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Froyo Life

Froyo Life

WHY Dulce de leche frozen yogurt, free WiFi and delivery. WHAT Want to see a cool, subtly tattooed, wedge-wearing junior studio exec leap up and down like a kindergartener? Invite her to Froyo Life, which has developed a rabid cult following in Los Feliz. The yogurts, both of the sweet-and-creamy and tart varieties, are well [...]

Black Cat Bakery & Café

Black Cat Bakery & Café

WHY Creative breakfasts, lunches and even occasional dinners, paired with Homeboy Bakery breads. WHAT More than a bakery, Fairfax’s Black Cat has a freshened-up vintage café look and an evolving menu with unusual selections like the terrific farro bibimbap deeply flavored with shiitake mushrooms, burrata and a fried egg, pig trotter eggs Benedict, multigrain pancakes [...]

Xoia Vietnamese

Xoia Vietnamese

WHY Echo Park mixes it up with a winning combo of reasonable prices and modern Vietnamese food that incorporates a nod to the neighborhood’s Latin American roots. WHAT Tacos get a burst of rich flavor from pho-style beef, while dishes like Vietnamese crèpes, mi quang (a rice noodle dish with shrimp and pork) and banh [...]

Guisados

Guisados

WHY It’s everything a modern taquería should be in Los Angeles—adaptive and inventive yet traditional and classic. WHAT Guisados was born from the minds behind Cook’s Tortas, and here they channel the creativity of Cook’s into homey stews and braises swaddled in sturdy, rough-hewn tortillas. The menu is forever changing, but keep an eye peeled [...]

Surly Goat

Surly Goat

WHY A low-key West Hollywood tavern for discerning beer enthusiasts. WHAT Ryan Sweeney opened the Surly Goat after making a splash in the local beer community with his first bar, the Verdugo. His new place has an impressive array of more than two dozen taps and a rotating brew on cask. Rare and fascinating beers [...]

La Huasteca

La Huasteca

WHY A newly revamped menu inspired by pre-Columbian Mexican cooking. WHAT La Huasteca has long been Plaza Mexico’s grand stage: sylvan murals, wrought-iron chandeliers, a fully stocked bar. But with a reinvigoration by chef Rocio Camacho (formerly of Moles la Tia), it is charting a new course, one that celebrates ingredients and techniques native to [...]

Manhattan Beach Post

Manhattan Beach Post

WHY A parade of cocktail-friendly small plates with a beach breeze. WHAT M.B. Post is chef David LeFevre’s first project since his departure from the Water Grill, a so-called ‘social house’ in the oceanfront location once occupied by the Manhattan Beach Post Office. Not everything wows or works, but there are some very good dishes. [...]

Beijing Pie House

Beijing Pie House

WHY For golden-crusted north Chinese pastries, flaky flatbreads, meat pies, stuffed buns and dumplings. WHAT Probably the first xian bing (meat pie) place in SoCal, this tiny café makes irresistible versions, filled with beef, lamb or veggie mixtures—like leeks with egg or wild mushrooms. Don’t miss the multi-layered homeland meat pie—filled with juicy seasoned beef, [...]

Communal Tables, Goat Cheese & Presidential Turkey Burgers

Communal Tables, Goat Cheese & Presidential Turkey Burgers

This week on Eat LA on Off-Ramp, we talk about goats and making goat cheese with goat farmer, cheesemaker, college professor and restaurateur Stephen Rudicel; hear about the food at President Obama’s 50th birthday bash from attendee Eric Garcetti; and share Elina Shatkin’s rant about communal tables. Here’s a link to the podcast on the [...]

Son of a Gun

Son of a Gun

WHY Because you never know when the urge for a terrific, if Lilliputian, lobster roll (creamy and a bit spicy, stuffed into a warm, butter-grilled roll) will hit. WHAT This seafood-centric spinoff of Animal is tiny and generally mobbed, so it’s nice that a long communal table as well as a few seats at the [...]