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Samke Harra at Cafe du Liban

The Top 5 Dishes in Tarzana

11/05/2018

Joshua Lurie

Edgar Rice Burroughs, author of “Tarzan,” subdivided his sprawling Tarzana Ranch in 1923, and within a decade, his land and surrounding plots officially became Tarzana. Since then, the neighborhood has thrived between the Santa Monica Mountains to the south and Victory Boulevard to the north. Tarzana has become a hotbed for Middle Eastern and Asian food in recent decades. Start culinary explorations with these 5 dishes.

Boiled ox bone soup with assorted beef at Musse

The Top 5 Dishes in Northridge

10/29/2018

Joshua Lurie

Orange groves and agriculture used to define Northridge, a city that officially formed in 1910 as Zelzah and was briefly known as North Los Angeles before settling into its current name. Northridge has proven quite resilient, bouncing back from the notorious 1994 earthquake and now houses an eclectic international community fueled in no small part by Cal State University, Northridge. The school started in 1958 and educates approximately 40,000 undergrads per year. Northridge has developed a deep culinary roster to feed students, families, and visitors. Start by eating these five dishes.

House-Charred Bloody Mary at Lunetta All Day

The Best Bloody Marys in Los Angeles

10/29/2018

Joshua Lurie

Weekend brunch is practically a sport in L.A., and the Bloody Mary is undoubtedly the queen of cocktails during that meal. Paris bartender Fernand Petiot supposedly created the drink in 1921 at the city’s famed New York Bar and imported his recipe to Manhattan, where word of the tomato-based vodka cocktail spread. The drink supposedly name checks Mary, Queen of Scots, who burned Protestants at the stake in the 16th Century for refusing to convert to Catholicism. Thankfully, the blood red drink is far less gruesome. Many restaurants treat the drink like an art form, carefully crafting house-made mixes and garnishes. Discover 10 of L.A.’s best, most unique Bloody Marys.

Chicken Shawarma Plate at Tel Aviv Grill in Encino

The Top 5 Dishes in Encino

10/24/2018

Joshua Lurie

Encino translates from Spanish as “oak tree” and the corresponding L.A. neighborhood sprouted from Rancho Los Encinos, a land grant that Spain first gifted to a local Gabrielino tribe. The Encino Chamber of Commerce formed in 1927 and now helps guide one of the San Fernando Valley’s most desirable areas. Encino borders Mulholland Drive to the south, the 405 Freeway to the east, Victory Boulevard to the north, and Lindley Avenue to the west. Discover five of the top dishes within this 9.5-mile span.

Passion “Side Up” at Commonwealth Restaurant

The Top 5 Dishes in Burbank

10/15/2018

Joshua Lurie

Burbank is now best known for movie and TV studios from companies like Warner Bros. and Walt Disney, but the city’s modern development can be traced to a dentist. Dr. David Burbank accumulated significant land holdings in the area and made a fortune by selling his ranch to a consortium called Providencia Land, Water and Development Company in 1886. Residents later incorporated Burbank in 1911. The city remains famous for producing globally beloved content and bills itself as “Media Capital of the World.” Of course, all of these creative types - and Burbank residents who don’t work in the entertainment industry - crave good food. Discover five of Burbank’s best dishes.

Shrimp fajitas at San Pedro Fish Market

The Top 5 Dishes in San Pedro

10/09/2018

Joshua Lurie

San Pedro has some of L.A. County’s richest history. Portuguese explorers first set eyes on the waterfront community in 1542. More than two centuries later, Spanish settlers took hold. The Port of Los Angeles has been in operation for over a century and played a key role in America’s shipbuilding efforts during World War II. The Port currently ships the highest percentage of cargo of any port in North America. San Pedro was also the setting for a Don Draper storyline on “Mad Men.” Depending on the block, San Pedro still feels that retro. The 12-square-mile span on the end of a peninsula retains a wealth of old world charmers while welcoming flavorful newcomers. Start with these five dishes.

Kohada sushi at Shunji

The Top 5 Dishes in West Los Angeles

10/02/2018

Joshua Lurie

West Los Angeles is an amorphous neighborhood that we’ll define as living between Bundy Drive and three Boulevards: Pico, Sawtelle and Wilshire. The swath is sandwiched between Santa Monica, Brentwood, and Japantown and features extensive Japanese and Middle Eastern representation, along with plenty of other interesting international contributions. Discover five of the best dishes in West L.A.

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Discover L.A.'s Visitor Information Centers

09/28/2018

Discover Los Angeles

Visit one of the L.A. Tourism Board's Visitor Information Centers, where multilingual and multicultural staff are ready to help you make the most of your experience in Los Angeles. Team members are experts in all things Los Angeles and can provide a wealth of information on what to see, where to stay, where to eat, and how to get there. You can even purchase tickets to a wide variety of Los Angeles area attractions.

Vareniki and pelmeni at Moonlight Restaurant in Encino

The Best Global Dumplings in L.A.

09/24/2018

Joshua Lurie

Interest has never been higher in dumplings, as it should be, but people are primarily focused on Chinese and Taiwanese dumplings. If we learned anything from Marco Polo, it’s that word of good food inevitably spreads, sometimes internationally. Dumplings reached the far corners of the globe over time, either by horseback, telegraph, print, or online. Over the centuries, the planet has embraced dumplings. Discover 10 great options that originated in Asia and Europe and now grace Los Angeles with global culinary flair.

Grilled mushroom ssam at Wolfdown

The Top 5 Dishes in Silver Lake

09/20/2018

Joshua Lurie

Silver Lake’s transformation from bohemian, hipster haunt to trendy food and shopping destination is nearly complete. Gone are the days when neighborhood characters would play chess deep into the night at Tang’s Donuts. Sure, stalwarts like Millie’s Café persist, but the restaurant roster is almost completely different from 10 years ago. Discover five of our favorite Silver Lake dishes, drawing on Asian, Israeli, and Italian influences.

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