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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 […]

New Orleans Cajun Café

New Orleans Cajun Café

WHY A New Orleans native, the owner/chef knows how to cook Cajun-Creole food to perfection. Sit at the counter to enjoy some easygoing repartee while the cooks make mounds of red beans and rice, jumping jambalaya and hush puppies. WHAT This busy, narrow, corner café reminiscent of Louisiana’s shotgun houses serves the finest catfish you’ll […]

All Things Pie

All Things Pie

In honor of KCRW’s upcoming Good Food Pie Contest, we present a short list of some of our favorite pie destinations in town. But first, know that the Pie Contest is Sunday, September 18th at LACMA, and it’s free, and Evan Kleiman’s behind it, and it will have pies from all sorts of bakers, including […]

Mother Dough

Mother Dough

WHY True Neapolitan-style pies in a pleasant sit-down space with beer and wine. WHAT According to the menu, Neapolitan-style pizza is meant to be enjoyed without excessive toppings. The thin, chewy crust has a distinct sourdough tang, while the tomato sauce is bright and fresh. Pies are simply topped with buffalo mozzarella, a scattering of […]

Coolhaus

Coolhaus

WHY To enjoy an architectural ice cream sandwich without having to chase a truck around town. WHAT After a couple of years of success with its modern-day ice cream truck, this vendor of insanely thick ice cream sandwiches named (and designed) in honor of Frank Gehry, Richard Meier and other architects now has its own […]

Spice Table, The

Spice Table, The

WHY The perfect place for a Downtown dinner date, where modern Vietnamese food meets seldom-seen Singaporean specialties in the middle of Little Tokyo. WHAT A vintage brick building has been transformed into two rooms of rustic style, with filament bulbs in Vietnamese birdcages in the dining room and a buzzing bar scene up front. The […]