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Le Petit Beaujolais
1661 Colorado Blvd.
b/w Mt Royal Dr. & Vincent Ave.

$$$$$

3

7

We've dined at Cafe Beaujolais (1, 2, 3) plenty of times but this is the first time I try their lunch "counterpart" Le Petit Beaujolais, which is few blocks away across the street... >

Fatty's
1627 Colorado Blvd

$$$$$

4.7

7

Fatty's "sloppy joe" made with soy crumbles, aka textured vegetable protein. Nothing says delicious like textured vegetable protein, or TVP for short. I first sampled this delica.. >

Auntie Em's Kitchen
4616 Eagle Rock Blvd.
at Corliss St.

$$$$$

3.5

6

Iíve been trying to do Auntie Emís market dinner ever since I first heard about it but it always books up SO fast. They donít really publicize the event, Ďcept on their Web site an.. >

Dusty's
3200 W Sunset Blvd.
at Descanso Dr.

$$$$$

4

6

I should have known better. When talking local restaurants with my aesthetician, she was shocked I hadn't tried Dusty's--"it's really fab" she said. However, a knack for well-sha.. >

Gingergrass
2396 Glendale Blvd.
at Brier Ave.

$$$$$

3

6

Noah is my weekly lunch buddy, an ex-work associate that can finally just be a friend. We hop all over Los Felix and Silverlake for yummy eats, and this week, we landed in Gingergr.. >

Spitz
2506 Colorado Blvd.
b/w Live Oak View & College View Ave.

$$$$$

5

5

They stipulated: That you find parking. Good luck : There are only 2 spots (plus a handicapped one) in front. Try to find a spot on Colorado... >

Pazzo Gelato
3827 W Sunset Blvd

$$$$$

5

I want to be the bigger person. I want to let go of the hurt. I want to forgive. But this is what initially came out insteadÖ.. >

New Concept
700 S Atlantic Blvd

$$$$$

5

Back to the fairly new dim-sum place known for 'creative dishes' with group of friends.. Still disappointed that they don't have pan-fried radish cake (my must-have). Top leftest p.. >

King Taco
2020 W Pico Blvd.
b/w S Alvarado St. & S Westlake Ave.

$$$$$

4

Before I started this blog I would eat at King Taco three or four times a week. I ate their so often the gentlemen that prepared the orders knew me. They knew me and acknowledged m.. >

Original Tommy's World Famous Hamburgers
2575 Beverly Blvd.
b/w Rampart Blvd. & S Carondelet St.

$$$$$

4

4

There are few franchised eating establishments that dot the southern California landscape worth mentioning in a food blog. As you might guess the majority of these would be fast fo.. >

Taix
1911 W Sunset Blvd.
at Reservoir St.

$$$$$

4

It must have been really cool when L.A. had a French quarter...probably not quite New Orleans, but still. I thought the French quarter was near new Chinatown, since the French hosp.. >

Pho Cafe
2841 W Sunset Blvd

$$$$$

4

4

I love our girl JAX over at Rockinsider. She's a transplant from Utah who will decidedly live and die in Echo Park. She introduces me to lots on the east side... hence why I myself.. >

Blair's
2903 Rowena Ave.
at Herkimer St.

$$$$$

3

Many a review I've read of Blair's expresses a similar sentiment, and I think it says a lot about Los Angeles. Primarily, that people here are whiny and spoiled. Okay, it's late, a.. >

Blue Hen Restaurant
1743 Colorado Blvd.
b/w La Roda Ave. & Argus Dr.

$$$$$

3

In the battle of the new, hip neighborhood "Vietnamese" spots around our neck of the woods, Indochine easily has Blue Hen beat, no contest... >

Brooklyn Bagel Bakery
2217 W Beverly Blvd.
at Roselake Ave.

$$$$$

3

3

While searching for a bagel place this morning, I found Brooklyn Bagels. I was expecting either a donuts place that sold some bagels or a run down older bagel shop. But it's real.. >

Chichen Itza
2501 W 6th St.
at S Carondelet St.

$$$$$

5

3

I loved the little Chichen Itza stand in downtown's Mercado La Paloma, where office workers munch on inexpensive cochinita pibil tacos with a jicama salad and after lunch, you can .. >

El Parian
1528 W Pico Blvd.
at Toberman St.

$$$$$

3

On a lazy Friday night, Hometown Buffet monster and I headed into Pico-Union for a taco adventure to El Parian, a deep, dark, soot-encrusted brick storefront on Pico Blvd. I was su.. >

Langer's Delicatessen
704 S Alvarado St.
b/w W 7th & W 8th St.

$$$$$

3

Situated on a corner of MacArthur Park for the past 60 years and skipping distance from the Red Line subway stop of the same name, Langer's is legendary on both coasts for its past.. >

