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In a dining galaxy of Sichuan delights, can a Shanghai star shine as bright?

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • September 22, 2022
The menu at WangJia in San Gabriel spans nearly 150 items. It can be an overwhelming document of stir-fries in dry, fiery or gently sauced styles; soup and noodle options by the dozens; and micro-surveys of several regional Chinese cuisines. Yet...

Brooklyn Avenue Pizza Co. and The Paramount Celebrate Latino Heritage Month

Maureen Harrington • Los Angeles Magazine • September 21, 2022
It’s Los Angeles’ Latino Heritage Month from September 15-October 15, which means restaurants, bars and clubs all over town are pulling out all the stops to celebrate the vital L.A. Latino community. The mariachis will be dressed in their best;...

Yes, there is good dim sum on the Westside — these shaggy taro puffs are it

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • September 19, 2022
Here’s where to eat — and what to order — right now. Fried taro dumplings from Lotus Dim Sum Dumpling House I spent many Sundays growing up eating wu gok at dim sum parlors all over the San Gabriel Valley. The fried taro puffs may be the most...

The best old-school Mexican restaurants in Los Angeles

Bill Addison, Stephanie Breijo, Jenn Harris, Lucas Kwan Peterson, Gustavo Arellano • Los Angeles Times • September 15, 2022
Maybe it’s the thrill of a first slide into a squeaky red booth under a low-hanging wrought-iron lamp. Or the wonder-inducing mound of rice and a pool of refried beans that seem to spread forever across a platter that a dutiful server will warn is...

How Tito's Tacos makes its famous hard-shell tacos

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • September 15, 2022
You can count on nothing in life, but death, taxes and a line at Tito’s Tacos. Whatever the time of day, people wait for the hard-shell tacos, the goopy enchiladas, the freshly fried chips and cups of horchata. “We closed for 2 ½ months during the...

L.A. to Vegas: Maluma Lights Up the City; Ocean Prime Making $20M Debut

Joe Siyam • Los Angeles Magazine • September 15, 2022
Welcome to LAMag’s semimonthly update on the biggest restaurant openings, club news, hotel announcements, celebrity and influencer sightings, and everything else you need to know before you venture to Sin City. Maluma was all smiles as he partied...

Saffy’s is Simple Middle Eastern Dining Perfection

Heather Platt • Los Angeles Magazine • September 13, 2022
If you’re lucky enough to snag a reservation at Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis’s new Middle-Eastern restaurant, the host will likely call you on the phone to confirm. This is a foreshadowing of what’s to come: the kind of warm, welcoming service...

The soul food twist on 'The Bear’-fueled Italian beef craze

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • September 12, 2022
Jerk Italian beef sandwich You won’t find the jerk Italian beef sandwich anywhere on the printed menu at Bernie’s Soul Kitchen, the new restaurant next to the Wendy’s in downtown Culver City. Instead, it’s listed on the dry erase board of daily...

My Dinner with José  Andrés

Joel Stein • Los Angeles Magazine • September 12, 2022
José Andrés is finally, after all his world traveling, on vacation. He’s smoking a cigar in the Spanish beach town of Zahara de los Atunes, doing his version of relaxing, which, judging from the activity going on in the background of our Zoom...

The difference between a journalist and a food influencer

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • September 11, 2022
There’s food content all over social media in the form of videos, photos, mukbangs and everything in between. Sometimes, it can be hard to tell who’s posting what. Did this post about a new restaurant come from a journalist, a food influencer or...