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10 new and notable restaurants in Santa Monica

If you're attempting to keep up with the restaurant scene in L.A., lately you may have found yourself eating a lot of dinners west of the 405 Freeway. That's because more and more of the ciy's restaurants are opening in Santa Monica, where the board shorts are plentiful and so is the avocado toast....

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    • Craftsman and Wolves patisserie to bring the 'rebel within' to Culver City

      Craftsman and Wolves patisserie to bring the 'rebel within' to Culver City

      Craftsman and Wolves, the San Francisco patisserie and retail store known for its chocolate croissant stacks and soft egg-stuffed "rebel within" muffin, will open a location in Culver City. The Southern California outlet is slated to open in August in the new Platform boutique retail center.  The...

    • Chef Heidi Curry comes full circle with Dunkin' Donuts

      Chef Heidi Curry comes full circle with Dunkin' Donuts

      Chef Heidi Curry, the senior manager of bakery research and development at Dunkin' Brands, may have one of the most enviable jobs in the culinary world. She spends her days testing and tasting doughnuts and other Dunkin' products. She was also part of the innovation team that developed the brand's...

    • Brunello di Montalcino at Valentino, gin and tonics at Greystone

      Brunello di Montalcino at Valentino, gin and tonics at Greystone

      Chianti may be the best-known wine in Tuscany, but it’s Brunello di Montalcino that connoisseurs regard as the region's king of wines. And Friday night, you have a chance to taste some of the best examples at a special dinner put on by the Consorzio di Brunello di Montalcino honoring Santa Monica’s...

    • First look: Chili rice cakes, poke and musubi at Roy Choi's re-imagined A-Frame

      First look: Chili rice cakes, poke and musubi at Roy Choi's re-imagined A-Frame

      The A-Frame you know and love, Roy Choi's I-Hop frame turned blond wooded modern picnic haven, will reopen as Choi's version of an L.A.-skewed Hawaiian restaurant on Friday. After five years of turning out the famous cracklin' beer can chicken, pickle plates and green curry-coconut milk clam chowder,...

    • Mark Strausman of Freds at Barneys New York is big on fennel pollen

      Mark Strausman of Freds at Barneys New York is big on fennel pollen

      Mark Strausman is the chef at Freds at Barneys New York in Beverly Hills, which recently opened in the former fifth-floor Barney Greengrass space. Before signing on as the chef at all Freds locations, including sister restaurants in New York and Chicago, Strausman graduated from New York City Technical...

    • Scratch Bar chef declares Back of the House Appreciation Month, #BAM

      Scratch Bar chef declares Back of the House Appreciation Month, #BAM

      If you’re part of a restaurant’s back of the house staff, also known as the BOH in the industry, chef Phillip Frankland Lee wants to treat you to a free meal. The Scratch Bar and the Gadarene Swine chef has declared the entire month of February Back of the House Appreciation Month, along with the...

    • Changes at Venice's beloved Rose Cafe stir up protests
      Changes at Venice's beloved Rose Cafe stir up protests

      Watch out if you’re thinking about messing with a landmark. Bill Chait might have thought he was doing a good thing by buying Venice’s beloved artist hangout Rose Café and updating the food with Jason Neroni in the kitchen.

      But that’s not the way some of the restaurant’s regular patrons saw it.

      ...

    • Caffeine update: Coffee Commissary now open in Palms
      Caffeine update: Coffee Commissary now open in Palms

      The Westside is now a little more caffeinated: Coffee Commissary just opened on the ground floor of the new M Lofts residential building in Palms. The cafe is on Motor Avenue, right off of National Boulevard, which is especially convenient not only for the many folks who live and work in the neighborhood,...

    • Free Salt & Straw ice cream at Compartes in Brentwood for Valentine's Day
      Free Salt & Straw ice cream at Compartes in Brentwood for Valentine's Day

      As if a Hallmark holiday devoted to love wasn't enough cause for celebration, Salt & Straw is handing out free ice cream.

      The Salt & Straw ice cream truck will be giving away free mini scoops at Compartes Chocolatier in Brentwood on Valentine's Day. The scoop shop collaborated with Jonathan Grahm...

    • 9 great grain bowls at L.A. restaurants
      9 great grain bowls at L.A. restaurants

      If you find yourself at a new L.A. restaurant lit with Edison light bulbs, and outfitted with repurposed wood, chances are you'll see a grain bowl on the menu. No longer solely associated with health food stores and post yoga session sustenance, grain bowls have become a satisfying one-dish meal...

    • 38 L.A. restaurants with Valentine's Day specials
      38 L.A. restaurants with Valentine's Day specials

      Valentine's Day is the perfect excuse to spoil that special someone, or revel in the fact that you're single, and don't need to buy a gift for anyone but yourself. It's also called singles awareness day, right? Whether you're solo or in a couple, if you're looking for somewhere to dine out on Feb....

