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Pollo Campero

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WHY So legendary that food historian John T. Edge included it in his seminal book, Fried Chicken. WHAT Forget the Colonel and check out this branch of the Guatemalan chain famous for its achiote-pepper-crusted chicken. Biscuits, slaw, fried plantains and a nice salsa bar round out the accompaniments. WHO Guatemalan ex-pats happy to no longer […]

Olives Gourmet Grocer

Olives Gourmet Grocer

WHY For a food-lover’s home away from home, not to mention a good place to pick up a rotisserie chicken for dinner or a platter for that potluck. WHAT This clean-lined store is as much a deli as a grocer, with a terrific sandwich counter, a salad bar, an olive bar and a different dinner-to-go […]

Sake House Miro

Sake House Miro

WHY Beer and sake happy-hour specials, serviceable sushi and a fun selection of izakaya small plates. Korean bibim bap is surprisingly good here. WHAT Koreatown hipsters and Miracle Mile office workers populate the heavy wooden tables at this spot that reveals the Japanese fascination with ’50s-era Tokyo memorabilia. A faux alley at the rear of […]

Elf

Elf

WHY Homey vegetarian fare (mac ‘n cheese, vegetable tarts, tagines) served out of a tiny, charming Sunset Boulevard storefront. WHAT The owners of this candlelit chocolate box of a café are folk musicians who turn out organic fare with a retro feel from a minuscule kitchen. Mediterranean-inspired vegan and vegetarian dishes (roasted tomato-feta tarts, kale […]

Milk

Milk

WHY The grasshopper ice cream sandwich, banana-peanut malt, creative cakes like Blue Velvet, and handmade shave ice (try the dulce de leche). Oh, and the vanilla-bean ice cream bar dipped in superb dark chocolate. WHAT This charming, airy sweets spot is beloved by the neighborhood for its good ice cream and desserts, its sidewalk tables, […]

Bay Cities Italian Deli & Bakery

Bay Cities Italian Deli & Bakery

WHY The Godmother sub and the meatball sandwiches. WHAT This large Italian deli and grocery store is the westside destination for huge sub sandwiches, especially the Godmother—a massive heap of Genoa salami, mortadella, capicola, ham, prosciutto and provolone on a house-baked roll. Get your sandwich to go or eat it out front. WHO East Coasters […]

Bar Marmont

Bar Marmont

WHY For the eternal Hollywood scene. WHAT You’re probably not cool enough to come here—we’re certainly not—but you might want to come anyway, just to check out the never-ending scene, have an overpriced cocktail and taste the rustic food (oxtail bruschetta, burger with bacon, avocado and onion rings, roasted halibut with garlic sauce), which is […]

Umami Burger

Umami Burger

WHY For what is quite possibly the best burger in town. Sorry, Father’s Office. WHAT Adam Fleischman takes burgers very, very seriously. He grinds the beef from flap steak and short ribs, gets soft, shiny yet sturdy buns from a Portuguese bakery, and offers such toppings as grilled onions, parmesan cheese crisps and shiitake mushrooms. […]

The Weekend Go Go: Holi Circus, Beer Float Trip, Brokechella + More

The Weekend Go Go: Holi Circus, Beer Float Trip, Brokechella + More

Stuck in town? Staycationing? Hosting out-of-towners hell-bent on experiencing the “real” Los Angeles? Relax.  The three-day weekend has no shortage of multi-age fun to assuage/amuse/impress. You’re good to Go Go. Color Me Circus Here’s the problem with most circus-y shows. There’s a lot going on but you’re just sitting there. As of Friday, that’s about […]

The Weekend Go Go: Bowlerama, LA Times Book Fest Picks, Grand Ole Echo + More

The Weekend Go Go: Bowlerama, LA Times Book Fest Picks, Grand Ole Echo + More

Craving Coachella but don’t have the cash/car/camping gear?  This weekend, L.A. has enough fun for nonstop Go Go. Less driving.  Less sand.  Same amount of sunblock. Bowled Over Are you a passionate preservationist?  A fan of Googie architecture? Have you had your own bowling shoes and monogrammed ball since you were five? (You know who […]