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Obika

Obika

WHY Without booking a trip to Roma, you can taste farmstead mozzarella di bufala from a collection of artisanal cheese makers working in the DOP (Denomination of Protected Origin). The cheese, sourced from the marshy area of Agro Pontina (where the bufala roam) and Paestum, south of Naples (famed for its cheesemakers), is flown to [...]

Six Taste

Six Taste

WHY Enthusiastic tours of some of L.A.’s best ethnic-food enclaves, including Thai Town, Little Tokyo and the Chinese neighborhoods of the San Gabriel Valley. WHAT Jeff Okita and Alex Tao love L.A. and love to eat, and they’ve channeled those passions into six tasting tours: Little Tokyo, Santa Monica, Hollywood’s Thai Town, Downtown L.A. and [...]

Rock Lobsters

Rock Lobsters

The music may be more significant than the lobsters at the annual Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival, but that’s not to say that the lobsters are bad. It’s just that the music is pretty damn good. This weekend’s lineup includes Saint Motel, Dengue Fever, We Barbarians and former Xers John Doe and Exene Cervenka, [...]

Malbec

Malbec

WHY Good, honest Argentinean cooking and wines at modest prices. WHAT This offshoot of the successful Pasadena original has the same affordable Argentinean wines, an equally nice staff, and the same menu of well-prepared classics: empanadas, matambre (rolled meat stuffed with vegetables and herbs), garlic fries, handmade pastas and such hearty entrées as grilled short [...]

Owen’s Market

Owen’s Market

WHY For posh prepared foods and high-end groceries, delivered for westsiders. WHAT Mindy Weiss, a high-end event planner, has turned this little market into a sort of foodie boutique. Besides some basic grocery-store staples, you’ll find naturally raised Angus beef from Montana Legend, prepared foods from Pasadena’s Kitchen for Exploring Foods, desserts from the Cake [...]

Guelaguetza

Guelaguetza

WHY Intensely flavorful, stick-to-your-ribs Oaxacan food served in a sunny yellow room by nice people. The branch on Olympic has live marimba music most nights. WHAT Only loosely affiliated with the better Guelaguetza in Palms (they’re owned by siblings, but the restaurants themselves aren’t related), this one (and its nearby actual sibling: 3014 W. Olympic [...]

Udupi Palace

Udupi Palace

WHY The dosa are among the biggest—and lightest—in Little India. WHAT Maybe you can’t spell it, but you should definitely order the kancheepuram idli. The ginger-and-cashew dumplings are a specialty at this restaurant, which is named for a temple city in India’s Karnataka state. Also check out the kadi fritters in coconut curry and the [...]

Bar Pintxo

Bar Pintxo

WHY Quick, authentic and California-inspired tapas, including jamón serrano, served until midnight. WHAT This New York shotgun-style bar has tapas lined up behind a counter up front, a sidewalk ‘counter’ and a half dozen bar tables in back for a delicious-though pricey-snack and glass of vino. WHO Fans of chef/owner Joe Miller who don’t want [...]

Golden Gopher

Golden Gopher

WHY One of the first spruced-up bars of Downtown’s renaissance. Kogi fans take note that the taco truck sometimes parks outside. WHAT The funky name and neon sign date from the bar’s original incarnation, but the new version is a sleek stop on the Downtown bar-hopping itinerary, with an outdoor smoking area complete with couches. [...]

Larchmont Larder

Larchmont Larder

WHY ‘Humpday’ dinners, a complete family meal for four for $37 to $44. WHAT Katie Trevino brings her business savvy, gregarious personality and network of Hancock Park friends to this gourmet takeout place in a handsome restored bungalow, and partner Michael Beglinger brings his decade of cooking experience, including the demanding job as executive chef [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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