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Mutiara Food & Market

Mutiara Food & Market
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WHY An LAX-adjacent taste of Burmese and Malaysian cuisines. WHAT Owner Myo Aung honed his simple, satisfying Burmese cooking at Jasmine Market, and here, he’s added a number of Malaysian specialties. It’s all halal, with standouts like the crèpe-esque murtabak loaded with ground chicken, finely spiced lamb biryani and daging lembu, a Malaysian stew of […]

Mendocino Farms

Mendocino Farms

WHY Never the same old brown-bag lunch. WHAT When a former Lucques line cook moves to the sandwich line, quality ingredients follow. The roast chicken with herb-marinated goat cheese and ancho-cranberry chutney on Dolce Forno wheat is as good as it sounds; the albacore with citrus aioli and green apples on buckwheat you’ll want to […]

Gorbals, The

Gorbals, The

WHY An eccentric Jewish-Scottish hipster spot that’s surprisingly affordable given the celebrity status of the chef—the most expensive dish is $15. WHAT Helmed by Top Chef winner Ilan Hall, the Gorbals is anything but flashy—an almost-barren candlelit room tucked into the aging Alexandria Hotel, now used for affordable housing. The small menu draws inspiration from […]

Wine Detective

Wine Detective

WHY A comfortable place to sit, sip, nosh and talk, with two lounge-y seating areas, a wooden communal table, and room to stand and chat around the gleaming tasting machines. WHAT Part retail store, part wine bar and part high-tech tasting center, this quiet little spot was created by two wine-loving couples who invested in […]

Mercantile, The

Mercantile, The

WHY French charm and very good café cuisine. WHAT Yes, it’s owned by serial restaurateur George Abou-Daoud, but nonetheless we love this order-at-the-counter café, wine bar and gourmet market (its adjacent dinner restaurant, the District, ain’t bad either). High ceilings, vintage fixtures, sidewalk tables and nice people make the experience enjoyable, and the kitchen turns […]

Oumi Sasaya

Oumi Sasaya

WHY A simple, elegant noodle house where udon reigns. WHAT Udon is the neglected noodle in the Japanese canon, often overlooked in favor of ramen and even soba. But here it’s the sole focus. Oumi Sasaya imports its wheat flour and makes its noodles daily, a difference you can taste in the sesame chicken tempura […]

The Weekend Go Go: Last Lust & Love, Love Hurts, the Atomic Age

The Weekend Go Go: Last Lust & Love, Love Hurts, the Atomic Age

You’ve been go-going non-stop.  Sure, it’s been fun but you’re ready to take a breather this weekend. But wait… It’s your final chance for love and lust. Your first chance at blood lust. Your only chance for an Atomic blast from the past. Come to think of it, Go Go’ers — relaxation is for sissies. […]

The Valentine Weekend Go Go: Fake Prom, Dating Game Dance Party, Art & Poetry + More!

The Valentine Weekend Go Go: Fake Prom, Dating Game Dance Party, Art & Poetry + More!

V-Day approaches: the holiday of hearts, flowers and cuddles or angst, rue and gnashing of teeth. Here are events  to indulge either or both. Happy Valentine’s Day, you emotional multi-tasker, you. Romance for free Have a heart full of love but a pocket low on cash? Want art and poetry and sunsets but flying solo? […]

Omar

Omar

WHY For the little-known Muslim fare of Xinjiang, China’s autonomous far western region. WHAT The food at this homey café, a mesh of Chinese elements and central Asian nomad cooking, likely bears little resemblance to anything you’ve eaten in L.A. Sure, Xinjiang lamb kebabs are well known, but owner Munire Omar brings out zhuafan, a […]

The Weekend Go Go: Many-sided Femme, Edwardian Ball, Virtual Cemetery + More

The Weekend Go Go:  Many-sided Femme, Edwardian Ball, Virtual Cemetery + More

A warning about the weekend: there’s too much fun to waste it on sleep. Just put on your high heel sneakers and go go. Hold Me Closer, Dralion Dancer Ever wish you could get up close and personal with a Cirque de Soleil performer?’ Here’s your chance but grab it quick, Go Go’ers. Thursday night, […]