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    • 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...

    • 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...

    • 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...

    • Scouting Report: Gwang Yang BBQ in KTown

      Scouting Report: Gwang Yang BBQ in KTown

      Name of restaurant: Gwang Yang BBQ in Koreatown Concept: A top-notch Korean barbecue restaurant, where the focus is on bulgogi — galbi's less popular cousin. The barbecue is savory, juicy, charcoal-grilled; and unlike most Korean barbecue joints, Gwang Yang is not afraid to serve its beef several...

    • 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...

    • AYCE Singaporean chili snow crab, MC Jin at Pot, 'Top Chef' pop-up at The Nosh

      AYCE Singaporean chili snow crab, MC Jin at Pot, 'Top Chef' pop-up at The Nosh

      Starry Kitchen is closing down the restaurant Saturday to cook 2000 pounds of Singaporean chili crab legs. The giant crab boil will benefit the Japanese American Cultural Community Center. Tickets are $75 for adults and $65 for kids, and include all-you-can-eat Singaporean chili snow crab legs...

    • Gary Menes' Le Comptoir finally opening next month with food straight from the garden
      Gary Menes' Le Comptoir finally opening next month with food straight from the garden

      Restaurant project construction delays are nothing new for Los Angeles chefs. Appliances and materials get back ordered. Inspections take forever. The wait can be excruciating. Just ask fans of Gary Menes, who have been waiting for the opening of his new Le Comptoir location in Koreatown at the...

    • At Commissary, Roy Choi gets to the essence of vegetables
      At Commissary, Roy Choi gets to the essence of vegetables

      Not so long ago, the greatest chefs were defined by their crawfish gratins, truffled soups and elaborate pheasant galantines. At the moment, a chef's seriousness may well depend on his or her skill in preparing carrots. Daniel Patterson, of San Francisco's Coi, infuses his carrots with the essence...

    • 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...

    • Scouting Report: The ultimate Korean shaved ice at Okrumong

      Name of restaurant: Okrumong

      Concept: The top-quality patbingsu spot we've been waiting on for years, imported straight from South Korea. (Patbingsu, by the way, is South Korea's version of shaved ice, topped with sweet red beans.) I grew up eating Nicole's and Ice Kiss, but Okrumong is on another...

    • 5 bars to try in Koreatown's new drinking scene
      5 bars to try in Koreatown's new drinking scene

      Koreatown has been the place for late-night revelry and fashionable imbibing for years. Sure, the smoky bars full of ahjussis (middle-aged men) drinking rounds of Jinro can still be found hidden in the alleyways and mini-malls of K-Town. But the drinking landscape is becoming more cosmopolitan.

      ...

    • Sit down for family-style dinners at Alimento, Pot, Tar & Roses
      Sit down for family-style dinners at Alimento, Pot, Tar & Roses

      Pass the platter, please. At one point in its long history, the late, great Campanile introduced family night on Mondays, one three-course menu served family-style from platters. At the time, when plated food ruled in restaurants, the idea seemed radical. More importantly, a good time was had by...

    • First Look: Roy Choi's Commissary is open at the Line Hotel
      First Look: Roy Choi's Commissary is open at the Line Hotel

      The sun was barely setting over Koreatown, but on the second-story roof deck of the Line Hotel nobody was in the pool. That's because everyone had flocked to the adjacent greenhouse, which now houses Commissary, the latest Roy Choi restaurant in a series of them inside the hotel (Pot, Pot Lobby...

    • Fascinated with wine pairings? One of these wine dinners could be for you
      Fascinated with wine pairings? One of these wine dinners could be for you

      For those who are fascinated by the interplay of wine and food and how certain dishes or flavors can play to a wine’s strengths, here are a few interesting wine dinners coming up soon:

      Saint Martha, Koreatown

      The jaunty new K-town wine bar is planning a special four-course prix fixe dinner on Tuesday for...

    • 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...

    • Hotel Bel-Air kids cooking classes, Superba dinner, Grab the Pots pop-up brunch
      Hotel Bel-Air kids cooking classes, Superba dinner, Grab the Pots pop-up brunch

      The Hotel Bel-Air is offering kids cooking classes with the hotel's executive chef Hugo Bolanos and pastry chef Jen Shen. Children 4 and older can sign up for an hourlong interactive introduction to cooking. Themes include making pasta, pizza ice cream, cupcakes and shortcake. Each kid will take...

