Dining Reviews

Dining Review: Service raises the grade

Dining Review: Service raises the grade

Those of you old enough to remember will recall Delacey’s Club 41 in Old Town Pasadena. It was there for years, the only place in town to get a nice steak and Caesar salad. It closed in 2007, paving the way for a succession of replacement restaurants like the Spitfire Saloon and Cheval Blanc....

Dining Review: The best burgers in town

Dining Review: The best burgers in town

People ask me all the time, “What’s your favorite restaurant?” I always struggle with this question. It really depends upon my mood. However, someone asked me recently, “What’s the best burger in town?” Five outstanding ones immediately popped into my head....

Dining Review: Simple is simply good at a new ramen house

Dining Review: Simple is simply good at a new ramen house

“Keep it simple.” That’s what my mother-in-law always says when we’re planning a family dinner gathering. Of course, it never is. At a new Glendale ramen house, they really do keep it simple and it works.

Dining Review: SoCal wine in the Foothills

Dining Review: SoCal wine in the Foothills

As the days get longer and the summertime attitude starts to wash over us, there’s no better place to be than on a veranda overlooking spectacular scenery with a glass of fine wine in front of you. Wine lovers in the Crescenta Valley know a secret place to do just this, and now I’m...

Dining Review: Stirring things up at home

Dining Review: Stirring things up at home

Down a palm-lined street in old Tropico on the southern edge of Glendale, there lives a young, bearded gentleman and his cohort. Together, in the kitchen of their tiny apartment, they shake craft cocktails with ingredients like hibiscus-infused Pisco, green chai tea and cinnamon syrup. Old friends...

Dining Review: Cooked the Texan way

Dining Review: Cooked the Texan way

One of the items on my bucket list is to travel to the barbecue capitals of the USA, learning the nuances between regional BBQ styles. I want to know the real difference between Kansas City, Memphis, Carolina and Texas barbecue. Until that day comes, I'll be satisfied with the Texas barbecue found...

Dining Review: All'acqua in Atwater Village is elegance across the border

Dining Review: All'acqua in Atwater Village is elegance across the border

Atwater Village has become the it place for food and drink lately. Just over the Glendale border, Atwater Village is worth the drive to their Sunday Farmers Market (try the Roan Mills bread and the fish...

Dining Review: Juicers have a sweet spot for Acai berries

Dining Review: Juicers have a sweet spot for Acai berries

Açai (ah-sigh-ee) berries are all the rage right now. They're touted as a superfood with disease-fighting properties. A growing trend is to enjoy them in an açai bowl. You're more likely to find açai bowls in Silver Lake or Venice, but there are a few places to get them in our...

Dining Review: Savoring the spirit of a good cause

Dining Review: Savoring the spirit of a good cause

Thirty-five downtown Glendale restaurants opened their doors to charity this past Wednesday in the annual A Taste of Downtown Glendale event. Benefiting Glendale Healthy Kids, an organization that strives to ensure that all children in our community, particularly the needy, have access to quality...

Dining Review: Rubio's Coastal Grill dives into new territory

Dining Review: Rubio's Coastal Grill dives into new territory

I’m breaking with tradition on two counts today. First, I’m writing about a major chain restaurant and second, I got free food there. Normally I don’t accept free food, but I wanted to go to this press event to hear a good explanation of the changes in store at Rubio’s...

Dining Review: Westside Italian without hitting the 405

Dining Review: Westside Italian without hitting the 405

A gem of an Italian trattoria has just opened on an unexpected corner in Burbank. Housed in an old cheesesteak joint, Centanni Trattoria is poised to become a favorite for nearby residents who don’t have much to choose from in the way of fine dining in this part of town. It may even become a...

Dining Review: Some of the finest pizza in the area

Dining Review: Some of the finest pizza in the area

As far as fears go, starting a small business has got to rank right up there with public speaking and heights. There’s so much to lose — money, reputation, time. But there’s potentially so much to gain — money, reputation, and the sheer joy of doing something you love.

