Duck noodle soup at Rodded

The Top 5 Dishes in Hollywood

12/01/2017

Joshua Lurie

No longer are tourists flocking to Hollywood just to see their favorite star on the Walk of Fame, place their hands on prints in front of TCL Chinese Theatre, or ride a double-decker bus in hopes of spotting a celebrity. We’re in the early stages of a revival of compelling restaurants in the center of L.A.’s pop culture factory, with culinary influences spanning the globe. Curtis Stone recently opened Gwen, and other high-powered chefs like Adam Perry Lang, and April Bloomfield are also hitting Hollywood hard. Discover my five favorite dishes in this historic, high-density neighborhood.

Howlin' Ray's in Far East Plaza

Get Fired Up for L.A.'s Best Hot Chicken

11/26/2017

Esther Tseng

It’s steamy, it’s crispy, it’s juicy and most of all, it’s spicy. We’re talking about Nashville Hot Chicken - the fried bird phenomenon that started with the vengeful girlfriend of a man named Thornton Prince in Nashville, Tennessee. Trying to serve justice for being spited backfired however, and the cayenne-laced recipe has since become a favorite across the South.

Los Angeles pays homage to the heat with the tradition that has now thankfully made it cross-country. We are so lucky that bona fide renditions of that hot chicken can be found all over L.A. these days. We’ve supplemented our Nashville Hot Chicken list with other deliciously spicy chicken dishes, so you can try more of our favorites that glean influences from elsewhere.

Batter's Box of a dozen fried chicken wings at Howlin' Ray's

The Spiciest Dishes in Los Angeles

10/23/2017

Joshua Lurie

Diners have different tolerance levels when it comes to spice. Whether it’s the mouth-numbing effect of Szechuan peppercorns, a ferocious habanero burn or the beads of sweat that will inevitably drip down your forehead as result of sinus-clearing hot wings, Los Angeles has it all. Discover L.A.’s most intimidating dishes, each uniquely intense, which complement dineL.A.’s Spiciest Restaurants story. Are you up to the capsaicin-fueled challenge?

Indian dishes at Bombay Palace in Beverly Hills

The Best Indian Restaurants in Los Angeles

09/01/2017

Joshua Lurie

India is a country with more than 1.25 billion people, which is approximately four times as many people as the U.S. squeezed into an area that’s about one-third as large. The world’s second most populous country squeezes a lot of citizens into 29 states and seven union territories, giving rise to regional culinary variation. Thankfully, some of that range extends to Indian-Americans in L.A. Discover 10 of the most interesting Indian restaurants scattered across L.A. County.

Howlin' Ray's in Far East Plaza

The Dining Guide to Far East Plaza in Chinatown

08/14/2017

Hope Ewing

Built in 1976, the Far East Plaza food mall in Chinatown has become iconic for its mix of old school and new, creating a buzz among L.A.’s foodie crowd since local chef Roy Choi relocated his first brick-and-mortar there in 2013.

Since then, this unassuming two-story space has become a top L.A. culinary destination. Visitors come for authentic regional Asian bites, restaurant-hop for a taste of everything, or hunker down in line with coffee and ice cream, waiting for service at a trendy pop-up. Communal tables arranged between stands selling knick-knacks serve the many fast-casual options along the corridor. Positioned in the heart of Chinatown, the plaza is worth checking out whether you’re a fan of traditional Asian street food or seeking out the next big food thing. And for pro and amateur chefs alike, Now Serving is a hybrid cookbook store and pop-up space that opened in January 2017.

Parking is easily found at surrounding paid lots; street parking is also available, but hard to come by with busy weekend crowds.

French Toast at Comoncy Studio City

The Ultimate Guide to Breakfast in the Valley: Part One

08/05/2017

Karen Young

The San Fernando Valley is one of the largest regions in L.A. County. So naturally, it deserves an epic dining guide to breakfast. If you have a morning meet-up in the Valley, the age-old question is “where should we meet”? Well, look no further. From classic diners to modern eateries, discover dozens of restaurants that serve the most important meal of the day!

Korean Food Academy

Discover the Hidden Gems of Koreatown

07/06/2017

Karen Young

Within three square miles, the streets of Koreatown comprise a most eclectic urban landscape where neon signs in Korean mix with various types of architecture providing clues to a multi-faceted history—from art deco to Spanish and Renaissance revival to Moorish and modern. Multi-level shopping malls are markers in between small shops, and modern and traditional Korean restaurants in LA offer places where not everything is as it seems. Among it all are fascinating gems—some truly hidden and others that contain intrigue and wonder.

Alchemist Coffee Project

The BestCoffee and Dessert Places in Koreatown

07/05/2017

Karen Young

Coffee houses and dessert are synonymous in Koreatown as an any-time-of-day kind of thing—whether for a snack, after dinner, a night of karaoke, or while studying. Many are Wi-Fi connected haunts and can be found on virtually every corner serving specialty cakes, patbingsoo (shaved ice), Koreatown ice cream, and other sweet confections. Here are twelve spots to check out.

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