| Nov 25, 2011
| 2:08 PM
Sometimes you run across a business in a location that makes you doubt the sanity of the person who established it. La Bamba doesn’t quite rise to that level — it’s not down an alley or in a basement — but it’s in an unlikely...
| Nov 25, 2011
| 3:34 PM
The décor and architecture at a traditional restaurant often remind expatriates of their native land, while letting uninitiated visitors sample the culture behind the cuisine. Occasionally an ambitious restaurateur goes even further, and you walk...
| Dec 2, 2011
| 12:40 PM
Is it sacrilege to love the chicken salad at a joint famous for its house-cured pastrami?
The Oinkster in Eagle Rock sells its pastrami and its home-cooked Carolina-style pulled pork by the pound, such is the clamor by carnivores. And its meaty...
| Dec 16, 2011
| 3:39 PM
Verdugo Hills Hospital workers in O.R. scrubs sit beneath palm tree paintings and surfboard ceiling fans with a wistful look in their eyes. The wall-sized map of Oahu’s famous North Shore looks down at them as if to say, “Someday … your...
| Feb 19, 2013
| 7:28 PM
Pity the late John Montagu, the fourth Earl of Sandwich, whose snack during a card game gave name to the English culinary craze that followed. No, he didn't invent putting a filling between two pieces of bread. That had been done since ancient times....
| Feb 27, 2013
| 8:03 AM
Dozens of homeless people lined up for chili dogs Tuesday night from Dog Haus, one of CNN’s top five hot dog places, at an emergency winter shelter set up at the National Guard Armory in Glendale.
The restaurant, with locations in Pasadena and...
| Nov 28, 2012
| 6:01 PM
Starting Wednesday, there's a new char burger in town.
The Habit Burger Grill will open in the La Cañada Flintridge Town Center, and before its official launch it will host three events for local nonprofits.
Mike Mirkil, representative for the Santa...
| Mar 1, 2013
| 7:17 PM
A member of the family that created Zankou Chicken is staking his name — actually his brother's — on his ability to replicate the success of the rotisserie chicken chain with a new Mexican restaurant called Ara's Tacos.
Steve Iskenderian, 34,...
| Jul 11, 2012
| 1:07 PM
La Cañada residents young and old sought a reprieve from the July heat in the cold embrace of a brain freeze Wednesday, as the city welcomed its second 7-Eleven store.
Kiran Sumra, whose father Kulbir George Sumra is the operator of the 7-Eleven, said...
| Mar 8, 2013
| 3:16 PM
The folks at Cordon's Smokehouse & Grill are smoking purists. Their barbecue philosophy is not about sticky sauces or high-heat grill marks. It's about high-quality meats and fish smoked slowly over hard wood, seasoned by the best blend of rub spices. The...
| Jul 13, 2012
| 3:16 PM
The literal translation of Iguanas Ranas is “iguanas frogs.” Strange name for a restaurant.
The real meaning makes more sense. The play on words is used in Mexico as a response to a farewell, something akin to “same to you.”...
| Mar 16, 2013
| 10:47 AM
Damon's just isn’t the same.
It's not worse. Not necessarily better, either.
Just not the same.
Which shouldn’t mean anything, really, when you think about it.
What is the same?
I’m not. And unless you’re Joan...