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Alhambra's ramen row: 4 ramen shops, 2 miles

On a map, it may look like anywhere in Los Angeles is a 30-minute drive away, but turn on the traffic-aware settings and a short drive may turn into an hour of bumper-to-bumper traffic.  It’s times like these when diners on the Eastside may think twice about heading west on the 10 Freeway for ramen...

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    • Ohana Brewing finally gets a tasting room of its own -- in Alhambra

      Ohana Brewing finally gets a tasting room of its own -- in Alhambra

      Ohana Brewing Co. has been making beer for nearly two years, but until this week there was no dedicated taproom space for Ohana's fans to sample the beers. Though the downtown Los Angeles production brewery will remain closed to the public for the time being, a cozy tasting room is now open in...

    • 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...

    • Chengdu Taste's 'secret menu' revealed: spicy shrimp with sizzling rice, and more

      Chengdu Taste's 'secret menu' revealed: spicy shrimp with sizzling rice, and more

      Regulars at Chengdu Taste, the Alhambra Sichuan restaurant famous for its toothpick lamb and its two-hour wait for a table, know they can order specials off the menu. Stop in for dinner, and servers regularly carry platters of lion fish -- a "secret menu" special of intricately sliced and deep-fried...

    • Jonathan Gold picks 7 places for rainy-day pho

      Jonathan Gold picks 7 places for rainy-day pho

      Is there anything more annoying than the friend who corrects your pronunciation of pho, insisting that you call the Vietnamese beef noodle soup "fuh" instead of "foe" – that girl who rolls her eyes at the idea of a restaurant called "9021Pho?" Perhaps not. But when the weather is damp, the radio...

    • 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.

    • Ohana Brewing plans Alhambra tasting room

      Ohana Brewing plans Alhambra tasting room

      The small team at Ohana Brewing Co. has been busily making a wide variety of beers in its downtown-adjacent brewery for more than a year, but there hasn’t been a tasting room to visit where you could sample the parade of brews (almost every release over the last year has been a new recipe). This...

    • Jonathan Gold's six favorite dumplings
      Jonathan Gold's six favorite dumplings

      Today marks the opening of the Glendale branch of Din Tai Fung, the famous Taiwan-based soup-dumpling chain, which will finally give Glendale something in common with Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong -- and Arcadia, where two restaurants, one next door to the other, have drawn hordes of xiao long bao...

    • Chengdu Taste's secret-menu item — lion fish — is a rare find
      Chengdu Taste's secret-menu item — lion fish — is a rare find

      When my friends Margy Rochlin and Anne Fishbein traveled to China with a delegation of women chefs a dozen years ago, they visited cooking school after cooking school to witness the progress that was being made in provincial Chinese kitchens. And in the article they produced for Gourmet, something...

    • For National Cheeseburger Day, free mini cheeseburgers at Dog Haus
      For National Cheeseburger Day, free mini cheeseburgers at Dog Haus

      Drop your kale salads! It's National Cheeseburger Day, and Dog Haus is offering its new mini cheeseburger for free at all of its locations until 5 p.m. Wednesday.

      Though there are several competing claims about who invented the first cheeseburger, one story attributes it to a fry cook in Pasadena....

    • Jonathan Gold's $15 Chinese broccoli dish that's worth every penny
      Jonathan Gold's $15 Chinese broccoli dish that's worth every penny

      You may, in the course of your travels, alight at New Bay Seafood, in a building that has been home to approximately a trillion Hong Kong-style restaurants since it began as Jumbo Seafood in the first San Gabriel Valley Chinese restaurant-boom in the early 1980s. And if you are familiar with the...

    • Jonathan Gold | L.A. restaurant review: Chengdu Taste serves down-home Sichuan
      Jonathan Gold | L.A. restaurant review: Chengdu Taste serves down-home Sichuan

      Along with its many unique dishes, the acclaimed restaurant's menu now features Diced Rabbit With Younger Sister's Secret Recipe.

    • Hong Kong cafes: Six ways to stay up late in San Gabriel Valley
      Hong Kong cafes: Six ways to stay up late in San Gabriel Valley

      While the San Gabriel Valley isn’t exactly the most ideal place for partying in Los Angeles, you can count on it for some cheap late-night grub when the post-clubbing crowd files in after a long night.

      Billed as Hong Kong cafes, these late-night diners offer an eclectic mix of Cantonese and westernized...

    • Asian American youth culture is coming of age in 'the 626'
      Asian American youth culture is coming of age in 'the 626'

      San Gabriel Valley locals celebrate the 'fusion lifestyle' they're forging. It draws on U.S. hip-hop and Chinese dialects, includes Instagram and pho. Boba is a must.

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      Atlantic on the move

      As Los Angeles' boulevards reassert their place in the public realm, the transformation along Atlantic offers glimpses of a new city identity taking shape. As Los Angeles' boulevards reassert their place in the public realm, the transformation along Atlantic offers glimpses of a new city identity...

    • 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.

      ...

    • 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...

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    • 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...

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      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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