    • Beefsteak Sundays, Chop Daddy's in Culver City, $2 hot cocoa
      Beefsteak Sundays, Chop Daddy's in Culver City, $2 hot cocoa

      Beginning Sunday at Bacari PDR and Jan. 25 at Bacaro L.A., both restaurants will offer a "beefsteak Sundays" dinner special. The special takes place Sundays from 5 to 10 p.m. and includes all-you-can-eat grilled hanger steak, oven-roasted potatoes, onion rings and toasted baguette for $35. Dinner...

    • An evening at Spaghettini Beverly Hills: Dinner, live music, Eric Benét
      An evening at Spaghettini Beverly Hills: Dinner, live music, Eric Benét

      Name of the restaurant: Spaghettini and the Dave Koz Lounge.

      Concept: A Beverly Hills outlet of the famous Seal Beach spot, serving Italian-skewed California food, which translates to house-made pasta with seafood, tuna tartare, steaks and more by executive chef Scott Howard. Dinner is accompanied...

    • New year, new spices for your kitchen -- plus other pantry tips
      New year, new spices for your kitchen -- plus other pantry tips

      Now that you’ve cooked your way through the holidays and used up every bit of chocolate, almonds, honey and spices in your cupboard, you’ll probably want to replenish them.

      Chocolate prices are going up, so buy what you’ll use over the next few months. Almond prices, too, are bound to rise as California’s...

    • You can get a $40,000 bottle of Cognac at the Peninsula Beverly Hills
      You can get a $40,000 bottle of Cognac at the Peninsula Beverly Hills

      If you're spending $40,000, chances are it's on a car or a down payment on a condo. But if you're at the Club Bar at the Peninsula Beverly Hills, you could be buying a very expensive bottle of Cognac. 

      The hotel has just launched a new "remarkable spirits menu" that includes a $40,000 bottle of...

    • Special restaurants for grown-ups: Pistola, Providence, Spago
      Special restaurants for grown-ups: Pistola, Providence, Spago

      In the midst of holiday potlucks, family get-togethers, office parties and craft fairs, sometimes you need a shot of glamour. You want to celebrate in high style. Casual won't cut it. You want to dress up. You want tablecloths, Champagne, a thrilling menu and a special bottle of wine. You want,...

    • 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...

    • Wacky fusion burgers, smothered fries and boba milk tea at Bachi Burger
      Wacky fusion burgers, smothered fries and boba milk tea at Bachi Burger

      Name of restaurant: Bachi Burger. It's meant to refer to both a Japanese habachi grill, and "bachi," which can refer to karma in Japanese. 

      Concept: It's a Las Vegas burger joint that recently opened Southern California outlets on Sawtelle Boulevard and in Old Town Pasadena. The restaurant is known...

    • Freebie alert: Free Blaze pizza in Canoga Park, $1 tacos at Komodo Venice
      Freebie alert: Free Blaze pizza in Canoga Park, $1 tacos at Komodo Venice

      Blaze Pizza, the chain known for its build-your-own pies, is opening a new location in Canoga Park on Wednesday. To celebrate, the restaurant is giving away free pizzas Thursday at the new location. From 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., anyone who follows Blaze Pizza on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook can...

    • Chef Ricardo Diaz is opening 2 new restaurants, starting this weekend
      Chef Ricardo Diaz is opening 2 new restaurants, starting this weekend

      Chef Ricardo Diaz is known for lying relatively low in the Los Angeles food world, even though he's responsible for some of your favorite tacos and tortas -- as the founder of Guisados and Cook’s Tortas -- and he hails from the Angeleno family responsible for the retro-favorite El Siete Mares Mexican...

    • 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....

    • Blackhouse Hospitality to open Little Sister in DTLA and a steakhouse in Hermosa
      Blackhouse Hospitality to open Little Sister in DTLA and a steakhouse in Hermosa

      Jed Sanford and chef Tin Vuong of Blackhouse Hospitality, the folks behind Little Sister, Abigaile, Wildcraft and Dia de Campo, plan to open a second Little Sister in downtown L.A., as well as a steakhouse in Hermosa Beach next year. 

      The downtown outlet of Little Sister is slated to open late...

    • Almond burrata, biodynamic wines at Plant Food and Wine, opening soon in Venice
      Almond burrata, biodynamic wines at Plant Food and Wine, opening soon in Venice

      Matthew Kenney, the chef and author behind Santa Monica's plant-based restaurant M.A.K.E., will open Plant Food and Wine on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice in early 2015. The restaurant will open in the space now occupied by Axe. 

      The restaurant will serve a rotating menu of seasonal, plant-based...

    • Four food and wine events: Bubbly, Bordeaux, white truffles and more
      Four food and wine events: Bubbly, Bordeaux, white truffles and more

      Calendar not yet completely full for the next couple of weeks? Good. To fill in those blanks, here are some possibilities tailored for food and wine lovers.

      Champagne & Alsace tasting 

      On Thursday Dec. 4 from 6 to 8 p.m., the luxe Beverly Hills wine shop Héritage Fine Wines hosts a tasting of Champagne...

