending machines going gourmet for upscale customers
      Vending machines going gourmet for upscale customers

      At Hollywood & Highland Center, mere steps from Hollywood Boulevard's souvenir-hawking dives, tourists can drop up to $1,000 on fine caviar.

      But they aren't pampered with white-glove service. Tins of the delicacy are dispensed at the tap of a button — from a vending machine.

      After decades of serving...

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

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

      In all, out of 32 restaurants in...

    • Room Forty pop-in dinner, truffles at Adoteca, Art Beyond the Glass fundraiser
      Room Forty pop-in dinner, truffles at Adoteca, Art Beyond the Glass fundraiser

      Room Forty Catering is opening its tasting room in Highland Park on Thursdays at 7 p.m. for what they're calling pop-in dinners. The five-course dinners will feature dishes from chef Libry Darusman, whose background includes Mark Gold's EVA, Sinatra at the Wynn and Patina. Tickets for the July...

    • 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...

    • Crazy Pyes food truck hits Los Angeles with free pie
      Crazy Pyes food truck hits Los Angeles with free pie

      Now that food trucks are the new billboard, "Orange Is the New Black" has one of its own to promote the Netflix original series (in case you don't watch, the show's about a bisexual woman in New York sentenced to 15 months in prison for transporting drug money) -- with free pie.

      The second season...

    • Happy Hour: Grilled chicken wings, anchovies, $7 cocktails at Madera Kitchen
      Happy Hour: Grilled chicken wings, anchovies, $7 cocktails at Madera Kitchen

      Name of restaurant: Madera Kitchen

      Happy hour: The restaurant, which opened two months ago near the corner of Cahuenga Boulevard and Franklin Avenue, hosts a happy hour nightly from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Madera Kitchen also just launched a weekend brunch with two-for-one Bloody Marys and $15 bottomless...

    • The Taste food festival returns this summer to Paramount Studios
      The Taste food festival returns this summer to Paramount Studios

      The Los Angeles Times announced that The Taste, its annual celebration of Southern California’s culinary scene, will take place over Labor Day weekend at Paramount Pictures Studios’ iconic back lot.

      Five events will celebrate the city's food, dining and cocktail culture, showcasing Los Angeles'...

    • Openings: Playa Provisions, Ball & Chain, Asian Box and more
      Openings: Playa Provisions, Ball & Chain, Asian Box and more

      Restaurant openings this week include a meatball-and-beer hall on Cahuenga Boulevard in Hollywood and the first half of a four-in-one concept called Playa Provisions (so right now it's just two-in-one). Asian Box — the Northern California-based fast-casual Asian-food competitor to ShopHouse Southeast...

    • 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. Avocado tips: Best way to get unbruised avocado

    • 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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