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Congregation Ale House

Congregation Ale House

WHY Lively sudes and modernized pub grub. WHAT Congregation may take its religious shtick too far—stained glass windows, Catholic school uniforms, Monday ‘mass’—but it’s one of Long Beach’s essential beer bars, with a commendable list of Belgian and craft brews. The menu presents done-up pub classics like a pork and goat cheese sausage sandwich, grilled [...]

Natura Bar

Natura Bar

WHY Homemade ice creams, juices and smoothies in Oaxacan flavors rarely found in L.A. WHAT The scions of Guelaguetza founder Fernando Lopez opened this little shop next to the original location of the now-famous Oaxacan restaurant. Using organic produce, they make fresh-squeezed jugos (juices) and licuados (shakes) in combos like jicama, mango and papaya. The [...]

Original Brooklyn Water Bagel Co.

Original Brooklyn Water Bagel Co.

WHY Because Los Angeles needs better bagels, and it needs more of them. WHAT Backed by talk show maven Larry King, tthis small franchised chain has a gimmick: real Brooklyn water. The bulky bagels are boiled in it, making them dense and chewy in the best possible way. You can also make your own egg [...]

Churros Calientes

Churros Calientes

WHY Do one thing and do it well. In this case, it’s churros. WHAT The food is a wash, but the churros, served warm from the fryer, are to die for. These are nothing like the Mexican churros that dominate L.A.—these are Spanish churros. They’re smaller, denser and more crisp, served with toppings and fillings [...]

Brouhaha in a Backyard Bakery

Brouhaha in a Backyard Bakery

A while back, Eat LA’s Miles Clements interviewed acclaimed backyard breadmaker Mark Stambler for EatLA on Off-Ramp. Meanwhile, Eat LA’s Jenn Garbee wrote about Stambler for the Los Angeles Times. Alas, all this media attention made the county pay attention, and it promptly shut down the Los Feliz home operation. Off-Ramp host went back to [...]

Food + Lab

Food + Lab

WHY Fantastic sandwiches, excellent espresso, lovely patios both front and back, and all sorts of good food to take home and pretend you made. WHAT Nino Linsmayer and his chef mom, Esther, built a successful business as caterers before opening this café and gourmet-to-go market, so they came into the business already knowing how to [...]

Foot Truck Confabs

Foot Truck Confabs

With the proviso that truck gatherings change faster than Lady Gaga changes shoes, here are some good ones. 7th + Fig Where: 7th and Figueroa Plaza, Downtown When: Monday–Wednesday 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Altadena Where: N. Lake Ave. (behind Webster’s), Altadena When: Friday evenings Automobile Driving Museum Where: 610 Lairport St., El Segundo When: Friday lunch [...]

Changing the World One Bite at a Time

Changing the World One Bite at a Time

Calling all LA flower children! On July 14th, hop on the sustainable food wagon and join fellow foodies for an afternoon of intellectual (and culinary) nourishment with Dr. Oren B. Hesterman, president and CEO of Fair Food Network. Hesterman’s new book Fair Food: Growing a Healthy, Sustainable Food System for All addresses the problems within [...]

Pavich’s Brick Oven Pizzeria

Pavich’s Brick Oven Pizzeria

WHY Distinctly unique Croatian pizzas that are among the best in L.A. WHAT There’s no room for interior dining at this San Pedro pizza joint, but that’s a necessary sacrifice—Pavich’s allots most of its square footage to an enormous brick oven. And it’s with that oven that owner Zdenko Pavic is able to craft a [...]

Varnish Bar

Varnish Bar

WHY The closest L.A. has to a speakeasy, with a discreetly marked door at the back of Cole’s and exquisitely crafted cocktails. WHAT 1920s-style barmen, a jazz soundtrack and fresh fruit juices make the Varnish old-school—yet it’s up to date on the latest in mixology. WHO The Downtown bar-crawling crowd is youngish, but high-end cocktails [...]

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