With L.A. in the yellow tier of COVID-19 reopening, restaurants are booming. Check out these outdoor dining options for sushi, ramen, tacos and more.

At Guelaguetza, the flavors of Oaxaca are essential elements of Los Angeles cuisine.

If you whittle down the list of restaurants that shaped modern Los Angeles dining culture — the places where the now-stereotypes of California cooking were once fresh revelations, from which influences continue to ripple even if younger generations have no knowledge of their origins — Campanile would hover in the top five, maybe even the top three.

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Guests walk around during the reopening of the Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on Thursday, May 20, 2021. (Miranda Alam / For The Times) On Now

Vegas buffets have reopened and this is what one looks like


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We found the best fast-food chicken sandwich


LOS ANGELES , CA - MAY 05: Chef Minh Phan at her fine dining restaurant Phenakite, located on the Second Home campus on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 in Los Angeles , CA. Fig Leaf Smoked Swordfish with pickled baby lotus, passionfruit- watermelon rind, jicama-apricot. (Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times) On Now

Phenakite is our 2021 Restaurant of the Year


LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 07: Siblings Fernando, left, Bricia, center and Paulina Lopez at Guelaguetza on Friday, May 7, 2021 in Los Angeles, CA. (Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times) On Now

Guelaguetza is our 2021 Gold Award recipient



The new cookbook from Rodney Scott, America’s preeminent barbecue pitmaster, offers lessons on barbecuing and life in the smokehouse.

A long, slow smoke on the grill renders chicken quarters tender and lightly charred, the perfect backyard barbecue main dish.

Lots of vinegar and lemon juice brighten this traditional picnic side dish full of creamy potatoes and topped with piquant dry spice rub.

A rich vanilla pudding is layered with whipped cream and Nilla wafers in this classic Southern barbecue dessert.

A dry spice rub imbues smoky, sweet flavor into ripe tomatoes in this refreshing summertime side dish.


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