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    • Zach Pollack turns Italian food upside down at Alimento

      Zach Pollack turns Italian food upside down at Alimento

      If you've been to a party in Silver Lake lately, gulped sulfite-free Grenache on a back porch lighted year-round with votive candles and strings of Christmas lights, you know certain things to be true. The neighborhood is not on the Eastside, no matter how passionately some of its residents insist...

    • Ease into the weekend with a leisurely brunch

      Ease into the weekend with a leisurely brunch

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

    • Scouting Report: Eric Park's new comfort food at ROOTS at Black Hogg

      Scouting Report: Eric Park's new comfort food at ROOTS at Black Hogg

      Name of restaurant:  ROOTS at Black Hogg. Chef/Owner: Chef Eric Park originally opened Black Hogg in Silver Lake back in March 2012. After closing his gastropub for a remodel in July, he recently opened a temporary popup called ROOTS at Black Hogg. Concept: Heartfelt comfort food. The dishes are...

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

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

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

    • 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...

    • Free Blaze pizza, Haché LA opens in Silver Lake, Crossroads brunch

      Free Blaze pizza, Haché LA opens in Silver Lake, Crossroads brunch

      Peter Koral, founder of 7 For All Mankind premium denim company, is opening a Blaze Pizza in South Gate today. To celebrate, the restaurant will offer free build-your-own pizzas on Friday between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. For a free pizza, just follow Blaze Pizza on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. If...

    • 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...

    • Chef tracking: 'Top Chef Duels,' new chefs at Firefly and Culina, Black Hogg makeover
      Chef tracking: 'Top Chef Duels,' new chefs at Firefly and Culina, Black Hogg makeover

      If you're tracking chefs, here's what several Los Angeles toques are up to and/or which restaurants they've moved on to. In addition, several L.A. chefs will be appearing in a new Bravo reality series. And a few restaurants have recently closed, or are in the midst of a transformation.... 

      Four...

    • Italian sisters' Gioiello captures honey's character in a glass
      Italian sisters' Gioiello captures honey's character in a glass

      Before the cocktail craze, before the tequila and mescal craze, there was the grappa craze. Bars and primarily Italian restaurants routinely stocked dozens of high-priced bottles. Some bore the label of prominent winemakers. Some came in eccentric glass bottles that mimicked perfume bottles. Some...

    • At Night + Market Song, just eat, don't ask
      At Night + Market Song, just eat, don't ask

      If you want to understand Night + Market Song, Kris Yenbamroong's new Thai restaurant in Silver Lake, you could do worse than to look at the luu suk, a puddle of warm pig blood, strewn with feathery Southeast Asian herbs, served in a shallow bowl. The herbs are fragrant, pungent and fresh; the...

    • Zach Pollack's Alimento opens in Silver Lake
      Zach Pollack's Alimento opens in Silver Lake

      Zach Pollack hopes to add to Silver Lake's already burgeoning restaurant scene with Thursday's opening of his first solo restaurant, Alimento.

      Pollack’s style is regional Italian with a twist. In past projects, Pollack formed his menus by relying on strict southern Italian traditions. With Alimento,...

    • What's the secret in Secret Chinese Delivery? Los Feliz, Silver Lake are finding out
      What's the secret in Secret Chinese Delivery? Los Feliz, Silver Lake are finding out

      Just about everybody I know in New York must get takeout of some sort two or three times a week. Most homes have a drawer stuffed with takeout menus. It’s a way of life.

      Not so much here. I know my New Yorker husband misses his Chinese takeout, so when I heard about the new Secret Chinese Delivery...

    • Outdoor dining picks in the L.A. area: Cliff's Edge, AOC, Malibu Farm
      Outdoor dining picks in the L.A. area: Cliff's Edge, AOC, Malibu Farm

      When I lived in the Bay Area, it was warm enough to dine outside only three, maybe four nights a year — and even then I sometimes had to hand out sweaters. L.A., though, is paradise for those like me who'd eat outdoors every night if we could. And restaurateurs are beginning to realize what an...

    • 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...

    • 6 stress-free picnic boxes to pick up for the 4th of July
      6 stress-free picnic boxes to pick up for the 4th of July

      Red-checkered blankets and wicker baskets may seem like a cliche, but the American picnic is making a comeback in Los Angeles, just in time for Independence Day. Don't be fooled, your childhood picnic favorites aren't on the menu this 4th of July. Many popular restaurants in the L.A. area are offering...