    • Five questions for Cadet chef Kris Tominaga
      Five questions for Cadet chef Kris Tominaga

      Kris Tominaga is the executive chef at Cadet, a new French restaurant on Wilshire Boulevard in Santa Monica. He started his career in the culinary arts program at Boston University, then went on to work at L’Espalier in Boston with James Hackney.

      Tominaga moved to Los Angeles and worked as sous-chef...

    • At Scopa, Antonia Lofaso delivers zesty Italian American food
      At Scopa, Antonia Lofaso delivers zesty Italian American food

      It's pleasant, Saturday brunch at Scopa Italian Roots, a bit of calm compared with the roar of nearby Abbot Kinney Boulevard. The filtered sunlight in the double-height dining room feels like late afternoon, although it is just after noon. Big tables of neighborhood regulars, so loud late in the...

    • Dining and coffee break ideas for Southern California holiday shoppers
      Dining and coffee break ideas for Southern California holiday shoppers

      Holiday shopping is not for wimps. Given that it's among the most strenuous and exacting activities on the planet, you, the one staring with glazed eyes at a very long list, will need sustenance. Sometimes a quick bite is all that's needed. Other times you'll want to put those bags down beside...

    • 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...

    • Hostaria del Piccolo cooks an entirely black menu for Black Friday
      Hostaria del Piccolo cooks an entirely black menu for Black Friday

      You have to give Hostaria del Piccolo credit for innovation. On Nov. 28, in honor of Black Friday (you know, the shopping tradition in which you camp out in the wee hours of the morning in front of a big-box store), the West Hollywood trattoria is offering a special Black Friday menu.

      And every...

    • Want a free vegan Thanksgiving dinner? Cafe Gratitude will hook you up
      Want a free vegan Thanksgiving dinner? Cafe Gratitude will hook you up

      Every year, Cafe Gratitude, true to its name, hosts a free Thanksgiving dinner at its Venice location. Next Thursday, the vegan restaurant will be offering a holiday dinner from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. — or until the food runs out — on a first-come, first-serve basis.

      This is the 11th year Cafe Gratitude...

    • 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...

    • After 18 years, JiRaffe is closing
      After 18 years, JiRaffe is closing

      After 18 years, Raphael Lunetta has decided to close JiRaffe, the French bistro in Santa Monica he founded with then-partner Josiah Citrin.

      In a letter sent to the restaurant’s faithful patrons, Lunetta wrote that “JiRaffe has grown and now it is time to let him go.”

      “When Josiah [Citrin] and I...

    • New superfood cafes opening in L.A. area — with DIY porridge
      New superfood cafes opening in L.A. area — with DIY porridge

      In sunny Southern California, nothing says the holidays like a new superfood cafe. Beaming, an organic, superfood cafe from San Diego, is opening locations in Brentwood on Monday, and in Santa Monica on Dec. 15. The cafe is known for its cold pressed juices, superfood smoothies and plant-based...

    • Where to celebrate Beaujolais Nouveau on Thursday
      Where to celebrate Beaujolais Nouveau on Thursday

      Each November, on the third Thursday of the month, the French giddily celebrate Beaujolais Nouveau. That’s when the fresh, fruity Gamay from the new vintage is rushed from the vineyards into shops and wine bars in Paris and elsewhere across France. On that day, it’s almost obligatory to pick up...

    • Restaurant owner, parent company plead guilty in sale of whale meat
      Restaurant owner, parent company plead guilty in sale of whale meat

      The parent company and owner of a Santa Monica restaurant pleaded guilty Monday to federal charges stemming from serving meat from the endangered Sei whale to undercover investigators in 2009 and 2010.

      Typhoon Restaurant Inc. and owner Brian Vidor each pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful sale...

    • No good bagels in L.A.? Think again -- here are 7 great ones
      No good bagels in L.A.? Think again -- here are 7 great ones

      It’s not easy to get a great bagel in Southern California. It's easy enough to get a bagel, but too many of them are just bread in another shape, by another name.

      But it’s not impossible. There are a handful of shops that turn out solid, satisfying bagels, and a few that make genuinely delicious...

    • Bryan Podgorski brings beets and Thomas Keller's influence to Tanzy
      Bryan Podgorski brings beets and Thomas Keller's influence to Tanzy

      Bryan Podgorski is the chef at Tanzy, a new Italian restaurant in Westwood with outlets in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Boca Raton, Fla. He started his culinary career by making pasta at a small restaurant in Northern California more than two decades ago. After graduating from Le Cordon Bleu College...

    • Smoked fish is the prized catch at Pete's, Gjusta and Petrossian
      Smoked fish is the prized catch at Pete's, Gjusta and Petrossian

      Whenever I used to get a hankering for smoked fish, I'd indulge myself at Barney Greengrass at Barneys in Beverly Hills with smoked sturgeon, sable and Nova salmon. Now that the New York deli has retreated home, where else could I find some great smoked fish? Pétrossian, of course, is a classic,...

