Torta Oaxaquena at Tlayuda L.A.

Top 10 Tortas in Los Angeles

09/17/2017

Joshua Lurie

Just like the taco, which takes many different forms, the torta covers a range of Mexican sandwich styles. As with all sandwiches, breads and fillings vary, but tortas adhere to uniquely Mexican traditions. Some of L.A.’s best versions are based on tortas from states like Jalisco, Oaxaca, and Puebla, plus Mexico City (aka Distrito Federal). Discover 10 of the best, most satisfying tortas in Los Angeles, listed in alphabetical order.

Pescado parrillero at Rosaliné

The Dining Guide to Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA

08/31/2017

Esther Tseng

Learning about the history of Día de los Muertos at Self Help Graphics and Art? Enjoying art by Glendale native James hd Brown at USC’s Fisher Museum? Perhaps you’re immersing yourself in Adrián Villar Rojas’s Theater of Disappearance at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. Try the following restaurants on for size.

Tamales at Loteria Grill

Ten Places in Los Angeles to Buy Tamales for the Holidays

12/01/2016

Karen Young

Founded by Chef Pascal Dropsy in 1994, Corn Maiden serves and sells nearly 30 varieties of lard-free, handmade tamales with no preservatives at farmers markets across L.A. County—from Pacific Palisades to Pasadena. Traditional ingredients combine with the more exotic, such as smoked Gouda, wild mushrooms, spaghetti squash, and red port wine. Dessert tamales include one with Belgian chocolate, raspberries and caramelized walnuts. Tamales wrapped in cornhusks are available in two sizes, run $19 to $28.50 a dozen, and can be kept for six months in the freezer.

For a list of products and farmers market locations, visit cornmaidenfoods.com. Call Alex at 310-560-0949 to order tamales for pick up at your local market.

Guacamole en molcajete at Rosa Mexicano

The Best Guacamole in Los Angeles

11/07/2015

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.

North African tacos at Revolutionario

Great Places to Eat Near USC & Exposition Park

09/08/2015

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) and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum offer some interesting dining options. Learn about some of our favorite area restaurants, most of which are within walking distance of the USC campus and Exposition Park.

Ribeye at EsCaLA

The Best Non-Korean Restaurants in Koreatown

03/04/2015

Joshua Lurie

By now, it should be clear that Koreatown features the most compelling collection of Korean restaurants outside of the motherland. However, people may not know that restaurateurs carrying flags for other cuisines are flocking to the neighborhood. Learn about some of the best non-Korean dining options in Koreatown.

Seafood paella at smoke.oil.salt.

Around the World in 21 Los Angeles Dishes

03/02/2015

Discover Los Angeles

Generations of immigrants from around the world have come to Los Angeles from overseas and throughout the Americas to pursue their dreams. L.A. is truly a global metropolis because of its rich diversity. Locals and visitors alike can experience a virtual United Nations of cuisines without ever leaving the City of Angels. Leave your passport at home and start your culinary journey around the world in 21 Los Angeles dishes.

Lengua burrito at Taqueria Los Anaya

The Best Burritos in Los Angeles

02/15/2015

Joshua Lurie

The burrito, a beloved Mexican food item featuring a flour tortilla and a range of fillings, has origins in northern Mexico, with most people pointing toward the border town of Ciudad Juárez. Now, some of the most famous burritos are rooted in California. For instance, Mission burritos in San Francisco can be massive, and in San Diego the California burrito is known to contain French fries. In Los Angeles, we’re not bound by any particular traditions, so you’ll find a far larger variety, including many Asian fillings. L.A.’s most famous burrito may belong to Manuel’s Original El Tepeyac Café in Boyle Heights, which holds the distinction of serving burritos the size of small schnauzers. However, you’ll probably enjoy these 10 standout burritos even more.

Tamal at La Luz Del Dia

The Best Tamales in Los Angeles

12/04/2014

Javier Cabral

For many Mexican and Central American families, a feast of tamales on Christmas Eve is as essential as dining on turkey for Thanksgiving. It’s not just about eating the tamales, but also about the bonding experience, since the process of making tamales is long and laborious. Family members take turns applying the seasoned nixtamalized maize paste - historically credited as one of civilization’s earliest forms of processing a food - on dozens of softened corn husks or banana leaves. Fortunately for Angelenos, there’s a plethora of restaurants that specialize in making tamales almost as good as mamá's for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. If there’s one thing you should count on unwrapping for Christmas in L.A., it’s a tamal.

Cleo at The Redbury

The Best Los Angeles Restaurants for Group Dining

11/21/2014

dine L.A.

Whether it’s the holidays, a family reunion or a gathering of friends, there are occasions that call for more than a quiet corner table. Fortunately, there are restaurants throughout Los Angeles that offer options for shared plates and family-style menus from around the world. Read on for some of the best restaurants in L.A. to dine out with friends and family.

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