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Cookbooks Plus

Cookbooks Plus

WHY To score that near-mint copy of The Silver Spoon, or another highly collectible cookbook. WHAT Not enough foodies know about the treasure-trove of cookbooks tucked away in Santa Clarita, just a half-hour north of L.A. This is one of the last of an endangered species: the bricks-and-mortar cookbook shop. Mimi Hiller’s store offers some [...]

The Weekend Go Go: PoP Patty, Pirate Fest, and The Big Parade

The Weekend Go Go: PoP Patty, Pirate Fest, and The Big Parade

It’s just the perfect weekend: a pop happening, a hike over hill, dale, and staircase, and the chance to yell yo-ho-ho over a bottle of rum and not look feel like an idiot. Could life get any better? Pop Princesses Who doesn’t remember Patty “Stockholm Syndrome” Hearst and Patty “They Walk Alike, They Talk Alike” Duke? [...]

Beachcomber Café

Beachcomber Café

WHY Because it’s on the Malibu Pier and the food doesn’t suck. WHAT The folks behind the restored 1940s Beachcomber at Crystal Cove run this place on Malibu Pier, and the look is identical to its parent: green leather booths, warm wood paneling and plenty of windows to bring in the Pacific. There’s a large [...]

The Weekend Go Go: Artistic Theater, Decadent Tea, and Comic Catharsis

The Weekend Go Go: Artistic Theater, Decadent Tea, and Comic Catharsis

Mom’s the word this weekend, Go Go’ers, and the weekend starts tonight.   Whether Mother’s Day evokes a desire for cotton candy or confession, Ms. Go Go has you covered with plenty of events through the magical day of motherly love. This weekend, Favored Child status will be yours. If Mom Only Knew… Ms. Go [...]

Tacos Baja

Tacos Baja

WHY A top contender for L.A.’s best fish tacos. WHAT Still called by its former name, Tacos Baja Ensenada, this stylish lime-green former burger stand turns out seemingly weightless battered fish tacos whose textural contrasts of crunchy cabbage, crackly battered, moist fish and tart, rich crema are an epiphany. A tiny ceviche bar serves blends [...]

Old Sasoon Bakery

Old Sasoon Bakery

WHY A wonderland of Armenian baked goods. WHAT There are some two dozen savory specialties at this family-run shop, like tangy zaatar-rubbed flatbreads and tender, doughy pockets stuffed with spicy sujuk and cheese. All are baked to order, including the magnificent khachapuri, an oblong Georgian pizza topped with four kinds of Middle Eastern cheeses and [...]

A-Frame

A-Frame

WHY Asian, American, Latin and whatever-else-Roy-Choi-feels-like-cooking dishes intermingle in perfect harmony at this unfussy neighborhood restaurant that’s something of an indoor picnic. WHAT Whether it’s the crisp Beer Can Chicken or the cheekily named Knuckle Sandwich (a massive bowl of broth bobbing with oxtail, tendon and other unloved meaty bits), the man who invented the [...]

Taste of the Eastside: Let the Season of Good Eating Begin

Taste of the Eastside: Let the Season of Good Eating Begin

There are no snappy sayings about a grey sky start to the  month of May (although we’d opt for summer garden bounty in June). No matter; the perfect way to put some Spring in your May Day step is to snap up tix to the second annual Taste of the Eastside taking place this Sunday, May [...]

Six, The

Six, The

WHY With its chill vibe and entertaining concept—six choices in each category (appetizers, sides, entrées), six brews on tap and six wines by the glass—the Six fills a gaping need in the Overland-Pico neighborhood, where the mall overwhelms sidewalk life. WHAT This café-pub is a relaxed but confident departure for owners Will Karges and Jake [...]

What?!?! Noisy Restaurants in L.A.

What?!?! Noisy Restaurants in L.A.

On the most recent Eat LA on Off-Ramp, we focused on LOUD—places where the food’s good, the décor is smashing, but the noise level is on a par with Runway 24 at LAX. Does too much sound ruin an otherwise good meal? Or does it make it even better? And how do restaurateurs deal with [...]