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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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    • Little Flower's Christine Moore opens Lincoln in Pasadena

      Little Flower's Christine Moore opens Lincoln in Pasadena

      After well over a year of hard work turning a 1920s-era abandoned brick building in northern Pasadena into an airy, utterly gorgeous functioning restaurant, Christine Moore and her business partner Pam Perkins opened Lincoln just after dawn Monday. Pasadena residents and sea salt caramel addicts...

    • 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...

    • Steak 'n Shake and Japadog to open in Santa Monica, Ice-Cream Lab in Pasadena

      Steak 'n Shake and Japadog to open in Santa Monica, Ice-Cream Lab in Pasadena

      The Steak 'n Shake restaurant chain is opening a location on the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica Tuesday. Steak 'n Shake, known for its steakburgers and milkshakes will serve its signature burgers, including the Double 'n Cheese Steakburger, hand-dipped milk shakes, freshly-squeezed lemonade,...

    • Suspect in Pasadena couple's stabbing deaths charged with murder

      Suspect in Pasadena couple's stabbing deaths charged with murder

      A 29-year-old man suspected of stabbing to death a Pasadena culinary school instructor and his wife inside their apartment was charged Wednesday with two counts of capital murder. The charges against Jacob Bersson come with a special circumstance allegation of multiple murders in the deaths of...

    • Suspect in Pasadena double-killing was victim's cousin, police say

      Suspect in Pasadena double-killing was victim's cousin, police say

      The man accused of stabbing a Pasadena culinary school instructor and his wife to death in their apartment early Monday has been identified by police as Jacob Mallory Bersson, 29, a cousin of the slain husband. Bersson was found bloodied about a block away from where he allegedly fatally stabbed...

    • Restaurants with wine in kegs

      Restaurants with wine in kegs

      Some places where you can try wines on tap: Bäco Mercat This popular downtown L.A. restaurant has just one wine on tap, but it's a terrific one: Alta Maria 2013 "Carbonic" Pinot Noir made in the style of Beaujolais, $13 a glass. Bäco Mercat, 408 S. Main St., Los Angeles, (213) 687-8808, www.bacomercat.com...

    • Chef of the moment: Anthony Carron of 800 Degrees proudly wields his tongs
      Chef of the moment: Anthony Carron of 800 Degrees proudly wields his tongs

      Anthony Carron is the chef and co-creator of 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria, the Los Angeles-based build-your-own pizza chain. Before slinging pies, Carron started as a prep cook in a cafe in St. Paul, Minn., and eventually purchased and reinvented the 40-year-old Olivette Diner in St. Louis....

    • Six restaurants in Pasadena to try right now
      Six restaurants in Pasadena to try right now

      Pasadena may best be known as that little town with the Rose Parade and the big college bowl game. And isn't it where the little old lady in that Jan and Dean song is from? However, as far as dining is concerned, it's always been on the conservative side. But with a recent influx of eclectic chefs...

    • Meat District Co. to open in Old Town Pasadena with steak, burgers, meat on a hook
      Meat District Co. to open in Old Town Pasadena with steak, burgers, meat on a hook

      Meat District Co., a new meat-centric restaurant, is slated to open on Raymond in Old Town Pasadena on Aug. 25. The restaurant, by Platinum Restaurant Group in Australia, will offer steaks, premium burgers, salads and a special meat skewer served on a hook.

      The hook is just one of the menu items...

    • 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...

    • Read 'Josey Baker Bread' and let your bread-baking beast out
      Read 'Josey Baker Bread' and let your bread-baking beast out

      It would be tough to write a bread book to compete with Chad Robertson’s definitive Tartine cookbooks. But another passionate San Francisco baker, Josey Baker, is taking him on with “Josey Baker Bread: Get Baking. Make Great Bread. Be Happy.” 

      Baker (that's his real name, truly) is not going for...

    • 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...

    • Ceviche spots in Los Angeles area
      Ceviche spots in Los Angeles area

      Deep into summer, when a bouillabaisse or even a grilled fish seems like too much, that's the moment for ceviche. What can be simpler or more refreshing than raw fish or seafood "cooked" in lime juice and garnished with chile and cilantro? We've all enjoyed the basic, but some newish places are...

    • New Panda Express has customizable orange chicken wraps, salads, boba tea bar
      New Panda Express has customizable orange chicken wraps, salads, boba tea bar

      A Panda Express innovation kitchen and tea bar is now open in the Hastings Ranch area of Pasadena. The recognizable panda logo is on the door, but don't expect to walk up to the counter and order a two-item combo in a Styrofoam box. At this new fast-casual concept, customers can order their favorite...

    • Events: Tablas Creek at Tam O'Shanter, Olivi at Chianina, G&Ts at Waterloo & City
      Events: Tablas Creek at Tam O'Shanter, Olivi at Chianina, G&Ts at Waterloo & City

      Anybody have room to slip a special wine dinner into your schedule? These events can be not only fun but educational. Without having to buy an entire bottle, you get to taste wines from a single producer with food that a chef has designed to show them off. And if the winemaker is in attendance,...

