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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Measuring just under two square miles, West Hollywood is one of LA’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.
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 LA'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.