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Tasting Notes: The summer restaurant workers rose up

Patricia Escárcega • Los Angeles Times • August 29, 2020
Earlier this week I was contacted by a journalist friend working on a story about restaurant criticism in the COVID era. She asked how I plan to approach writing about restaurants when restrictions on indoor dining have been lifted and things have...

Take-Out Tip: Orso Is Delivering Next-Level Pasta Kits

Hailey Eber • Los Angeles Magazine • August 28, 2020
When the pandemic thwarted his plans to open his own restaurant, Josh Buckwald, the former sous chef at Rossoblu, pivoted. The result is Orso, an operation that brings soul to the ghost-kitchen concept with next-level pasta kits Buckwald delivers...

New L.A. Restaurants We Can’t Wait to Try This Fall

Hailey Eber • Los Angeles Magazine • August 28, 2020
From French bistros to fried-chicken joints, a look at the new restaurants chowhounds will be chattering about this autumn. Bicyclette Bistro République’s Walter and Margarita Manzke expand westward with a neighborhood French restaurant sure to be...

12 brand new restaurants with stellar takeout options

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • August 27, 2020
It’s impossible to report on our dining culture right now without feeling pulled down by the waves of closures — the neighborhood institutions, the year-old megawatts, the restaurants of every kind forced to close during a pandemic, having never...

A Colorful New Coffeehouse in Hollywood Is Fueling the L.A. LGBT Center’s Vital Social Services

Josh Lurie • Los Angeles Magazine • August 27, 2020
Opening a café in the middle of a pandemic might seem ill advised from a business perspective, but for the new Liberation Coffee House, located inside the Los Angeles LGBT Center, taking on that challenge is part of the mission. “We felt it was...

Review: Where to find the best donuts in Orange County

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • August 27, 2020
The only bad donut is a stale donut. First and foremost, it’s important to understand the one universal rule of good donut hunting: You’ve gotta get up early if you want the best donuts because the people who make these things, for some odd...

Evan Funke will open Fingers Crossed pizzeria in Hollywood

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • August 26, 2020
Evan Funke, the chef behind Felix Italian restaurant in Venice, will open Fingers Crossed pizzeria in Hollywood on Saturday. The restaurant is located in an outdoor space adjacent to the Dream Hollywood hotel. Funke will run the restaurant with...

Tamales Elena y Antojitos Brings Afro-Mexican Cuisine to the L.A. Area

Hailey Eber • Los Angeles Magazine • August 25, 2020
A new restaurant wants to expand Angelenos’ ideas of Mexican food and culture. Tamales Elena y Antojitos, which opened in Bell Gardens in July, specializes in food from the region of Guerrero, and is being hailed as the city’s first Afro-Mexican...

Nashville pastry chef Lisa Donovan's memoir meets our moment

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • August 22, 2020
One wild thing about signing a book deal is that after the writing and editing and designing have been completed, an author can never quite predict what the cultural climate will be when a publisher finally releases a book into the world. Lisa...

José Andrés helps feed Beirut during a time of crisis

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • August 20, 2020
[Editor’s note: This is an expanded, updated version of a story that first appeared in our weekly Tasting Notes newsletter.] A year ago in Beirut I was sitting snug among friends and strangers at the communal table at Tawlet, a sun-filled...