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Patina Catering

Patina Catering
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WHY For an A-list event at Disney Hall, Descanso Gardens, LACMA or one of the other prime locations for which Patina is the exclusive caterer. WHAT High-end corporate, society and Hollywood events, held at in-demand venues like MOCA or at your Hancock Park mini-mansion, are Patina’s specialties. Crackerjack service, elegant French-California fare and not-insignificant prices. […]

Auntie Em’s Kitchen Catering

Auntie Em’s Kitchen Catering

WHY Outstanding modern American party food, as organic as possible, with particularly memorable desserts. WHAT Before she opened her oh-so-hip bakery, café and store, Terri Wahl was a caterer specializing in production shoots. Nowadays she also feeds the cognoscenti at commitment ceremonies, 50th-birthday celebrations and publication parties all over the L.A. area. WHO Party-throwing Occidental […]

Boneyard Bistro

Boneyard Bistro

WHY These guys make damn good barbecue and damn fine party food. WHAT This Sherman Oaks restaurant has a thriving catering business as well. Chef Aaron Robins combines traditional, people-pleasing barbecue with a more modern approach to service and sides—so instead of generic cole slaw, with your ribs you can have such things as fire-roasted […]

The Weekend Go Go: Hollywood Fringe Fest, L.A. Design Fest, 50 Shades of Cake + More

The Weekend Go Go: Hollywood Fringe Fest, L.A. Design Fest, 50 Shades of Cake + More

The Weekend Go Go: the best of the fests + parties, cocktails and Depressed Cake. Read the Full Story at Eat: Los Angeles

Conservatory, The

Conservatory, The

WHY Subtle, artful roasting in a low-key yet cool environment where the bean is king. Seriously good cocoa, too. WHAT The on-site roasting makes this a coffeehouse for aficionados. Fans sing the praises of the nuanced brews and drive happily from the Valley or beyond just to buy a pound. The location, across the street […]

Ye Olde King’s Head

Ye Olde King’s Head

WHY Fresh beer, tasty English pub fare and a gregarious and interesting crowd. WHAT L.A.’s best-known pub has grown over the decades, now boasting two pub rooms and a dining room stretching between the Promenade and the shore. It’s touristy as hell, but it’s saved by the quality of food and the 20-some beers on […]

Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza

WHY Seductive dishes from the Yucat‡n: robust, citrus-spiked soups; panuchos with shredded turkey, tomato, pickled red onion and avocado; cochinita pibil; and wonderful tamales, including the colado, with chicken and achiote. WHAT Terrific Yucat‡n cooking is served at this order-at-the-counter café in the nonprofit Mercado la Paloma, also home to Mo-Chica. The flavors are rich, […]

Little Flower Candy Co.

Little Flower Candy Co.

WHY Divine salt caramels and other gift-worthy candies, as well as delicious bran muffins, pretzel rolls, cookies and gorgeous cakes to order. WHAT Known for her national line of handmade sea-salt caramels, Christine Moore has livened up this stretch of Colorado Boulevard with a friendly bakery, confectionary and café. Great for to-go sweets, or for […]

SusieCakes

SusieCakes

WHY For excellent homestyle sweets: German chocolate cake, banana pudding with vanilla wafers, layer cakes, cupcakes, whoopie pies and lemon squares. WHAT This nostalgia-driven bake shop dressed in retro colors turns out desserts that owner Susan Sarich found on her grandmother’s recipe cards. Several more locations, including Calabasas and Manhattan Beach. WHO Locals stopping by […]

Tacos Por Favor

Tacos Por Favor

WHY Tender birria (baby goat), generous carne asada and carnitas tacos, acclaimed chorizo-cheese tacos and restorative menudo on weekends. Watch out for the fiery salsas. WHAT This friendly, capacious taqueria manages to be both healthful (fresh tomatoes, lean meats, no lard) and authentic. WHO At lunch, a long line of people from nearby low-key entertainment-industry […]