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Mediterranean Cafe

Mediterranean Cafe

WHY For a stomach-stuffing, tasty and affordable Mediterranean plate, prepared at mach speed. WHAT Their pita wraps are a nice and compact treat, but its the massive plates loaded with heaps of chicken scharwma, or gloriously grilled lamb, beef, kefta, and chicken kebabs (lamb pictured above) that are tremendous value for less than $9. Each is served [...]

The Weekend Go Go: Cheeky Circus, Ladies of Lust & Love, Classical Wild Boys

The Weekend Go Go: Cheeky Circus, Ladies of Lust & Love, Classical Wild Boys

In a weird quirk of the calendar, Mardi Gras and Valentine’s Day will be duking it out for dominance next week. Whether next week’s plans include sweetheart, sinner, or a little of both (you devil you) there’s no reason to sit home this weekend and count dust bunnies. Not that you would, party person, not [...]

JR Bistro

JR Bistro

WHY Chinatown restaurants can seem all too similar, but JR stands out for hot pots, lobster specials and well-prepared standards. WHAT The same owners’ JR Restaurant was one of the westside’s top Chinese restaurants, and faithful customers will find many of the same favorites at this slightly slicker updated spot with white tablecloths, beer and [...]

Cha Cha Chicken

Cha Cha Chicken

WHY Chicken roasted and coated with an addictive sweet-fiery jerk sauce and served with all the trimmings, for less than it costs to park at the neighboring Casa del Mar hotel. WHAT This cheap, lively, riotously colorful outdoor joint does a brisk phone-ahead takeout business and is also popular for its party packages for 15 [...]

Annapurna Cuisine

Annapurna Cuisine

WHY Dosas and southern-style curries in a tech-savvy setting complete with Bollywood offerings on plasma screens. WHAT Annapurna showcases classic southern Indian cooking in an urbane setting (complete with WiFi). Try the ultra-thin paper dosa or a curry accompanied by pickles, chutneys and sambars. 10200 Venice Blvd., Culver City, 310.204.5500, annapurnacuisine.com. L & D daily. [...]

Piccolo

Piccolo

WHY Seductive charm, a setting right out of Venice, Italy, and superb Italian food make it ideal for a memorable date or celebration. Just be prepared to pay for the experience. WHAT This beachside trattoria is so warm and intimate that you’ll feel like you’ve been invited to a friend’s house for dinner—a friend who [...]

Vallarta Supermarket

Vallarta Supermarket

WHY An unending selection of Mexican and Latin American ingredients, plus great takeout. WHAT The 19 L.A. County branches of this regional chain have butchers that prepare your meat corte al gusto (cut with flair), as well as the largest selection of Mexican and Salvadoran cheeses (Oaxacan, requesón, asadero, enchilada) in town, a great bakery [...]

The Weekend Go Go: Photo L.A., Dance Pop-up, Funny People, dineL.A.

The Weekend Go Go: Photo L.A., Dance Pop-up, Funny People, dineL.A.

Angelenos tired of SoCal’s frigid weather may be snowbirding it during this long weekend  — Ms. Go Go hears the East Coast is nice this time of year — but there’s plenty to do for the staycationers among us. Snow shoes (hopefully) not required…. Oh Snap Whether it’s snapshots of celebs or artsy studies of [...]

El Puerto Escondido

El Puerto Escondido

WHY Ultra-fresh Mexican-style seafood, including Happy Oysters, freshly shucked and topped with a vibrant chopped shrimp cocktail, and caldo de siete mares, a light soup generously stocked with Alaskan crab legs, mussels and shrimp. WHAT This eastside branch of the Inglewood original serves the seafood dishes of Mexico’s Pacific Coast beach towns, and while it’s [...]

Handy’s Smoke House Delicacies

Handy’s Smoke House Delicacies

WHY Seriously divine smoked beef, poultry, pork, and fish. WHAT David Handy has been perfecting his craft of smoking meat for the past 25 years, which is oh so evident after a single bite of anything off the menu. He does it all: perfectly smoked brisket, ribs, sausage, salami, pastrami, Cornish hens, ham, salmon and [...]