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Torihei

Torihei

WHY A near-perfect pairing of yakitori and oden. WHAT Torihei splits its kitchen equally between yakitori and oden, a relatively rare but harmonious coupling. The yakitori is made from tender, flavorful Jidori chicken. Oden is the more unusual of the specialties, a homey dish that’s typically prepared as a one-pot stew. Here, however, items are [...]

Caioti Pizza Café

Caioti Pizza Café

WHY Superb salads (try the Humble Salad, a romaine wedge with bacon, goat cheese and roma tomatoes, or the ‘The’ salad, said to induce labor in pregnant women) and Caioti’s rightly famed individual pizza; don’t forget to order some garlic rolls, too. WHAT Ed LaDou may have shuffled off this mortal coil, but the California [...]

The LAT Celebration of Food and Wine

The LAT Celebration of Food and Wine

The Los Angeles Times must have noticed the rash of food festival mega events sweeping Los Angeles, because they’re throwing one of their own. If you’re like us, you’re not blown away by all the high-powered celebrity chef panels and gourmet cooking demonstrations—at least not for $55. For that kind of money, there is only [...]

Street

Street

WHY For its celebration of street foods from around the world, it’s L.A.-hip patio and the skill and enthusiasm of owner/chef Susan Feniger. WHAT Celebrity chef Susan Feniger (Border Grill, Ciudad, Too Hot Tamales) is a warm-hearted Midwestern gal whose culinary passions are truly global, and at her solo venture she shares all those passions, [...]

Café Brasil

Café Brasil

WHY Tasty, inexpensive Brazilian sandwiches, grilled meats, collard greens, black beans and feijoada, the famed pork stew. WHAT It’s a simple order-at-the-counter, paper-napkin café but an exceptionally charming and colorful one, with a greenery-lined sidewalk terrace and an intensely colorful dining room. There’s beer and wine, but don’t neglect the fresh mango juice or the [...]

18th Street Coffee House

18th Street Coffee House

WHY Homemade rugelach and 50-cent refills. WHAT This adorable historic brick building, complete with homey outdoor patio, has a folksy, East Bay/East Village vibe (but no, Bob Dylan does not own it, local rumor mill notwithstanding). WHO Young moms, students, writers and people without cell phone addictions (there’s an outdoor-calling-only policy). 1725 Broadway, Santa Monica, [...]

Puro Sabor Peruvian Food

Puro Sabor Peruvian Food

WHY Pure, unadulterated Peruvian flavors (puro sabor means ‘pure flavor’) in a sweet Valley spot with modest prices. WHAT This isn’t the most scenic neighborhood in Van Nuys, but inside is a cheerful, spotless café that showcases the accomplished cooking of chef Juana Paz, a bank teller from Peru who succeeded in achieving her twin [...]

A Taste of Persia, and Lots of Other Things, in Beverly Hills

A Taste of Persia, and Lots of Other Things, in Beverly Hills

September 2nd, 2010 is approaching fast, and Beverly Hills is throwing a big party to celebrate. What’s so significant about that date? Let’s look at it another way: 9/02/10. Or even better: 9.02.10. And just for good measure: 90210—you know, like the zip code and TV show (maybe this is obvious but it took yours [...]

Tar Pit

Tar Pit

WHY Art deco elegance reminiscent of old Hollywood, with superb cocktails and Mark Peel’s take on bar food. Great happy hour, too. WHAT More luxe than the north La Brea address would suggest, this new cocktail lounge by Campanile’s Mark Peel is as retro as they come, from the steak Diane to the high-backed white [...]

Noshing at Chinatown Summer Nights

Noshing at Chinatown Summer Nights

Thanks to our finally-summer weather, the next two Saturday nights will be peak time for the neon-lit pleasures of Chinatown Summer Nights, a food festival and neighborhood open house. Restaurants, food trucks, art galleries and entertainers are all contributing to a street-fair feeling in the blocks between Broadway and Yale Streets from College to Bernard. Here’s [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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