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Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo are working on the food at SoFi Stadium

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • April 15, 2021
Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, owners of Animal, Son of a Gun and the Jon and Vinny’s restaurants, are working on the food lineup for SoFi Stadium, the 3.1-million-square-foot, indoor-outdoor sports and entertainment complex in Inglewood that is home...

Review: Centro Storico raises the bar for Italian food in Tustin

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • April 15, 2021
It began around the corner several years ago with pizza, beer and wine. Centro opened as a local tasting room in Tustin for a winery and micro brewery in Paso Robles called Pozzouli. It started out cheap, with plastic forks and plates, eventually...

Egyptian Street Food Spot the Original Hawowshi Is a Rare Treasure

Josh Lurie • Los Angeles Magazine • April 14, 2021
Finding the Original Hawowshi, an Egyptian home kitchen that popped up during the pandemic, felt like a bit of a treasure hunt. Eventually, I wound my way behind a Citibank parking lot and encountered Amir Edward’s home on a Reseda side street....

A New Restaurant from the N/Naka Team Traces the Immigrant Journey from Japan to America

Hailey Eber • Los Angeles Magazine • April 14, 2021
When most of us think of a Japanese bento box, we think of a simple, carefully prepared takeout meal with rice, protein, and veggies. But chef Niki Nakayama and her wife and sous chef, Carol Iida-Nakayama, see the potential for a lot more. “It can...

Taco Tuesday: Pink tacos with mesquite-grilled carne asada

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • April 13, 2021
Bandito opened during the pandemic, and the staff takes the ongoing threat seriously. No mask, no tacos. And you really do not want to miss out on the mesquite-grilled pink tacos at this new open-air, Tijuana-style taqueria in a parking lot in...

Daybird is making a new category of hot chicken

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • April 11, 2021
The Szechuan hot chicken sandwich from Daybird, Mei Lin’s new restaurant in Silver Lake, is a thing of beautiful excess. The rust-red fried chicken protrudes from the bun and hangs aggressively over the side like a large tongue. It’s engagingly...

Review: Chef Enrique Olvera’s Damian brings an outsider’s perspective to the Mexican table in California

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • April 8, 2021
The name Enrique Olvera might not ring a bell for everyone. But to anyone who closely follows restaurant news beyond our own zip codes will likely perk up at the mention of Pujol, Olvera’s beautiful flagship in Mexico City. The chef is arguably...

Review: Royal Wok brings more classic American Chinese to Orange

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • April 7, 2021
When Yang Ming Garden vacated its long-standing address on Tustin Street in Orange and moved to Villa Park, the Chinese restaurant left a big void. But not for long. That void has now been filled by another Chinese restaurant called Royal Wok. The...

Crudo e Nudo Is Serving Up Fresh, Sustainable Fish—and an Exciting New Business Model

Hailey Eber • Los Angeles Magazine • April 6, 2021
Before the pandemic, Brian Bornemann, 31, was a young chef on the rise. In 2019, he took the position of executive chef at Michael’s Santa Monica, bringing fresh ideas and new relevance to the Westside institution. But Bornemann has no plans to go...

Review: Here are two great new burgers to try in Orange County

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • April 1, 2021
As restaurants slowly emerge from hibernation, it’s starting to smell like burger season. Here are two new burgers worth sampling. Crush Burger at Station Craft in Dana Point (Photo by Brad A. Johnson, Orange County Register/SCNG) The first is at...