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Beef "double-dip" with cheddar at Philippe the Original

L.A.'s Most Iconic Dishes: The Classics

01/05/2015

Daniel Djang

By Daniel Djang and Stacey Sun

Los Angeles has one of the most exciting and influential dining scenes in the country. Contemporary L.A. chefs are creating globally inspired dishes that are already considered modern classics. For generations, many dishes that were created in L.A. have become culinary icons, featured on menus across the country and around the world. Here are classic L.A. dishes that have stood the test of time.

Short rib taco at Kogi BBQ

L.A.'s Most Iconic Dishes: The Next Generation

01/05/2015

Daniel Djang

By Daniel Djang and Stacey Sun

For generations, Los Angeles chefs have created classic dishes like the chopped salad, French Dip and tuna tartare. L.A. chefs continue to be in the vanguard of the national culinary scene. Read on for the next generation of iconic dishes that are ready to take their place in the L.A. food pantheon.

Grand Central Market

The Best of Grand Central Market

12/18/2014

Joshua Lurie

Grand Central Market (GCM) has been a Downtown L.A. staple since 1917. A few years back, the owners started gathering a new generation of food and drink vendors, and it wasn’t long before the market started earning national acclaim, including a collective appearance on Bon Appetit’s 2014 list of America’s Best New Restaurants. Grand Central Market recently celebrated 100 years with their strongest line-up ever. Yes, GCM institutions like China Café, Roast To Go, Sarita’s Pupuseria, and Tacos Tumbras A Tomas are still going strong, but here’s a chance to discover 18 of the best new food and drink options.

"Thai style" pad thai at Pailin Thai Cuisine

The Best Pad Thai in Los Angeles

12/11/2014

Zach Brooks

Pad thai blends together the best parts of Thai cooking: sweet, spicy, sour and funky. Almost all pad thai has egg, ground peanuts, scallions and a lime wedge. The very best will also have dried shrimp, pressed tofu, chili powder and even crispy pork. More and more versions are being served around L.A. as off-menu specials or alternates to the overly sweet, bright orange noodle dish that’s offered on the average menu. Here are the 10 best pad thai dishes in Los Angeles.

Tamal at La Luz Del Dia

The Best Tamales in Los Angeles

12/04/2014

Javier Cabral

For many Mexican and Central American families, a feast of tamales on Christmas Eve is as essential as dining on turkey for Thanksgiving. It’s not just about eating the tamales, but also about the bonding experience, since the process of making tamales is long and laborious. Family members take turns applying the seasoned nixtamalized maize paste - historically credited as one of civilization’s earliest forms of processing a food - on dozens of softened corn husks or banana leaves. Fortunately for Angelenos, there’s a plethora of restaurants that specialize in making tamales almost as good as mamá's for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. If there’s one thing you should count on unwrapping for Christmas in L.A., it’s a tamal.

Din Tai Fung at The Americana at Brand

The Best Los Angeles Restaurants for Group Dining

11/21/2014

dine L.A.

Whether it’s the holidays, a family reunion or a gathering of friends, there are occasions that call for more than a quiet corner table. Fortunately, there are restaurants throughout Los Angeles that offer options for shared plates and family-style menus from around the world. Read on for some of the best restaurants in L.A. to dine out with friends and family.

Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot - Pasadena

The Best Los Angeles Restaurants for Hot Pot

11/14/2014

Clarissa Wei

Hot pot is sometimes described as “Chinese fondue,” however fondue is actually "European hot pot." Hot potting, where ingredients are cooked in a steaming bowl of broth, dates back thousands of years. Some say it originated in Mongolia, others maintain it comes from China. Regardless of the pedigree, it’s an extremely popular practice that spread across Asia and now the world. The Japanese call it shabu shabu, the Vietnamese call it lẩu or cù lao, and in Korea porridge is cooked in the pot after the broth is finished. Hot pot is an easy feast to put together and is commonly enjoyed in East Asian households during the holidays. For those who prefer eating out, here’s a list of the best hot pots in Los Angeles.

Thanksgiving Dinner at Tavern

Celebrate Thanksgiving at These Los Angeles Restaurants

11/06/2014

dine L.A.

On Thanksgiving Day, restaurants across Los Angeles are preparing sumptuous holiday meals that will please every palate. From traditional feasts with all the trimmings to globally inspired menus, read on for L.A. restaurants that are hosting Thanksgiving celebrations on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018.

For more Thanksgiving dining options, read the dineL.A. guides to Thanksgiving at L.A. hotels and vegan restaurants.

Galbi jjim at Olympic Cheonggukjang

The Best Galbi in Los Angeles

10/31/2014

Joshua Lurie

Short ribs are popular in cuisines worldwide, but Korean kitchens have a particular knack for preparing galbi, as said ribs are known. In Korean (or Korean-American) culture, special occasions and celebrations call for galbi. Short ribs - frequently beef, but possibly pork - are braised, grilled, steamed, shredded and more, with delicious results. Read on and discover some of the best Korean galbi dishes in Los Angeles.

Tacos, elote and guac at Salazar

The Best Tacos in Los Angeles

10/16/2014

dine L.A.

The taco is the perfect food, often made with a nutritious whole grain corn tortilla base and an incredible range of regional ingredients and unique textures. You can eat tacos regularly and never get bored of them. There’s no better city in the United States to enjoy tacos than Los Angeles - the taco motherland is just two and a half hours away, and L.A. has the second-largest population of Mexicans after Mexico City. The taco is finally getting the respect that it deserves, and is being taken as seriously as a good pasta. Read our guide to some of the best tacos in L.A., and discover a little bit of this Mexican staple food’s vast nuances. ¡Provecho!

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