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Red Corner Asia

Red Corner Asia

WHY RCA’s signature dishes, including flaming whole volcano chicken, crispy catfish with apple salad, fish cakes on lemongrass skewers and spicy shrimp with cashews and fried basil leaves. WHAT This clean, modern addition to the Thai Town dining scene has a user-friendly menu and a devoted clientele, thanks in part to its late hours (until [...]

Cheebo

Cheebo

WHY For a robustly flavorful, modestly priced salad-and-pizza meal after an Arclight movie. And if you live or work around here, they deliver! WHAT This noisy, cheerful café has something for everyone-breakfast burritos, panini, chopped salads, vegan lentil soup, a kids’ menu-but we’re most partial to the rectangular pizzas. A fun spot for a casual [...]

They Bake for the Food Bank

They Bake for the Food Bank

Just when you’ve recovered from the double-whammy of pecan AND pumpkin pie in one sitting, it’s time to gear up for more sweets—but in this case, it’s to help feed more than just yourself. This Saturday is the return of the semi-annual Eat My Blog bake sale at the West Hollywood Tender Greens. As has happened [...]

Yxta Cocina Mexicana

Yxta Cocina Mexicana

WHY For 40 years, Jesse Gomez’s family has been turning out ‘careful-the-plate-is-hot’ Mexican food at El Arco Iris, an old-school hub of Highland Park life. Now Gomez has created a new-school, loft-like place serving regional Mexican dishes, as well as twenty-some tequilas and what may well be the best margarita Downtown. WHAT This is not [...]

Waterloo & City

Waterloo & City

WHY Tasty cocktails, a comfortable bar and a menu with something for everyone. WHAT The name is a tribute to owner/chef Brendan Collins’s home country, England, but his cooking is not English—his training is French, and his experience includes a long stint at Mélisse. Now, in the 1960s building that long housed the old Crest [...]

The Lobsta Truck: A Quick & Dirty Review

The Lobsta Truck: A Quick & Dirty Review

For approximately 157 more hours, the Lobsta Truck has the dubious distinction of being the newest entrant into L.A.’s endlessly combustible upscale food truck scene. They serve a very limited (or focused, if you’re feeling generous) menu: lobster or crab on a toasted split top roll with either mayo or butter, as well as clam chowder [...]

Cemitas Poblanas Don Adrian

Cemitas Poblanas Don Adrian

WHY For the cemitas poblanas, like a hefty burger, only better. WHAT This shop next to a laundromat draws big crowds for its cemitas poblanas, astonishingly large and delicious sandwiches that sell for just $4. The basic sandwich starts with a large, toasted round bun layered with avocado, creamy fresh panela cheese, the meaty filling [...]

Orris

Orris

WHY Such exquisite French-influenced small plates as shrimp-mousse-filled ravioli with shiitake sauce, grilled hearts of romaine salad, filet mignon with Roquefort butter and foie gras with Japanese eggplant. WHAT After running Franco-Japanese restaurant Shiro in South Pasadena for many years, chef Hideo Yamashiro flipped the name and opened the smaller and more casual Orris on [...]

Studio Café Magazzino

Studio Café Magazzino

WHY Excellent soups, a killer tuna sandwich, good vegetarian options, peach iced tea and very nice people—in short, the perfect little lunch café. WHAT A charming neighborhood café within spitting distance of Warner Bros., this treasure is packed at lunch but quieter for breakfast. Let Rose take your order at the counter and hope you [...]

Espresso Profeta

Espresso Profeta

WHY Just when you think Westwood is nothing but chains, you find this charming spot with rich, creamy espresso pulled by people who love it. WHAT In an atmospheric 1927 brick building in the heart of the Village, Espresso Profeta has it all: beautiful coffee drinks made from custom-roasted beans, food from Breadbar and Buttercake [...]