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Best thing I ate: Japanese A5 wagyu in a bento box to-go

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • June 9, 2021
One of the region’s best Japanese barbecue restaurants, Yakiya in Hacienda Heights, is far more elegant than anything else in its genre. The restaurant features an omakase-style menu focused on Japanese A5 wagyu and American USDA Prime beef. It’s...

In Hollywood, Three Guys from Jersey Opened an East Coast Deli That’s an L.A. Original

Josh Lurie • Los Angeles Magazine • June 7, 2021
Noah Holton-Raphael, Max Bahramipour, and Jack Biebel grew up in Montclair, New Jersey, a town where The Sopranos frequently filmed and Italian sandwiches are gospel. The longtime friends felt like L.A. would benefit from their bread-framed...

Randy’s Donuts Says It’s Been Famous Since ’62. History Tells a Different Story

Chris Nichols • Los Angeles Magazine • June 4, 2021
For answers to more of your burning questions, visit the Ask Chris archive. Q: Why does Randy’s Donuts say, “World Famous Since ‘62”? My dad said it was there in the 50s. A: An astounding 13,000 crullers, cakes, and crumbs pass through the windows...

L.A.’s Best Doughnuts? We Asked Local Shops What Their Customers Love

Vinz Karl • Los Angeles Magazine • June 4, 2021
It’s National Doughnut Day, and this year we’re celebrating the doughnuts that Angelenos dough-nuts for. We called up shops from downtown to the Valley and asked them one question: What’s your best seller? We’ve put together a list so you know...

Critic’s Notebook: 10 memorable food discoveries from the pandemic

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • June 3, 2021
I don’t want to sound grateful for the pandemic. It’s been awful, and I welcome its demise. But if COVID-19 hadn’t dramatically disrupted the restaurant scene — and my job along with it — I likely wouldn’t have discovered some of the more...

L.A. Bars Hope to Bounce Back from the Pandemic with a Little Help from Their Old Regulars

Liz Ohanesian • Los Angeles Magazine • June 2, 2021
Nearly 14 months after the COVID-19 pandemic pressed pause on Los Angeles nightlife, Club TeeGee reopened its doors. “It’s been a warm welcome back from the neighborhood,” general manager Nico Ortega says of the popular Atwater Village bar’s...

3 New and Notable L.A. Restaurants to Try in June

Hailey Eber • Los Angeles Magazine • June 2, 2021
From a new A.O.C. outpost to Italian eats at O Hotel, here are some new restaurants to check out this month. A.O.C. Two of the food world’s OGs, Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne, are expanding with a second location of their classic West 3rd Street...

Taco Tuesday: Mesquite grilled USDA Prime ribeye tacos, anyone?

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • June 1, 2021
The original Tacos Los Cholos opened in Anaheim in 2019. They survived the pandemic and have now opened a second location in Fullerton. These are seriously good tacos al carbon, cooked over smoldering mesquite charcoal. Some of the meat here, like...

The Netflix food show everyone's watching

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • May 29, 2021
Are you watching Netflix’s “High on the Hog” this weekend? The limited series (which deserves to be unlimited) debuted on Wednesday and has stirred a lot of warranted media attention; it broke into Netflix’s Top 10 viewing list in its first two...

Don't miss these essential pop-up restaurants

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • May 28, 2021
Adda the Hangout For his monthly pop-ups that operate out of Crafted Kitchen in the Arts District, Pranav Sinha keeps the menu to four or five dishes culled from the cuisines of India. Punjabi-style murgh makhana (a.k.a. butter chicken), attuned...