Dining and Shopping in Los Angeles

11/18/2013

Discover Los Angeles

The holiday shopping season has begun in earnest, and retail centers across Los Angeles are bustling with activity. To help shoppers take a break or refuel, there are numerous restaurants conveniently located inside and nearby LA’s top shopping destinations. From world-famous Chinese dumplings to the flagship restaurant of a legendary chef, here are some of the best restaurants to get you through your gift buying list.

The Best Breakfast Dishes in Los Angeles

11/15/2013

Joshua Lurie

Forget the notion that coffee and pastries are enough to sustain you until lunch. Set the culinary pace for the day with a hearty breakfast. LA institutions like Du-par’s, John O'Groat's and The Original Pantry Café have been serving diners for decades. Here are 14 other viable breakfast options in Los Angeles.

A Day of Dining Near Museum Row in Los Angeles

11/06/2013

Leslee Komaiko

Whether your destination is the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Petersen Automotive Museum, Craft and Folk Art Museum, or any of the other cultural institutions along Wilshire Boulevard’s famed Museum Row, there are plenty of dining options in the neighborhood. From buttermilk hotcakes for breakfast to a late night bowl of matzoh ball soup, here are the best restaurants you can enjoy throughout your day exploring Museum Row.

Joe Mantegna's Los Angeles

11/04/2013

Joe Mantegna

Known for his over 200 film & television appearances, including Searching for Bobby Fischer, the Godfather Part 3, Joan of Arcadia and Criminal Minds, Chicago-born actor Joe Mantegna now lives & works in LA and shares his favorite spots around town, from where to get the best ocean views to the place that boasts the best pastrami sandwich in town.

The Best Steak Dishes in Los Angeles

10/31/2013

Matthew Kang

Los Angeles might not have the pedigree of Chicago, New York, or even Las Vegas when it comes to steakhouses, but that doesn't mean that it's lost a step in presenting solid interpretations of steak. Though steak is often the most ubiquitous and predictable order on menus across the city, restaurants have drawn from everything from mid-century dining style to ethnic flavors, such as Korean and Peruvian. The result is this eclectic collection of the best steaks in Los Angeles.

Top 10 Chirashi Bowls in Los Angeles

10/24/2013

Clarissa Wei

The word “chirashi” in Japanese means scattered. Order a chirashi bowl at your local Japanese restaurant and you’ll be handed a bowl of seasoned rice topped with scattered slices of raw fish, fish roe, and/or the occasional tamagoyaki, a spongy egg garnish. It’s the ideal option for sushi fiends who don’t want to order a la carte or dish out the big bucks for a sashimi platter. 

The mark of a good chirashi bowl is balance. Each grain should be evenly seasoned with the tangy, alkaline sweetness of rice vinegar. Sesame seeds are often sprinkled on top for good measure. Different types of fresh fish are layered on top - bonus points for textural diversity. Garnishes are optional additions and always provide welcome respite. 

Read on for ten of our favorite chirashi bowls in Los Angeles.

The Scariest Foods in Los Angeles

10/21/2013

Joshua Lurie

In honor of Halloween, we bring you 11 of the most frightening foods in Los Angeles. Of course, some diners have more intestinal fortitude than others, but we’ve got a variety of unique, flavorful and aromatic options - including intestines - that will give almost anyone pause.

The Best Restaurants in Los Feliz & Atwater Village

10/11/2013

Leslee Komaiko

For years, Los Feliz and Atwater Village - which flank the Golden State Freeway near Griffith Park - remained in the shadow of the their hip neighbor, Silverlake. No longer. While retaining their small town charm, these historic, diverse neighborhoods have arrived, featuring good bakeries and bars, some of the city’s most beloved Mexican joints, a boutique butcher, and even the requisite juice spot. Here are 10 delicious spots to try in Los Feliz and Atwater Village.

The Best Pasta Dishes in Los Angeles

10/07/2013

Matthew Kang

Los Angeles has always loved Italian cooking! Blame the mild, Mediterranean climate, blessed with abundant fresh produce and a casual attitude much like Italian sensibilities. And what's more representative of Italy than pasta, which comes in a myriad of forms and can represent any number of regions and styles - from the richer, more elegant pastas of the North to the lusty, rustic flavors of the South. There's also been a renaissance of fresh pasta in recent years, with chefs making their own interpretations of traditional dishes that change the game in terms of the techniques used to prepare the pasta or the ingredients placed into the dishes themselves. So consider now the best time ever to enjoy these top Italian pasta dishes in Los Angeles.

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