Eat-LA


Supreme Dragon

Supreme Dragon

WHY Crusty-bottomed pan-fried pork bao with slightly fluffy coverings, the fresh scallion dumplings, the salted vegetables stir-fried with torn bean curd sheet, and more such little treasures. WHAT At Supreme Dragon, diners are given a long sushi bar-style list of about 80 northern and Shanghai-style pastries and small dishes. The restaurant’s attempts at elegance—waterfall curtains, [...]

Yai’s on Vermont

Yai’s on Vermont

WHY Spicy papaya salad, minced chicken with red curry and fried trout are recommended; make sure to specify your desired spice level. WHAT On the easternmost end of Thai Town with ample free parking, this offshoot of the original offers a chance to try authentic Thai dishes without the grunge factor of the Yai on [...]

Chaya Brasserie

Chaya Brasserie

WHY Because it’s an L.A. pioneer that set the standard for French-Japanese-American cooking that’s inventive but not silly. And it has a great and affordable bar menu. WHAT It’s too easy to forget about this chic bistro near Cedars-Sinai, and indeed we did forget it in our last edition. But we were sorry: It’s a [...]

Ramen Jinya

Ramen Jinya

WHY On a coolish day there’s nothing better than a big bowl of Jinya’s aromatic tonkotsu ramen, laden with toothsome noodles and sliced pork belly. WHAT A Jonathan Gold rave put this ramen house on the foodie map, despite its location in a dark corner of a Studio City strip mall next to Marshall’s. The [...]

Tere’s Mexican Grill

Tere’s Mexican Grill

WHY Homemade Mexican food that’s anything but generic in a generic strip-mall setting. There’s no beer to drink, but you can have a Mexican Coke, made with cane sugar instead of corn syrup. (That Coke alone draws a loyal clientele.) WHAT Although the bare-bones, order-at-the-counter setting isn’t much, Tere’s cooking provides all the atmosphere you [...]

Fig

Fig

WHY Because if beef tongue is the must-have dish, when tarte flambé and amazing sweetbreads with mushroom fricassée are also on the menu, chef Ray Garcia must be on to something. WHAT If you didn’t have to walk past the spa, you’d never guess this is the Fairmont Miramar’s bistro. The food is top-notch, the [...]

Happy 30th to the Santa Monica Market

Happy 30th to the Santa Monica Market

The market may have been created by and for Santa Monica, but this grandma of all farmers’ markets has become one of the most important food-lover’s destinations on the west coast. To celebrate its 30th birthday, market folks organized five days of parties, talks, demonstrations, lessons, movies and more. We were there for the kickoff [...]

Hunan Seafood

Hunan Seafood

WHY To spice up your seafood restaurant list. WHAT The Hunan province may be inland, but the restaurant’s name isn’t an oxymoron. The vast Dong Ting Lake and Yangtze River tributaries supply freshwater fish, shrimp, frogs and turtle, all of which are on the menu at this modern chrome-and-glass spot. Also here is Chairman Mao’s [...]

Aburiya Toranoko

Aburiya Toranoko

WHY A forward-thinking izakaya for the Downtown set. WHAT Aburiya Toranoko, it has been said, is the hip-hop equivalent of its rocking sister restaurant, Lazy Ox. It fits that description in soundtrack and style, but the kitchen hews closely to traditional izakaya cooking. There’s sumiyaki (every conceivable bit of chicken as well as vegetables and [...]

Larkin’s

Larkin’s

WHY Skillet-fried chicken and other Southern comfort dishes served in an atmospheric old home. WHAT Everyone loves the charm of the restored Craftsman house, but opinion is divided on Larkin Mackey’s Southern cooking. Portions are small by soul-food standards, waits for tables can be painful (no reservations), and service is typically lax. But the chicken [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

a

a

Camelot and Vine

Search