Stuffed chicken at Carnival in Sherman Oaks

The Top 5 Dishes in Sherman Oaks

09/19/2018

Joshua Lurie

Sherman Oaks, yet another San Fernando Valley neighborhood that separated from railroad maven Moses Hazeltine Sherman’s massive landholding in 1927, has expanded over the years and now spans more than nine square miles. Sherman Oaks has a high concentration of Middle Eastern and Japanese restaurants, and of course plenty of gastropubs, which have proliferated all across Ventura Boulevard. Now Sherman Oaks is seeing a new infusion of culinary talent that leans higher end and more creative. Discover five great dishes.

Spiced lamb burger at Badmaash

The Best Non-Beef Burgers in L.A.

09/17/2018

Joshua Lurie

Traditionally, people have formed hamburgers using beef. Thankfully that fact hasn’t deterred chefs from experimenting with different proteins. Other four-legged animals, birds, and seafood all contribute to patties. Discover 10 of L.A.’s best non-beef burgers. Just don’t expect to see veggie burgers on this list. That’s fodder for another story.

Sambal Tasting at Kasih in Little Tokyo

The Top 5 Dishes in Little Tokyo

09/11/2018

Joshua Lurie

Back when people started settling Little Tokyo in 1885, the very first business was a restaurant called Kame. Immigration from Japan to work in agriculture, and mass relocation from San Francisco following the legendary 1906 earthquake, led to the largest Japanese-American community in the U.S., which grew to 35,000 people by 1942. A dark period in U.S. history forced Japanese-Americans to live in internment centers during World War II. The neighborhood’s history shows that it wasn’t until the 1970s that Japanese-Americans managed to institute a Little Tokyo revival (including food) that still continues to thrive and diversify. Discover five of the neighborhood’s best dishes.

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.

Strawberry Donuts at The Donut Man

Get Your Dining Kicks on Route 66

08/06/2018

Katherine Spiers

Route 66 is perhaps the most legendary roadway in the United States, even if it no longer technically exists. "The Mother Road" was established in 1926 and ran from Chicago through Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona, then into California and all the way to the ocean in Santa Monica. It opened at the right time and ran through the right places to make it synonymous with U.S. expansion, as people moved west to look for work during the Great Depression, and then just kept moving west because everyone liked big cars and big backyards - two things strongly associated with Los Angeles.

The highway was officially decommissioned in 1985 after years of sections being renamed and rerouted, but the mystique endures, and people still follow its route to learn a bit about Americana. Here are some of the restaurants to check out as you cruise the streets that make up Route 66, most of them holdovers from mid-century road culture.

Made-to-order guacamole at Bar Amá

Dip Into the Top 5 Guacamole in L.A.

08/02/2018

Katherine Spiers

There’s no shortage of great guacamole in Los Angeles, a city blessed to contain some of the best Mexican food on the planet, in a state that grows a fair percentage of the world’s avocados. This most perfect snack (and the most-consumed item on Super Bowl Day) has ancient roots, as avocados have been cultivated in Central America for thousands of years and there’s record of the fruit being smashed together with other ingredients in a molcajete by the Aztecs. People might disagree about what other ingredients are necessary - onions? Garlic? Tomatoes? Lemon? - but everyone knows that at its base, guacamole is one of the world’s best dishes. Here are five restaurants in L.A. County doing excellent renditions of it.

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