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Burger of the month: This smash burger in Tustin is a masterpiece

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • April 6, 2022
In most instances I prefer a big, fat, juicy hamburger patty, at least a third pound but preferably more. I detest thin hamburger patties, especially the prepackaged and frozen type. But I’ve also known for a long time that a thin burger can also...

Here’s How You Can Taste L.A.’s Best New Restaurants All in One Evening

Kailyn Brown • Los Angeles Magazine • April 4, 2022
With Los Angeles’s vibrant food scene, it can be hard to keep up with all the new restaurants opening around the city. But don’t fret! We’ve made it easy for you to taste L.A.’s favorite recent arrivals at our ninth annual Best New Restaurants...

New serious digs suit this L.A. sushi master

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • April 2, 2022
For eight years, from 2012 to 2020, Shunji occupied the wildest, most only-in-Los-Angeles location for a sushi bar possible: the Sawtelle restaurant operated out of a stuccoed 1930s-era building shaped like a soup bowl. Mr. Cecil’s California Ribs...

Coachella 2022: Todo lo que necesita saber sobre el sushi bar secreto

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • April 1, 2022
Imagínese que atraviesa una puerta sin marcar y se encuentra con un restaurante de 300 pies cuadrados. En el centro hay un mostrador para sólo 12 comensales. Una tabla de cortar está colocada a unas pulgadas de su asiento. Al otro lado del...

Review: Irvine and Cypress are no longer Thai food deserts

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • March 31, 2022
It’s getting easier to find a decent pad Thai in Orange County. A memorable yum woon sen, too. In a surprising twist of good news, Thai restaurants have been opening at almost the same clip lately as Japanese ramen shops. I’ve already written...

A secret sushi bar at Coachella 2022 and Outstanding in the Field

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • March 30, 2022
Imagine walking through an unmarked door to find a 300-square-foot restaurant. At the center is a counter set for only 12 diners. A cutting board is placed inches from your seat. Across the counter, a chef slices pristine pieces of fish and then...

5 new pantry essentials for easy meals

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • March 30, 2022
I have a confession to make: The pandemic has turned me into the real-life version of the Condiment King, the most excellent, most underrated villain from “Batman: The Animated Series.” Instead of hoses that shoot powerful streams of ketchup and...

At this 74-year-old L.A. diner, ham and eggs are the go-to order

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • March 27, 2022
I’m sitting at Nick’s Cafe, a diner that has operated on the corner of North Spring Street and West Elmyra Street in Chinatown since 1948. It’s a quiet, open junction across the street from Los Angeles State Historic Park, and it shares the block...

Review: Now called Clark Street Diner, a popular Hollywood hub is back

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • March 25, 2022
Lately a common refrain runs through morning text exchanges with friends who are longtime Angelenos. It starts with me asking if they want to meet for breakfast at Clark Street Diner. “You mean Clark Street Bread?” they respond. “Don’t know about...

Best thing I ate: Under the spell of mushrooms in Newport Beach

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • March 23, 2022
Dinner at Fable & Spirit in Newport Beach was a last-minute decision, so the only table available on short notice is outside on the sidewalk. Although the day was warm and sunny, things have suddenly taken a turn as a chill rolls in from the...