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14 exceptional new L.A. restaurants for a better 2021

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • January 14, 2021
A takeout window seems an apt location to begin thinking through some of the Los Angeles restaurants that managed not only to open in 2020, but also to enrich the city’s culture with creative achievement and personal narrative. This carryout setup...

Where to find konbini egg salad sandwiches in Los Angeles

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • January 14, 2021
My apologies to anyone who subscribes to the doctrine that a fried egg makes everything better. I am going to make the argument that the only thing that makes an egg palatable is mayonnaise (preferably Kewpie). And that the best way to eat this...

Rafael 'Ray' Vega, Casa Vega Mexican restaurant owner, dies

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • January 14, 2021
For decades, Rafael “Ray” Vega made the rounds in the brick-lined dining room of Casa Vega restaurant in Sherman Oaks, dressed sharply in a sweater vest with a name tag fastened to the front. “Hi, I’m Ray Vega and this is Casa Vega,” he would say....

Review: Where to find the best margaritas to-go in Orange County

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • January 14, 2021
Dry January has been canceled. We’ll try again next year. For now, it’s margaritas for everyone! Correct me if I’m wrong, but margaritas to-go might be the greatest innovation of the pandemic. I’ve taste-tested a lot of restaurant margaritas at...

What happens when a restaurant worker gets COVID-19?

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • January 13, 2021
On Nov. 1, Ashley and Tyler Wells were deep in rural Northern California, driving south, about 10 hours outside of Los Angeles. They were returning from a camping trip in the wilderness. Although the cell service was spotty, a call from one of the...

Best thing I ate: Descanso can’t sizzle, but this pozole is hot

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • January 13, 2021
While all restaurants have been forced to pivot dramatically in response to the pandemic, the restaurants making the biggest adjustments have been those whose entire concepts revolve around interactive dining. Restaurants, for example, like...

Baroo chef opens Shiku at Grand Central Market

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • January 12, 2021
Shiku at Grand Central Market Anyone lucky enough to try Kwang Uh’s creamy pink noorook at Baroo, the much-lauded, profoundly innovative Korean restaurant he opened in a Hollywood strip mall in 2015, will be relieved to know the chef is back....

Maybe resolve to eat more takeout this January?

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • January 9, 2021
What to even say about this first week of 2021? My colleagues LZ Granderson and Gustavo Arellano express it clearly. Read (or reread) Michelle Obama’s words. As I vacillate between scrolling through apps and staring at the laptop and TV to process...

A Look Back at How 101 Coffee Shop Became Part of Movie History

Jared Cowan • Los Angeles Magazine • January 7, 2021
Today, a metal gate secures the door of the 101 Coffee Shop on Franklin Avenue in the Hollywood Hills. Graffiti is scrawled across the windows and a lonely, dusty jukebox stands in the corner begging to play another classic rock tune. The...