    • A pair of truffle dinners and a truffle festival
      A pair of truffle dinners and a truffle festival

      Now that we’re heading full tilt into truffle season, here are a few more places where you can get your truffle hits until the truffles run out.

      At Aussie chef Curtis Stone’s 25-seat Maude in Beverly Hills, November’s tasting menu is built around truffles. The nine-course meal showcases French...

    • Waterloo & City will be back, with more beer and chicken liver mousse for you
      Waterloo & City will be back, with more beer and chicken liver mousse for you

      This is not the end of the Culver City bistro Waterloo & City, which will be closing at the end of 2014 after 4 1/2 years. Chef Brendan Collins says that he and his business partner Carolos Tomazos will be opening their popular restaurant again — but in a much smaller location. In the meantime,...

    • Palm Restaurant has steaks, cocktails and an homage to Charlie's Angels
      Palm Restaurant has steaks, cocktails and an homage to Charlie's Angels

      The iconic West Hollywood steak-and-lobster joint, Palm Restaurant, is making its Beverly Hills debut after closing earlier this year. The new location on Canon Drive is now open, located just down the street from Bouchon. 

      Whereas the old Palm Restaurant had low ceilings and a dim dining room,...

    • At $195 million, Beverly Hills estate sets U.S. high-price mark
      At $195 million, Beverly Hills estate sets U.S. high-price mark

      A gated 25-acre estate in Beverly Hills has come on the market at $195 million, making it the most expensive home to be publicly listed for sale in the U.S.

      The seller is real estate entrepreneur Jeff Greene, who owns properties in Florida, New York and California.

      The Mediterranean-style villa,...

    • Want a baklava croissant? Gjusta has that and more
      Want a baklava croissant? Gjusta has that and more

      Fans of Gjelina and Gjelina Take Away (GTA) have been waiting for Gjusta, the bakery from the same folks, for a long time. After many delays and recurrent dreams of pastries, rye bread and smoked fish, chef-owner Travis Lett and his team opened Gjusta on Oct. 29 in Venice. That sound you hear is...

    • Stars of Cabernet, fortified wines, and dinners with Barolo and Oregon Pinot Noirs
      Stars of Cabernet, fortified wines, and dinners with Barolo and Oregon Pinot Noirs

      'Tis the season to power through wine tastings and festivals and to savor special dinners that pair a menu with the wines of a single producer. Here's a small collection of events coming up soon that might be fun -- and worth your attention.

      On Friday, the inaugural VinFort event comes to Santa...

    • Kye's to open Wednesday in Santa Monica with gluten-free, super-food burritos
      Kye's to open Wednesday in Santa Monica with gluten-free, super-food burritos

      Kye's, a new fast-casual restaurant opening Wednesday in Santa Monica, plans to serve super-food burritos.

      The restaurant is centered around the Kyerito, a portable wrap invented by owner Jeanne Cheng, who happens to hold a degree in both traditional and holistic medicine. The wraps come stuffed...

    • 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...

    • 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...

    • Wines of Argentina make a strong showing
      Wines of Argentina make a strong showing

      Maybe I've been unlucky, but I've tasted so many indifferent Malbecs lately that the idea of attending a tasting of wines from Argentina didn't exactly set my heart racing. But I found myself, albeit somewhat reluctantly, last Wednesday at a trade and consumer tasting for Wines of Argentina at...

    • Hello Kitty eats! Celebrate 40th anniversary with a movable feast
      Hello Kitty eats! Celebrate 40th anniversary with a movable feast

      If nibbling on a Hello Kitty pizza with nori whiskers or slurping up a pink frothy boba topped with fresh strawberries sounds enticing, Sanrio can make those savory and sweet dreams come true.

      Hello Kitty fans are now roaming the city ordering Sanrio’s Hungry Hunt dishes and treats and collecting...

    • First look: French-inspired Cadet to open Saturday in Santa Monica
      First look: French-inspired Cadet to open Saturday in Santa Monica

      Cadet, a new restaurant by Counter cofounder and Freddy Smalls owner Jeff Weinstein will open in Santa Monica Saturday. The new French countryside-inspired restaurant takes over the space formerly occupied by Shack. 

      Chef Kris Tominaga (the Hart and the Hunter) will serve a selection of tartines,...

    • It's World Tripe Day! Where would Jonathan Gold celebrate?
      It's World Tripe Day! Where would Jonathan Gold celebrate?

      The first question you may have about World Tripe Day is whether the occasion in fact exists. It has not, as far as I know, been sanctioned by Congress or any other official sanctioning body, and unlike Melon Day in Turkmenistan (Aug. 9), or National Pigs in a Blanket day in the United States (April...

    • 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...

    • 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,...

    • 'Cool Kids Carnival' BAM beer fest returns to Santa Monica Sunday
      'Cool Kids Carnival' BAM beer fest returns to Santa Monica Sunday

      With the rise of brewing's popularity, the craft beer festival is becoming a common occurrence in Los Angeles, but not all beer fests are created equal. The fifth annual Beer Arts and Music Festival takes over the 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica on Sunday, and it’s one of L.A.’s most fun...

