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Highland Park Sandwich Speakeasy Jeff’s Table Is Branching Out with a Big Ol’ Pig Roast

Danny Palumbo • Los Angeles Magazine • September 16, 2021
Jeff’s Table exploded onto the scene early in the pandemic, and just in the knick of time. People were thrilled to discover affordable, elevated versions of otherwise monotonous classic sandwiches inside Flask Fine Wine & Whisky in Highland Park....

Best thing I ate: a Vietnamese pho that stands out from the crowd

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • September 16, 2021
I’ve lost track of how many bowls of Vietnamese pho I’ve consumed over the years in Orange County. It’s a big number. Eighty? Ninety? Something in that ballpark, many of which have been very, very good. As I was thinking about this, I began to...

How Two Friends Made Their Dream of a Delicious Dairy-Free Dessert a Reality

Jean Trinh • Los Angeles Magazine • September 15, 2021
When Alice Cherng and Belinda Wei met in 2015, they became fast friends. The duo bonded over their both being Taiwanese Americans and alums of Café Gratitude. “Our friendship was forged over eating a lot of vegan food,” Cherng recalls, “but when...

The best (and worst) food at SoFi Stadium

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • September 12, 2021
This is the first in an ongoing series called Stadium Eats, which explores the best (and worst) food at sports stadiums across California. The cheeseburger sub at the new SoFi Stadium in Inglewood looks like the burger version of a beat-up Mister...

Flavors From Afar uniquely highlights refugee chefs and their best recipes

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • September 11, 2021
The ouze — a Lebanese dish of spiced, roasted lamb shanks over rice scattered with pine nuts and slivered almonds — served at Flavors From Afar tasted very familiar. I had recently been ordering meals from a 10-month-old takeout and delivery...

Gogo’s Tacos Brings the Classics—and a Burst of Color—to a Bustling Intersection

Josh Lurie • Los Angeles Magazine • September 10, 2021
Inside the dining room at Gogo’s Tacos, a rainbow of stripes streaks across the white walls and ceiling like a Hot Wheels freeway, and the blue-and-white tile floor resembles a coral reef. A mural depicts the Virgin Mary holding a levitating taco...

L.A. Lebanese takeout gem is all about comfort food

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • September 9, 2021
A fork slips through Lina Georges’ mehshi koussa — zucchini filled with rice and richly spiced ground beef — with the ease of slicing room-temperature butter. Stuffing vegetables is a sacrosanct category of Lebanese cuisine. Cooks heap hollowed...

Critic’s Notebook: These are the 5 hottest tables in OC right now

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • September 9, 2021
If you are thinking about dining at one of these restaurants this weekend, too bad. You already missed the bus. Pent-up demand coupled with limited capacity have made getting into some restaurants next to impossible. Feeling lucky? These are the...

Impossible Chicken Nuggets Are ‘Even More Convincing Than the Burger’

Hailey Eber • Los Angeles Magazine • September 8, 2021
Shots fired! After conquering the meatless burger landscape, Impossible Foods is now entering the so-called vegan-chicken wars. In September, the Silicon Valley company released its Impossible Chicken Nuggets, available in Los Angeles at the...

It's endless summer at Greekman's in Echo Park

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • September 4, 2021
When I look back on summer 2021 — when the Delta variant upended hopes for the pandemic’s denouement, when cultural strains stretched to near-breaking in the barely United States — I’ll remember disappearing for a couple of happy hours into the...