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…
A Tiny Six-Seat South Bay Sushi Spot Is Exploring the Nuances of Aged FishHidden in plain sight along Manhattan Beach’s breezy main drag, Sushi I-Naba looks like someplace you’d find in a quiet suburb of Tokyo: a spare, nondescript storefront not much larger than a single-car garage. There are six seats wrapped around a polished…
3 New Restaurants You Have to Try This AprilFrom Japanese comfort food in WeHo to Peruvian touches in West L.A., here are three new L.A. restaurants worth checking out this month.PacifiqueAt a clubby black-and-white space on La Cienega, Joe Miller and Danielle Sobel give Japanese comfort foods a cerebral makeover. Sea urchin and scallops are…
How David Chang Catapulted a Little-Known Korean Cafe Into the SpotlightThe windows advertise shave ice and homemade waffles, but there’s a bowl of mandu-guk on nearly every table at Spoon by H. The cozy 15-seat Korean cafe, sandwiched between a Papa John’s and a GameStop in a Fairfax District strip mall, is experiencing what you might…
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…
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…
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…
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…
3 New Restaurants You Have to Try This DecemberFrom a Brooklyn pizzeria’s West Coast outpost to a wine boutique’s beachy new digs, there are a lot of new restaurants to check out this month. Here are our picks for December’s buzziest new restaurants.Roberta’s L.A.The platform complex gained a dose of Brooklyn cool by adding a…
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