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Gingergrass

Gingergrass

WHY Vast bowls of delicate noodles crowned with flowering basil tops and mint; char-grilled meats arranged over hillocks of raw greens; shrimp rolled around sugarcane sticks; sweet-tart jackfruit salad with pickled lotus roots; and more such crowd-pleasing dishes. WHAT Vietnamese cafés are hip and happening—the light, intensely colorful, vividly flavorful food perfectly suits the L.A. […]

Ruen Pair

Ruen Pair

WHY Don’t miss the papaya salad and authentic dishes like shredded fish salad, fried rice with Chinese sausage and stir-fried morning glories. WHAT The homey, reasonably priced restaurant is cash only with no liquor, but it’s worth it for excellent, cheap Thai dishes, which are served until 4 a.m. WHO Locals and, in the midnight […]

The Weekend Go Go: Soul Train, Labryinth of Jareth, and Charles Phoenix does Hot Rods and MONA

The Weekend Go Go: Soul Train, Labryinth of Jareth, and Charles Phoenix does Hot Rods and MONA

Here’s the thing about fun. Some weekends, there are obvious contenders.  Some weekends, there are wish-you-could-include-them runner ups. And sometimes, making a second you is the only option for hitting up the best the weekend has to offer. Let the Clones of Fun begin. Release Yourself You consider yourself a bit of a mover and […]

Central Library Culinary Collection

Central Library Culinary Collection

WHY One of most extensive cookery collections in the entire country is right in our backyard, and it’s free. WHAT More than 18,000 cookbooks, from 14th-century manuscripts, the first Spanish-language cookbook, and 1,000 California cookbooks to Nathan Myhrvold’sModernist Cuisine. Plus a vintage menu collection, advertising ephemera, periodicals and photos. WHO Serious scholars to the average […]

Raw Meat, L.A. Style

Raw Meat, L.A. Style

This week on Eat LA on Off-Ramp, Linda Burum talks about Los Angeles’s new fascination with raw meat. There are plenty of new restaurants bringing raw meat to their patrons–but Burum says that’s nothing new. Korean and Lebanese restaurants, for example, have served Angelenos uncooked meat for decades now. Here’s a list of some of Linda’s […]

The 2nd Annual Los Angeles Vendy Awards: Street Eats Meet to Compete

The 2nd Annual Los Angeles Vendy Awards: Street Eats Meet to Compete

The dilemma:  You love checking out street chow but unless you happen by a truck/cart/stand and can swerve to the curb — no small feat in L.A. traffic — it’s not always possible to research, track, and taste all of the delish dish that L.A.’s street vendors have to offer. The solution: the 2nd Annual […]

Craftbar

Craftbar

WHY An affordable version of Tom Colicchio’s terrific (and adjacent) Craft restaurant, a sleek brother to the New York original. WHAT Everything on the menu in the front lounge and patio at Craft is $5 to $12 and just as interesting: seafood pie, flatbread with goat cheese and cherry tomatoes, short-rib raviolis. WHO Junior ICM […]

Market on Holly

Market on Holly

WHY Beautiful salads, Stumptown coffee and the best chocolate-chip cookie in town. WHAT A little bit of San Francisco and Portland in Old Pasadena, the Market on Holly is the creation of two longtime locals, composer Marty Davich and caterer Mary Pat Brandmeyer. There’s a small market (fancy pastas, oils, local organic milk), a swell […]

Mildred Pierce, By-Gone Restaurants, and a Slice of Pie

Mildred Pierce, By-Gone Restaurants, and a Slice of Pie

It could be argued that “Mildred’s”, the fried chicken and fruit pie franchise started by Joan Crawford’s character in the noir melodrama MILDRED PIERCE, was the first artisanal empire. On Saturday, June 16th, American Cinematheque and the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles will present an illustrated talk on the kind of 1920′s-1940′s restaurants that […]

Beachwood BBQ & Brewing

Beachwood BBQ & Brewing

WHY Seal Beach’s legendary smokehouse and beer bar has finally crossed county lines. WHAT Many consider Beachwood to be the region’s top beer bar, a place where the craft movement gained legs and hopheads were born. Now there’s even more Beachwood to go around with its new downtown Long Beach location. The menu remains the […]