    • Laemmle to offer liquor in theaters and open new rooftop restaurant
      Laemmle to offer liquor in theaters and open new rooftop restaurant

      The Laemmle Monica 4-Plex plans to join the new wave of luxury movie theaters by offering alcoholic beverages to drink inside its theaters along with two new eateries as part of a larger renovation project, reports the Santa Monica Daily Press.

      The theater, which has been closed for remodeling...

    • Flatbread, a point of pride from the Mediterranean
      Flatbread, a point of pride from the Mediterranean

      For as long as humans have been cultivating grains, cooks have been baking flatbreads in the embers or on primitive wood-fired ovens. Pizza is a flatbread, beloved the world over. But it's certainly not the only flatbread from the Mediterranean or the Middle East. Consider Turkey's lahmacun spread...

    • Barneys New York has L.A. Stories to tell after its redesign
      Barneys New York has L.A. Stories to tell after its redesign

      Just in time for its 20th anniversary, celebrated on Wednesday night, Barneys New York in Beverly Hills has had a face-lift.

      The main floor, cosmetics floor and men's fifth floor have all been redesigned, and the store includes the first Freds restaurant on the West Coast, creating a new, see-and-be-seen...

    • King crab and fries at Pearl's Sunset Strip, chef takeover at Melisse, Cut feast
      King crab and fries at Pearl's Sunset Strip, chef takeover at Melisse, Cut feast

      If your idea of a good time is spending an evening elbow deep in crab shells, you'll want to check out the new king crab nights at Pearl's Sunset Strip. The West Hollywood restaurant has introduced a new special that includes a pound of king crab legs and a bowl of Kennebec fries for $27. The special...

    • Freds at Barneys New York in Beverly Hills to open Thursday
      Freds at Barneys New York in Beverly Hills to open Thursday

      Barneys New York in Beverly Hills will open an outlet of Freds, its signature restaurant, in the former fifth-floor Barney Greengrass space Thursday. The Los Angeles version (there are sister restaurants in New York and Chicago), will offer lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. 

      Executive chef Mark...

    • Eight of the best tortas in Los Angeles
      Eight of the best tortas in Los Angeles

      Move over, tacos. It's time to share the spotlight with your sandwich counterpart: the torta.

      A torta is more than just a Mexican version of a beefed-up sandwich; it is an entirely different species. A good torta is usually available anywhere that a good taco is, with just as many regional variations....

    • 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...

    • Gauchos Village reopens, Ray Garcia leaves Fig, Dog Haus to open in Burbank
      Gauchos Village reopens, Ray Garcia leaves Fig, Dog Haus to open in Burbank

      Gauchos Village, the Brazilian churrascaria in Glendale has relocated to a space on Maryland Avenue. The new location features the churrasco (grilled meat) with live entertainment on the weekends, and a couple new additions to the menu, including pizza. The pizza calabreza comes topped with cheese,...

    • Akasha Richmond takes over Ford's Filling Station space in Culver City
      Akasha Richmond takes over Ford's Filling Station space in Culver City

      Akasha Richmond, whose restaurant Akasha helped kick off the culinary revival in Culver City, is getting ready to add to her territory. 

      She just signed the lease to take over what used to be Ford’s Filling Station and plans to open a new, Indian-influenced restaurant with the working title Spice...

    • Events: History of hot sauce, banh mi, sustainable seafood and a French chef
      Events: History of hot sauce, banh mi, sustainable seafood and a French chef

      Longtime Los Angeles Times food writer and historian Charles Perry will deliver a lecture to the Culinary Historians of Southern California on the history of hot sauce on Oct. 11. His story winds back through tomato ketchup and Worcestershire sauce to the 17th-century English infatuation with Asian...

    • 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...

    • Chef of the Moment: MexiKosher's Katsuji Tanabe spices up kosher
      Chef of the Moment: MexiKosher's Katsuji Tanabe spices up kosher

      Katsuji Tanabe is chef-partner of Los Angeles’ MexiKosher restaurant, or as he puts it, “a great little Mexican restaurant that happens to be kosher.” He’s also a contestant on this coming season of Bravo’s “Top Chef” and has recently partnered with the Jewish Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Los...

    • Oktoberfest on tap at Rockenwagner, Lucques, Bar Bouchon and in Ojai
      Oktoberfest on tap at Rockenwagner, Lucques, Bar Bouchon and in Ojai

      Still haven’t firmed up your Oktoberfest plans? Here are some more options.

      Cafe Rockenwagner’s annual party is in full swing, featuring an updated German menu, stein-hoisting contests, and cookie decorating. It runs through Oct. 26. Appetizers include red cabbage fritters, an “Obatza” plate with...