    • Events: Boyle Heights Heroes, Golden Gopher turns 10, bread baking at Grist & Toll
      Events: Boyle Heights Heroes, Golden Gopher turns 10, bread baking at Grist & Toll

      On Sunday, Breed Street Shul Project is hosting “Boyle Heights Heroes,” a series of conversations featuring a panel of Boyle Heights’ famous foodies. The panel will be moderated by Evan Kleiman, host of KCRW-FM's “Good Food” and panelists include Izzy Freeman, owner of Izzy’s Deli in Santa Monica;...

    • Chef of the Moment: Union's Bruce Kalman, fresh in Old Town
      Chef of the Moment: Union's Bruce Kalman, fresh in Old Town

      Bruce Kalman is the executive chef of Union, the northern-Italian-meets-California-cuisine restaurant in Pasadena’s Old Town, where the local farmers market schedule is written on a prominent chalkboard in the dining room and the menu is sprinkled with his “vine-to-jar” line of pickles. Kalman,...

    • 50-cent breakfast at Guisados and 4-cent sangria at La Grande Orange in Pasadena
      50-cent breakfast at Guisados and 4-cent sangria at La Grande Orange in Pasadena

      Guisados in Boyle Heights is opening Friday from 8 to 11 a.m. for a special test run of the restaurant's future breakfast menu. The restaurant, known for its hand-made tortillas and stewed meats, is planning on serving breakfast at its soon-to-open location in downtown. Guisados made the announcement...

    • L.A. Street Food Fest: Crispy octopus tacos, churro ice cream sandwiches and more
      L.A. Street Food Fest: Crispy octopus tacos, churro ice cream sandwiches and more

      The 5th annual L.A. Street Food Festival took place over the weekend at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. More than 6,000 people showed up to sample a little bit of the more than 100 food and drink vendors.

      The daylong event concluded with an awards ceremony that included Vaka Burgers, Salt & Straw, Churro...

    • Pasadena's Union is not your same ol' Old Town
      Pasadena's Union is not your same ol' Old Town

      Old Town Pasadena — Old Pasadena, the chamber of commerce calls it — is one of the most restaurant-intensive neighborhoods in the world. More than 100 places are packed into a few blocks, with plentiful city parking, light rail stations and a concentration of pedestrians unprecedented elsewhere...

    • Japanese Gourmet Fair, Tacolandia, DTLA Night Market, L.A. Street Food Fest
      Japanese Gourmet Fair, Tacolandia, DTLA Night Market, L.A. Street Food Fest

      The next two weeks are for you, aficionados of global street food. Love Tokyo shio ramen and Hokkaido crab inari? Beijing-style lamb skewers and Taiwanese shaved snow? Carnitas tacos? Cochinita pibil? Grilled cheese sandwiches? Spam musubi? Ramen burgers? Then the Japanese Gourmet Fair, DTLA Night...

    • 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...

    • 8 steak spots for Father's Day and a free burger to boot
      8 steak spots for Father's Day and a free burger to boot

      This Sunday is Father’s Day. For a lot of dads, that might mean one thing -- meat. And when it comes to meat, what's more satisfying than a juicy steak? Take a stab at one of these eateries to satisfy your father’s beefy cravings:

      Oliver’s Prime is offering a “Steak and Scotch” special for dads...

    • 10 great L.A.-meets-Naples Margherita pizzas
      10 great L.A.-meets-Naples Margherita pizzas

      It’s hard to write about Los Angeles pizza without getting a little defensive. Non-Angelenos love to hate our city, and after they exhaust the topics of traffic and Hollywood, they accuse us of having no pizza. This is a preposterous accusation. Los Angeles may not have a storied regional style...

    • 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...

    • Pasadena: Little Sheep opens; Meat District coming soon; Haven Gastropub closes
      Pasadena: Little Sheep opens; Meat District coming soon; Haven Gastropub closes

      Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot, the San Gabriel spot known for its house yin yang hot pot with two broths has opened a location in Old Town Pasadena. The restaurant took over a space on Fair Oaks Avenue about a month ago. The Pasadena Little Sheep has the same menu as the San Gabriel location,...

    • BEP Vietnamese Kitchen pops up at Picnik in Pasadena this weekend
      BEP Vietnamese Kitchen pops up at Picnik in Pasadena this weekend

      Chef Connie Tran brings her BEP Vietnamese Kitchen pop-up this weekend to Picnik, the newly opened restaurant from chef Eduardo Ruiz in Pasadena.

      Tran, who grew up and started cooking in the kitchen of her uncle's Little Saigon restaurant Cafe d'Orient, will offer a nine-course dinner at Picnik...