    • Review: At Pot in Koreatown, Roy Choi's still messing with expectations
      Review: At Pot in Koreatown, Roy Choi's still messing with expectations

      The Line hotel's Pot isn't a careful re-creation of a Seoul buljip but Roy Choi's homage to the broad L.A. Korean American food universe in which he was raised; it is raucous, vital and engaging.

    • Luscious roasted chicken in L.A.: Superba, Vincenti, Pollo a la Brasa
      Luscious roasted chicken in L.A.: Superba, Vincenti, Pollo a la Brasa

      At open-air markets, especially in the Mediterranean, the smell of rotisserie-roasted birds wafts over the entire market, goading you into following that scent right to the source. Take it home, eat it right there — you have to have it. In the city, we're lucky enough to have some chefs and cooks...

    • Saint Martha in Koreatown and ToC open, Ford's Filling Station at L.A. Live
      Saint Martha in Koreatown and ToC open, Ford's Filling Station at L.A. Live

      Saint Martha, a new restaurant by executive chef and partner Nick Erven (Farmer's Daughter Hotel and Tart) opened Friday in a strip mall in Koreatown. The restaurant, named for the patron saint of cooks and servants, is serving up pecan wood smoked brisket with hoisin, Santa Barbara spot prawn...

    • Events: Grab the Pots pops up at Lock & Key, Smog City at Pitfire, a new Dog Haus
      Events: Grab the Pots pops up at Lock & Key, Smog City at Pitfire, a new Dog Haus

      Koreatown bar Lock & Key will be hosting a series of pop-up dining events throughout the summer season called “Grab the Pots!”. Lock & Key is collaborating with chef Nigel P. Henderson, co-founder of New Orleans-based the Nola Truck and founder/head chef of Convi Collective Catering, for this culinary...

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

    • Mexican wine at Loteria Grill, Cooking for a Cure at Plan Check, Filipino food pop-up
      Mexican wine at Loteria Grill, Cooking for a Cure at Plan Check, Filipino food pop-up

      Loteria Hollywood will offer an eight-course tasting menu by Jimmy Shaw and Mision 19 chef Javier Plascencia on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Each dish will be paired with a wine from Baja California. Maite Gomez-Rejon from LA Artbites will give a brief history of Mexican wine and sommelier Lui Hussong...

    • Where to find great sea urchin dishes in the L.A. area
      Where to find great sea urchin dishes in the L.A. area

      In California, sea urchin wasn't always considered to be the delicacy it is today. You could walk along any beach and find sea urchins by the dozens languishing undisturbed in tide pools and crevices. Of course, Japanese and Italians as well as anybody who's immigrated here from the Mediterranean...

    • An around-the-world tour with 6 great rice salads in L.A.
      An around-the-world tour with 6 great rice salads in L.A.

      If you are like most readers of The Times' Food pages, you probably read Russ Parsons’ article on rice salad last weekend. You may have even saved that great-sounding recipe for cucumber-yogurt rice salad to your Evernote. But did you also wonder where you might find rice salad in a restaurant?...

    • On tap: Beer Belly, Hangar 24 and Smog City celebrate birthdays
      On tap: Beer Belly, Hangar 24 and Smog City celebrate birthdays

      Ever notice how the birthday of your family members, friends and friend’s kids seem to come in packs? You’ll go a month without having to buy a card or grab a bottle of wine in a panic before a party, then suddenly you have a weekend full of parties, dinners, and stops for “just one quick drink”...

    • Events: Chinatown After Dark, Taste of Main Street, Koreatown dish crawl
      Events: Chinatown After Dark, Taste of Main Street, Koreatown dish crawl

      The Chinatown Afer Dark food and music series kicks off Thursday from 6 to 10 p.m. at Central Plaza and will continue the third Thursday of every month through September. Vendors will include Coffee Guys, PopFanz, Velvet Rope Cakes and more. Some of the participating food trucks include Kogi BBQ,...

    • 'Chef' star Jon Favreau, Roy Choi to host El Jefe pop-up at Pot on Thursday
      'Chef' star Jon Favreau, Roy Choi to host El Jefe pop-up at Pot on Thursday

      It's like movie magic: It looks as if Jon Favreau, who stars as chef of a Cuban sandwich food truck called El Jefe in the new culinary rom-com "Chef," and Roy Choi will be hosting a pop-up at Pot Lobby Bar, the recently opened spot in Koreatown's Line Hotel.  

      On Monday, Choi, who was food consultant...

