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Review: This hot new hand roll bar in Huntington Beach is sushi uncluttered

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • October 7, 2021
The woman seated next to me at the counter at ROL in Huntington Beach is trying to take a picture of her salmon roll, but she can’t find an angle that makes her happy. She tilts her camera’s phone in various directions, searching for the perfect...

This Stylish Market in Chinatown Is Curated with Love

Heather Platt • Los Angeles Magazine • October 5, 2021
“My heart was bursting when I came here—it just felt right,” says Linda Sivrican of Sesame L.A. (936 N. Hill St.), her new pan-Asian market in Chinatown’s Central Plaza. The neighborhood is a nostalgic place for Sivrican, who was born in Vietnam...

The glories of pan-fried jeon await in Koreatown

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • October 2, 2021
Jeon (sometimes also transliterated as jun or chun) are often described in English as “savory Korean pancakes,” though that doesn’t quite capture the breadth of possibilities in these battered, pan-fried snacks. Yes, they can be round griddle...

Try the pan-fried jeon at L.A. Koreatown gastropub 'HanEuem'

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • September 30, 2021
The shapes of HanEuem’s modeum jeon — a platter of various meat, seafood and vegetable flatcakes — are soothing and striking in their unevenness: rough circles, tapering oblongs and wobbly rectangles, browned like diner omelets but with the...

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

Hailey Eber • Los Angeles Magazine • September 29, 2021
From a Brooklyn-bred casual all-day spot on Melrose to Texas-style barbecue in Lincoln Heights, here are some new spots to check out this month. Stone Street L.A. This all-day cafe, which hails from Brooklyn, has been opening in phases for several...

Baroo, Chengdu Impression dinner celebrates L.A. diversity

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • September 28, 2021
Many of us believe that Los Angeles is the best food city in America. National recognition started to trickle in about a decade ago, but chefs and gourmands —and everyone in between — have celebrated its pluralism and appreciated its greatness for...

La mejor (y peor) comida en el SoFi Stadium

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • September 25, 2021
Esta es la primera de una serie llamada Stadium Eats, que explora la mejor (y peor) comida en los estadios deportivos de California. El sándwich submarino de hamburguesa con queso del nuevo SoFi Stadium en Inglewood parece la versión en...

Review: New omakase in Laguna Beach officially lights the sushi scene on fire

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • September 23, 2021
One of the most dreadful things in the world is a single serving of nigiri sushi so large that it doesn’t fit into your mouth in a single bite. Yet it exists in abundance — the norm rather than the exception. The sushi at the Rebel Omakase in...

How Melody Went from Struggling Restaurant to Pop-Up Hot Spot

Danny Palumbo • Los Angeles Magazine • September 22, 2021
When Eric Tucker first opened Melody inside an aging bungalow on Virgil Avenue in 2017, he had a chef, a menu, and a plan. But when the going got tough, he scrapped it all and went in a different direction, hosting up-and-coming cooks for a parade...

New mandate requires vaccinations for L.A. County bars

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • September 18, 2021
A new mandate will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for customers and employees at indoor bars, wineries, breweries, nightclubs and lounges in Los Angeles County. My colleagues Luke Money, Rong-Gong Lin II and Stephanie Breijo reported on the...