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6 of the Best Vegan Sandwiches L.A. Has to Offer

Danny Palumbo • Los Angeles Magazine • June 23, 2021
Vegan sandwiches continue to shine brightly in Los Angeles. Long gone are the days when diners had to settle for bland veggie hot dogs and tepid portobello burgers. Death to slightly wet hummus wraps, limp zucchini on cold bread, and chicken...

Matū Is Rethinking Meat-Centric Dining in Beverly Hills

Andy Wang • Los Angeles Magazine • June 22, 2021
Don’t call it a steak house. Sugarfish cofounder Jerry Greenberg’s new Matū in Beverly Hills, opening July 8, is a different kind of beef-forward restaurant. All of the meat is sustainably raised, beautifully marbled, omega-3-rich, grass-fed Wagyu...

Mark Peel helped codify the notion of American 'urban rustic' cooking

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • June 21, 2021
If you whittle down the list of restaurants that shaped modern Los Angeles dining culture — the places where the now-stereotypes of California cooking were once fresh revelations, from which influences continue to ripple even if younger...

Mark Peel, the Spago and Campanile chef who helped create California cuisine, dies

Jenn Harris, Alene Tchekmedyian • Los Angeles Times • June 21, 2021
Mark Peel, the revolutionary chef who helped pioneer California cuisine and establish Los Angeles as a dining destination, died Sunday afternoon. He was 66. Peel died at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center on Sunset Boulevard, his...

The L.A. Food World Loses a Legend in Chef Mark Peel

Hailey Eber • Los Angeles Magazine • June 21, 2021
In very sad news for the food world and city, chef Mark Peel has passed away at age 66. Peel started out washing dishes while a high schooler in the Sonoma Valley, and ultimately became one of the pioneers of California cuisine, cooking at a...

Considering the gravity and the joy of Juneteenth

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • June 19, 2021
Today is Juneteenth, which commemorates the date of June 19, 1865, when enslaved African Americans in Galveston, Texas, were belatedly informed of their freedom more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation had been issued. On Thursday...

Review: Blu SkyBar is the best restaurant to open in Anaheim in years

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • June 17, 2021
The best part of the paella is the socorrat, if you can find it. Blackened and crusted with the burnt residue of fish broth that evaporates before it can be fully absorbed, the socorrat is that layer of rice on the bottom and around the edges of...

Best thing I ate: This tiny piece of tuna is a gigantic flavor bomb

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • June 16, 2021
Admittedly, it doesn’t look like much, judging from the photo taken with my phone. It didn’t look like much in the moment, either. Although it’s just one small bite of an hour-long omakase experience at Sushi Ii in Newport Beach, it’s the one bite...

How restaurants feel about June 15 California reopening

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • June 14, 2021
At 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, California will retire many of the pandemic-related restrictions that crippled restaurants and other businesses for much of the last year. Restaurants will be able to return to 100% capacity, host parties larger than six at...

Better than pizza delivery? Khachapuri to your door

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • June 12, 2021
Later this month I’ll return to writing weekly reviews. It’s time. On Tuesday restaurants will be permitted to fill their dining rooms again to normal capacity. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced last week that California will continue to allow...