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Tuna carpaccio at Okumura

Top Restaurants on Ventura Boulevard

10/09/2014

Clarissa Wei

Ventura Boulevard is the main artery of the San Fernando Valley, a straight east-to-west shot from Studio City to Calabasas. It’s where you'll find all the cool shops: there are malls, yoga studios, vintage stores, bars and a multicultural variety of restaurants. Here are the top places to eat on Ventura Boulevard.

Dim sum at King Hua

The Best Dim Sum Restaurants in Los Angeles

09/11/2014

Tony Chen

The Cantonese style of food known as dim sum - bite-sized or individual portions of food, typically served in steamer baskets or small plates - is a breakfast and brunch experience enjoyed around the world. Dim sum is associated with the ancient Silk Road tradition of yum cha (“drink tea”), so when friends and family go to a Chinese restaurant for dim sum it’s referred to as yum cha. Los Angeles, the gateway to Asia-Pacific travelers and the home of the second largest Chinese-American population, offers plentiful dim sum options. From historic Chinatown in Downtown Los Angeles to the Chinese enclaves of the San Gabriel Valley, read on for some of the best dim sum restaurants in the L.A. area.

Relleno negro taco at La Flor de Yucatan

The Best Restaurants in the Mid-City of Los Angeles

08/22/2014

Bill Esparza

In recent years, Angelenos have followed acclaimed chefs to their latest restaurant openings in Downtown L.A. and other hot foodie neighborhoods around town. But the Mid-City area, the heart of L.A., is still full of vitality. Mid-City encompasses part of Koreatown, one of the principal Oaxacan neighborhoods, and the multicultural Byzantine-Latino Quarter, among other international enclaves. Today, in addition to its edgy chef-driven restaurant scene, Los Angeles is recognized all over the world for its multicultural dining experiences. Here are 10 reasons why Mid-City is one of the most important dining neighborhoods in Los Angeles.

Shrimp pad thai at Siam Sunset

The Best Thai Restaurants in Los Angeles

08/14/2014

Clarissa Wei

The City of Angels has the largest Thai population outside of Thailand, so it’s no surprise that Thai food is in abundance around town. If you just want to wander, you should explore Thai Town, a six-block area centered along Hollywood Boulevard between Normandie and Western Avenue, where many of the city’s best Thai restaurants are located. From boat noodle specialists to spicy Southern Thai fare and fusion Thai food, there’s something for everyone. Read on for 10 of the best Thai restaurants in Los Angeles.

Soon Tofu at BCD Tofu House

The Best Late Night Eats in Los Angeles

08/08/2014

dine L.A.

Every now and then, you need to eat later than usual. Maybe you had to work late, or you need something after last call, or your dinner earlier just didn’t cut it. Ironically, in this city filled with so much nightlife, it can be hard to eat good food after that dreaded 10 p.m. closing time that many of our beloved eateries abide by. There isn’t anything necessarily wrong with eating greasy tacos and even greasier bacon-wrapped street hot dogs every once in a while. But if you’re craving something that’s even remotely more wholesome, here is our list of exceptional global eateries around L.A. that offer just a little more to hold you over - at least until breakfast.

Chicken “Parmigiano” at Paninoteca by Scarpetta

The Best Sandwiches in Los Angeles

07/31/2014

Joshua Lurie

Two slices of bread, balanced fillings and imagination is all it takes to create a satisfying sandwich, but great versions remain elusive. Luckily, Los Angeles has a legacy of great sandwiches, including Langer's Deli #19, the French Dips at Philippe the Original and Cole's, and the Bay Cities Godmother. Read on and discover L.A.'s destination sandwiches.

The Best Places to Get Eggs for Lunch in L.A.

07/24/2014

Zach Brooks

Breakfast for lunch is one of the great joys in life, but even better is finding eggs stuffed into what would otherwise be bonafide lunch dishes. We're not talking about eating at a restaurant that serves their breakfast menu all day long, but the restaurants that sneak eggs into their lunchtime menus every chance they get. The places that celebrate the egg, outside of its typical early morning construction. With that in mind, here are some of the best places in L.A. to get eggs for lunch.

Fried chicken cubes at Yunnan Restaurant

The Spiciest Restaurants in Los Angeles

07/21/2014

Clarissa Wei

Spicy food is easy to come by in Los Angeles. There are such a variety of spices available, from the tongue-numbing Sichuan peppercorn to the elusive ghost chili. Here’s a tip: don’t wash it down with cold water. Water actually will spread the spice in your mouth and make the burning sensation worse. Yogurt, milk, or rice are the best pairings – if you can get your hands on them. Here are great places in Los Angeles to get your fix of super spicy dishes.

Phorage

The Best Pho Restaurants in Los Angeles

06/24/2014

Clarissa Wei

Pho has been around for a century and is indisputably the national dish of Vietnam. A good pho takes hours to make; beef bones and parts are simmered under low heat to obtain a rich, complex flavor. Pho is typically divided into two camps. Southern pho is the more common one, with an abundant use of spices and flavorings (fish sauce, hoisin, etc.) and versatile cuts of meat like tripe and brisket. Northern pho is much more simplistic - the noodles are flatter and wider, and the focus is on its pure beef broth. The main ingredients are rice noodles and thinly sliced raw beef. In the north, accoutrements are not necessary. Here are some of the best places to get your pho fix in Los Angeles.

Beef noodle soup at Noodle King

The Best Chinese Beef Noodle Soups in Los Angeles

05/15/2014

Clarissa Wei

Beef noodle soup, known as niu rou mian, is the epitome of Chinese comfort food. Found all throughout China and Taiwan, it’s a beloved dish that takes hours to make. Beef shanks must be slow-cooked for hours before they achieve their creamy texture. Noodles must be chewy, and most importantly, the broth must be rich and sustainable. Traditionally, the noodles are paired with a heaping of pickled mustard greens, which offers a crisp, sour contrast. Spicy is customizable and in some joints, used extremely liberally. It makes for a sustainable lunch or dinner and thankfully, there are plenty of places in Los Angeles to get your fix. Here are our picks.

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