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JNJ Burger & Bar-B-Q

JNJ Burger & Bar-B-Q

WHY Exceptionally tender and tasty pork and beef ribs and pulled pork, smoked by Jay Nelson with oak and almond woods. WHAT A shack in the best sense of the word, JNJ is indeed a burger joint, but that’s not why you come here. You come for the honest-to-goodness barbecue: tender pork ribs, hefty beef [...]

Diamond Bakery

Diamond Bakery

WHY Kosher challah, delicious rye and heavenly cheesecakes. WHAT So maybe you have to wait a while, and maybe the fellow behind the counter could be a little less brusque. But these are the things one must endure to get a rye bread this good. Since you had to wait so long for your rye, [...]

Joan’s on Third

Joan’s on Third

WHY Wonderful sandwiches (turkey meatloaf, pressed chicken, bacon and brie), lots of prepared salads (the lentil is particularly good), elegant cheese and charcuterie platters and famed cupcakes. WHAT Originally a caterer, Joan McNamara gradually expanded her business into a café, gourmet market and upscale takeout operation, and each facet has met with tremendous success. From [...]

Rahel Ethiopian Veggie Cuisine

Rahel Ethiopian Veggie Cuisine

WHY Hearty stews made from chickpeas and lentils accompany plenty of vegetable side dishes, like greens with garlic or tomatoes with green pepper, while the fluffy injera bread adds healthy touches like flax, sunflower seeds and sesame. Flaxseed and barley also make appearances in smoothie-like drinks. WHAT Most of the Ethiopian restaurants on Fairfax serve [...]

Fogo de Cha‹o

Fogo de Cha‹o

WHY When you’re starving, celebrating and have $55 to blow on a single dinner, not counting drinks, tax and tip (or dessert, but you won’t have room for it anyway). WHAT Of Southern California’s several churrascarias, none has been more successful than this grand temple of meat, where spits of lamb, beef, pork and chicken [...]

The Weekend Go Go: Arroyo Arts Collective 20th Annual Discovery Tour + Ms. Go Go Regrets

The Weekend Go Go:  Arroyo Arts Collective 20th Annual Discovery Tour + Ms. Go Go Regrets

Go Go’ers, this weekend is the official calm before the holiday storm.  What’s the best way to soothe your already-turkey-stressed soul?  Seeing  beautiful, beautiful art! It’s also the perfect insider L.A. activity to entertain visiting art fans as well as  (too) early-in-town Lookie Lou relatives. You may have one or two of those. Over 100 NELA artists [...]

Little Next Door

Little Next Door

WHY Rustic pastries and breads complement the pâtés and terrines, jewel-like salads, imaginative sandwiches and savory tarts. WHAT Gold-framed mirrors, cobalt-blue walls and a marble bar give this Parisian-style shop/café a glamorous atmosphere. Carefully chosen beers and wines, foodie gifts and house-made jams round out the collection of spiffy eat-in or takeout dishes. WHO French [...]

Al & Bea’s

Al & Bea’s

WHY A basic place for basic food: L.A. burritos that are cheap, juicy and delicious. WHAT For decades, this utilitarian stand has served as a hub of Boyle Heights life. Located near Mariachi Plaza, the Metro station and Hollenbeck police station, it’s where everyone in the ‘hood goes for a burrito, to eat here or [...]

Porky’s BBQ

Porky’s BBQ

WHY Top-notch pulled pork, plus other solid barbecue standards. WHAT Descended from the now-shuttered Porky’s in Inglewood, this Long Beach rib joint stepped right into the region’s relative barbecue void, offering hefty ribs, crisp fried chicken, worthy brisket and its signature dish, pulled pork. Unlike the wispy, flavorless strands of meat found at other spots, [...]

La Vie

La Vie

WHY  Tasty and affordable French cuisine housed in a friendly restaurant run by a Vietnamese family. WHAT  Classics like coq au vin, sirloin steak with three-peppercorn sauce, and garlic-encrusted roasted rack of lamb (pictured here) are well executed; each is accompanied by fresh seasonal vegetables, salad, and the daily soup. Hidden in an unassuming strip mall, [...]