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What to eat for New Year's Eve and the best dishes for any celebration

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • December 26, 2022
What’s your favorite celebration meal? For me, it depends on the day. It might be an entire bag of potato chips swiped through my colleague Ben Mims’ fried-onion chile crisp dip. Or a bucket of fried chicken from Tokyo Fried Chicken with extra...

16 most affordable of the 101 Best Restaurants in L.A. list

Bill AddisonRestaurant Critic • Los Angeles Times • December 19, 2022
In a season that tends to drain bank accounts, it’s an apt moment to highlight the most affordable restaurants from this year’s 101 Best Restaurants guide. The greatness of dining in Los Angeles is that a tlayuda stand can equal an omakase splurge...

Where to find the best matzo balls, pelmeni, varenyky, kreplach and more

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • December 19, 2022
Big, small, soft, hard, there’s no such thing as a wrong matzo ball. According to Shelli Azoff, co-owner of the 75-year-old Nate ‘n Al’s deli in Beverly Hills, there’s a matzo ball for everyone. “Some people like them small and dense, hard,” she...

Where to find the best lasagna in Los Angeles

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • December 19, 2022
My colleague Jeff Amlotte makes excellent lasagna. It’s in the vein of the 9 x 13 pans my mother used to make, heavily sauced noodles with curly edges, a filling of ricotta cheese and plenty of melted mozzarella on top. It’s deeply satisfying, and...

The best holiday tamales from around the world in Los Angeles

Bill Addison, Stephanie Breijo, Betty Hallock, Jenn Harris, Lucas Kwan Peterson • Los Angeles Times • December 12, 2022
Tamales are gifts you can open again and again. Wait — those are books. Tamales are gifts you can open once, because once they’re unwrapped they’re going directly into our stomachs. Our 2021 tamales list was such a success, we’re bringing it back....

Where to find Burmese food in Alhambra

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • December 12, 2022
This week’s recommendations will require a leap of faith. If you’re willing to wait in line for your food or to possibly sit in traffic for a restaurant with no set menu or hours, then you’re in luck. I promise it’s worth the risk. Shan tofu...

Where to eat outside in Los Angeles

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • December 10, 2022
Our annual mega-project is live! The official title is “101 Best Restaurants in Los Angeles,” though the guide occasionally looks farther afield to include communities such as Anaheim’s newly officially designated Little Arabia district and the...

Where to order the best drinks in Los Angeles

Bill Addison, Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • December 7, 2022
Our region’s drinking culture can express as much about the breadth of our communities as our dining landscapes. These ten bars, restaurants and shops — some newly opened, some well-established — are favorites where the atmosphere matches the...

Hall of Fame restaurants: These all-time modern classics are quintessential L.A.

Bill AddisonRestaurant Critic • Los Angeles Times • December 7, 2022
In our region’s sweeping pluralism, there are restaurants so enmeshed in the culture of Los Angeles — so defining of what it means to eat and live in Southern California — that they surpass the notion of annual lists. They’ve earned a place of...

A Starry Night in California as Michelin Guide Reveals Awards

Heather Platt • Los Angeles Magazine • December 6, 2022
At a festive ceremony at The Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles on Monday night, the prestigious Michelin Guide revealed its coveted star awards for California. While the state has landed 18 new stars, seven local establishments were...