Grilled Porterhouse at STK Los Angeles

Great Places to Eat Near UCLA


Joshua Lurie

Westwood Village now offers plenty of interesting dining options. You’ll also find great Persian food and some modern restaurants south of Wilshire, but for the purposes of this story, we’re sticking north of Wilshire in Westwood Village. Learn about 14 of our favorite area restaurants, most of which are within walking distance of UCLA’s campus.

Guacamole en molcajete at Rosa Mexicano

The Best Guacamole in Los Angeles


Joshua Lurie

Guacamole originated centuries ago during the Aztec Empire, when people first called this creation ahuacamolli, named for the Nahuatl words ahuacatl (avocado) and mulli (sauce). The first written record of this glorious avocado dip, which is traditionally crafted in a molcajete, was in 1518 in Europe. Incredibly, the core recipe has stayed pretty similar for the past 500 years, with tomatoes, onions, chiles and cilantro often still forming the backbone, though now you may find flourishes like lobster, bacon and fruit. Learn about 11 of our favorite places to enjoy guacamole in L.A. County.

Brunch at Gracias Madre in West Hollywood

The Best Vegan Restaurants in Los Angeles


Raw Manda

Life as a vegan has changed dramatically for me since moving to the West Coast in June 2015. Social life can be challenging when your friends and family don’t practice the same values, but with the abundance of vegan restaurants in L.A., l am thriving on a plant-based lifestyle.

Californians are spoiled with the availability of fresh produce year-round. This also means we get to experience some of the best plant-based cuisine in our restaurants. With great produce comes great vegan cuisine. So thank you L.A. for spoiling me in the healthiest and most compassionate way with your exceptional vegan fare!

Roy Choi, Martin Short and Phil Rosenthal at Commissary

Phil Rosenthal's Los Angeles


Phil Rosenthal

Phil Rosenthal is a writer and director who is best known as the creator of the Emmy Award-winning CBS comedy, Everybody Loves Raymond. Rosenthal is the host of I’ll Have What Phil’s Having, a food and travel show on PBS. The Los Angeles episode airs Monday, Nov. 2, 2015 at 10/9 Central (8 p.m. N.Y. / WNET). Read on for Rosenthal’s thoughts on the L.A. dining spots he visits on the show.

There are cities that have a few go-to cuisines, but L.A., at the moment, has more than any. That’s why I think it is the best food city in America right now. It’s our cultural diversity that's our strength. And the strength is in the sheer numbers: we have the biggest population of Chinese people in the world outside of China. Also, the Korean population, Mexicans, Thai, Armenians... We could keep going. They've brought their cultures and cuisines into this massive expanse, and if you're playing the odds of hitting a great place to eat in L.A., you're going to win more times here than anywhere else.

Boat noodle soup at Sapp Coffee Shop

The Best Restaurants in Thai Town


Joshua Lurie

Thai Town technically encompasses Hollywood Boulevard between Normandie and Western Avenues, and the neighborhood officially came to be in 1999, but plenty of enticing dining options fall just beyond those borders. Learn about 15 of the better dining options within (and just beyond) Thai Town’s borders.

Carolina Gold Rice Porridge at Eagle Rock Brewery Public House

The Best Porridge in Los Angeles


Joshua Lurie

Porridge, the result of grains that boil in hot water or stock, supports a range of ingredients and toppings worldwide. Los Angeles has plenty of Asian-influenced and market-driven examples of porridge. Read on and enjoy these 12 leading porridge providers.

North African tacos at Revolutionario

Great Places to Eat Near USC


Joshua Lurie

Whether you’re a starving student or have some more resources to spare on your meals, the South L.A. neighborhoods surrounding the University of Southern California (USC) are starting to offer some interesting dining options. Learn about 10 of our favorite area restaurants, most of which are within walking distance of the USC campus.

Chef at Otium in Downtown L.A.

The dineL.A. Fall 2015 Restaurant Preview


Discover Los Angeles

Summer may be over, but the Los Angeles dining scene is hotter than ever. Dozens of acclaimed chefs and restaurateurs are opening restaurants from Downtown L.A. to Venice. Read on for some of the most highly-anticipated restaurants opening this fall in Los Angeles.

Green tea soba with uni and ikura at Hamasaku

The Best Cold Noodle Dishes in Los Angeles


Joshua Lurie

Noodles are great in steaming bowls of broth, tossed with sauce. When the weather is blazing hot, it’s also perfectly acceptable to cool down your noodles. Several Los Angeles restaurants prepare interesting cold noodle dishes, many available only during summer. Read on and learn about 12 of the best cold noodle options in L.A.