Cash-Free Restaurants Are Becoming More Common in L.A.From major chains to indie cafes, more restaurants are choosing to go cash free. That can offer upsides to the business, including, they say, lower insurance rates, safer employees, and easier accounting. But it can also cut off access to food for people who cannot or prefer not…
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…
A Meaty Trip Through L.A.'s Cantonese Barbecue SceneWhen husband-and-wife team Leo and Lydia Lee opened RiceBox in downtown’s Spring Arcade Building in September, they were continuing a tradition passed down through three generations. Lydia’s grandfather ran a barbecue shop in Hong Kong; it was the sort of blue-collar place you’d find on most corners in…
3 New Restaurants You Have to Try This FebruaryFrom modern Chinese in Pasadena to a modern mezcal bar in Venice,there are a lot of new restaurants to check out this month. Here are our picks for February’s buzziest new restaurants.DanWith a tight menu of pork-filled xiao long bao and wok-cooked vegetables, this modern dumpling house…
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…
At Fiona, Nicole Rucker and Shawn Phan Are Making the Food They Want to EatFrom the looks of their résumés, Nicole Rucker and Shawn Pham—the duo behind Fiona, a new all-day bakery and restaurant on Fairfax—might seem like an unexpected pairing. Rucker, one of the city’s most exciting bakers, developed the pastry programs at Venice’s…
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…
And the 2018 Dish of the Year Is...Born out of David Chang’s “obsession with all things short rib,” as chef de cuisine Marc Johnson puts it, the smoked whole plate short rib at Majordomo is a seamless fusion of Korean and Texas ’cue traditions. It also costs $190. But rest assured, the splurge is worthwhile;…
Where to Eat on Christmas Day in Los AngelesStumped on where to enjoy Christmas dinner (or brunch) this year? These restaurants are open and offering special feasts that will add a dash of cheer to your holiday festivities.The NoMad L.A.The NoMad will serve breakfast Christmas Day from 7 a.m. till noon in the lobby, then offer…
L.A.'s 10 Best New Restaurants of 2018If you had to pick a theme among this year’s top restaurants, it probably wouldn’t be something as neatly defined as, say, vegetable-centric cooking or communal dining or refined tasting menus (although those genres are still going strong). The best word for it, I think, might be “personality”—the idea…

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