Estate Jewelers of South Pasadena

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North End Caffé

North End Caffé

WHY The best takeout coffee in the area and, if you have time to sit down and eat, very good food, too. WHAT This is not really a place to sit with just a cup of coffee and linger—the people waiting for a table for breakfast or lunch will look daggers at you—but it’s a [...]

Nickel Diner

Nickel Diner

WHY Bacon maple doughnuts. WHAT This retro diner at Main and 5th (5th being called ‘the Nickel’ by the tougher locals in this hardscrabble neighborhood) has won local fame for bringing L.A. the bacon doughnut, which is already a staple in such foodie towns as Portland. But that’s not the only thing worth eating here. [...]

Kotosh

Kotosh

WHY Intercontinental fusion food informed by 100 years of immigration. WHAT Born out of history, this quaint place is the culinary result of a century of Japanese immigration to Peru. Its success stems from its ability to take two disparate cuisines and forge a strong, seafood-based middle ground. On the Peruvian side of things, try [...]

Church & State

Church & State

WHY The first-rate execution of French bistro classics, at more than fair prices. WHAT This too-loud, brick-walled restaurant lost chef Walter Manzke, who made it an L.A. culinary destination, but so far the kitchen seems to be running like a top without him. They’re still making his charcuterie, procuring pristine oysters, preparing a mean bouillabaisse [...]

Walking the Food Inc. Walk

Walking the Food Inc. Walk

Savvy foodies are all talking the sustainability talk, but what does it really take to walk the path? Some people who are working hard to eat both well and more sustainably will take part in a screening of the documentary Food, Inc., followed by a post-film panel discussion and a tasting of low-impact cuisine by [...]

Komatsu Tempura Bar

Komatsu Tempura Bar

WHY For exquisitely made tempura and high-caliber izakaya-style little dishes. WHAT If there were a Tempura Olympics, chef Hiroshi Komatsu would surely get the gold. He plucks your tempura from his proprietary blend of scalding oil and serves the lacy, crackle-crusted fish and vegetables one piece at a time so they never cool and wilt. [...]

Mozza 2 Go

Mozza 2 Go

WHY All the things you most love about Pizzeria Mozza, without having to fight for a table. Great for Bowl picnics and office lunches. WHAT If you want to make your friends think you’re a great cook, just call up this takeout offshoot of the Mozza restaurants and order a tricolore salad, white-bean bruschetta, Mario’s [...]

Alexis Greek Restaurant

Alexis Greek Restaurant

WHY The best of both coasts: Portuguese dishes alongside classic Greek fare. WHAT Alexis Kavvadias’s 36-year-old restaurant evolved when his Portuguese-born wife, Fatima, came on board. The candlelit dining room is more elegant, and the wine list and menu more diverse. Greek country-style specialties like braised lamb with artichoke hearts in lemon sauce already made [...]

Komodo

Komodo

WHY Pan-Asian dishes that are a cut above the food-truck norm, served either in tacos or burritos. WHAT Like Kogi, Komodo uses tortillas as a delivery system for Asian-influenced flavors, but instead of kim chee you’ll taste things like peanut sauce (on the soy tempeh salad), citrus-soy (in the Asian marinated chicken with stir-fried rice [...]

Pizzeria Mozza

Pizzeria Mozza

WHY Pizza dough of perfect flavor and bite, paired with damned fine toppings; the margherita is simple the way E=MC2 is simple. WHAT Is Mozza’s pizza the second coming of Christ? You’d think so with all the hullabaloo around this pizzeria and its celebrity-chef parents, Nancy Silverton and Mario Batali. But the result is something [...]