Middle Eastern cuisine has recently expanded from "mom and pops" and into James Beard Award-winning mainstream restaurants. Hummus and pita were the first crossovers to appear on menus at large chains; kabobs and falafels are becoming as familiar as spaghetti and meatballs; and a popular Middle Eastern breakfast dish, shakshuka - eggs baked in a spicy tomato/pepper sauce - now appears on menus alongside pancakes and French toast.
Spices such as sumac, za’atar, dukkah and harissa are now listed in menus. Other notable ingredients include freekah, an ancient whole-wheat grain poised to be the new quinoa; labneh (yogurt cheese) is featured as a topping, creamy mix-in, or dessert base; and pomegranates are used for its seeds and molasses.
Middle Eastern restaurants have been part of the Los Angeles dining scene for decades. Some of the best eateries in L.A. are located in mini malls and owned by families from Israel, Lebanon, Egypt, Turkey, Armenia, Morocco, Greece, Iran and other countries in the eastern Mediterranean. Meet the chefs and learn about the restaurants at the forefront of the new wave of modern Middle Eastern cuisine in Los Angeles.
Premium ice cream has become readily available in Los Angeles, meaning most neighborhoods can now claim a viable option within - gasp - walking distance, or at least a short drive. The increasingly dynamic L.A. ice cream scene capitalizes on unshackled culinary creativity and seasonal ingredients, two of our strengths. Ice cream artisans have been both homegrown and drawn to the city’s rising star from points north and east. Discover 11 frozen favorites, most of which have debuted since 2015 and follow in the sweet footsteps of beloved businesses like Fosselman’s, Scoops and Sweet Rose Creamery.
Soft serve has come a long way from Fosters Freeze and Dairy Queen — combining creativity, whimsy, and decadence with a certain amount of health and environmental consciousness. Along with all that, it tastes better than ever. With four trendsetting shops in a two-mile radius, Koreatown seems to be the hub of some of the most innovative soft serve around. From the classic cone to artisanal chef-driven creations with amusing toppings and quirky names, here are ten of the best soft serve places in L.A.
Los Angeles County features hundreds of miles of trails with views of the city and ocean, and while it can be an adrenaline rush to kick up some dust and build up a sweat, life certainly becomes sweeter (and more savory) with a post-hike reward. Discover 10 places to enjoy a meal after spending time on foot.
Noodle awareness is at an all-time high in L.A. People can now debate the relative merits of different styles of ramen, pho, Chinese and Thai noodle soups. Of course, not every plate or bowl falls into easy categorization. Local chefs (not all of them Asian) are creating noodle dishes that incorporate untraditional ingredients or take on new forms. Discover 10 of L.A.’s most compelling untraditional Asian noodle dishes.
Westsiders have experienced “quality forever” since 1947 at The Apple Pan, a U-shaped counter with red cushioned stools that Ellen Baker and husband Alan founded before Westside Pavilion was ever a fragment in a developer’s mind. Daughter Martha Gamble now runs the humble legend, which specializes in burgers, fries, and pie. The base model of their off-menu patty melt features a juicy quarter-pound patty with sweet grilled onions and a slice of sharp Tillamook cheddar on a choice of griddled white, wheat, or rye bread. You can also get a tuna melt, but tuna salad pales in comparison to beef.
10801 W. Pico Blvd., West L.A.