Estate Jewelers of South Pasadena

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Aburiya Toranoko

Aburiya Toranoko

WHY A forward-thinking izakaya for the Downtown set. WHAT Aburiya Toranoko, it has been said, is the hip-hop equivalent of its rocking sister restaurant, Lazy Ox. It fits that description in soundtrack and style, but the kitchen hews closely to traditional izakaya cooking. There’s sumiyaki (every conceivable bit of chicken as well as vegetables and [...]

Larkin’s

Larkin’s

WHY Skillet-fried chicken and other Southern comfort dishes served in an atmospheric old home. WHAT Everyone loves the charm of the restored Craftsman house, but opinion is divided on Larkin Mackey’s Southern cooking. Portions are small by soul-food standards, waits for tables can be painful (no reservations), and service is typically lax. But the chicken [...]

New Orleans Cajun Café

New Orleans Cajun Café

WHY A New Orleans native, the owner/chef knows how to cook Cajun-Creole food to perfection. Sit at the counter to enjoy some easygoing repartee while the cooks make mounds of red beans and rice, jumping jambalaya and hush puppies. WHAT This busy, narrow, corner café reminiscent of Louisiana’s shotgun houses serves the finest catfish you’ll [...]

All Things Pie

All Things Pie

In honor of KCRW’s upcoming Good Food Pie Contest, we present a short list of some of our favorite pie destinations in town. But first, know that the Pie Contest is Sunday, September 18th at LACMA, and it’s free, and Evan Kleiman’s behind it, and it will have pies from all sorts of bakers, including [...]

Mother Dough

Mother Dough

WHY True Neapolitan-style pies in a pleasant sit-down space with beer and wine. WHAT According to the menu, Neapolitan-style pizza is meant to be enjoyed without excessive toppings. The thin, chewy crust has a distinct sourdough tang, while the tomato sauce is bright and fresh. Pies are simply topped with buffalo mozzarella, a scattering of [...]

Coolhaus

Coolhaus

WHY To enjoy an architectural ice cream sandwich without having to chase a truck around town. WHAT After a couple of years of success with its modern-day ice cream truck, this vendor of insanely thick ice cream sandwiches named (and designed) in honor of Frank Gehry, Richard Meier and other architects now has its own [...]

Spice Table, The

Spice Table, The

WHY The perfect place for a Downtown dinner date, where modern Vietnamese food meets seldom-seen Singaporean specialties in the middle of Little Tokyo. WHAT A vintage brick building has been transformed into two rooms of rustic style, with filament bulbs in Vietnamese birdcages in the dining room and a buzzing bar scene up front. The [...]

Good Food Festival

Good Food Festival

The food fests just keep on coming: September 14 through 18 is the first Good Food Festival & Conference, sponsored by the Santa Monica Farmers Market, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary, and FamilyFarmed.org. The five-day event concludes with a weekend festival and street fair at Santa Monica High School (Go Vikings!). A number of top [...]

Berlin Currywurst

Berlin Currywurst

WHY Berlin’s favorite street snack pops up at Sunset Junction, with a simple menu of saucy sausages and killer fries. WHAT Choose from pork, beef, chicken or tofu all-natural sausages and select a heat level of sauce. After they’re grilled and sliced, the sausages are topped with an organic curry-flavored tomato sauce; you can add [...]

Froyo Life

Froyo Life

WHY Dulce de leche frozen yogurt, free WiFi and delivery. WHAT Want to see a cool, subtly tattooed, wedge-wearing junior studio exec leap up and down like a kindergartener? Invite her to Froyo Life, which has developed a rabid cult following in Los Feliz. The yogurts, both of the sweet-and-creamy and tart varieties, are well [...]

Gooden Open House Saturday, January 11

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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