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Bauducco’s Italian Market

Bauducco’s Italian Market

WHY Housemade Sicilian bread, either to take home or to have the deli make into a chicken-parmesan or sausage sandwich, as well as good pizzas. WHAT Fabulous Sicilian bread and rolls are baked on the premises at this 40-year-old family business, where the deli cases are stocked with house-made sausages and salumi, both imported and [...]

Homegirl Café

Homegirl Café

WHY Fresh, modern Mexican fare with lots of vegetarian choices (tofu chorizo, anyone?)—and eating here supports a fantastic nonprofit. WHAT Homeboy Industries is struggling, despite its spiffy new headquarters on the edge of Chinatown, but at least its café, Homegirl, is hanging in there. The nonprofit venture teaches young women who would otherwise be drawn [...]

Let’s Be Frank

Let’s Be Frank

WHY Because there’s no guilt-well, almost no guilt-involved in enjoying these all-natural, grass-fed beef hot dogs with organic accoutrements. It elevates the hot-dog cart to a haute new level. ; WHAT Even a Prius-driving liberal Democrat can feel good about this swank hot-dog cart parked near the old Helms Bakery building at lunchtime. Not only [...]

Pike, The

Pike, The

WHY A plate of retro charm and a side of rock ‘n roll. WHAT A key in the rise of Retro Row-the vintage-loving stretch of 4th Street famous for its pin-up poses and deadstock designs-the Pike is owned by former Social Distortion drummer Chris Reece. The bar is themed around the (mostly) nautical icons of [...]

Tasting Kitchen

Tasting Kitchen

WHY An elegant Lucques-meets-Portland gem with an ever-changing selection of inspired, intensely flavored but not at all fussy creations, ranging from delicate market greens tossed with walnut ancho•ade to pork cheek ravioli nestled among balsamic-laced radicchio. The $40 set menu has got to be one of the best fine-dining deals in town. WHAT A crew [...]

Better Than Your Regular Lemonade Stand

Better Than Your Regular Lemonade Stand

When I was 7, my cousin and I were featured in the Redding Record Searchlight for “keeping lemonade stands alive.” We claimed we had worked very hard all morning squeezing lemons for our fresh juice, when, in fact, as we spoke to the journalist, my mom was mixing water with Crystal Light packets in the kitchen. Regardless, [...]

Torafuku

Torafuku

WHY Very good, close-to-the-earth country-style meals you might expect at a ryokan, or Japanese country inn. WHAT Locavores will love the ingredients-organic vegetables, local free-range chicken and eggs, Santa Barbara prawns, grass-fed beef-that chef Tetsuya Harikawa sources for his simply cooked meals. For rice connoisseurs, the star of the show is the early-crop rice cooked [...]

Tuk Tuk

Tuk Tuk

WHY Beef salad makes a light summer supper, and curries are also satisfying. WHAT One of the best Thai options on the westside, with clean, updated versions of favorite Thai dishes, served in a pleasant Asian-style décor. 8875 W. Pico Blvd., Pico-Robertson, 310.860.1872, tuktukla.com. L & D daily. MC, V, AE. Type: Restaurant Region: Westside: [...]

Gjelina

Gjelina

WHY The kitchen knows when to take a fish off the grill and how to bring out the best in each dish-without overcomplicating it. The It spot of the moment in Venice. WHAT This lively (i.e. noisy) Abbot Kinney hot spot has a ’70s Big Sur vibe but a decidedly more modern menu and a [...]

Domenico

Domenico

WHY Elegant Italian dishes in a relaxed Silver Lake sidewalk café with excellent service. WHAT Tiny and white inside, with a spacious front patio, this neighborhood restaurant is culinarily ambitious for the neighborhood. Handmade pastas-think lasagne with oxtails, beet tortelli or Peruvian blue-potato ravioli-and hearty, creative mains like braised rabbit make it a sophisticated alternative [...]

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