"Kaiju vs Heroes" at the Japanese American National Museum

Eat, Shop, Play in Little Tokyo

11/28/2018

Discover Los Angeles

It’s easy to support local businesses this holiday season, especially in the extremely walkable Little Tokyo. Read on for our Eat, Shop, Play guide to this historic Downtown L.A. neighborhood.

Rack of Lamb Sultani Kabob at Kashcool Kitchen

The Top 5 Dishes in Van Nuys

11/26/2018

Joshua Lurie

In the fast food era, the idea of a hamburger artisan - a person who personally grills and constructs every burger - is nearly unimaginable. Bill Elwell is a 91-year-old burger legend has made this unlikely dynamic work at Bill’s Burgers. He’s stood over the same well-seasoned flat-top griddle since 1965 making ideal L.A. style burgers amidst auto body shops. At last check, Elwell estimated that he’s made about 4.5 million burgers since he started, and they’re consistently excellent. Thin, beautifully seared patties join sliced tomato, shredded lettuce, pickles, and mayo on soft buns. Melted American cheese and crispy bacon only help matters. So does making each burger a double.

14742 Oxnard St., Van Nuys 91411

Samke Harra at Cafe du Liban

The Top 5 Dishes in Tarzana

11/05/2018

Joshua Lurie

Edgar Rice Burroughs, author of “Tarzan,” subdivided his sprawling Tarzana Ranch in 1923, and within a decade, his land and surrounding plots officially became Tarzana. Since then, the neighborhood has thrived between the Santa Monica Mountains to the south and Victory Boulevard to the north. Tarzana has become a hotbed for Middle Eastern and Asian food in recent decades. Start culinary explorations with these 5 dishes.

Dave’s Hotts Wicked Good Peppa Spread at Dave’s Chillin N Grillin

The Best House Made Sauces at L.A. Restaurants

11/05/2018

Joshua Lurie

The Asapahu family’s seven-sauce line-up has been the backbone of Ayara Thai Cuisine, a beloved restaurant on a Westchester side street that debuted in 2004. As Vanda Asapahu states, “As our restaurant grew, visitors came to love not only the food we prepared, but also the sauces served with them, whether they were used as dressings, dips or marinades.” Top sellers include When Tigers Cry steak sauce, a nuanced dip or marinade that’s geared toward grilled meat. This sauce balances roasted chiles with tangy tamarind, umami-rich fish flakes and fish sauce, garlic, red onions, and cane sugar. Thai Chili-Lime "seafood dipping sauce" delivers bite to cooked crab and salmon or raw oysters. This bottle blends Thai chiles, garlic, lime juice, fish sauce, and cane sugar. Thai Peanut Sauce balances sweetness with umami-rich hoisin, garlic, onion, and cane sugar and works as a grilled meat dip, dressing, or sandwich spread. 8-ounce bottles of all sauces cost $9.75.

6245 W. 87th St., Los Angeles 90045

Boiled ox bone soup with assorted beef at Musse

The Top 5 Dishes in Northridge

10/29/2018

Joshua Lurie

Orange groves and agriculture used to define Northridge, a city that officially formed in 1910 as Zelzah and was briefly known as North Los Angeles before settling into its current name. Northridge has proven quite resilient, bouncing back from the notorious 1994 earthquake and now houses an eclectic international community fueled in no small part by Cal State University, Northridge. The school started in 1958 and educates approximately 40,000 undergrads per year. Northridge has developed a deep culinary roster to feed students, families, and visitors. Start by eating these five dishes.

House-Charred Bloody Mary at Lunetta All Day

The Best Bloody Marys in Los Angeles

10/29/2018

Joshua Lurie

Weekend brunch is practically a sport in L.A., and the Bloody Mary is undoubtedly the queen of cocktails during that meal. Paris bartender Fernand Petiot supposedly created the drink in 1921 at the city’s famed New York Bar and imported his recipe to Manhattan, where word of the tomato-based vodka cocktail spread. The drink supposedly name checks Mary, Queen of Scots, who burned Protestants at the stake in the 16th Century for refusing to convert to Catholicism. Thankfully, the blood red drink is far less gruesome. Many restaurants treat the drink like an art form, carefully crafting house-made mixes and garnishes. Discover 10 of L.A.’s best, most unique Bloody Marys.

Chicken Shawarma Plate at Tel Aviv Grill in Encino

The Top 5 Dishes in Encino

10/24/2018

Joshua Lurie

Encino translates from Spanish as “oak tree” and the corresponding L.A. neighborhood sprouted from Rancho Los Encinos, a land grant that Spain first gifted to a local Gabrielino tribe. The Encino Chamber of Commerce formed in 1927 and now helps guide one of the San Fernando Valley’s most desirable areas. Encino borders Mulholland Drive to the south, the 405 Freeway to the east, Victory Boulevard to the north, and Lindley Avenue to the west. Discover five of the top dishes within this 9.5-mile span.

Passion “Side Up” at Commonwealth Restaurant

The Top 5 Dishes in Burbank

10/15/2018

Joshua Lurie

Burbank is now best known for movie and TV studios from companies like Warner Bros. and Walt Disney, but the city’s modern development can be traced to a dentist. Dr. David Burbank accumulated significant land holdings in the area and made a fortune by selling his ranch to a consortium called Providencia Land, Water and Development Company in 1886. Residents later incorporated Burbank in 1911. The city remains famous for producing globally beloved content and bills itself as “Media Capital of the World.” Of course, all of these creative types - and Burbank residents who don’t work in the entertainment industry - crave good food. Discover five of Burbank’s best dishes.

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