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The Yard

The Yard

WHY Regulars have been frequenting The Yard mainly for its bargain happy hour (everything tastes better at $6 a pop). But for the past few months, this neighborhood bar (think late-night DJs and $3 martini specials) has been quietly turning into a true gastropub. Former personal chef as well as Axe and Campanile alum [...] [...]

Venice Cooking School

Venice Cooking School

Two of the country’s most respected cookbook authors and cooks have joined forces to open the Venice Cooking School, and the pending holiday-season roster of classes is tempting indeed. The partners are Martha Rose Shulman, author of some 25 cookbooks, including The Vegetarian Feast, Provençal Light and Entertaining Light, and Clifford A. Wright, author of [...]

Echigo

Echigo

WHY Because sushi masters are judged by their rice. WHAT “No cooked stuff,” warns a hand-scribbled notice at this no-frills Tokyo-style sushi restaurant in a generic West L.A. strip mall. They’re not kidding — there’s no miso soup, no edamame, no California rolls, no attitude. Just Hitoshi Kataoka’s glistening, warm sushi rice topped with supremely [...]

Turkey Burgers

Turkey Burgers

Most turkey burgers are generic things, coming out of the mass-produced, Foster Farms operation, making a person wonder if they really are a more responsible choice than beef burgers. But when they’re done right, a turkey burger is a beautiful thing — not just lower in fat and less environmentally bad than beef burgers, but [...]

A Misguided War on Cookies

A Misguided War on Cookies

Our own Jenn Garbee also writes for the new national food site Zester.com, and she’s just posted a fine rant responding to the new ban on bake sales by New York City public schools. Yes, it’s New York, not L.A., but this foolishness is catching on, and what New York does others will mimic. LAUSD, [...]

Luscious Dumplings

Luscious Dumplings

WHY Pan-fried dumplings that will have you eating far more than health or propriety demands. WHAT Given the amount of competition, particularly in this neighborhood, it takes a lot of chutzpah  to call yourself “Luscious  Dumplings,” but this simple café’s wares deserve the  appellation. Each dumpling’s covering sports a different decorative pleating that indicates its filling [...]

The Chaya Bargain

The Chaya Bargain

DineLA’s Restaurant Week has been extended another week (making it Restaurant Three Weeks), but one of the better deals in town right now is separate from that: Chaya’s $25 anniversary menu. The original Chaya Brasserie is 25 years old (I’m sorry to say that I’m old enough to have gone there when it was brand [...]

Beer Week Highlights

Beer Week Highlights

The 90-degree temperatures arrived just in time, because Beer Week has begun, and we’re all getting a little thirsty. This “first annual” event is really a series of events at restaurants and pubs all over town, culminating in a festival at Descanso Gardens on  Saturday, October 24th. Here’s a link to the calendar of events [...]

Noir Food & Wine

Noir Food & Wine

WHY For the great wine list, with lots of worthy choices for $7 to $9 a glass; the well-conceived and fairly priced small-plates menu; and the gregarious charm of chef Beltran, who spends a lot of time checking on diners. WHAT Noir is the new venture of chef Claud Beltran and wine expert Mike Farwell, [...]

Give Us Your Best Chicken Soup

Give Us Your Best Chicken Soup

The cold and flu season is upon us (wasn’t it 95 degrees just last week?). That means many of us need chicken soup, and fast. Here are some of our favorites around town. We suspect some of you may politely (cough, cough) disagree. “Ancient” Ginger Chicken Soup at Noodle Island The Hong Kong-style “ancient ginger” [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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