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Edna Jane’s BBQ Brings a Taste of the Carolinas to a Hollywood Side Street

Jessica Ritz • Los Angeles Magazine • February 3, 2021
Backyard barbecue has been an L.A. cottage industry since well before the pandemic. Now, in the COVID-19 era, you can pull up to a pair of garages on a densely populated Hollywood side street to pick up Carolina-style smoked meat. Clay Blair...

3 New L.A. Restaurants to Try in February

Hailey Eber • Los Angeles Magazine • February 2, 2021
From upscale sushi in Atwater Village to a pizza place with Hot Cheetos wings in Boyle Heights, here are some new spots to check out this month. Morihiro Rejoyce! Sushi master Morihiro Onodera, who earned a Michelin star at Mori nearly a decade...

Notes of red wine and nutmeg? This black pepper is an epiphany

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • January 30, 2021
Last week I was messaging with my friend Deno, who lives in San Francisco and was a chef in a previous life. We were texting about how much we were cooking, and somehow we rolled the subject around to peppercorns and I mentioned the spice brand...

Where to buy the best L.A. chicken wings for Super Bowl 2021

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • January 28, 2021
There are certain absolutes that should be included in any basic dating profile, among them whether or not you want children, and if you prefer drumettes or flats. Chicken wing lovers can be intensely discriminating when it comes to wing...

Review: Onotria returns with Italian takeout and delivery

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • January 28, 2021
Onotria is back from the dead. But as with most things that come back from the dead, there’s a catch. Onotria was a very good Italian restaurant at the corner of Bear and Bristol in Costa Mesa, but chef/owner Massimo Navarretta lost his lease a...

Review: Where does San Francisco’s Marufuku fit into OC’s already vibrant ramen scene?

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • January 27, 2021
Orange County is the epicenter of California’s Japanese ramen scene. What started as a concentration of ramen restaurants gathered along Costa Mesa’s ramen row (Baker Street) has morphed into a county-wide saturation of Japanese noodle bars, many...

What We're Into: Dough & Arrow crème brûlée cookies

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • January 26, 2021
A good cookie is like a Rorschach test with sugar, fat and flour: The resulting flavors and textures provide a clear image of the baker who made it. Pastry chef GiGi Pascual says she’s always loved a good cookie, and that she’s been tweaking her...

L.A. restaurants rush to reopen amid COVID-19

Lila Seidman, Luke Money, Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • January 26, 2021
Few people came to symbolize the frustration, fear and anger of restaurant owners to the ban on outdoor dining than Angela Marsden, owner of Pineapple Hill Saloon & Grill in Sherman Oaks. When Los Angeles County imposed the rules in the wake of a...

Catch Steak will open on Melrose Place this summer

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • January 25, 2021
Catch Hospitality group, the team behind the Catch restaurant on Melrose Avenue, plans to open Catch Steak in Beverly Grove. The steakhouse, located in the former Fig & Olive space, is scheduled to open this summer. Co-owner Mark Birnbaum says the...

The first great food book of 2021 is about race, restaurants and unlikely friendship

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • January 23, 2021
When the Grey opened in Savannah, Ga., late in 2014, the national food media instantly latched onto the restaurant’s unlikely origin story: New York venture capitalist and first-time restaurateur John O. Morisano purchased a once-grand former...