Small, sharing plates are a modern dining trend—and depending on the culture of origin, this tradition is called mezze, tapas, antipasti, or banchan. Now, the newest craze is izakaya, which translates to "stay sake shop" in Japanese. A traditional izakaya in Japan is a casual, reasonably priced gastropub or tavern, centered around drinks first, then small plates such as yakitori skewers, tofu, vegetables, rice balls, soba noodles, and more drinks.
Los Angeles restaurateurs are now putting their personal stamp on the izakaya concept with regards to style, menus and cost. Discover unique izakaya destinations that have opened in the last couple of years, plus one that's opening soon.
Some of the most comforting childhood food memories arise from such classics as peanut butter and jelly, mac n’ cheese, ice cream, cookies, grilled cheese, hot dogs and pancakes. In a case of "everything old is new again," many of these favorite dishes are being redone with an adult twist—and for even more fun, some of them are being served in restaurants with secret entrances. Ready for a mash-up? Check out these 16 hotspots with sophisticated, whimsical - and occasionally alcohol-laced - culinary twists on kid-centric favorites.
Diners have different tolerance levels when it comes to spice. Whether it’s the mouth numbing effect of Szechuan peppercorns, a ferocious habanero burn or the beads of sweat that will inevitably drip down your forehead as result of sinus-clearing hot wings, Los Angeles has it all. Discover 10 of L.A.’s most intimidating dishes, each uniquely intense, which complement dineL.A.’s Spiciest Restaurants story. Are you up to the capsaicin-fueled challenge?