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Review: Siam Central breaks the mold for Thai food in Orange County

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • September 2, 2021
She tells me not to order the sator Siam. I explain to my server at Siam Central, a new Thai restaurant in Mission Viejo, that I’m an adventurous eater. But she holds her ground. She crinkles her nose and says, “That is for Thai people, not...

Celebrated Chef Josiah Citrin Shares His Favorite L.A. Dishes

Hailey Eber • Los Angeles Magazine • September 1, 2021
When he isn’t helming the kitchen at Mélisse and Charcoal Venice, chef Josiah Citrin is enjoying these dishes at other L.A. restaurants. In his own words, here’s what he loves and why. Uni Egg with CaviarProvidence It’s the most elegant bite in...

Where to find the best breakfast burritos in L.A.

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • August 28, 2021
My colleague Ben Mims and I were sharing a strangely sweet veggie breakfast burrito at a cafe in West Hollywood. It was one of many stops in a project to name my top choices for L.A.’s favorite morning food. Ben wondered how it was going. “Are you...

L.A.'s best breakfast burritos, so simple yet so delicious

Bill AddisonRestaurant Critic • Los Angeles Times • August 26, 2021
Dining out for breakfast in Southern California is, at its finest, an expression of community and intersecting cultures: Yemeni shakshouka in Anaheim, broiled mackerel with miso soup and salt pickles in Little Tokyo, catfish and grits in...

The pastrami taco from Mexican-inspired Jewish pop-up Malli

• Los Angeles Times • August 26, 2021

Pastrami tacos shine at L.A. Mexican-inspired Jewish pop-up

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • August 26, 2021
I am not a fan of stuffing just any kind of food into a tortilla and calling it a taco, but the pastrami taco from a pop-up restaurant called Malli could be the most Los Angeles, of-the-moment thing I’ve eaten all year. When it works (e.g., Roy...

Review: New sushi bar ups the ante in Laguna Beach

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • August 26, 2021
A new sushi restaurant, Seabutter, recently opened in Laguna Beach in the upstairs spot previously occupied by Sushi San Shi Go overlooking the main drag south of downtown. The menu skews toward California “new style” sushi and sashimi, which is...

Coming Soon: 101 Coffee Shop Will Return as Clark Street Diner

Heather Platt • Los Angeles Magazine • August 26, 2021
Diner lovers mourned in January when it was announced that the 101 Coffee Shop would be closing. This fall, it’s coming back to life. Zack Hall, the founder-owner of Clark Street Bread, is taking over the space, but it won’t be another location of...

A Mother and Son Escaped Syrian Civil War and Now Run Two L.A. Food Trucks

Josh Lurie • Los Angeles Magazine • August 25, 2021
A Syrian flag waves outside Mama’s Shawarma, a black food truck that started parking in front of Ralphs supermarket in Glendale this spring. The logo depicts Chef Eyad Kawak wearing sunglasses, standing in front of two flame-licked spits. He...

A San Fernando Valley Sushi Superstar Is Coming Soon to Santa Monica

Andy Wang • Los Angeles Magazine • August 24, 2021
Valley sushi superstar Mark Okuda has some things to prove on the Westside. “People see Valley sushi as more like rolls,” says Okuda, who’s working to open a Santa Monica outpost of the Brothers Sushi in October. “I want to show them that we use...