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Al Gelato

Al Gelato

WHY For red sauce-dishes like rigatoni, as well as pizza, prosciutto or meatball sandwiches and salads. The tuna sandwich and the chili have many admirers. WHAT Gelati (or the amazing coffee granita) are the endings, but the meals start with hearty pastas, soups and sandwiches. Behind the tempting, extensive gelato counter is a casual, no-frills [...]

Yai’s on Vermont

Yai’s on Vermont

WHY Spicy papaya salad, minced chicken with red curry and fried trout are recommended; make sure to specify your desired spice level. WHAT On the easternmost end of Thai Town with ample free parking, this offshoot of the original offers a chance to try authentic Thai dishes without the grunge factor of the Yai on [...]

Jongewaard’s Bake N Broil

Jongewaard’s Bake N Broil

WHY To sit at the counter and revel in a perfect pot pie and, to keep the theme going for dessert, a piece of brownie pie with vanilla ice cream. If you can’t stay, pick up some frozen pot pies to take home, and for your next summer party, make sure to order the French [...]

Open Sesame

Open Sesame

WHY For one of the most convivial, food-celebrating places in Belmont Shore, with happy groups sharing fattoush (a chopped salad), schwarma, crisp-soft fried potatoes, vegetarian platters, Belmont Brewing beers on tap and, of course, baklava. But whatever you order, just make sure you include some of those potatoes. WHAT Ali Kobeissi’s Lebanese bistro is so [...]

Wood Spoon

Wood Spoon

WHY For a short, delicious menu of Brazilian dishes, including a fabulous (and massive) chicken pot pie made with hearts of palm, corn, roasted potatoes and olives. WHAT The bright, minimalist space in the heart of the Fashion District is warmed with yellow flowers, the rich flavors of Brazil and the presence of the owner/chef, [...]

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 [...]

Suehiro Café

Suehiro Café

WHY For good, inexpensive Japanese comfort food, especially udon, served late into the night. WHAT A Little Tokyo icon, Suehiro is a simple, affordable café that serves satisfying udon noodle soups, cold soba noodle dishes, bento-box meals and katsudon bowls. Extras include friendly service and a library of Japanese fashion magazines and manga. WHO City [...]

The Weekend Go Go: Messiahs, Morphine Women, and Downton Abbey Jazz & Tea

The Weekend Go Go: Messiahs, Morphine Women, and Downton Abbey Jazz & Tea

Go Go’ers, enhance your art and music experiences  at these weekend  events that promise more participation  than mere passive eyeballing and ear-worming. Messiahs, Utopias & the Ends of the Earth Photographer/video artist Jonas N.T. Becker’s compelling show Zol Zayn//What If? at the ocean-adjacent Shulamit Gallery in Venice is an immersive, meditative experience about community, utopia, and isolation. [...]

Café Spot

Café Spot

WHY A spirited scene, plus lots to choose from on the long menu. WHAT One of the San Gabriel Valley’s many Hong Kong—style coffee shops, Café Spot stands out for the quality of its food. This is the place to go for dishes like Grand Mom’s braised pork belly and the Hong Kong—style waffle. 500 [...]

Portfolio Coffeehouse

Portfolio Coffeehouse

WHY Excellent espresso, properly foamed cappuccinos, free WiFi and a stylishly studious vibe. WHAT The hub of life in the Broadway Corridor neighborhood, Portfolio wraps around the corner of 4th and Junipero near some fun vintage shops. The back room is filled with headphone-wearing people on laptops; the front room is chattier and has PCs [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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