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Spaghetti pomodoro at The Ponte

Ten of the Best Pasta Dishes in Los Angeles

10/07/2013

Karen Young

Pasta noodles, initially consumed as an easy and inexpensive food staple for the masses, has evolved as a complex culinary star taking center stage at the ever-growing number of Italian restaurants in Los Angeles. Innovative chefs are putting inventive twists on traditional recipes with hand cut and house made pasta; local and sustainable ingredients; variations of cheese, meat, and seafood; and unique accents, such as fennel pollen and nettles. Check out 10 of the best pasta dishes in Los Angeles right now, including some newcomers and a few classics that stand the test of time.

Verdugo Bar

The Top Craft Beer Bars, Breweries and Restaurants in Los Angeles

09/18/2013

Joshua Lurie

Los Angeles, long the land of bottle service and green apple martinis, finally started catching up to speed on craft beer in the past several years. The higher quality wave started with bars, continued with a new crop of breweries, and is now washing over restaurants. Learn about 28 of our favorite places to drink craft beer in L.A. County.

The Best Uni Dishes in Los Angeles

09/18/2013

Bill Esparza

The love of sea urchin is one of those trends that’s here to stay. It’s one of the few local seafood products we have in LA, with an abundance of this luxurious product coming out of nearby Santa Barbara and the Channel Islands. That means restaurants run by our top chefs - and by our local Japanese, Korean, and Italian dining scenes - will always have sea urchin as a marquee item. Try it cooked in pastas, from our international raw bars, or in haute dishes where it can outshine most any rare ingredient - it’s the bite you save for last. We don’t blame those that carry on about the most famous echinoderm on social media for their uni roe obsession, nor do we envy them because it’s an approachable extravagance for us Angelenos. 

We even have famous sea urchin dishes here in town that you’ve probably tried like chef Michael Cimarusti’s sea urchin and egg scramble, or Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook’ s sea urchin and burrata. Here are 10 other classic sea urchin dishes that you must have.

Pork belly noodles at Little Sister

The Best Restaurants in the South Bay of Los Angeles

09/10/2013

Garrett Snyder

The South Bay is one of the most culturally diverse regions in Los Angeles. It's always provided a multitude of places to enjoy great food from across the world - from delicate handmade soba to fried shrimp tacos doused in salsa. But with a wave of ambitious chefs riffing and expanding on the culinary traditions they were raised on, this quiet beach-loving community is becoming a dining destination all over again. Here are ten of the best places to eat in the South Bay.

My LA to Z: Benjamin Bratt

08/21/2013

Los Angeles Magazine

The San Francisco raised actor on the local beach that changed his life, and the Italian spot he takes his wife for kid-free dates.

My LA to Z: Peter Farrelly

08/21/2013

Los Angeles Magazine

Interviewed by Rachel Aragon

The Ojai resident (you likely recognize his name from such hits as Dumb and Dumber and There's Something About Mary) reveals his favorite things in L.A., including the chicken dish he swears will cure every ailment you've got.

My LA to Z: Mayim Bialik

08/20/2013

Los Angeles Magazine

Interviewed by Annelise Alexander

"The Big Bang Theory" funny girl, neuroscience Ph.D., and Los Angeles native fills us in on where she catches a comedy show and how she indulges her vegan leanings.

Laghman noodles at Silk Road Garden

The Best Chinese Noodles in Los Angeles

08/12/2013

Clarissa Wei

Noodles have been a Chinese staple for over 4,000 years. The earliest sample of this dish was found in northwestern China - found preserved and overturned in a sealed bowl and buried underneath ten feet of sediment. It’s an incredible, ubiquitous medium with a wide-ranging field of influence. Chinese noodles are the ancestors of all other noodle dishes. According to popular myth, Marco Polo introduced noodles to the West during the Yuan Dynasty - in fact, noodles were widely eaten in Europe and the Middle East for centuries before Marco Polo’s birth.

Chinese noodles are incredibly diverse. Whether it’s the spicy, chili-heavy noodles of Sichuan, or the warm chicken noodle soup of Yunnan - there’s really something for everyone’s flavor profile. Most Chinese restaurants in the area have some sort of noodle dish, and many dishes have centuries of historical background. Noodles from northern China are broader and flour-based, while noodles from the south typically use eggs. Then there are rice and mung bean-based noodles that are great for soaking up the flavor. Called mian in Chinese, it’s the ultimate comfort item and you really only need one bowl to be sufficiently full.

There are a myriad of Chinese noodle options in Los Angeles. To get you started on your culinary journey, here are some of our favorites.

The Best Restaurants in West Hollywood

08/02/2013

Leslee Komaiko

Measuring just under two square miles, West Hollywood (aka WeHo to locals) is one of L.A.’s most popular and vibrant districts. Several notable dining spots, including Lucques, Sweet Lady Jane and Madeo, fall just outside its boundaries. But WeHo proper is jam-packed with excellent restaurants: classics like Dan Tana’s, new kids like Connie & Ted’s, edgy hole-in-the-walls such as Night + Market and glossy lookers such as Fig & Olive. The West Hollywood dining scene has it all, and here are some of our favorite restaurants.

Chocolate banana cream pie at Rose Cafe

The Best Pies in Los Angeles

07/29/2013

Joshua Lurie

Whether pie’s got a lid, a crumbled cap, or Graham cracker crust, a fruit, nut, or custard filling, L.A.’s got plenty of enticing options. Grab a fork and knife or use your hands and enjoy 15 of our favorites.

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