Dave’s Hotts Wicked Good Peppa Spread at Dave’s Chillin N Grillin

The Best House Made Sauces at L.A. Restaurants

11/05/2018

Joshua Lurie

The Asapahu family’s seven-sauce line-up has been the backbone of Ayara Thai Cuisine, a beloved restaurant on a Westchester side street that debuted in 2004. As Vanda Asapahu states, “As our restaurant grew, visitors came to love not only the food we prepared, but also the sauces served with them, whether they were used as dressings, dips or marinades.” Top sellers include When Tigers Cry steak sauce, a nuanced dip or marinade that’s geared toward grilled meat. This sauce balances roasted chiles with tangy tamarind, umami-rich fish flakes and fish sauce, garlic, red onions, and cane sugar. Thai Chili-Lime "seafood dipping sauce" delivers bite to cooked crab and salmon or raw oysters. This bottle blends Thai chiles, garlic, lime juice, fish sauce, and cane sugar. Thai Peanut Sauce balances sweetness with umami-rich hoisin, garlic, onion, and cane sugar and works as a grilled meat dip, dressing, or sandwich spread. 8-ounce bottles of all sauces cost $9.75.

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Tolucan green chorizo tacos at The Chori-Man

Get to Know The Chori-Man

10/10/2018

Karen Young

Connoisseurs tout The Chori-Man as the finest handmade Mexican chorizo in Los Angeles, making it a must stop on the dineL.A. Taco Trek.

dineL.A. Taco Trek

09/17/2018

L.A. Taco

Embark on a self-guided journey with dineL.A.’s Taco Trek and find the simplest of pleasures: the taco, embodying years of tradition and families of flavor in a tortilla dripping green or red salsa. Meet the makers of food culture in Los Angeles, while taking a tasty tour of the city we call home.

Varieties from different nations, regions, and continents all on one map. Some are stands, some are trucks, some are carts. Some are cash only. All make up the experience of a life in L.A.

Start here for a taste of taco history. 25 signature tacos we know you have to try. Street tacos. Hard Shell. Breakfast. Sit on the curb, grab a booth or make a reservation. These are the 25 best taco experiences to be had right now, and it’ll put you on the path to many more culinary adventures. Have fun!

Made-to-order guacamole at Bar Amá

Dip Into the Top 5 Guacamole in L.A.

08/02/2018

Katherine Spiers

There’s no shortage of great guacamole in Los Angeles, a city blessed to contain some of the best Mexican food on the planet, in a state that grows a fair percentage of the world’s avocados. This most perfect snack (and the most-consumed item on Super Bowl Day) has ancient roots, as avocados have been cultivated in Central America for thousands of years and there’s record of the fruit being smashed together with other ingredients in a molcajete by the Aztecs. People might disagree about what other ingredients are necessary - onions? Garlic? Tomatoes? Lemon? - but everyone knows that at its base, guacamole is one of the world’s best dishes. Here are five restaurants in L.A. County doing excellent renditions of it.

Pastelaso El Guero at Mariscos El Bigotón

The Top 5 Dishes in East Los Angeles

07/31/2018

Joshua Lurie

East L.A. has a storied and complicated history that started well before Spanish settlement from Gaspar de Portolà in the 1700s. The area is now a center for Latino culture in L.A., particularly for Mexican Americans. Discover five of the best dishes in this vibrant community that lives between Boyle Heights and Montebello/Monterey Park.

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.

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.

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