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California officials halt indoor dining as coronavirus surges

Garrett Snyder, Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • July 1, 2020
California restaurants in 19 counties — including Los Angeles County — must halt indoor dine-in operations effective immediately, a measure intended to slow the aggressive resurgence of COVID-19 across the state. The restrictions will be in place...

Taco Tuesday: How to make these red tacos at home

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • June 30, 2020
On a cold, drizzly day in March I discovered a new taqueria in Garden Grove that specializes in Tijuana-style birria tacos. Birrieria El Bandido began as a food truck (technically a trailer), which the owners still operate. They park it behind the...

Celebrate July 4th with the best grilling kits

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • June 29, 2020
The following is a list of restaurants and butcher shops offering at-home grilling kits for the Fourth of July. Bäco Mercat Chef Josef Centeno is putting together burger grill kits with ingredients for four double cheeseburgers, a cucumber-beet...

A Local Taqueria Shuts Down Because Patrons Are Having Tantrums Over the Mask Mandate

Chris Nichols • Los Angeles Magazine • June 29, 2020
Hugo’s Tacos temporarily closed both of its popular stands over the weekend due to conflicts with customers who refuse to wear face masks. The restaurants instituted a “no mask, no service” policy to keep employees and customers safe amid the...

My first (and last, for now) restaurant meal post-shutdown

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • June 27, 2020
It was a belated celebration meal for one of those milestones with a zero at the end of it. Your birthday, so you choose the restaurant, I’d told my friend — as long as the place had outdoor seating. It was the first meal back in a restaurant...

Private Dining Pods Are One Local Restaurant’s Solution to Social Distancing

Brittany Martin • Los Angeles Magazine • June 25, 2020
While experts continue to debate if Los Angeles has been too hasty in its rush to return to dine-in restaurants, one Echo Park eatery has rolled out a clever compromise. Guests ordering a meal on the expansive patio of Lady Byrd Cafe can eat a...

How Antico Makes Its Must-Try Strawberry Ice Cream

Hailey Eber • Los Angeles Magazine • June 24, 2020
These days the scoop everyone is screaming for is the strawberry ice cream at Antico. Since it opened last summer the east Larchmont Village trattoria has garnered acclaim for both its pastas and its ice creams, which have drawn food-world...

Lemeir Mitchell opens water ice dessert shop on Melrose

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • June 23, 2020
On Friday afternoon, 24 hours before Lemeir Mitchell opened Happy Ice on Melrose Avenue, the 28-year-old sat and stared at the rainbow-colored room around him. Cloudlike light fixtures hung from the ceiling. The dessert shop’s logo, written in...

Did L.A. restaurants open too soon? One restaurant says yes

Patricia Escárcega • Los Angeles Times • June 20, 2020
In early March, two weeks before the coronavirus shut down L.A. dining rooms — before the new reality of disposable menus, face-shield-wearing servers and robot waiters — I wrote an enthusiastic review of Bar Avalon in Echo Park. In the review, I...

2 L.A. chefs fuel a revolution against racism with food

Patricia Escárcega • Los Angeles Times • June 19, 2020
On a recent Sunday afternoon, Rogelio “Rogie” Hernandez, wearing a canvas apron, disposable gloves, and a coiled bandana tied around his brow, set up a small table at the edge of Grand Park in downtown L.A., where he passed out small plastic...