Chirashi bowl at Sushi Go 55

Top 10 Chirashi Bowls in Los Angeles

10/24/2013

dine L.A.

The word “chirashi” in Japanese means scattered. Order a chirashi bowl at your local Japanese restaurant and you’ll be handed a bowl of seasoned rice topped with scattered slices of raw fish, fish roe, and/or the occasional tamagoyaki, a spongy egg garnish. It’s the ideal option for sushi fiends who don’t want to order a la carte or dish out the big bucks for a sashimi platter. 

The mark of a good chirashi bowl is balance. Each grain should be evenly seasoned with the tangy, alkaline sweetness of rice vinegar. Sesame seeds are often sprinkled on top for good measure. Different types of fresh fish are layered on top - bonus points for textural diversity. Garnishes are optional additions and always provide welcome respite. 

Read on for ten of our favorite chirashi bowls in Los Angeles.

Deep-fried silkworms at Jitlada

The Scariest Dishes in Los Angeles

10/21/2013

Joshua Lurie

We dare you to try one the 15 most frightening foods in Los Angeles. Sure, some diners have more intestinal fortitude than others, but we’ve got a variety of flavorful, visual and aromatic options that will get anyone's attention.

The Best Restaurants in Los Feliz & Atwater Village

10/11/2013

Leslee Komaiko

For years, Los Feliz and Atwater Village - which flank the Golden State Freeway near Griffith Park - remained in the shadow of the their hip neighbor, Silverlake. No longer. While retaining their small town charm, these historic, diverse neighborhoods have arrived, featuring good bakeries and bars, some of the city’s most beloved Mexican joints, a boutique butcher, and even the requisite juice spot. Here are 9 delicious spots to try in Los Feliz and Atwater Village.

Spaghetti pomodoro at The Ponte

The Best Pasta Dishes in Los Angeles

10/07/2013

Karen Young

Pasta noodles, initially consumed as an easy and inexpensive food staple for the masses, has evolved as a complex culinary star taking center stage at the ever-growing number of Italian restaurants in Los Angeles. Innovative chefs are putting inventive twists on traditional recipes with hand cut and house made pasta; local and sustainable ingredients; variations of cheese, meat, and seafood; and unique accents, such as fennel pollen and nettles. Check out 10 of the best pasta dishes in Los Angeles right now, including some newcomers and a few classics that stand the test of time.

Verdugo Bar

The Top Craft Beer Bars, Breweries and Restaurants in Los Angeles

09/18/2013

Joshua Lurie

Los Angeles, long the land of bottle service and green apple martinis, finally started catching up to speed on craft beer in the past several years. The higher quality wave started with bars, continued with a new crop of breweries, and is now washing over restaurants. Learn about 14 of our favorite places to drink craft beer in L.A. County.

Pork belly noodles at Little Sister

The Best Restaurants in the South Bay of Los Angeles

09/10/2013

Garrett Snyder

The South Bay is one of the most culturally diverse regions in Los Angeles. It's always provided a multitude of places to enjoy great food from across the world - from delicate handmade soba to fried shrimp tacos doused in salsa. But with a wave of ambitious chefs riffing and expanding on the culinary traditions they were raised on, this quiet beach-loving community is becoming a dining destination all over again. Here are ten of the best places to eat in the South Bay.

Laghman noodles at Silk Road Garden

The Best Chinese Noodles in Los Angeles

08/12/2013

Clarissa Wei

Noodles have been a Chinese staple for over 4,000 years. The earliest sample of this dish was found in northwestern China - found preserved and overturned in a sealed bowl and buried underneath ten feet of sediment. It’s an incredible, ubiquitous medium with a wide-ranging field of influence. Chinese noodles are the ancestors of all other noodle dishes. According to popular myth, Marco Polo introduced noodles to the West during the Yuan Dynasty - in fact, noodles were widely eaten in Europe and the Middle East for centuries before Marco Polo’s birth.

Chinese noodles are incredibly diverse. Whether it’s the spicy, chili-heavy noodles of Sichuan, or the warm chicken noodle soup of Yunnan - there’s really something for everyone’s flavor profile. Most Chinese restaurants in the area have some sort of noodle dish, and many dishes have centuries of historical background. Noodles from northern China are broader and flour-based, while noodles from the south typically use eggs. Then there are rice and mung bean-based noodles that are great for soaking up the flavor. Called mian in Chinese, it’s the ultimate comfort item and you really only need one bowl to be sufficiently full.

There are a myriad of Chinese noodle options in Los Angeles. To get you started on your culinary journey, here are some of our favorites.

The Best Restaurants in West Hollywood

08/02/2013

dine L.A.

Measuring just under two square miles, West Hollywood (aka WeHo to locals) is one of L.A.’s most popular and vibrant districts. While numerous popular eateries fall just outside its borders, WeHo proper is jam-packed with excellent restaurants - classics like Dan Tana’s, newer favorites like Connie & Ted’s and the globally inspired Night + Market, and glossy lookers such as Fig & Olive. The West Hollywood dining scene has it all - here are some of our favorite restaurants.

Chocolate banana cream pie at Rose Cafe

The Best Pies in Los Angeles

07/29/2013

Joshua Lurie

Whether a pie’s got a lid, a crumbled cap, Graham cracker crust, and a fruit, nut, or custard filling, L.A. has plenty of enticing options. Grab a fork and knife or use your hands and enjoy 15 of our favorites.

Inaba bowl at Ichimi Ann

The Best Japanese Noodles in Los Angeles

07/12/2013

Matthew Kang

Japanese cuisine has a wide range of styles and contexts, but noodles are one area that the culture has essentially mastered. Placed in broth, dipped in sauces, tossed with every possible ingredient, these chewy strands are addictive, fun to eat, and incredibly adaptable. Los Angeles has benefited from the proliferation of Japanese cuisine, not just through sushi, but through the common comfort food that pervades the East Asian country. Much of L.A.'s Japanese cuisine finds its foundation in the South Bay, where many immigrants first arrived and set up shop. But there are also great noodle restaurants on the Westside and of course Little Tokyo in Downtown L.A. From hefty white udon noodles to umami-rich ramen and chewy soba, here's a sampler of some of the best Japanese noodles in Los Angeles.

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