    • Tsujita Sushi offers fish done the old-fashioned way
      Tsujita Sushi offers fish done the old-fashioned way

      Since the day it opened, Tsujita has attracted mobs to Sawtelle's Little Osaka neighborhood; on sunny weekends, the wait for a table can last an hour or more. Tsujita, a spinoff of a well-respected Tokyo ramen restaurant, is small and accepts no reservations. It also happens to serve the best ramen...

    • 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

      ...

    • Blue Bottle opens new cafe on Abbot Kinney in Venice
      Blue Bottle opens new cafe on Abbot Kinney in Venice

      Blue Bottle Coffee opens its newest coffee shop this week on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice. The official grand opening is Tuesday, but the cafe already is serving coffee -- espresso drinks and its New Orleans iced coffee, for example -- to the neighborhood.

      The 661-square-foot space near the...

    • 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.

    • 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...

    • Six ways to celebrate Oktoberfest in Los Angeles
      Six ways to celebrate Oktoberfest in Los Angeles

      Dust off the lederhosen and dirndls, it’s time for pretzels, oompah tunes and plenty of delicious beer as Oktoberfest parties kick off across Los Angeles.

      Never mind the triple-digit temperatures; raising a stein of frosty German-style beers and shouting “Prost!” is like a rain-dance for autumn...

    • Diwali fundraiser dinner, Redbird preview, Nobu 20-year anniversary omakase
      Diwali fundraiser dinner, Redbird preview, Nobu 20-year anniversary omakase

      The L.A. Mumbai Sister City Affiliation is celebrating Diwali (India's festival of lights) with a special fundraiser dinner Oct. 12 at the Bombay Cafe. The evening will include food, and wines by Alexana Estate Vineyards and Winery, as well as a dance performance, tarot readings, henna painting...

    • 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....

    • Cadet, Sweetgreen coming to Santa Monica, Hakkasan redo
      Cadet, Sweetgreen coming to Santa Monica, Hakkasan redo

      Restaurateur Jeff Weinstein (The Counter, Freddy Smalls) and chef Kris Tominaga (ex-The Hart & the Hunter) are expected to open Cadet in Santa Monica in early October. The restaurant centers around a hearth and wood-fired grill, with a menu influenced by rustic French cooking and local ingredients....

    • L.A.'s most extreme home hits the market at $85 million
      L.A.'s most extreme home hits the market at $85 million

      What may be L.A.’s most extreme home has hit the market in Beverly Hills at $85 million.

      The cavernous space exudes a testosterone-fueled Hollywood vibe with James Bond, James Dean and Muhammad Ali motifs bolstered by such accessories as a $200,000 sculpture of a giant blue hand grenade, a replica...

    • Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic, All Star Mixology contest, James Beard Taste America
      Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic, All Star Mixology contest, James Beard Taste America

      Veuve Clicquot is hosting the fifth annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic at Will Rogers State Park Oct. 11. VIP picnic attendees will be treated to a meal prepared by Wolfgang Puck Catering and Veuve Clicquot bubbly, as well as a seat to watch the polo match. Tickets go on sale Wednesday at www.vcpoloclassic.com...

    • Andy Ricker to open Pok Pok LA and Pok Pok Phat Thai in Chinatown
      Andy Ricker to open Pok Pok LA and Pok Pok Phat Thai in Chinatown

      Andy Ricker, the chef who has built a growing collection of innovative Thai restaurants in Portland, Ore., and New York, is bringing a Pok Pok location to Los Angeles. And not just one, but two restaurants: Pok Pok LA and a new branch of Pok Pok Phat Thai

      Both will be in Chinatown. Pok Pok LA,...

    • Bucato drought benefit dinner, 'Heroes' Week' specials at Justice Urban Tavern
      Bucato drought benefit dinner, 'Heroes' Week' specials at Justice Urban Tavern

      Bucato in Culver City is hosting a dinner Wednesday to raise money for Flora Bella, one of the restaurant's local partner farms. The restaurant says the farm has been hit extremely hard by the drought. Ari Taymor from Alma, Chris Jacobson from Girasol, Shannon Swindle from Craft, Travis Lett of...

    • Gadarene Swine by Phillip Lee open soon, Bacari PDR, the Anchor Venice now open
      Gadarene Swine by Phillip Lee open soon, Bacari PDR, the Anchor Venice now open

      The Gadarene Swine, chef Phillip Lee's (Scratch Bar) second Los Angeles restaurant will open Tuesday in Studio City. The menu is strictly vegan and includes kale and maitake chips, crispy yucca, roasted mushrooms with burnt sweet potato, shaved vegetable salad and more. You can also order a chef's...

    • Barneys in Beverly Hills is set to introduce diners to Fred
      Barneys in Beverly Hills is set to introduce diners to Fred

      Does Beverly Hills need a new power lunch spot? We're about to find out. Barneys New York is renovating its fifth-floor restaurant space (goodbye, Barney Greengrass) and plans to open an outlet of Freds, its signature restaurant, next month.

      Department store eateries are more of a convenience than...

    • 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...

    • 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,...

