Los Angeles is regarded as one of the top dining destinations in the country, a multicultural mecca for foodies and chefs alike. From Michelin-starred restaurants to humble street carts, Los Angeles Times restaurant critic Jonathan Gold has written about it all for more than two decades. The first food writer to win the Pulitzer Prize in criticism, Gold is the subject of a new documentary, City of Gold.
Directed by Laura Gabbert and featuring some of L.A.’s most acclaimed chefs and restaurants, City of Gold takes the audience on a journey to discover Los Angeles through the eyes of one of its foremost cultural writers and a true ambassador of the city. Read on for a guide to L.A. restaurants featured in City of Gold.
Sheng jian bao, Shanghai-style buns that are far less renowned than xiao long bao, each contain a ground pork patty, though you’ll occasionally find seafood or vegetable variations. These pan-fried wonders are typically studded with sesame seeds, with crispy bottoms, supple tops, and definitely have the potential to scald your tongue. Thicker skins that other dumplings or potstickers allow SJB to contain gelatinized stock that turns to steaming soup when cooking, though that element is only occasionally utilized in L.A.
The filling is normally pretty rich, so a lot of people like to incorporate tangy vinegar (and sometimes vinegar mixed with soy sauce). Either dip in the sauce or bite a hole in the SJB wall and pour the sauces directly into the core before powering through the rest. Chasing each sheng jian bao with sips of hot jasmine tea also helps cut the richness.
Keep in mind that Shanghai-style restaurants list sheng jian bao under menu translations like “pan-fried pork buns” or “pan fried bao.” Now indulge in 10 of L.A.’s best options.
The Los Angeles bread world has changed drastically since Nancy Silverton launched La Brea Bakery in 1989. Now that company has gone national under Aryzta’s direction, and LBB’s legacy has impacted many of the city’s bakers. Of course, other bakeries and bakers have inspired and influenced a new generation. The current batch of artisan bread bakers simultaneously utilize modern traditions and pay respects to the past by using time-tested techniques and now incorporate ancient grains that impact flavor, texture, and nutrition. If you’re looking to buy a loaf for home, learn about 10 of your best bets.
If your food-crazed friend or family member only has 72 hours to spend in Los Angeles and is eager to experience the best food and drink L.A. County has to offer, you have to be strategic to cover more ground in less time. Learn about 25 institutions, trendsetters, or multi-cultural stops that will keep your beloved out-of-towner coming back for more.
If your food-crazed friend or family member only has 48 hours to spend in Los Angeles and is eager to experience the best food and drink L.A. County has to offer, you have to be strategic to cover more ground in less time. Learn about 17 institutions, trendsetters, or multi-cultural stops that will keep your beloved out-of-towner coming back for more.
Throughout the year, Los Angeles welcomes world-famous acts and rising stars for concerts at iconic venues like the Hollywood Bowl, Walt Disney Concert Hall, STAPLES Center and more. Fortunately there’s a wide range of pre-concert dining options that go beyond the usual concession stand fare. Read on for some of the best restaurants located near L.A.’s top music venues.
Now that you’ve feasted your eyes on Part One of our dining guide to Valentine’s Day specials, read on for a dozen more L.A. restaurants that will make this special night as delicious as it is romantic.
Love is in the air, and restaurants across Los Angeles are offering special Valentine’s Day menus for an unforgettable romantic night out. From lavish prix fixe dinners to globally-inspired menus, read on for more than two dozen L.A. restaurants to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Special menus are only available on Thursday, February 14 unless otherwise noted.