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La Morenita Oaxaqueña

La Morenita Oaxaqueña

WHY For the enormous, flopppy-crusted tlayuda con todo, Oaxaca’s answer to pizza, the red mole and the delicate, delicious Oaxacan-style empanadas filled with things like huitlacoche (a mushroom-like fungus) or flor de calabaza (zucchini flower)-or even chapulines (grasshoppers). WHAT The vibrant colors inside this strip-mall café on the edge of Koreatown hold the promise of [...]

Sushi Go 55

Sushi Go 55

WHY High-quality old-school sushi that’s a bargain at lunch-the $10 special gets you miso soup, five pieces of sushi and a blue-crab hand roll; many regulars opt for the chirashi sushi box for $15. WHAT Owned by a pioneering family who started the second sushi bar in America and has been running restaurants in Little [...]

Torihei

Torihei

WHY A near-perfect pairing of yakitori and oden. WHAT Torihei splits its kitchen equally between yakitori and oden, a relatively rare but harmonious coupling. The yakitori is made from tender, flavorful Jidori chicken. Oden is the more unusual of the specialties, a homey dish that’s typically prepared as a one-pot stew. Here, however, items are [...]

Caioti Pizza Café

Caioti Pizza Café

WHY Superb salads (try the Humble Salad, a romaine wedge with bacon, goat cheese and roma tomatoes, or the ‘The’ salad, said to induce labor in pregnant women) and Caioti’s rightly famed individual pizza; don’t forget to order some garlic rolls, too. WHAT Ed LaDou may have shuffled off this mortal coil, but the California [...]

The LAT Celebration of Food and Wine

The LAT Celebration of Food and Wine

The Los Angeles Times must have noticed the rash of food festival mega events sweeping Los Angeles, because they’re throwing one of their own. If you’re like us, you’re not blown away by all the high-powered celebrity chef panels and gourmet cooking demonstrations—at least not for $55. For that kind of money, there is only [...]

Street

Street

WHY For its celebration of street foods from around the world, it’s L.A.-hip patio and the skill and enthusiasm of owner/chef Susan Feniger. WHAT Celebrity chef Susan Feniger (Border Grill, Ciudad, Too Hot Tamales) is a warm-hearted Midwestern gal whose culinary passions are truly global, and at her solo venture she shares all those passions, [...]

Café Brasil

Café Brasil

WHY Tasty, inexpensive Brazilian sandwiches, grilled meats, collard greens, black beans and feijoada, the famed pork stew. WHAT It’s a simple order-at-the-counter, paper-napkin café but an exceptionally charming and colorful one, with a greenery-lined sidewalk terrace and an intensely colorful dining room. There’s beer and wine, but don’t neglect the fresh mango juice or the [...]

18th Street Coffee House

18th Street Coffee House

WHY Homemade rugelach and 50-cent refills. WHAT This adorable historic brick building, complete with homey outdoor patio, has a folksy, East Bay/East Village vibe (but no, Bob Dylan does not own it, local rumor mill notwithstanding). WHO Young moms, students, writers and people without cell phone addictions (there’s an outdoor-calling-only policy). 1725 Broadway, Santa Monica, [...]

Puro Sabor Peruvian Food

Puro Sabor Peruvian Food

WHY Pure, unadulterated Peruvian flavors (puro sabor means ‘pure flavor’) in a sweet Valley spot with modest prices. WHAT This isn’t the most scenic neighborhood in Van Nuys, but inside is a cheerful, spotless café that showcases the accomplished cooking of chef Juana Paz, a bank teller from Peru who succeeded in achieving her twin [...]

A Taste of Persia, and Lots of Other Things, in Beverly Hills

A Taste of Persia, and Lots of Other Things, in Beverly Hills

September 2nd, 2010 is approaching fast, and Beverly Hills is throwing a big party to celebrate. What’s so significant about that date? Let’s look at it another way: 9/02/10. Or even better: 9.02.10. And just for good measure: 90210—you know, like the zip code and TV show (maybe this is obvious but it took yours [...]

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