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The Anonymous Home Cook Behind Secret Pizza L.A. Shares His Secrets to Perfect Pizza

Danny Palumbo • Los Angeles Magazine • July 7, 2021
Takeout during the pandemic was a double-edged sword. While some foods are made to take to-go, others suffered in transit. Cold noodle dishes like naengmyeon were a tough sell. Korean barbecue became an impossibility. Fries got cold. Pasta lost...

Best thing I ate: Beef kebabs in a magical flatbread in Fountain Valley

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • July 7, 2021
Look for the large sign that reads “PIZZA GRILL.” The restaurant’s actual name, Sofra Urbana, is barely noticeable in the fine print between “PIZZA” and “GRILL.” The tiny storefront restaurant in Fountain Valley seats only about 16 people inside,...

L.A. summer dining: 5 restaurants and an ice cream shop

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • July 1, 2021
How do you define the flavors of summertime in Los Angeles? As with any attempt to classify dining in L.A., it’s a trick question: There never needs to be one answer. One day your tastes may run to herb-filled summer rolls, icy paletas and kebabs...

Review: Landers brings its country-punk attitude to San Clemente

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • July 1, 2021
Oh, how I’ve missed mid-week day drinking. And lately I’ve been enjoying the day-drinking scene at Landers in San Clemente. It’s an interesting vibe, quite unlike anything else in OC. It’s located in that old building on the corner where El Camino...

Best thing I ate: It’s like strawberry shortcake but better

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • June 30, 2021
“Please let it be terrible.” When I heard that a new boba tea shop had opened in Costa Mesa in the same overcrowded complex as Kitakata Ramen Ban Nai, that’s the thought that immediately rang through my head: “Please let it be terrible.” It’s not...

Smorgasburg Returns This Weekend with a Bunch of New Vendors

Gwynedd Stuart • Los Angeles Magazine • June 30, 2021
Like most other things that are good, Smorgasburg L.A. had to pack it in and endure a long hiatus thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. On Sunday, July 4, the Brooklyn-transplanted outdoor food market returns to ROW DTLA with a bunch of new vendors,...

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

Hailey Eber • Los Angeles Magazine • June 28, 2021
From a new plentiful patio in WeHo to bento boxes in Virgil Village, here are some new restaurants to check out this month. Soulmate Summer is here, and there’s a stunning new WeHo spot with a patio that can hold 75 attractive people, plus hours...

The return of weekly restaurant reviews

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • June 26, 2021
If I were constructing my perfect meal from Shiku, the Grand Central Market stall run by Kwang Uh and Mina Park serving Korean comfort foods, I’d start with the Andong-jjimdak — Andong-style soy-braised chicken. The dish is a special and not...

Shiku review: fun Korean food at L.A. Grand Central Market

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • June 24, 2021
Kwang Uh practices what you might call reverse alchemy on corn: He takes a food that’s gold by nature and transforms it through fermentation and fire into a dense, delicious new compound. The process starts by steeping kernels in the elixir that...

Review: 7 new Mexican restaurants worth visiting in Orange County

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • June 24, 2021
A crop of new Mexican restaurants sprouted during the pandemic like mushrooms after the rain, and crowds of diners are following suit. Some of these places come from familiar names while others offer completely fresh takes. Every single one of...