The Top Craft Beer Bars 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 six years. The wave started with bars, continued with a new crop of breweries, and is now washing over restaurants. Here are 13 of our favorite places to drink craft beer in LA 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.

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.

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 help you get started on your culinary journey, we’ve selected our top 10 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.

The Best Pies in Los Angeles

07/29/2013

Joshua Lurie

Whether the pie has a lid, a crumbled cap, or Graham cracker crust, or the filling is fruit, nuts, or custard, L.A.’s got plenty of enticing options. So grab a fork and knife, or just use your hands and enjoy 16 of our favorites.

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The Best Japanese Noodles in Los Angeles

07/12/2013

Matthew Kang

Japanese cuisine has a wide range of styles and contexts, but noodles are one area that the culture has essentially mastered. Placed in broth, dipped in sauces, tossed with every possible ingredient, these chewy strands are addictive, fun to eat, and incredibly adaptable. Los Angeles has benefited from the proliferation of Japanese cuisine, not just through sushi, but through the common comfort food that pervades the East Asian country. Much of L.A.'s Japanese cuisine finds its foundation in the South Bay, where many immigrants first arrived and set up shop. But there are also plenty of great noodle restaurants on the Westside and of course Downtown's Little Tokyo, where anything from hefty white udon noodles to umami-rich ramen and chewy soba can be enjoyed. Here's a collection of some of the best Japanese noodles around Los Angeles.

The Guide to Celebrity Chefs at Los Angeles Hotels

07/11/2013

Tara de Lis

No matter how many times fans watch their favorite celebrity chefs doing demos on TV or try out recipes from their bestselling cookbooks, there’s nothing like experiencing a great meal in person. At these Los Angeles hotels, guests can turn this dream into reality.

The Best Ice Cream and Gelato in Los Angeles

07/09/2013

Joshua Lurie

Los Angeles is well versed in the ways of heat waves. Even though the city resides in what should be the desert, Angelenos have shown ingenuity in keeping cool, whether that’s with air conditioning, swimming pools, or the most flavorful route, ice cream. L.A. offers a wide range of frozen salvation, with creative flavors, market-driven ice cream and gelato, and companies that cater to specific cultures. Here are 11 frozen favorites.

Hidden Gems in Hollywood

07/09/2013

Esther Tseng

When it comes to Tinseltown, you'll never run out of things to do, including world famous attractions like Universal Studios Hollywood, Hollywood Bowl and Pantages Theatre to name just a few. But there's a whole world of under-the-radar attractions and activities you may be missing. They include music, hikes and other features that Hollywood locals frequent to enjoy their city as one would a neighborhood. Check out the following attractions, shops and weeklies that will have you experiencing an entirely different side of Hollywood.

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