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Review: Ghost kitchens are everywhere, but are they good?

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • October 28, 2020
It’s almost dinnertime, and once again I find myself frantically scrolling through menus on delivery apps like Doordash and Grubhub. I pause whenever I come across a nearby restaurant that I’ve never heard of. “Hmm,” I think. “Where exactly is...

Over a (Virtual) Pasta Dinner, Phil Rosenthal Talks Saving the Restaurant Industry, the Power of Good Food, and More

Tim Greiving • Los Angeles Magazine • October 26, 2020
Phil Rosenthal is like a cartoon everydad who was magically brought to life. His eyes bug out and his mouth spreads into a Cheshire Cat grin when he eats something he loves, and he punches his fists into the air in delight. When he dances...

Why one Iowa restaurant owner says 'No love, no tacos'

Patricia Escárcega • Los Angeles Times • October 24, 2020
This summer, Alfonso Medina installed a small yard sign in front of La Carreta Mexican Grill, the restaurant in Marshalltown, Iowa, that he opened in 2018. The “We believe” sign (whose origins journalist Chris Taylor traced recently to a group of...

Porridge + Puff's Minh Phan debuts Hollywood pop-up Phenakite

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • October 21, 2020
In late September, Minh Phan walked among generously distanced outdoor tables at Second Home, a Hollywood workshare space set among dense vegetation, with a blowtorch in hand. She ignited the blue-orange flame and waved it over a black pot...

New event brings L.A.'s best taqueros and taqueras to Downtown L.A.

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • October 21, 2020
Five of the most lauded taqueros and taqueras in Los Angeles will take part in Taqueando, a taco pop-up series in downtown Los Angeles. Starting Thursday, a rotating lineup of chefs will serve tacos out of the former Church and State restaurant...

Where to find the best karaage in Japan and Los Angeles

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • October 20, 2020
On this week’s episode of "The Bucket List," we head to Tokyo. Well, we head back to last year, when I was in Tokyo with some friends, running around eating ramen, aged sushi, really expensive fruit and, of course, karaage. When most people in the...

L.A.’s Most Obsessed-Over Cookies Are Coming to the Grove

Brittany Martin • Los Angeles Magazine • October 20, 2020
The height of a pandemic might seem like a risky time to start a small business, but for Lara Adekoya, who launched the cookie bakery Fleurs et Sel in April, the reward has been sweet. “I always dreamed of having my own business, however, it was a...

John Birdsall discusses his biography of James Beard, "The Man Who Ate Too Much"

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • October 17, 2020
To many chefs, restaurateurs, writers and lovers of food, James Beard is solely a bald, smiling icon on awards bestowed by the foundation that bears his name. His once-outsize influence on food in America had begun to contract well before his...

A New Wine Window in Silver Lake Is Highlighting Black Vintners and Brewers

Brittany Martin • Los Angeles Magazine • October 16, 2020
At Silver Lake’s Gingergrass, owners John Himmelstein and D’nell Larson are encouraging customers to broaden their horizons with a menu exclusively focused on Black-owned wine and beer brands. The pair wanted to find a way to incorporate recent...

OC’s Best Places to Eat 2020: And the Restaurant of the Year is…

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • October 16, 2020
It’s never easy picking a single spot to honor as Restaurant of the Year. In 2020, Restaurant of the Year could be any place that’s still in business. But in keeping with tradition for this annual guide, I’m compelled to identify the one...
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