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In search of manta, the meat-filled dumplings made for holidays

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • November 7, 2022
Sarkes Yegiazaryan wants to make manta a household name. The open-style, meat-filled dumplings resemble tiny boats, with a thin layer of dough wrapped around a small meatball in the center. He and his family prepare thousands a day out of their...

Where to find cachapas, Venezuelan corn pancakes, and Korean gamjatang pork stew.

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • November 7, 2022
This week’s column is devoted to comfort food in the form of Venezuelan pancakes and hot pots of Korean pork bone stew. Cachapas at Amara Cafe The classic American pancake breakfast does nothing for me. It never has. Turns out, I was just eating...

Gael Greene, who has died at age 88, made restaurant criticism sensual

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • November 2, 2022
For several years before catching my first break as a restaurant critic in 2002, when I began writing regularly for an alt weekly in Atlanta, I made a practice out of learning the form. My means of study sound like an absurd relic now: I filled a...

Chef Jordan Kahn’s Meteora is a Pleasure Dome of Rediscovery

Heather Platt • Los Angeles Magazine • November 2, 2022
UPON ENTERING Meteora, chef Jordan Kahn’s new restaurant on Melrose, guests encounter a strong gust of incense. The sensory experience has begun.Meteora inhabits a storied restaurant space that previously housed Auburn, Hatfield’s, and, before...

Tired of smash burgers? This new one will make you a believer again

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • October 31, 2022
Here are my weekly recommendations on where to eat — and what to order — right now. Smash burgers and dipped cones from Heavy Handed I will never tire of a good cheeseburger. I don’t discriminate when it comes to a properly cooked patty and melted...

L.A. to Vegas: Where To Go This Halloween in Sin City

Joe Siyam • Los Angeles Magazine • October 29, 2022
Welcome to LAMag’s semimonthly update on major restaurant openings, club news, hotel announcements, celebrity and influencer sightings, and everything else you need to know before you venture to Sin City. Revelers take part in Halloween events at...

Kuya Lord ushers in a new era of Filipino cooking

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • October 27, 2022
The first time I saw Lord Maynard Llera was in November 2020. He was masked and occupied by a shimmering-hot wok full of vegetables in a converted garage. He had transformed part of his home in La Cañada Flintridge into a separate kitchen for Kuya...

Where to find the best dim sum in the San Gabriel Valley and beyond

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • October 24, 2022
Dim sum is one of my all-time favorite meals. It’s a style of dining that originated in Canton, now Guangzhou, in southern China, where my family is from. It involves a series of small dishes, including dumplings, typically eaten for breakfast and...

This is the only pink sauce I'm interested in eating

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • October 24, 2022
Tableside chopped shrimp Louie for 2 at Dear Jane’s Dear Jane’s is the type of place I imagine my grandparents frequenting when they were chic, boat-toting, martini-guzzling, cigarette-smoking revelers in the ’60s. I could see them mooring their...