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Clifton’s Lives!

Clifton’s Lives!

Thanks to our pal and colleague John Rabe of KPCC for this update on what’s happening with the venerable Clifton’s Cafeteria in Downtown L.A.: I guess the first thing to say is that Clifton’s Brookside Cafeteria, the historic downtown woodland-themed restaurant, has not technically been “sold.” Instead, Andrew Meieran (below, with tray), who owns the downtown bar The […]

Lou

Lou

WHY Terrific, reasonably priced wines by the glass, a dreamy cheese and charcuterie platter, and the famed pig candy (basically, thick bacon caramelized with brown sugar). WHAT The perfect neighborhood bistro, Lou is a dark and fetching spot hidden next to a laundromat in a crummy strip mall. Stop in for a quick glass of […]

Park, The

Park, The

WHY The excellent ‘game night’ picnic boxes were designed for nearby Dodger Stadium, but they’re available in all seasons and also work great for the Bowl, office meetings or even a take-home supper. WHAT One of the leaders of the Echo Park boom (it’s not evil gentrification, it’s a renaissance!), this starkly stylish café offers […]

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 […]