Dining Reviews

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...

Curvy roads and cauliflower soup: Newcomb's Ranch celebrates 75 years

Curvy roads and cauliflower soup: Newcomb's Ranch celebrates 75 years

Perched alongside State Route 2, Newcomb's Ranch maintains its rustic, homestyle feel at 75.

Dining Review: Crossings is perfect for a date night

Delicious fare and a warm ambience put Pasadena restaurant ahead.

Perhaps it was the Old Fashioned. Maybe it was the Oysters Rockefeller. It might have been the artful elegance of the decor. Whatever the reason, at more than one point in the evening I expected to look over and see Don Draper and Roger Sterling from “Mad Men” chatting at the next table....

Area offers wine-tasting choices

Area offers wine-tasting choices

When it comes to wine, Tuesdays are for tastings. Three area wine shops offer terrific Tuesday night tipples for a small fee. The fourth shop is strictly a Friday/Saturday thing but it's too good to omit.

Dining Review: Pickles help form a more perfect Union

Dining Review: Pickles help form a more perfect Union

In the past decade, chefs have reached celebrity superstar status. Bruce Kalman has his credentials — winner of "Chopped" Season 15 and head chef at the Churchill. At his new Pasadena restaurant, Union, Kalman is definitely in charge but he seems to have lots of friends helping him, friends...

Dining Out: Save Sunday for Bashan's burgers

Dining Out: Save Sunday for Bashan's burgers

Gourmet burgers are nothing new, but in the hands of Chef Nadav Bashan they're something special. Bashan recently launched a Sunday Gourmet Burger Night at his eponymous bistro on Verdugo Road, and it's been all the rage.

A GLAZA gala for the jet set

A GLAZA gala for the jet set

If there were a Yelp site for fundraisers, the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Assn.'s Beastly Ball would probably rank five stars. The event, a casual nighttime affair taking place in different locations around the Griffith Park zoo, is known in social circles as one of the most enjoyable ways to raise...

Dining Out: Check out these vintage diners

Dining Out: Check out these vintage diners

The 1950s and '60s saw a construction boom in the San Fernando Valley, Burbank in particular. Armed with newly invented building materials and a sleek car culture aesthetic, soldiers returning from war helped construct businesses and restaurants frequented by their growing families. Some of the...

The Asian Project gives diners a few choices

The Asian Project gives diners a few choices

An interesting new fast-casual concept has sprung up in a strip mall in Burbank. The Chipotle motif (based on the Subway motif) is continuing to gain traction in dining culture but mostly with Mexican-style foods. This restaurant, called the Asian Project or TAP for short, uses foods and flavors...

Dining Review: Seasoning Alley is creative on the sides

Dining Review: Seasoning Alley is creative on the sides

Walking into Seasoning Alley is a little like walking into a sunrise. Bright orange and yellow paint coat the walls and prints of big red poppies lift your spirits.

Dining Review: Commonwealth dishes up uncommon delights

Dining Review: Commonwealth dishes up uncommon delights

Forget the fact you have to park in an auto repair shop across a busy stretch of Glenoaks Boulevard. Ignore that this hard-to-find eatery is next to a hectic multipump gas station. Overlook the limitation that it's only open at night. Just get yourself to Commonwealth, an outstanding little...

 Expect fair fare at high-flying Bourbon Steak

Expect fair fare at high-flying Bourbon Steak

It's official. Glendale has arrived. It now has a supper club on par with steakhouses in San Francisco, Miami and Las Vegas. It's no surprise because Michael Mina, head of the Mina Group of restaurants and the force behind Bourbon Steak Los Angeles, has 20 other concept restaurants in cities like...

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Read On: Making plans for the big night

Read On: Making plans for the big night

My beautiful and talented daughter Gabi is getting married two weeks from today. And it’s all great. She’s marrying a terrific guy with a fantastic work ethic and from top-notch stock....

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