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Communal Tables, Goat Cheese & Presidential Turkey Burgers

Communal Tables, Goat Cheese & Presidential Turkey Burgers

This week on Eat LA on Off-Ramp, we talk about goats and making goat cheese with goat farmer, cheesemaker, college professor and restaurateur Stephen Rudicel; hear about the food at President Obama’s 50th birthday bash from attendee Eric Garcetti; and share Elina Shatkin’s rant about communal tables. Here’s a link to the podcast on the [...]

Son of a Gun

Son of a Gun

WHY Because you never know when the urge for a terrific, if Lilliputian, lobster roll (creamy and a bit spicy, stuffed into a warm, butter-grilled roll) will hit. WHAT This seafood-centric spinoff of Animal is tiny and generally mobbed, so it’s nice that a long communal table as well as a few seats at the [...]

Gelato Bar

Gelato Bar

WHY Classic and seasonal flavors, ranging from a superb dark chocolate gelato to an amazing pear sorbet, served with excellent coffee and espresso. WHAT Homemade gelati in fun flavors from Gail Silverton, sister of L.A.’s culinary queen Nancy Silverton, in a colorful shop on happening Hillhurst. When you’ve had enough of the light stuff at [...]

Olive & Thyme

Olive & Thyme

WHY Gourmet takeout or eat-in fare of a quality never before seen in the Valley, at prices that are more Brentwood than Burbank. WHAT Restaurant investors Melina and Christian Davies pined for a gourmet shop/café close to their Toluca Lake home, so they created this spacious place, which satisfies all cravings, from Intelligentsia coffee and [...]

Salt’s Cure

Salt’s Cure

WHY Carefully sourced meats, poultry and fish, smoked and cured by hand. WHAT Salt’s Cure does its own thing. In fact, it does virtually everything: smoking its own fish, curing its meats without nitrates, and pickling a vast array of vegetables. Chefs Chris Phelps and Zak Walters preside over the tiny, tall dining room from [...]

Grom

Grom

WHY Fruit flavors that taste like they were just plucked from the earth and rushed straight to the mixer. WHAT Of the 8 billion gelaterias in Italy, Grom differentiates itself by an obsessiveness with ingredients—it doesn’t use any old pistachios, for instance, it uses Syrian pistachios. Its dark chocolate is the darkest in town, and [...]

The Institute of Domestic Technology

The Institute of Domestic Technology

Eat LA’s very own Joseph Shuldiner has launched the Institute of Domestic Technology, a lighthearted yet dead-serious organization for L.A. food lovers who want to go beyond shopping farmers’ markets and eating at the latest hot restaurant. The first two events give a good feel for where the Institute is headed: First up is the [...]

Cafecito Orag‡nico

Cafecito Orag‡nico

WHY Excellent organic coffee and a brief list of breakfast and lunch dishes. WHAT This offshoot of the first Cafecito Organico on Hoover also has a light menu and makes a perfect stop before ice cream at Scoops next door. The evolving menu usually has imaginative weekend brunch dishes, large, fresh salads and several sandwiches. [...]

Tap Room, The

Tap Room, The

WHY When you need to celebrate or seduce. WHAT Our new favorite place to celebrate an occasion, the Langham’s remodeled bar is a thing of beauty, from the old-money, liviing room—style interior to the fabulous heated terrace overlooking the hotel grounds. The cocktails and the bar chow (lobster corn dogs, Kobe beef sliders) are as [...]

Jaragua

Jaragua

WHY Perhaps the most beautifully executed Salvadoran food in the city. WHAT The rich golden paint on this corner restaurant on a shabby stretch of Beverly lets you know that the place has ambitions, and boy, does it achieve its ambitions. Inside the large, even-more-colorful dining room, happy regulars attack plates of expertly made pupusas [...]