Dining Review: Area Tiki bars serve as portals to paradise

Dining Review: Area Tiki bars serve as portals to paradise

Recently I went to a party in Palm Springs where many guests knew each other from Tiki Caliente, an event dedicated to tiki culture. I've always been into Polynesian motifs — our yard has tiki carvings and waterfalls — but these people are hard core. It got me wondering where one can...

Dining Review: Thai tied to your comfort

Dining Review: Thai tied to your comfort

In 1999, Eric Sansangasakun, his brother James and their friend Kyle Puranamaneewiwat left Bangkok to follow a dot-com opportunity in Southern California. The economy turned sour the next year so the three of them looked at each other and said, “We should do something we like.” They...

Dining Review: Budding TKF puts Georgia on her mind

Dining Review: Budding TKF puts Georgia on her mind

Our waiter at Tumanyan Khinkali Factory, or TKF for short, told us there are three TKF’s in the world. One in Armenia. One in France. And now one in Glendale.

Dining Review: Poke is better than OK

Dining Review: Poke is better than OK

Build-your-own bowls are a big trend right now. There are Mexican bowls, Southeast Asian bowls, Mediterranean bowls, health food bowls and more. They’re great because you can build them according to what you want or don’t want to eat (such as no fat, no gluten, no meat). Until this...

Dining Review: Lincoln is worthy of a salute

Dining Review: Lincoln is worthy of a salute

I have a cookbook that was given to me by a friend. It’s called “Little Flower: Recipes from the Cafe.” Everything I make from it comes out delicious. The recipes look simple but they often have an element begging for the hands of a trained chef. If I make one item out of this book...

Dining Review: Invitations needed for this club

Dining Review: Invitations needed for this club

Say the word “underground” and I imagine hidden passages, secret knocks and whispered code words. Rosso Wine Shop’s Underground Supper Club is not quite so clandestine but it is a private, invitation-only event. It isn’t hard to get an invitation though. Simply sign up for...

Dining Review: A place that does small town right

Dining Review: A place that does small town right

I fell in love last week. Not with a person or a thing but with a place, my hometown. Technically I live in La Crescenta but I’m talking about Montrose, the adorable shopping and eating district just down the hill. I’ve always liked Montrose, but last Friday night, after seeing and...

Dining Review: For fun and burgers just follow the signs

Dining Review: For fun and burgers just follow the signs

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Good signage should be a restaurant’s top priority or at least near the top. It was the striking, huge, lit-up sign that brought Simmzy’s to my attention. The second Happy Face sign drew me inside, like a moth to the flame. Eight...

Dining Review: Small plates, small pleasures

Dining Review: Small plates, small pleasures

The most prominent thing at Cascabel is the giant slithering rattlesnake painted on the walls. The image prepares you for a night of drama. Turquoise wooden tables and benches prepare you, on the other hand, for a casual fish meal like on the beach in Cozumel. Unless a trip to coastal Mexico or...

Dining Review: Opening the book on a tale of two sushis

Dining Review: Opening the book on a tale of two sushis

People are very opinionated about sushi. First of all, you have to like it. Let's assume you do. You're going to want it fresh, that's a given. But after that, are you a hand roll person or do you prefer straight sashimi? Will you be satisfied with only the most exquisite toro nigiri or does a...

Dining Review: Dining in the New Year

Dining Review: Dining in the New Year

Christmas is all about family, friends and food. But by this time in the holiday season, it’s hard to face another shrimp canape, spinach dip or piece of fudge. I find myself longing for a full meal, well-thought out and overseen by one cook. There are a number of fine restaurants in our...

Dining Review: Area Asian eateries offer tasty soup options

Dining Review: Area Asian eateries offer tasty soup options

Ludwig Van Beethoven once said, "Only the pure of heart can make good soup."

Dining Review: International thrills in Atwater

Dining Review: International thrills in Atwater

There aren't many places in Los Angeles where you can be sipping wine and nibbling appetizers when all of a sudden, 20 feet away, a train roars by. That's just one of the little thrills you can expect at the brand-new restaurant Momed in Atwater Crossing, the creative-arts district just over the...

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Read On: Man seeks to share his new beginning

Read On: Man seeks to share his new beginning

Peter Vanlaw thought that having a heart attack at the age of 51 might be the end of his life.

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