Eat-LA


Golden Triangle

Golden Triangle

WHY A longtime leader of Burmese cuisine in Los Angeles. WHAT Golden Triangle has for decades been an uptown Whittier stalwart, its Burmese food reason enough to trek to Greenleaf Avenue. And even this long into its existence, enough can’t be said of the spritely ginger salad, earthy tea leaf salad, goat curry with coconut [...]

Max’s of Manila

Max’s of Manila

WHY The chicharrón de pollo (deep-fried chicken skin) sets the gold standard. WHAT Mildly seasoned chicken, fried whole to keep it juicy, is the house specialty at this branch of the Filipino chain. You can order it spicy, too, and the palm vinegar dip that accompanies both versions is garlic-studded and terrific. 313 W. Broadway, [...]

Pasadena Toys For Tots Donation From New Belgium + Congregation Ale House

Pasadena Toys For Tots Donation From New Belgium + Congregation Ale House

At 6 p.m. this coming Monday, April 1st, New Belgium Brewery & Congregation Ale House in Pasadena will be presenting a check donation to the Pasadena Toys for Tots charity. As a refresher, Congregation and New Belgium teamed up in December for a month-long promotion where the Ale House featured anywhere from 4 to 8 New Belgium [...]

Marmalade

Marmalade

WHY A vibrant range of prepared dishes, salads and baked goods to take out. WHAT This flagship of the Marmalade mini-empire doesn’t have the seating of its siblings but has loads of tempting choices for takeout. Salads range from herb chicken ravioli in pesto to roasted beets with oranges and candied walnuts in rosemary vinaigrette; [...]

Bistro 45

Bistro 45

WHY Exemplary wine list; creative and confident cooking. WHAT This is certainly a contender for the title of “Best Upscale Restaurant” in the San Gabriel Valley. The patio’s the place for lunch; for dinner, the suavely modern dining rooms beckon. Standouts include the superb bouillabaisse and the grilled beef tenderloin. There’s usually a bread pudding [...]

Kettle, The

Kettle, The

WHY A 24/7 godsend for insomniacs, students and night-shifters. WHAT The food’s fine, but the real value of this ’70s-woodsy coffee shop is that it’s open 24 hours a day, a rarity for a large, full-service restaurant anywhere in L.A., let alone a beach town. Regulars get the muffins, crab cake Benedict, burgers and egg [...]

Food + Wine Festival Palm Desert

Food + Wine Festival Palm Desert

Starting tomorrow, and lasting three extraordinary days, the culinary and wine exploration of the Food & Wine Festival Palm Desert returns. From March 22-24, 2013, Greater Palm Springs is bringing the brightest and most inspired chefs from California and putting them under The Big White Tent On Larkspur—between El Paseo and Shadow Mountain in Palm Desert, CA. Tickets are currently on sale, and will [...]

Penang Malaysian Cuisine

Penang Malaysian Cuisine

WHY For hard-to-find Malaysian classics, from satays and curries to coconut rice and icekacang, a red-bean shaved-ice dessert that’s more delicious than you might think. WHAT This plaza café turns out Indian griddle breads (roti canal) and scalding Indo-Malayrendangs, long-simmered chicken, lamb or beef cooked in a thick coconut cream infused with massive quantities of [...]

Casey’s Irish Pub

Casey’s Irish Pub

WHY A classic pub setting and food that’s a big cut above most pubs—fish ‘n chips are almost delicate, and the shepherd’s pie is rich with lamb and parsnips. WHAT This below-street-level pub, with its dark wood paneling, pressed-tin ceiling, brass rails and mahogany bar, is a popular filming location (Good Night, and Good Luck,The [...]

Varnish, The

Varnish, The

WHY The closest L.A. has to a speakeasy, with a discreetly marked door at the back of Cole’s and exquisitely crafted cocktails. WHAT 1920s-style barmen, a jazz soundtrack and fresh fruit juices make the Varnish old-school—yet it’s up to date on the latest in mixology. WHO The Downtown bar-crawling crowd is youngish, but high-end cocktails [...]