Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Lemonade: Fresh Sandwiches and Salads

October 7, 2014 by  
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This cheerful cafeteria-style restaurant offers a diverse menu featuring creative spins on California cuisine, using seasonal and locally-sourced ingredients to create tasty, filling dishes. Ordering here is simple – you’re charged by number of portions from the marketplace menu.

Some favorites include the salad of avocado, cherry tomato, pine nuts and lime, as well as the sunchokes with fennel, orange and pickled red onions. Another favorite among regulars is the soba noodles with kimchi marinated vegetables, which pack a spicy kick. For hot dishes, the white truffle macaroni and cheese is a can’t-miss. It also offers a solid variety of high-quality sandwiches and a great pot roast served in a sourdough roll.

9001 Beverly Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90048
(310) 247-2500
Read the reviews on Yelp.

Don’t Miss the Short Rib Ravioli at Osteria La Buca

September 30, 2014 by  
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A taste of authentic Italian cuisine is available at Osteria La Buca. If you’re looking for a rustic spot with well freshly-made fare, this is the place for you. The bar and dining area make use of reclaimed wood, while exposed brick walls make the spot feel friendly and welcoming.

Start with the crispy Brussels sprouts appetizer, then check out the pastas, made in-house every day with fresh sauces. (Try the short rib ravioli, a big favorite here.) Classic and specialty pizzas are a big hit, best complemented by a craft beer, glass of wine, or a specialty cocktail.

Open Tuesdays through Fridays for lunch and every day for dinner, Osteria La Buca is a good spot for friends or family.

Osteria La Buca
5210 Melrose Avenue
Hollywood, CA 90038
(323) 462-1900

Perch: Skyline Views and Bistro Cuisine

September 25, 2014 by  
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From Los Angeles Magazine to the L.A. Times, Perch has garnered the praise of top publications since it opened in 2011—and not just for its food.

The view is just as appealing as the cuisine at aptly named Perch, which is literally perched atop a 16-story building that overlooks downtown Los Angeles. You'll arrive on the 15th floor, which gives you the option to eat indoors among vintage furniture and intricate woodwork, inspired by the bohemian bistros of France. But you can also head outdoors to enjoy dinner on one of the patios, which boast crackling fireplaces, thriving greenery, and skyline views. However, you'd be remiss to leave without at least visiting the rooftop lounge upstairs on the 16th floor. Fire pits send flames flickering skyward where stars twinkle, and music sets the scene for romance as you enjoy panoramic views of the city—and perhaps a cocktail or two.

But really, no matter where you choose to eat and drink, the cuisine may impress you just as much as the view. Start off with or share plates of baked brie, pork belly, or octopus. And then move on to a full entree such as gnocchi, herb-crusted salmon, or filet mignon. Complete your meal with wine, beer, or a classic cocktail, perhaps a Writers Block (peard vodka, St. Germain, lemon juice, and champage).

448 South Hill Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 802-1770


Tri-Tips Take 24 Hours at Wood Ranch at The Grove

September 9, 2014 by  
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The tri tips at Los Angeles's Wood Ranch take an entire day—and night—to prepare.

First, they slow-roast overnight. The following day, chefs grill them over a mesquite wood fire and add the sauce to-order. In fact, chefs prepare every barbecue dish that way, including premium American baby back pork ribs, certified Angus beef prime rib, and fresh chicken. Perhaps that's why this Los Angeles barbecue joint and its 13 sister locations won the Los Angeles Daily News's award for Best BBQ six years in a row.

It could also be the ambience, which reflects the American grub with roomy booths, tons of wood in warm earth tones, and a full bar. In addition to the tri-tips, regulars recommend trying the garlic rolls or mac and cheese. You can cap off your meal with a house-made dessert such as deep dish peach cobbler or warm chocolate cake.

Wood Ranch
189 The Grove Drive Y-80
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 937-6800


Joan’s on Third: A Gourmet Market and Cafe in Los Angeles

August 20, 2014 by  
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Joan's on Third is a gourmet market and cafe just a short trip away from Park La Brea in Los Angeles. The space combines a delightful market with a convivial eatery, and it's become a favorite of locals who appreciate great food.

In the space, visitors will find a number of gourmet food items. The market's bakery has sweet treats such as cupcakes, lemon bars, and more, along with freshly baked bread. A cheese and charcuterie section offers a huge number of cheeses from around the world, while a deli case has a changing roster of fresh fish, poultry, and produce. Joan's on Third also has a selection of grocery items including olive oil, sea salt, and wine.

