For vegans, gluten-free eaters, allergy sufferers, and those concerned about added hormones and antibiotics, going out to eat must be like stepping into a mine field. Is the food truly toxin-free? Has there been cross-contamination?
Looking like a fine boulangerie in southern France, Sweetsalt Food Shop is a study in white marble, pewter, vintage silverware and cafe tables. The front window is filled with plates piled high with beautiful macarons, bars, bundt cakes and pies.
There are as many ways to do Thanksgiving dinner as there are things to be thankful for. Some like home-cooked dishes handed down through the generations. Others attempt the latest foodie trend (is that turkey deep fryer gathering dust?). Some order in from the new place around the corner.
Everyone has their favorite Thai takeout place. Where I live, I typically do Min's Kitchen or Woodlands Cafe. But if I lived near Kozy Korner, I'd be going there regularly.
Fat Dog, the Montrose gastropub catering to locals, was a good thing. Basin 141, which took over its location, is an even better thing. Brothers Dave and Joe Friedman mixed some mean drinks back when they were bartenders at the prior incarnation. Now they're mixing and managing at the new digs....
Little Beast is the second child of married co-owners Sean Lowenthal and Deborah Schwartz. I say second because like their first child, after whom the restaurant is named, Little Beast has been a labor of love.
Not everyone loves shabu shabu, but I do. You have to enjoy the simplicity of water-simmered food, to like cooking it yourself, and to not mind making a bit of a mess.
What do you get when you mix five food trucks with a handful of Crescenta Valley High School alumni seasoned liberally with admiration for 100 or so teachers at their old high school? You get a Thursday night hot spot in La Crescenta.
We recognized Mi Latin Kitchen by the Colombian flags on the side of the building. Inside we saw framed photos of Bogota, a stack of Colombian newspapers, and South American music videos.
When I first visited Sharkey's Bistro, a brand-new barbecue and burger joint in Burbank, I had a real problem with the interior. The radio was too loud, the artwork was too loud, even the silent big screen TV was too loud. The big smiles on the faces of the people working there softened me up a...
The first time you drive to Altaeats, you'll probably miss it. Situated between a salon and a cleaners on North Allen just south of New York Drive, the diminutive Altadena eatery has no sign, only a black awning. But find it you must.
Sometimes it’s nice to go back to the classics, to return to the tastes of one’s childhood. You don’t have to be Polish to taste the homespun comfort of the stews, sausages, dumplings and roasts at Polka Polish Cuisine.
Food lovers lucky enough to attend Los Angeles Times¿ The TASTE over Labor Day weekend devoured dozens of savory samples and gulped cupfuls of craft cocktails.
Salvatore Attanasio arrives at Café Solé every morning by 6:30 to bake fragrant bread for the day’s customers. His wife arrives after dropping their three kids at school in time to make the fresh pasta, the panna cotta and tiramisu.
Hot dogs and ice cream: They’re not just for backyard barbecues anymore. Two new Burbank eateries have elevated the simple summertime treats to new heights.
I love it when readers send restaurant suggestions. A few months ago Joe Ramirez, a man who claims to be picky about Mexican cuisine, told me about Rocio's Mole de los Dioses in Sun Valley.
Story Tavern boosts Burbank and beer in equal measure. It's like walking into a history lesson where there's artisanal beer on tap. You're sipping your cider with Dr. David Burbank looking over your shoulder.
Perhaps, like me, you've passed the cute, ivy-covered bistro-looking place with the Chez Cherie sign on Foothill Boulevard in La Cañada Flintridge and wondered, "Why is this never open? Where are the diners?"
The shopping village of Montrose is not unlike Paris' Montmartre district. It may not be quite as historic or charming as its Parisian ilk, but it's filled with shoppers, walkers and diners.
A plateful of thick, eggy French toast triangles amply drizzled with Nutella and sprinkled with powdered sugar stares up at my son. It's the kind of presentation that makes a kid's eyes widen in disbelief. He stares back, knife and fork in hands.
Sometimes you just don't feel like cooking. Dressing up to go out for dinner doesn't sound good either. Here's an interesting option. Bring home a pre-made Persian Armenian feast from Old Fashion Deli & Market.
Summer's here. Days are longer and throats are drier. Why not while away a lazy afternoon at one of the many Happy Hours around town? It's a surefire way to feel like you're on vacation without leaving the neighborhood. Here are some good, food-centric Happy Hours, both high-end and bargain-...
For years now, I've been asking my Korean American friends, "What's the best Korean restaurant in La Crescenta?" The answer is always "None. We go to Koreatown." I think CHAM Korean Bistro in Pasadena is very good and much closer, but they're right about La Crescenta.
Favorite Place restaurant is a kind of wonderful enigma. Is it an elegant tea room or is it a quaint lunch place? Is it a spot for finger food or hearty sandwiches? The answer is, it is both. Plus, it is completely unique.