    • Roy Choi's Pot is open: Hot pots, uni dynamite and Bell Biv DeVoe
      Roy Choi's Pot is open: Hot pots, uni dynamite and Bell Biv DeVoe

      Roy Choi's Pot opened in the Line Hotel in Koreatown on Tuesday, the prime spot for galbi-loving fans of '80s R&B looking for the edge of modern design and creative-agency touches along with the built-in option of an after-the-party-it's-the-hotel-lobby cocktail or shave ice.

      On the menu: shared,...

    • Pot Cafe is open in the Line Hotel: French bread pizza, butter mochi bars and more
      Pot Cafe is open in the Line Hotel: French bread pizza, butter mochi bars and more

      Pot Cafe, the bakery annex of Roy Choi's Pot lobby bar and still-to-come Pot restaurant in Koreatown's Line Hotel, is now open. Tucked into a corner of the main floor of the hotel, it's Choi's version of a Korean bakery.

      "It's set up like any bakery but instead of Danish and croissants and morning...

    • Philly cheesesteaks, wings and fried chicken sandwiches at Whiz in Koreatown
      Philly cheesesteaks, wings and fried chicken sandwiches at Whiz in Koreatown

      Name of restaurant: WhizWhat dish represents the restaurant, and why? The Whiz Wit Philly cheesesteak. It's a pure, no-fuss cheesesteak wrapped in a foil paper that's greasy to the touch.  A whole lot of meat, shaved paper-thin, is covered with soft, grilled onions and house-made cheese whiz. The...

    • Where you have to go whole hog, try these three places in the L.A. area
      Where you have to go whole hog, try these three places in the L.A. area

      Critic's Choice: Sometimes a chop or a rasher just won't sate that pork craving. That's when these three spots become the place to pig out.

    • White Russians, uni cocktails: Roy Choi's Pot Bar opens in Koreatown's Line Hotel
      White Russians, uni cocktails: Roy Choi's Pot Bar opens in Koreatown's Line Hotel

      Sometimes your favorite bar is an intimate speakeasy where the martinis are stirred and the Penicillins are made with single-malt Scotch in an atmosphere of reverence and subdued sparkle. And sometimes your favorite watering hole is a ring of a bar in a hotel lobby smack dab in the middle of K-Town's...

    • Actress Zoe Saldana explores new worlds with home sale
      Actress Zoe Saldana explores new worlds with home sale

      Saldana sells her contemporary-style home in Los Feliz for $1.149 million.

    • Party in Koreatown? Opening discounts at a stylish new L.A. hotel
      Party in Koreatown? Opening discounts at a stylish new L.A. hotel

      The Line hotel, a fashion-forward new hotel at 3515 Wilshire Blvd. in Koreatown, will kick off a “soft opening” on Jan. 1 with rates of $168 nightly.

      Before you rush to book -- and from the looks of the hotel’s website, it is tempting to rush -- bear in mind that the place isn’t finished. In January,...

    • Neal McDonough sells home in Windsor Square
      Neal McDonough sells home in Windsor Square

      Actor Neal McDonough and his wife, Ruve, have sold their home in L.A.'s Windsor Square for $2.65 million.

      The Colonial-style home, built in 1922, features coved ceilings, wainscoting, French doors and vintage glass doorknobs. The split-level family room opens to a patio with an outdoor kitchen,...

    • Mystery meat dish in Koreatown a tasty surprise
      Mystery meat dish in Koreatown a tasty surprise

      When I was in Korea a few weeks ago, I fell in love with something called tteok galbi, hand-chopped beef short ribs mixed with vegetables, aromatics, sometimes even pork, then grilled over a hot charcoal fire. Tteok is the Korean word for rice cake, but the patties are so called because they look...

    • 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.

    • Sushi bowls by day, live octopus by night at Hwal Uh Kwang Jang
      Sushi bowls by day, live octopus by night at Hwal Uh Kwang Jang

      Name of restaurant: Hwal Uh Kwang Jang

      What dish represents the restaurant, and why? Their hwaedupbap (sushi rice bowl) lunch special brings in the Koreatown regulars. Hwaedupbap literally means rice covered in raw fish. For $6.99, you get a large bowl of the assorted raw fish, chopped curly leaf...

    • Gary Menes' Le Comptoir to open in Normandie Hotel in 2014
      Gary Menes' Le Comptoir to open in Normandie Hotel in 2014

      Pop-up Le Comptoir gets a permanent home next year when chef Gary Menes settles into a space at the renovated Hotel Normandie in Koreatown.  

      "It will be very, very intimate," Menes said of the 527-square-foot space that will house a counter (that's what Le Comptoir means) for only eight diners....

    • 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

    • 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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