Little Fluffy Head Cafe

The Best Places for Boba in Los Angeles

12/11/2017

Esther Tseng

There’s nothing like adding a little texture to your cup of tea, thanks to a good helping of slightly sweet and gummy tapiocas. While it may not be appropriate to call them “boba” in the tea drink’s native Taiwan due to its translation, that’s predominantly how it’s referred to here in the U.S. Enjoy this Taiwanese treat by pulling each pearl through the oversized straw inserted into every cup.

The chewy treats at the bottom are like a little snack that comes with your drink. The tea shops with the best boba soak their tapiocas every few hours so that they achieve just the right texture - a good gummy bite without any sogginess. Fortunately for L.A., top notch tea shops have recently opened throughout the city, so there are plenty of places where you can quench your thirst with this fun, caffeinated cocktail of whimsy.

Latte and avocado split at Javista Organic Coffee Bar

The Best Specialty Coffee Shops in Hollywood

12/03/2017

Karen Young

Los Angeles has no shortage of coffee houses with wifi, especially with the likes of Starbucks and Coffee Bean popping up on seemingly every other corner. But in between are classic old timers, as well as independent and third wave cafes boasting unique beans and brew methods, plus eclectic food menus that fit most every palate. Here are 11 of the best coffee destinations in the Hollywood area that offer diverse vibes and are sure to add fuel in your veins. Most open in the wee morning hours but close at varying times in the late afternoon or early evening, so check their respective time schedules.

Duck noodle soup at Rodded

The Top 5 Dishes in Hollywood

12/01/2017

Joshua Lurie

No longer are tourists flocking to Hollywood just to see their favorite star on the Walk of Fame, place their hands on prints in front of TCL Chinese Theatre, or ride a double-decker bus in hopes of spotting a celebrity. We’re in the early stages of a revival of compelling restaurants in the center of L.A.’s pop culture factory, with culinary influences spanning the globe. Curtis Stone recently opened Gwen, and other high-powered chefs like Adam Perry Lang, and April Bloomfield are also hitting Hollywood hard. Discover my five favorite dishes in this historic, high-density neighborhood.

Howlin' Ray's in Far East Plaza

Get Fired Up for L.A.'s Best Hot Chicken

11/26/2017

Esther Tseng

It’s steamy, it’s crispy, it’s juicy and most of all, it’s spicy. We’re talking about Nashville Hot Chicken - that fried bird phenomenon that started with the vengeful girlfriend of a man named Thornton Prince in Nashville, Tennessee. Trying to serve justice for being spited backfired however, and the cayenne-laced recipe has since become a favorite across the South.

Los Angeles pays homage to the heat with the tradition that has now thankfully made it cross-country. We are so lucky that bona fide renditions of that hot chicken can be found all over L.A. these days. We’ve supplemented our Nashville Hot Chicken list with other deliciously spicy chicken dishes, so you can try more of our favorites that glean influences from elsewhere.

Dining room at Gwen restaurant in Hollywood

The Top 10 Restaurants in Hollywood

11/20/2017

Liz Ohanesian

If you think of Hollywood as a state of mind rather than a specific point on your L.A. map, then you'll want to eat where stars have shown. From celebrity chefs to celebrity diners, famed faces might turn your head while you eat. We can't guarantee that you'll have a celebrity sighting while eating in Hollywood, but at least you can dine like one.

Sake-marinated foie gras terrine at Tsubaki

Discover the Best New Izakayas in Los Angeles

11/03/2017

Karen Young

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. 

Milk N’ Cookies at Westbound

The Best Restaurants & Bars in L.A. to Feed Your Inner Child

10/27/2017

Karen Young

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.

Water boiled fish and pig's blood at Yunnan Garden

The Top 10 Spiciest Dishes in Los Angeles

10/23/2017

Joshua Lurie

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?

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