    • First look: Little Door in Santa Monica to open Sept. 15
      First look: Little Door in Santa Monica to open Sept. 15

      A location of the Beverly Grove restaurant the Little Door is slated to open Sept. 15 in Santa Monica. The restaurant replaces the former Chez Mimi and Villetta space on 26th Street.

      The new location, like the original, aims to capture the spirit of the south of France with terraces and dimly lighted...

    • Vegan Oktoberfest and Huntington Beach and Chile Relleno festivals
      Vegan Oktoberfest and Huntington Beach and Chile Relleno festivals

      Vegan Oktoberfest, the world's first vegan version of the annual German funfair is headed to Santa Monica on Oct. 4. From 1 to 6 p.m., there will be a German beer hall featuring live oompah bands, Bavarian maidens and a selection of vegan craft beer. At admission, guests will be given a beer stein...

    • Rustic Canyon, Huckleberry Cafe, more add 3% employee benefit surcharge
      Rustic Canyon, Huckleberry Cafe, more add 3% employee benefit surcharge

      Rustic Canyon, Huckleberry Cafe, Milo and Olive and Sweet Rose Creamery are the latest Los Angeles restaurants to add a surcharge to supplement their employees' healthcare costs. The four businesses, all part of owner Josh Loeb and Zoe Nathan's Rustic Canyon family, made the announcement in a newsletter...

    • The finest food in Los Angeles for even the thinnest wallets
      The finest food in Los Angeles for even the thinnest wallets

      Is it possible to spend more than $400 per person at some of the restaurants on this year's list of the best 101? Of course. Cuisine costs. But great cooking takes many different forms in Los Angeles, and some of the most exquisite flavors belong to us all.

      Attari Sandwich Shop

      Attari is a slice...

    • Weiser and friends throw a farm feast; Melisse honors mentors
      Weiser and friends throw a farm feast; Melisse honors mentors

      Alex Weiser and his family have been farmers market standouts almost since farmers markets started. And so when the Weisers decide to throw a farm dinner, you know it’s going to be good. But this good?

      “Feast at the Farm” will be held at the Weiser family farm in Tehachapi Sept. 13 from 3 to 10...

    • Veuve Clicquot truck, Rhone Rangers wine tasting, Terrazza's spirited Thursdays
      Veuve Clicquot truck, Rhone Rangers wine tasting, Terrazza's spirited Thursdays

      Veuve Clicquot is launching a cross-country tour of its Clicquot Mail truck with a couple stops in the Los Angeles area. The truck is named after the Clicquot Mail collection of products that includes a Champagne bottle carrier shaped like a letter and another in the shape of a mailbox. The first...

    • Love & Salt to open in Manhattan Beach, WildCraft reopens, Cascabel to open
      Love & Salt to open in Manhattan Beach, WildCraft reopens, Cascabel to open

      WildCraft, formerly WildCraft Sourdough Pizza, has reopened in Culver City. The restaurant has a new extended menu, a full-service bar and a new chef, Bryant Wigger, joining existing chef Tin Vuong. The restaurant is the latest by the Blackhouse Hospitality Group, which also owns Little Sister,...

    • 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: Elevated bar food at Brilliantshine in Santa Monica
      First look: Elevated bar food at Brilliantshine in Santa Monica

      Brilliantshine, the highly anticipated bar and restaurant by Julian Cox and Josh Goldman, is now open in Santa Monica. Both Cox and Goldman are well known in the local wine and cocktail scene, managing several bar programs, including Acabar and Belcampo, with their Soigné consulting group.

      Goldman...

    • The Little Door to open a location in Santa Monica
      The Little Door to open a location in Santa Monica

      The Little Door, the West 3rd Street restaurant known as one of the best al fresco dining spots in the city, will open a second location in Santa Monica. The restaurant is slated to open in September, according to a release. 

      The new location, like the original, aims to capture the spirit of the...

    • Bourbon Steak whiskey dinner, Caffe Luxxe turns 8, Acme downtown bar crawl
      Bourbon Steak whiskey dinner, Caffe Luxxe turns 8, Acme downtown bar crawl

      Bourbon Steak by Michael Mina in Glendale is hosting a whiskey dinner, VIP Night at Bourbon Steak, on Tuesday. A four-course chef tasting menu will be paired with Heaven Hill Distilleries bourbon for $95 per person. 7 p.m. cocktails; 7:30 p.m. dinner. Because seating is limited, call for reservations....

    • Events: Gravenstein apples at Mar Vista, Farm-to-Feast, House Garlic of Venice
      Events: Gravenstein apples at Mar Vista, Farm-to-Feast, House Garlic of Venice

      The Mar Vista Certified Farmers Market is celebrating its eighth anniversary from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, and there will be Gravenstein apples. Among the 75 vendors at the market are Nana Mae Organics, owned by Paul and Kendra Kolling, who specialize in the coveted variety, which have an incredibly...

    • 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,...

