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Lukshon

Lukshon

WHY Southeast Asian flavors refracted through the refined lens of Sang Yoon. WHAT Yoon’s follow-up to the gastropub scrum that is Father’s Office, this well-oiled restaurant is beautiful and sleek, worthy of a case study in modern design. The menu, like at so many of the city’s new places, is intent on obliterating the concept [...]

Pete’s Café & Bar

Pete’s Café & Bar

WHY Well-prepared modern American comfort food—mac ‘n cheese, Caesar salad, flat-iron steak with blue-cheese fries—at fair prices in a swell old building. WHAT High ceilings, old tile floors and burnished wooden tables give Pete’s a look usually more associated with San Francisco or New York. This is a fine place for a weekend lunch after [...]

WP24

WP24

WHY It’s a special occasion. Or your boss is paying. Or you’re coming before 7 p.m. for the light $24 three-course meal, great for pre-theater. WHAT Glide through the Ritz-Carlton lobby, ascend 24 floors heavenward, make your way through the hubbub of the lounge and prepare to enjoy some of the best food ever served [...]

Supreme Dragon

Supreme Dragon

WHY Crusty-bottomed pan-fried pork bao with slightly fluffy coverings, the fresh scallion dumplings, the salted vegetables stir-fried with torn bean curd sheet, and more such little treasures. WHAT At Supreme Dragon, diners are given a long sushi bar-style list of about 80 northern and Shanghai-style pastries and small dishes. The restaurant’s attempts at elegance—waterfall curtains, [...]

Yai’s on Vermont

Yai’s on Vermont

WHY Spicy papaya salad, minced chicken with red curry and fried trout are recommended; make sure to specify your desired spice level. WHAT On the easternmost end of Thai Town with ample free parking, this offshoot of the original offers a chance to try authentic Thai dishes without the grunge factor of the Yai on [...]

Chaya Brasserie

Chaya Brasserie

WHY Because it’s an L.A. pioneer that set the standard for French-Japanese-American cooking that’s inventive but not silly. And it has a great and affordable bar menu. WHAT It’s too easy to forget about this chic bistro near Cedars-Sinai, and indeed we did forget it in our last edition. But we were sorry: It’s a [...]

Ramen Jinya

Ramen Jinya

WHY On a coolish day there’s nothing better than a big bowl of Jinya’s aromatic tonkotsu ramen, laden with toothsome noodles and sliced pork belly. WHAT A Jonathan Gold rave put this ramen house on the foodie map, despite its location in a dark corner of a Studio City strip mall next to Marshall’s. The [...]

Tere’s Mexican Grill

Tere’s Mexican Grill

WHY Homemade Mexican food that’s anything but generic in a generic strip-mall setting. There’s no beer to drink, but you can have a Mexican Coke, made with cane sugar instead of corn syrup. (That Coke alone draws a loyal clientele.) WHAT Although the bare-bones, order-at-the-counter setting isn’t much, Tere’s cooking provides all the atmosphere you [...]

Fig

Fig

WHY Because if beef tongue is the must-have dish, when tarte flambé and amazing sweetbreads with mushroom fricassée are also on the menu, chef Ray Garcia must be on to something. WHAT If you didn’t have to walk past the spa, you’d never guess this is the Fairmont Miramar’s bistro. The food is top-notch, the [...]

Happy 30th to the Santa Monica Market

Happy 30th to the Santa Monica Market

The market may have been created by and for Santa Monica, but this grandma of all farmers’ markets has become one of the most important food-lover’s destinations on the west coast. To celebrate its 30th birthday, market folks organized five days of parties, talks, demonstrations, lessons, movies and more. We were there for the kickoff [...]