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Is the new Popeyes fish sandwich better than McDonald's?

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • February 25, 2021
I ate a lot of McDonald’s Filet-o-Fish sandwiches between the ages of 5 and 12. Part of me thought they were healthier than the burgers on the menu. I liked the squishy bun. I was fascinated by how the half slice of American cheese stuck to the...

Wolfgang Puck is expanding Spago in Beverly Hills

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • February 25, 2021
Wolfgang Puck is expanding Spago with a 6,500-square-foot outdoor dining area in front of the Beverly Hills restaurant. The new space, called Spago L’extérieur, is located in the Canon Drive cul-de-sac. It will feature a large tent with slotted...

One of L.A.’s best pop-up taquerias hits Boyle Heights

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • February 24, 2021
In September, Jonathan Perez was settling his roving taquería, Macheen, into an open-ended residency focused on breakfast and lunch at Milpa Grille in Boyle Heights. While developing new menu ideas, he noticed that baristas Xuan Carlos Espinoza...

Best thing I ate: This ‘Mexican pizza’ makes Oaxaca proud

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • February 24, 2021
It’s often called Mexican pizza, so it’s fitting that the tlayuda from Flor de Oaxaca in Santa Ana arrives in one those generic boxes with “pizza” emblazoned across the top. They do sort of look like pizzas. And I think people call them that...

L.A. restaurants face dine-and-dash scams amid COVID-19

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • February 23, 2021
Spoon by H, Yoonjin Hwang’s celebrated Korean restaurant in Fairfax, is closing. Business had been slow since the start of the pandemic, but last summer, Hwang said, she started to notice more people disputing charges and claiming missing items...

Fuel protest and find escape via L.A.’s food zine trove

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • February 20, 2021
On Valentine’s Day, during a weekend when millions of people worldwide were also celebrating Lunar New Year, Los Angeles’ sole cookbook shop, Now Serving, posted an Instagram pic of its zine collection’s newest addition: Chinese Protest Recipes, a...

L.A. woman's 20 food tattoos feature produce, meat, herbs

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • February 18, 2021
Sydney Kramer has the equivalent of your weekly Whole Foods grocery list tattooed on her body. Maitake mushrooms, carrots, garlic, banana, cilantro, mint, uni, allium flowers, a prawn and other inked images wrap around her forearms, snake up the...

Review: These are the 10 best coffee roasters in Orange County

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • February 18, 2021
Once you’ve smelled it, you’re hooked. There’s simply nothing comparable to the wafting aroma of coffee beans roasting, except maybe the smell of freshly ground coffee brewing. What’s more, coffee always tastes better when it’s brewed shortly...

It's time to head to the SGV for Taiwanese breakfast

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • February 13, 2021
Last month, I picked up breakfast from Today Starts Here in Chinatown and spread out the haul on a table at home. Where to start? Daikon cakes flecked with shiitakes and fried shallots, or oblong shao bing filled with scrambled eggs, or dan bing,...

Start the day at a Taiwanese breakfast pop-up in Chinatown

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • February 11, 2021
Vivian Ku’s first two restaurants, Pine & Crane in Silver Lake and Joy in Highland Park, became neighborhood fixtures through their fast-casual airiness and the evident lightness of the Taiwanese dishes they serve. The subtlety of flavors and...