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Mexico City Chef Enrique Olvera Goes Casual at DTLA’s Ditroit

Andy Wang • Los Angeles Magazine • January 21, 2021
For about a month this past fall, the stylish patio at Enrique Olvera’s Arts District restaurant, Damian, was L.A.’s buzziest place to dine. But when the county banned outdoor dining in November, the acclaimed chef from Mexico City knew he needed...

Review: Momoyama in Fountain Valley keeps it simple, for now

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • January 21, 2021
Although that day is still a ways off, whenever we finally get the green light to start dining indoors again, Momoyama will be one of the first places on my list. I recently dropped by to pick up some sushi for takeout, and I can say it was it is...

Best thing I ate: Detroit style pizza has arrived in Orange County

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • January 20, 2021
Steel Pan pizzeria enjoyed a short run at 4th Street Market in downtown Santa Ana before closing and relocating to Rodeo 39 in Stanton. The menu is fairly short and to the point, focused on a handful of square-pan pizzas inspired by Detroit. The...

5 Hawaiian Pizzas to Try in L.A. (Just Hear Us Out)

Hailey Eber • Los Angeles Magazine • January 15, 2021
The internet has a lot of strong feelings about putting pineapple on pizza (surely you’ve seen the memes), but we think the pies these local pizza maestros are slinging could convert even the most vocal haters. Sacrilegio at Pizzana Pizzana nods...

¿Qué ocurre cuando un empleado de un restaurant tiene COVID-19?

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • January 15, 2021
El 1° de noviembre, Ashley y Tyler Wells conducían por las zonas rurales del norte de California hacia el sur, a unas 10 horas de Los Ángeles. Regresaban de un campamento en el desierto. Aunque el servicio de celular era irregular, ingresó una...

14 exceptional new L.A. restaurants for a better 2021

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • January 14, 2021
A takeout window seems an apt location to begin thinking through some of the Los Angeles restaurants that managed not only to open in 2020, but also to enrich the city’s culture with creative achievement and personal narrative. This carryout setup...

Where to find konbini egg salad sandwiches in Los Angeles

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • January 14, 2021
My apologies to anyone who subscribes to the doctrine that a fried egg makes everything better. I am going to make the argument that the only thing that makes an egg palatable is mayonnaise (preferably Kewpie). And that the best way to eat this...

Rafael 'Ray' Vega, Casa Vega Mexican restaurant owner, dies

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • January 14, 2021
For decades, Rafael “Ray” Vega made the rounds in the brick-lined dining room of Casa Vega restaurant in Sherman Oaks, dressed sharply in a sweater vest with a name tag fastened to the front. “Hi, I’m Ray Vega and this is Casa Vega,” he would say....

Review: Where to find the best margaritas to-go in Orange County

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • January 14, 2021
Dry January has been canceled. We’ll try again next year. For now, it’s margaritas for everyone! Correct me if I’m wrong, but margaritas to-go might be the greatest innovation of the pandemic. I’ve taste-tested a lot of restaurant margaritas at...