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A Los Feliz French Restaurant Does Bastille Day the Right Way

Danny Palumbo • Los Angeles Magazine • July 14, 2021
On July 14, the French celebrate Fête nationale, a parade-filled holiday that approximates America’s Independence Day. Here in the English-speaking world, we call it Bastille Day and use it as an excuse to cozy up in charming French restaurants...

Best thing I ate: Argentina-style beef ribs cooked over a wood fire

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • July 14, 2021
I don’t normally accost people while they are eating. But sometimes I make an exception, like the other day when the hostess at Gaucho Grill is leading me through the dining room toward my table and I spot the beef ribs on someone’s table across...

At a Kosher Market in Encino, a Chef Is Putting a ‘Sexy’ Spin on Comfort Food

Josh Lurie • Los Angeles Magazine • July 13, 2021
Tel Aviv Grill has been a big hit in the San Fernando Valley’s thriving Israeli community, though their comfort food doesn’t just appeal to immigrants from cities like Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. The owners now have three locations that specialize in...

Where to find the best Manhattan and more Las Vegas cocktails

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • July 11, 2021
I’m the sort of gambler who watches $20 disappear in the slot machine and then calls it a night. And my evenings spent romping around nightclubs are long over. But I still find myself in Vegas multiple times a year in search of great food and...

Looking for the best uni pasta? Head to Chinatown Las Vegas

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • July 11, 2021
The pasta arrives last, after the Scottish salmon in yuzu ponzu, the karaage and the bluefin tuna belly with shiitake salsa. It comes a full 45 minutes after the tsukune, cooked over natural oak charcoal. Our server informs us that every component...

Boyle Heights is now home to incredible Cameroonian cooking

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • July 10, 2021
Last fall, in the thick of the pandemic, Claudia Wanki was searching online for restaurant spaces to lease. She noticed one in a shopping center along South Soto Street in Boyle Heights. It had previously housed Puertos Del Pacifico, which...

Las Vegas restaurants from L.A. chefs and restaurateurs

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • July 9, 2021
Las Vegas: Dos mitades de una cola de langosta dividida se entrelazan como amantes. Ambos lados se arquean hacia arriba, balanceándose sobre un montón de fideos enredados alrededor de brotes de soja y trozos de cebolla verde. Este es el mismo Pad...

Review: Mama D’s Cameroonian food in L.A., a eureka moment

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • July 8, 2021
Claudia Wanki concedes that the name of her 8-month-old restaurant, Mama D’s African Cuisine, reveals the genesis of her cooking only in the broadest sense: 54 nations share the planet’s second largest continent. She says you know that a...

Review: It’s all about the garden at Poppy & Seed in Anaheim

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • July 8, 2021
The tomatoes catch my eye as I approach the entrance to Poppy & Seed in Anaheim. I see two beautiful heirlooms dangling heavily from their vines just outside the front door of the restaurant, a glass-and-steel structure that resembles a large...

Las Vegas restaurants from L.A. chefs and restaurateurs

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • July 7, 2021
Two halves of a split lobster tail intertwine like lovers. Both sides arch upward, balancing atop a mound of noodles tangled around bean sprouts and shards of green onion. This is the same pad Thai you can order at Kris Yenbamroong’s three Night +...