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dineL.A. Taco Trek

09/17/2018

L.A. Taco

Embark on a self-guided journey with dineL.A.’s Taco Trek and find the simplest of pleasures: the taco, embodying years of tradition and families of flavor in a tortilla dripping green or red salsa. Meet the makers of food culture in Los Angeles, while taking a tasty tour of the city we call home.

Varieties from different nations, regions, and continents all on one map. Some are stands, some are trucks, some are carts. Some are cash only. All make up the experience of a life in L.A.

Start here for a taste of taco history. 25 signature tacos we know you have to try. Street tacos. Hard Shell. Breakfast. Sit on the curb, grab a booth or make a reservation. These are the 25 best taco experiences to be had right now, and it’ll put you on the path to many more culinary adventures. Have fun!

Half roasted chicken at The Bellwether in Studio City

The Top 5 Dishes in Studio City

07/16/2018

Joshua Lurie

Studio City’s name was inspired by Mack Sennett’s thriving movie studio (now CBS Studio Center). The six-square-mile-plus expanse has added a number of neighboring studios over the years. Hollywood players splurge on good food, and not just at power lunches. Thankfully, Studio City has one of the highest concentrations of destination sushi bars in L.A., and has gained a wide variety of seasonal and international restaurants in recent years. Discover five dishes that help kickstart a Studio City culinary adventure.

Samke harra at Hayat's Kitchen

The Top 5 Dishes in North Hollywood

07/02/2018

Joshua Lurie

North Hollywood previously fell under the purview of Mission San Fernando Rey de España and became private farms after San Fernando Farm Homestead Association and Isaac Lankershim purchased the land. The area was rebranded as North Hollywood in 1927 in a marketing push to capitalize on rising Hollywood glamour. Since then, the city has become more residential. After the launch of the Red Line in 2000 and the opening of the connecting Orange Line in 2005, the city centered more on the NoHo Arts District, which has seen a restaurant boom. North Hollywood also houses L.A.’s unofficial second Thai Town near Wat Thai Temple, a community center for Thai-Americans. Discover five of North Hollywood’s best dishes across nearly six square miles.

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.

Patio at Lucques

The Guide to Al Fresco Dining In Los Angeles

05/17/2018

Karen Young

Los Angeles has no shortage of restaurants for al fresco dining—from hotels to rooftops, oceanfront and urban sidewalk cafes. Here are 11 ground floor restaurants, from cozy to casual chic and fine dining, with very special - and mostly hidden - open-air patios.

Tamari roasted chicken with heirloom grains at Hayden

Los Angeles Wine Bars with Stellar Food

02/25/2018

Karen Young

Wine bars in Los Angeles run the gamut from intimate spots to full-service restaurants. Whether you're a novice or a oenophile, there's wine for all tastes and budgets. Menus cross styles as well, from simple cheese and charcuterie to more elaborate cuisine. While there are dozens of wine bars and restaurants from which to choose, check out this sampling of 12 wine bars and restaurants in Los Angeles.

Lemon poppy seed pancakes at Pollen

Aussie Invasion: Best Australian Cafes in Los Angeles

01/05/2018

Karen Young

The laid-back, sunny and healthy lifestyle of Australia blends perfectly with Los Angeles, so it only makes sense that Aussie-inspired cafes - mostly serving all-day “brekkie” and lunch menus - is now trending. And there are more on the way, like Roo Coffee from Brisbane ex-pats, Elyse Goyen and Tom and Kate O’Connor.

Coffee isn’t just a drink in Australia, it’s a culture. From meticulous preparation by highly-trained baristas to the manner it is consumed, Aussies enjoy their espresso-based drinks like the flat white and long black while sitting in a casual café. Accompaniments often include pastries, savory pies, egg sandwiches, grilled cheese, healthful bowls of grains or oats—or variations of "toast," including the ubiquitous avocado version that originated in Melbourne. And of course there's Vegemite, a salty spread made from brewer’s yeast that's also indigenous to the "Land Down Under.” There are also sweet specialties like Lamington (chocolate-covered sponge cake rolled in coconut), Tim Tam (two malted biscuits covered in chocolate and filled with cream), and Anzac biscuits made with oatmeal. Check out these eleven L.A. cafes that combine the coastal influences of California and Australia for a sampling of the best coffee and food for a relaxing time-out in your day.

"Chicken" & Waffles at Flore Vegan

The Best Vegan Brunches in Los Angeles

01/01/2018

Shawna Kenney

After a hard work week or late night of fun, break bread in one of L.A.’s herbivore-friendly establishments. Sunday is brunch day, as they say—but sometimes Saturday, too.

 Little Fluffy Head Cafe

The Best Places for Boba in Los Angeles

12/11/2017

Esther Tseng

There’s nothing like adding a little texture to your cup of tea, thanks to a good helping of slightly sweet and gummy tapiocas. While it may not be appropriate to call them “boba” in the tea drink’s native Taiwan due to its translation, that’s predominantly how it’s referred to here in the U.S. Enjoy this Taiwanese treat by pulling each pearl through the oversized straw inserted into every cup.

The chewy treats at the bottom are like a little snack that comes with your drink. The tea shops with the best boba soak their tapiocas every few hours so that they achieve just the right texture - a good gummy bite without any sogginess. Fortunately for L.A., top notch tea shops have recently opened throughout the city, so there are plenty of places where you can quench your thirst with this fun, caffeinated cocktail of whimsy.

If you're wondering where the closest boba near you might be, here’s our list of some great boba tea houses in the L.A. area you can check out.

Latte and avocado split at Javista Organic Coffee Bar

The Best Specialty Coffee Shops in Hollywood

12/03/2017

Karen Young

Los Angeles has no shortage of coffee houses with wifi, especially with the likes of Starbucks and Coffee Bean popping up on seemingly every other corner. But in between are classic old timers, as well as independent and third wave cafes boasting unique beans and brew methods, plus eclectic food menus that fit most every palate. Here are 11 of the best coffee destinations in the Hollywood area that offer diverse vibes and are sure to add fuel in your veins. Most open in the wee morning hours but close at varying times in the late afternoon or early evening, so check their respective time schedules.

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