    • Ruth Reichl returns to Southern California to celebrate 'Delicious'
      Ruth Reichl returns to Southern California to celebrate 'Delicious'

      Ruth Reichl is coming back to Los Angeles, if only for a day, and if only to celebrate her first novel, the just-published "Delicious."

      Reichl is former restaurant critic at the Los Angeles Times and New York Times, former editor of Gourmet magazine and is already author of a string of best-selling...

    • Where to get Mother's Day brunch
      Where to get Mother's Day brunch

      Give mom the gift of brunch on Mother's Day. Here are some restaurants and bars around town offering brunch specials. 

      The Abbey Food + Bar will have a "drag-centric" brunch hosted by West Hollywood diva "Momma." All moms in attendance will receive a free mimosa with the purchase of an entree....

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      Boozy boba, 3-D latte art: 5 quintessential L.A. tea house drinks

      Tea doesn’t get enough credit. But luckily, Los Angeles has turned into a hub for tea shops; there is by no means a shortage. Head on over to the San Gabriel Valley and you will find that tea shops outnumber their coffee counterparts.

      The usual offerings are plain teas, milk teas and flavored boba...

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      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.

      ...

    • Chef(-butcher) of the Moment: Michael Puglisi goes whole pig at Picnik in Pasadena
      Chef(-butcher) of the Moment: Michael Puglisi goes whole pig at Picnik in Pasadena

      Michael Puglisi is the chef-butcher who is behind the sausages and cuts of roasted pork shoulder at Eduardo Ruiz’s Picnik in Pasadena and is soon to open his own Electric City Butcher Shop in Santa Ana. Puglisi, whose family is Sicilian, started cooking at a small bistro in upstate New York, then...

    • Cooking classes: Jamie Oliver's truck, culinary scholarships and bread from scratch
      Cooking classes: Jamie Oliver's truck, culinary scholarships and bread from scratch

      Looking to teach your kids (or anyone else) how to break the fast-food habit? Television chef Jamie Oliver’s Big Rig Teaching Kitchen will be visiting South Los Angeles in April. There will be a series of free cooking classes beginning April 8 and running through April 25. Sign up online.

      The one-hour...

    • Corazon y Miel's Eddie Ruiz to open beer and sausage house in Pasadena
      Corazon y Miel's Eddie Ruiz to open beer and sausage house in Pasadena

      Eduardo Ruiz, chef of Corazón y Miel in Bell, is opening a new restaurant – Picnik -- in Old Town Pasadena, moving into the current location of 168 Restaurant & Lounge on Colorado Boulevard.

      Picnik is scheduled to open March 15, serving craft beer and house-made sausages in a collaboration with...

    • New in Old Town: Bruce Kalman to open Union in Pasadena in March
      New in Old Town: Bruce Kalman to open Union in Pasadena in March

      Bruce Kalman, who was chef at the Churchill and erstwhile Urbano Pizza Bar and also has his own pickle company, is planning to open Union with his partner, Marie Petulla, next month in Pasadena.

      The 50-seat restaurant and bar, located in Old Town next to Pop Champagne & Dessert Bar, will feature...

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      Produce trucks a slice of home for Latino immigrants

      Offering household sundries as well as fresh produce, an even more cherished commodity they provide is a public meeting spot like the plaza.

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      A pizza place for every persuasion

      Counter Intelligence: With a vast variety of pizza makers throughout the Southland, there's a perfect pie to suit any opinion. Here's where to find them.

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      Compound where singer Katy Perry never made a grand entrance sells

      Katy Perry has sold her fortress-like property in Hollywood Hills West for $5.565 million. She bought it in 2011 with then-husband Russell Brand, but they never moved in and divorced a year later.

    • Developers see Pasadena as an inland version of Silicon Beach
      Developers see Pasadena as an inland version of Silicon Beach

      Entrepreneur David Sacks and Rising Realty have bought three century-old buildings in Old Pasadena and plan to transform them into a hub for tech start-ups.

    • 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...

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      The A to Z of Los Angeles pizza

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      Jonathan Gold's 101 best restaurants in L.A.

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      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

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      The great L.A. coffee scene: Your dream caffeine fix may be just around the corner

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      5 best not-Cronuts in L.A. (and a map that includes all the rest)

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      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.

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      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.

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      L.A. restaurants: Top 13 spots on hotter-than-ever Sawtelle Boulevard

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      Shin Sen Gumi officially opened...

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      Chicken karaage list: 6 great places to get your fried fix

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    • Best banh mi sandwiches
      Best banh mi sandwiches

    • Where to find the best bibimbap
      Where to find the best bibimbap

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      Easy dinner ideas from the Los Angeles Times California Cookbook

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      The $10,000 martini

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      The hunt's on: Three restaurants deep into game this season

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      25 Cinco de Mayo recipes: Guacamole, tostadas, chiles rellenos and more

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      Three L.A. restaurants that are good brunch bets

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      Places to eat for $5 or less in Southern California

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      Pancakes, on a grand or silver-dollar scale, in L.A.

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