    • 5 new reasons to love eating in Silver Lake
      5 new reasons to love eating in Silver Lake

      A slew of restaurant openings along Sunset Boulevard has brought new dining options to Silver Lake that include homestyle Taiwanese dishes and tea drinks, Northern Thai specialties from Night + Market's Kris Yenbamroong and Indian vegetarian street food from Westside favorite Samosa House.

      So whether...

    • Guy who delivered pizza to Oscars is now making pizza at Wood
      Guy who delivered pizza to Oscars is now making pizza at Wood

      When Academy Awards host Ellen DeGeneres ordered pizza in the middle of the Oscars, it was Edgar Martirosyan, delivery guy and co-franchisee of Big Mama's & Papa's on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, who showed up with the pies. 

      Now he and his brother Erik have opened pizza restaurant Wood in Silver...

    • Pine & Crane for when you crave beef rolls and 'three cup chicken' in Silver Lake
      Pine & Crane for when you crave beef rolls and 'three cup chicken' in Silver Lake

      Name of restaurant: Pine & Crane Noodle Co.

      Chef: Chef-owner Vivian Ku and "old school" Taiwanese chef Allan Lai.

      What dish represents the restaurant and why? "Three cup chicken" (sanbeiji). It's a chicken dish that's a specialty of Ningdu in the southern Chinese province of Jiangxi, whose name...

    • Stuffed quesadillas, Milanesa tortas and margaritas at El Condor in Silver Lake
      Stuffed quesadillas, Milanesa tortas and margaritas at El Condor in Silver Lake

      Name of restaurant: El Condor

      Concept: A new Mexican restaurant by L&E Oyster Bar owners Tyler Bell and Dustin Lancaster in the former El Conquistador space. They're serving up tacos with handmade tortillas, green- and red-sauced enchiladas on hot skillets, tortas stuffed with Milanesa and chorizo...

    • Dozens of Mezcal labels now line the shelves
      Dozens of Mezcal labels now line the shelves

      Stores have begun stocking the spirit, with some delving deeply into the once-uncommon drink.

    • Night + Market Song opens Monday in Silver Lake
      Night + Market Song opens Monday in Silver Lake

      Among fans of West Hollywood Thai restaurant Night + Market, anticipation for the opening of its sister iteration in Silver Lake has been virtually palpable. Drive down Sunset Boulevard toward Micheltorena and past Night + Market Song's pink facade and the craving for chef-owner Kris Yenbamroong's...

    • Three cozy restaurants for when it's dinner for two
      Three cozy restaurants for when it's dinner for two

      Critic's Choice: When planning a cozy dinner for two, three Los Angeles restaurants stand out on the list: Acabar, Barbrix and Orsa & Winston.

    • Halloween 2013: Candy and wine pairings, free pancakes, cocktail specials and more
      Halloween 2013: Candy and wine pairings, free pancakes, cocktail specials and more

      Halloween is the perfect excuse to down mounds of candy, sip down ghoul-inspired cocktails and eat your fill of pumpkins. Throw in your favorite costume and you're ready for a night of spooky indulgence. Here are some places around town offering freebies, specials, music and costume contests:

      Freebie...

    • 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...

    • Juicery favorite Moon Juice opens new Silver Lake location
      Juicery favorite Moon Juice opens new Silver Lake location

      The Venice hit juicery Moon Juice is expanding to Silver Lake, owner Amanda Chantal Bacon's second location offering her take on cold-pressed juices and raw food.

      Moon Juice Silver Lake, next door to Pho Cafe in a Sunset Boulevard strip mall, is scheduled to open its doors this weekend.

      On a hot...

    • Jay's Bar: Strip mall sanctuary in Silver Lake
      Jay's Bar: Strip mall sanctuary in Silver Lake

      Los Angeles is known for its endless miles of faceless strip malls. However, true Angelenos know that greatness often lurks in the midst of all that beige paint and unappealing signage. And we react with the pleasure of true urban explorers when we stumble across a hidden gem in this tangled concrete...

    • 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...

    • Critic's Choice: Forget caviar — it's time to indulge in raw oysters
      Critic's Choice: Forget caviar — it's time to indulge in raw oysters

      Craving a giant iced platter of raw oysters? Try Cliff's Edge, where they're a bargain on Thursday nights; L&E Oyster Bar and its 'daily dozen'; or Church & State downtown.

    • 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,...

    • 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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