The Cult of Souplantation: How a Salad Bar Became an Institution for Seniors, Immigrants, and HipstersIt’s a Sunday night and there’s a traffic jam along Souplantation’s massive salad bar. Ahead of me, a woman is dumping spoonfuls of ranch on crispy wonton strips. (“You do you,” seems to be the Souplantation ethos.) Others have built…
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…
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…
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