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Ceviche Project in Silver Lake Has a Colorful Take on SeafoodClad in a linen shirt and a double-breasted white jacket—a look that might befit a dapper naval officer on leave on some Caribbean island—Octavio Olivas sets the scene behind his restaurant’s marble-topped bar. The 39-year-old former lawyer, who ditched his day job in 2012 to…
5 Best Smashburgers in Los AngelesThere was a time when burger fashion swung toward the baroque: patties as thick as hockey pucks heaped with fistfuls of arugula, malodorous cheeses, and a broad array of aiolis and compotes. But in 2019 burger minimalism has arrived. Nodding to the aesthetic of classic roadside diners and stands—revered institutions…
Roy Choi TV Series Breaking Bread Combines Food and ActivismRoy Choi didn’t want to make another glossy, globe-trotting food show like Chef’s Table or Ugly Delicious. For his new show, Broken Bread, he didn’t even want to leave Los Angeles. What he wanted to do was use the platform he was presented with to talk about…
Next Time You Can’t Get a Rez at Jon & Vinny’s, You Can Make This Pasta at HomeJon & Vinny’s may have two L.A. locations—the original on Fairfax and the newish outpost on San Vicente in Brentwood—but just try getting a weekend rez when you’re craving some of their pizza or pasta. Which is pretty…
LA Food Bowl 2019 Best Events During the Month-Long FestivalL.A. Food Bowl returns, activating spaces across the city with the year’s largest celebration of food, chefs, farmers, wine-makers, bartenders, baristas, and, of course, eaters. From April 20 to May 31, culinary enthusiasts can pick from over 100 different events, curated by Peter Meehan and the…
Roy Choi's Chego Is Leaving ChinatownA lot’s changed in Chinatown since Roy Choi’s rice-bowl spot Chego opened its doors in Far East Plaza six years ago. It was the “new kid on the block,” we wrote in 2013, “surrounded by old-school noodle joints, pho houses, and seafood spots, you can practically make out the tinny tunes…
Michelin Los Angeles Rankings Will Return, but Do We Want Them?Starting in June, L.A. restaurants will have their first chance to be awarded Michelin stars in more than a decade. Rather than bringing back the city-specific book, as Michelin published for 2008 and 2009, this time around it will be a California-wide book. The Old…
Best New Restaurants in L.A. March 2019From vegan German classics in Highland Park to a surprising strip-mall ramen in Koreatown, there are a lot of new restaurants to check out this month. Here are our picks for March’s buzziest new restaurants.HinterhofThe notion of a plant-based German restaurant might prompt a few eye rolls, but the…
All the L.A. Chefs and Restaurants NominatedHollywood has the Oscars, but food has the James Beard Awards. The annual prizes celebrate the best in dining across the United States–and Los Angeles typically gets its share of recognition. But this morning, when the James Beard Foundation announced the list of semifinalists, there weren’t quite as many local…
Jon & Vinny's Started a "Club" and Brentwood Is Going NutsSince opening in late January, Jon & Vinny’s Brentwood has become one of the toughest reservations in town. This is unsurprising, perhaps, given the enduring crowds at the original Jon & Vinny’s on Fairfax (go ahead, try to book a table after 4 p.m. anytime…
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