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An L.A. fried chicken restaurant to obsess over plus cheesecake

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • November 21, 2022
I try not to write about fried chicken. After an entire season of a video series devoted to excellent fried poultry, I thought I should give it a rest. But I still eat some form of fried chicken (cutlet, wing, drumstick, thigh, cartilage) a few...

Where to find the best sheng jian bao dumplings

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • November 21, 2022
Sheng jian bao might be one of the most difficult dumplings to get right. They’re part yeasted bun, part potsticker and a soup dumpling all in one. The best sheng jian bao have a thick, crispy bottom, a fluffy middle, a thin and chewy top and a...

Need pie? 9 local bakeries for last-minute Thanksgiving orders

Stephanie Breijo, Jenn Harris, Betty Hallock, Lucas Kwan Peterson • Los Angeles Times • November 16, 2022
If you aren’t baking your own pies and instead want to pick up dessert for Thanksgiving, you’re in luck ... but the clock is ticking. Make your pie orders for pickup before the big day. Los Angeles is a city of terrific bakeries and bakers, and...

Sizzling skillets of meat and cheese and a 7-course tasting menu worthy of a celebration

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • November 14, 2022
When is the last time you completely lost yourself in a meal? This week’s recommendations will have you dreaming of Buenos Aires in a tiny Van Nuys strip mall and reminiscing about the last time you went camping and licked marshmallows off your...

Avant Garden Bistro Brings Unique Vegan Flavors to WeHo

Maureen Harrington • Los Angeles Magazine • November 10, 2022
Avant Garden Bistro is a surprise vegan addition to a block that’s home to Melrose Umbrella Company and a couple of taco and pizza joints. In the furthest reaches of West Hollywood, the entrance is up a flight of stairs; once you arrive, the skill...

In search of manta, the meat-filled dumplings made for holidays

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • November 7, 2022
Sarkes Yegiazaryan wants to make manta a household name. The open-style, meat-filled dumplings resemble tiny boats, with a thin layer of dough wrapped around a small meatball in the center. He and his family prepare thousands a day out of their...

Where to find cachapas, Venezuelan corn pancakes, and Korean gamjatang pork stew.

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • November 7, 2022
This week’s column is devoted to comfort food in the form of Venezuelan pancakes and hot pots of Korean pork bone stew. Cachapas at Amara Cafe The classic American pancake breakfast does nothing for me. It never has. Turns out, I was just eating...

Gael Greene, who has died at age 88, made restaurant criticism sensual

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • November 2, 2022
For several years before catching my first break as a restaurant critic in 2002, when I began writing regularly for an alt weekly in Atlanta, I made a practice out of learning the form. My means of study sound like an absurd relic now: I filled a...

Chef Jordan Kahn’s Meteora is a Pleasure Dome of Rediscovery

Heather Platt • Los Angeles Magazine • November 2, 2022
UPON ENTERING Meteora, chef Jordan Kahn’s new restaurant on Melrose, guests encounter a strong gust of incense. The sensory experience has begun.Meteora inhabits a storied restaurant space that previously housed Auburn, Hatfield’s, and, before...