One of this place's biggest draws is its cafe. Diners order at a counter, choosing from a selection of sandwiches, salads, omelettes, and more, and then can dine at a communal table.

Want to learn more about this Los Angeles dining destination? Visit the Joan's on Third website!

Joan's on Third
8350 West Third Street
Los Angeles, CA 90048

The Wurst Night of the Week

August 15, 2014 by  
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Parking after 7 pm at LACMA is free


Early Bird Weekend Parking Special
Early Birds who brunch receive complimentary parking.
Join us for brunch before 11AM, and we'll cover your parking.*
*Valid when each person spends $20 or more when brunching at Ray's and Stark Bar.


Expect Japanese Fare With a View at Yamashiro Hollywood

August 5, 2014 by  
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For an elegant Japanese experience in the Hollywood Hills, come to Yamashiro Hollywood. It’s a beautiful spot for a special occasion or a romantic meal. You will love the restaurant’s ambiance, decorated to resemble a classic Japanese home. The outdoor dining area is decorated with fountains and foliage, and offers an amazing view of the city. (Make sure you reserve a spot early.)

Fresh fish selections can be made into sushi, sashimi, or a roll, or get one of the Yamashiro signature rolls, which can also be made as a vegetarian option. (The Black Forbidden Rice Roll is a big favorite with regulars.) The kitchen specials are also popular, and all can be enjoyed with a glass of wine or sake. The service ensures that you will have a night to remember.

Yamashiro Hollywood
1999 N. Sycamore Avenue
Hollywood, CA 90068
(323) 466-5125

Calling All Locavores: Salt’s Cure Is a Must-Try for Local, Seasonal Meals

July 29, 2014 by  
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Los Angeles is undergoing a real food renaissance, and one of the best places to enjoy it might be West Hollywood’s Salt’s Cure.

Chefs Chris Phelps and Zak Walters opened the doors here in 2011 with a simple mission: source all ingredients from within the great state of California and prepare them expertly. If it’s not from within six hours of the restaurant’s front door, it won’t show up on the plate. This has won Salt's Cure raves from local foodies, and one meal here may make you a fan, too.

Because the meal is ultra-seasonal, it’s hard to recommend dishes and guarantee they’ll be available, but some past favorites have included the Berkshire pork chop with homemade applesauce and the butter-poached lobster with whole turnips. They’re also open for breakfast, with the “2x2x2” being a popular option.

Salt's Cure
7494 Santa Monica Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90046
(323) 850-7258

Enjoy a Forkful of Farm-to-Table Fare at RH

July 8, 2014 by  
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Located in the Andaz Hotel in West Hollywood, RH transcends the stereotype of a hotel restaurant. The Andaz used to be known as the “Riot House,” a favorite spot for hard-partying rock bands like Led Zeppelin and Motorhead. The stylish, attractive restaurant applies a cohesive farm-to-table philosophy on its extensive menu, with classic California cuisine traditions receiving colorful and innovative twists.

The atmosphere is lively and exciting, with a large open kitchen at the center of the space giving each diner a view of their meal being prepared. Some favorite appetizers on the menu include the French-style shrimp cocktail, the truffle shoestring fries, and the Pata Negra ham with tomato crostini. For entrees, you can’t go wrong with the duck confit or truffle risotto. Prices are a little high, but the quality is top-notch and the place is really something special, perfect for date night.

8401 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(323) 785-6090

Find Creative Cuisine Complete With Unique Surroundings at Scratch Bar

June 24, 2014 by  
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Scratch Bar offers diners a unique experience from start to finish, making it stand out from its neighbors on LA’s infamous “restaurant row.” From the food to the decor, everything here is made from scratch. Inside the cozy space you’ll find handmade furnishings like leather banquettes and hand-carved, woodgrain table tops. The walls are painted tattoo-style by the same artist that inked owner-operator Chef Phillip Frankland Lee. The creativity even continues in the bathroom, where you’ll find chalkboard walls and a basket of chalk for leaving messages.

Scratch’s inventive nature is easily seen in the cuisine. For dinner, start off with a green mussel and sea urchin sake shooter, or share some honey fried stuffed olives or garlic and thyme popcorn across the table. Dinner entrees include crispy skin Pacific salmon and dry aged hanger steak. A chef’s tasting menu, solid wine list, desserts, and late night Mexican fare are also at your disposal.

Scratch Bar
111 North La Cienega Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
(310) 289-8010

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