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Grilled mushroom ssam at Wolfdown

The Top 5 Dishes in Silver Lake

09/20/2018

Joshua Lurie

Silver Lake’s transformation from bohemian, hipster haunt to trendy food and shopping destination is nearly complete. Gone are the days when neighborhood characters would play chess deep into the night at Tang’s Donuts. Sure, stalwarts like Millie’s Café persist, but the restaurant roster is almost completely different from 10 years ago. Discover five of our favorite Silver Lake dishes, drawing on Asian, Israeli, and Italian influences.

Minced pork on rice at Joy on York in Highland Park

The Top 5 Dishes in Highland Park

09/05/2018

Joshua Lurie

Highland Park has been a working class hotbed for taco trucks and casual Mexican restaurants for decades. In the past five years, the neighborhood has seen trendy redevelopment take place on two fronts: York Boulevard and Figueroa Street. Now certain blocks could pass for Abbot Kinney Boulevard, given all of the boutiques, bars, and fashionable restaurants. Of course residents haven’t welcomed every addition with open arms, but we’ve identified flavorful new neighborhood favorites. Discover five of the best dishes in Highland Park spanning different Asian and European cuisines.

Ackee & saltfish at Ackee Bamboo

The Top 5 Dishes in Leimert Park

08/15/2018

Joshua Lurie

Leimert Park is a planned community from Walter Leimert that primarily sprouted up during the Depression. Thankfully, a pair of Supreme Court decisions – Shelley v. Kraemer (1948) and Barrows v. Jackson (1953) - helped to strip away racist housing restrictions, and the neighborhood gradually became a thriving African-American community. A wave of development is now escalating interest in the neighborhood, with 8.5 miles of Crenshaw/LAX Line track extending from the Expo Line through Inglewood to the Green Line and LAX. Locals are anxious to see what Leimert Park’s next iteration looks like. Sadly, the original Phillips Barbecue from Foster Phillips is no longer in business, but you can still find serious comfort. Discover five notable Leimert Park dishes.

Drunken pancit at LASA in Chinatown

The Top 5 Dishes in Chinatown

07/25/2018

Joshua Lurie

L.A.’s Chinese American community dates to the 1850s, but it wasn’t until 1938 that the neighborhood that once held Little Italy officially became known as Chinatown. Now, eight decades later, Chinatown is enjoying unprecedented growth. Classic spots like Eastside Market Italian Deli, Nick’s Café, Phoenix Inn, and Sam Woo are still going strong, and a new crop is providing diversity and depth. Start with these five dishes.

Chicharron at Broken Spanish

The Top 5 Dishes in Downtown L.A.

06/27/2018

Joshua Lurie

The Downtown L.A. dining scene has never been more vital, with dozens of great restaurants now dotting sub-neighborhoods like the Arts District, Bunker Hill, Fashion District, Old Bank District, and South Park. Discover my favorite dishes from five of Downtown’s best chefs in L.A.’s city center. Consider these plates gateways to great meals, since they’re on menus at consistently high-quality restaurants. Fan across DTLA for your next steps.

Un Solo Sol

The Dining Guide to Boyle Heights

10/09/2017

Liz Ohanesian

One of the joys of eating in Boyle Heights is that you'll find a good amount of restaurants that are embedded in the neighborhood's history. Spots like El Tepeyac, Al & Bea's and Otomisan have passed the half-century mark and, when you walk into them, you can feel the past and the present intermingle. Yet, Boyle Heights is also home to younger restaurants, like Guisados and Un Solo Sol, who are carving out their own niches in the neighborhood.

Guerrilla Tacos Truck at Blacktop Coffee

The Best Places for a Quick Bite in the Arts District

09/06/2017

Liz Ohanesian

Dining in the Arts District isn't quite like any other neighborhood in Los Angeles. There isn't much in the way of fast food here. Instead, it's a hub for gastropubs and small chains with hip takes on classic grub. If you're up for trying something unusual - rattlesnake and rabbit sausage or avocado and strawberry sherbet - this is the place to go. Vegetarians and vegans will be delighted to find that there are multiple meal options here too.

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.

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