    • Mediterranean favorite Momed opens a new location in Atwater Village
      Mediterranean favorite Momed opens a new location in Atwater Village

      Alex Sarkissian, owner of eastern Mediterranean restaurant Momed in Beverly Hills, has opened a second location, this one in the Atwater Crossing development in Atwater Village. The indoor-outdoor restaurant that occupies more than 7,000 square feet of space in an industrial building on La Casitas...

    • Outdoor dining standouts for those pleasant summer nights
      Outdoor dining standouts for those pleasant summer nights

      Just can't get enough outdoor dining in. Who wants to sit inside on these long summer nights? Or even at brunch? For those who are connoisseurs of eating outside, here are three more spots with not only a covetable patio but also covetable food from notable Los Angeles chefs. You can go comfort,...

    • Flores and the Ladies' Gunboat Society heaps high the Southern comfort
      Flores and the Ladies' Gunboat Society heaps high the Southern comfort

      Are there any sweeter words in the English language than "fried chicken and beer"? Because if you have wandered down Sawtelle Boulevard lately, perhaps wondering whether your chances are better in the endless ramen line outside Tsujita Annex or the endless sushi line outside Hide, you have probably...

    • 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...

    • Barolo lovers, this tasting is for you: Luca Currado of Vietti at Wine House
      Barolo lovers, this tasting is for you: Luca Currado of Vietti at Wine House

      When learning about wine and especially about an unfamiliar or even a beloved region, a winemaker can give much-needed perspective. This Friday at 8:15 p.m., lovers of Nebbiolo and Piedmontese wines from northern Italy will get to hear what Barolo producer Luca Currado of Vietti has to say about...

    • Where to learn the fine crafts of making food
      Where to learn the fine crafts of making food

      Angelo Pellegrini didn't need to read books or take a class to learn how to make wine or pasta or grow herbs. Without being aware of it, he'd absorbed all that from his family his whole life. Some of us, though, could use some instruction, whether from books or YouTube or an actual class. And right...

    • WildCraft Sourdough Pizza to reopen with new chef and menu in August
      WildCraft Sourdough Pizza to reopen with new chef and menu in August

      Culver City’s WildCraft Sourdough Pizza is reopening with gusto in August. The restaurant will feature a new extended menu, a full-service bar and a new chef, Bryant Wigger.

      Wigger hails from Trattoria Neapolis in Pasadena and will join the WildCraft family as executive chef. Wigger, along with...

    • Lindy & Grundy kick back, Texas L.A. BBQ, Darren's restaurant charity dinner
      Lindy & Grundy kick back, Texas L.A. BBQ, Darren's restaurant charity dinner

      Lindy & Grundy butcher shop will participate in the Fairfax Summer Kick-back Sunday. The event will take place from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. and include music, BBQ, coffee and cocktails. The Lindy & Grundy team will serve hamburgers, bratwurst with grilled onions and mustard, adobo-marinated brick chicken,...

    • 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...

    • Josiah Citrin celebrates 15 years at Mélisse
      Josiah Citrin celebrates 15 years at Mélisse

      On a recent afternoon, in the pristine kitchen of Mélisse restaurant in Santa Monica, chef and owner Josiah Citrin demonstrates how to make a tuna tartar tower he created years ago when the restaurant first opened. He looks slightly disheveled, with his hair standing straight up on his head --...

    • Chef of the Moment: Rockenwagner's Cesar Bermudez Cifuentes, pastry chef/tapas maker
      Chef of the Moment: Rockenwagner's Cesar Bermudez Cifuentes, pastry chef/tapas maker

      Cesar Bermudez Cifuentes is executive pastry chef at Rockenwagner Cafe & Bakeries and the force behind La Sal pop-up tapas bar at 3 Square Cafe. The Barcelona, Spain, native worked for two decades as a pastry chef in Monaco, France and Spain, including Martin Berasategui's Lasarte and a season...

    • 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...

    • 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...

    • 7 French spots for a Bastille Day fête
      7 French spots for a Bastille Day fête

      Bastille Day is Monday, July 14, and this weekend bistros around Los Angeles are showing off their French pride. If you want to get back to your French roots, or if you took a year of Francais in high school, or if you just have an immense affinity for cheese, this is the holiday for you. Check...

    • 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,...

    • DineL.A. restaurant week: Where to get the best bang for your buck
      DineL.A. restaurant week: Where to get the best bang for your buck

      DineL.A., the two-week Los Angeles restaurant tasting event, is happening July 14 to 27. Eateries around the city are offering special, prix-fixe menus designed to give diners a taste at a discounted price. 

      Those in the know use DineL.A. as an opportunity to try all the restaurants on their bucket...

    • Crumbs Bake Shop chain closes: 5 foods that could be the next cupcake
      Crumbs Bake Shop chain closes: 5 foods that could be the next cupcake

      Crumbs Bake Shop Inc., one of the bakeries that helped fuel the cupcake craze that swept the country a couple of years ago, closed all of its stores Monday. But before you shed too many tears over your beloved frosted mini cakes, know that Sprinkles is opening a new location at the Americana at...

    • 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.

      You can also find a recipe list here.

    • 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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