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At Mon-Li in Malibu, a "Cocktail Chef" Is Blending Bevs and Haute CuisineWhen Matthew Biancaniello talks about water mint foraged in Topanga Canyon or seaweed plucked from the island of Saint Lucia, it’s difficult to tell if he’s talking about ingredients on a plate or in a glass. It’s no surprise, considering the self-taught barman…
The 5 Best Sandwiches We Ate in 2018How many ways can there be to reinvent the hoagie? A lot, apparently. Many of this year’s tastiest cheap eats came enclosed in carbs. Here are some of the best sandwiches we ate in 2018.Burnt Ends Sandwich APL Hole in the Wall There’s a strong argument for the…
Milk Bar's Christina Tosi Is Letting Her Imagination Run Wild in LAChristina Tosi wanted to meet in downtown’s piñata district. Any other chef opening her first L.A. restaurant might have chosen the Hollywood Farmers’ Market to entertain a reporter for a late-morning stroll, but only Tosi—founder of New York’s Milk Bar, creator of the famed…
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 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…
Otono Is Chef Teresa Montano's Love Letter to Spain, Old and Modern When Teresa Montaño first made her way to California from her home in New Mexico, becoming a chef wasn’t even on her mind. “I thought I would be a professional soccer player,” she says. “I played soccer starting at age four, it was…
Culver City Has a New Pizza Spot in an Unexpected PlaceOn a predominantly residential street just west of downtown Culver City, Jackson Market has been serving sandwiches since the era when Munchkins roamed the nearby studio lot. But current owner Tony Istwani is hardly stuck in the past. On weekends, a wood-fired oven now blazes on the…
A Boyle Heights Burgers Stand Is Making the Perfect Nostalgic Bean and Cheese BurritoWhen the father-and-son team behind beloved taco chainlet Guisados took over George’s Burger Stand in Boyle Heights last October, the 55-year-old drive-in had seen better days. The patties were frozen, the sauces came from plastic jugs, and the menu had swelled to…
Slab BBQ's Pitmaster Is Making Brisket That's Worth Losing Sleep Over Barbecue is hard work. Burt Bakman, the pit master behind the soon-to-open Slab BBQ, knows that all too well. The self-taught brisket whisperer gained fame using the Instagram moniker Trudy’s Underground Barbecue this past year, preparing show-stopping Texas-style ’cue in his Studio City backyard using…
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…
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