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Agnes brings witty cooking, cheese counter to Old Pasadena

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • October 15, 2021
To surrender into the flow of Agnes — an ambitious, ever-crowded, 4-month-old restaurant and market on a bustling block in Old Pasadena — order the dish that best embodies its rhythm and wit: loaded baked potato dumplings. The dumplings are...

Michael Mina to open a healthy eating Hollywood restaurant

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • October 14, 2021
Diners frequently make special dietary requests at Michael Mina’s 40-plus restaurants around the country. The asks for something that is gluten-free, dairy-free or plant-based prompted Mina, a Michelin-starred chef, and Mina Group President Patric...

Review: Hanuman takes Thai dining upscale in Costa Mesa

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • October 14, 2021
The velvet banquettes, the custom wallpaper, the teak wood carvings and hand-stenciled cement floors, plus truly beautiful china and serving wares: Hanuman in Costa Mesa is easily the prettiest Thai restaurant in Orange County. The food, too, is...

This New Culver City Hot Spot Is Hoping to Be the Life of Every Party

Hailey Eber • Los Angeles Magazine • October 13, 2021
At Etta, the new restaurant in the Shay, a soon-to-open hotel, there’s a $65 menu item named “Porrón & a Polaroid.” It involves an entire bottle of wine (or the equivalent in margaritas) poured into a thin-spouted pitcher known as a porrón, plus a...

8 L.A. Pizza Places That Beat Anything in Brooklyn

Heather Platt • Los Angeles Magazine • October 11, 2021
For Daniel Holzman, it all comes down to the water temperature. When the native New Yorker makes the dough at his recently opened Danny Boy’s Famous Original Pizza in downtown Los Angeles, he uses water that is precisely 41 degrees Fahrenheit....

Where to eat, buy and learn about dates in Southern California

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • October 9, 2021
This week Christian Reynoso delves deep into the farming and culinary culture around dates in Southern California. He visits the Bautista Family Organic Date Ranch in Mecca, Calif. (and makes a persuasive argument for traveling to the Coachella...

Two Howlin’ Rays Cooks Flew the Coop and Opened a Hot Chicken Joint of Their Own

Harry Levin • Los Angeles Magazine • October 7, 2021
When San Fernando Valley natives Louis Silva and Brandon Waldrop first started slinging Nashville-style hot chicken in a parking lot on Vineland Avenue back in March, they traded shifts cooking and kept customers abreast of their irregular hours...

Review: This hot new hand roll bar in Huntington Beach is sushi uncluttered

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • October 7, 2021
The woman seated next to me at the counter at ROL in Huntington Beach is trying to take a picture of her salmon roll, but she can’t find an angle that makes her happy. She tilts her camera’s phone in various directions, searching for the perfect...

This Stylish Market in Chinatown Is Curated with Love

Heather Platt • Los Angeles Magazine • October 5, 2021
“My heart was bursting when I came here—it just felt right,” says Linda Sivrican of Sesame L.A. (936 N. Hill St.), her new pan-Asian market in Chinatown’s Central Plaza. The neighborhood is a nostalgic place for Sivrican, who was born in Vietnam...

The glories of pan-fried jeon await in Koreatown

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • October 2, 2021
Jeon (sometimes also transliterated as jun or chun) are often described in English as “savory Korean pancakes,” though that doesn’t quite capture the breadth of possibilities in these battered, pan-fried snacks. Yes, they can be round griddle...