Mama's Hot Tamale Cafe
2124 W 7th St.
at S Alvarado St.

$$$$$

3

Last month, I met up with Jonah and his lovely wife at the Tamale Festival and gleefully ate until I was stuffed. We agreed the winner of the day was the green chile and cheese ta.. >

Nicky D's Wood-Fired Pizza
2764 Rowena Ave.
b/w Rokeby & Glendale Blvd.

$$$$$

5

3

Joan wrote about this place before. It's my turn now..... >

Pollo Campero
1605 W Olympic Blvd.
at S Union Ave.

$$$$$

1

3

This is the first Pollo Campero to open in LA and maybe the US. Located at the corner of Olympic-Union this Pollo Campero is just like the Long Beach and Glendale locations, servin.. >

The Coffee Table
2930 Rowena Ave.
b/w Hyperion Ave. & W Silver Lake Dr.

$$$$$

3

Sorry about the short delay in posting...things have been super busy lately. Busy in a good way though as lots have been happening in my life, as well as the lives of my friends. N.. >

Oinkster
2005 Colorado Blvd

$$$$$

4

3

I made the big mistake of not introducing Dylan to my father earlier. Unfortunately, I waited too long. Months after everything was official between Dylan and I, Dylan was a guest.. >

Indochine Vien
3110 Glendale Blvd

$$$$$

3

Don't do like I did and show up on a cold and rainy Monday night when the only thing you want to do is curl up with a hot bowl of pho and a blanket, because Indochine is closed on .. >

Millie's
3524 W Sunset Blvd

$$$$$

3

Leave your cell phone at home or in the car -- yakking on one is forbidden. Also, Millie's closes at 4 -- but as commenters around the web note, that's a loose close time; get ther.. >

Tacos Baja Ensenada
5385 Whittier Blvd

$$$$$

3

2, 5, 10, 101, 134, 710. No, they're not this week's winning lottery numbers. They're the numbers of the freeways on which we drove Saturday for the 6 Freeway Food Marathon. Coming.. >

Larkin's
1496 colorado blvd

$$$$$

4.5

3

We love Jonathan Gold, his writing is irreverent and evocative and he has helped us all discover many many places we wouldn't have ferreted out ourselves. Our only quibble is that .. >

Carnitas Michoacan
741 S Soto St.
at Rogers Ave.

$$$$$

2

Got a tip via email to check out Carnitas Michoacan in Lincoln Heights. Having been to carnitas michoacan #2 in Van Nuys I wasn't sure if the two were related but was interested in.. >

Casa Bianca
1650 Colorado Blvd.
at Vincent Ave.

$$$$$

5

2

So Iíve finally made it to Casa Bianca Pizza. Iíve been hearing for years that they serve up some of the best pie in the city. I have some experience with pizza. My first job ever .. >

Chibcha
2619 W Sunset Blvd.
b/w N Benton Way & N Coronado St.

$$$$$

2

The GrubClub recently made its first official outing to Chicha Colombian Restaurant on Sunset in Silverlake. Lured by the promise of a plethora of fried pork as so deliciously desc.. >

Dos Burritos
300 S Alvarado St.
at W 3rd St.

$$$$$

2

So I found myself travelling east on Hollywood blvd on my way to an important engagment when I saw out of the corner of my eye a taco establishment called Dos Burritos(technically .. >

Edendale Grill
2838 Rowena Ave.
b/w Auburn St. & Rokeby St.

$$$$$

2

Happy fifth birthday to the Edendale! Eating L.A. stopped by the Edendale Grill's Fifth anniversary party last night, which featured roving musicians, fire jugglers and stilt-walke.. >

El Gallo Giro
5686 Whittier Blvd.
at Williamson Ave.

$$$$$

5

2

"Hey! Hey! It's your ol' pal Krusty for my new pork sandwich, the Clogger! If you can find a greasier sandwich, you're in Mexico!" -- Krusty the Clown in "The Simpsons Movie" And .. >

El Pollo Loco
6009 N Figueroa St.
b/w N Avenue 60 & N Avenue 61

$$$$$

3

2

Dinner tonight: Southern Fried Chicken, semi-homemade cornbread, green beans and Robitussin. Bed now.?alt=rss.. >

El Taurino
2306 W 11th St.
at S Grandview St.

$$$$$

5

2

Photos only... >

El Tepeyac Cafe
812 N Evergreen Ave.
b/w Winter St. & Blanchard St.

$$$$$

3

2

The Manuel Special Burrito. Most people will known what that means. It's one of the biggest burritos I've ever seen. Named after the owner, the burrito must be five pounds. It.. >

Los Cinco Puntos
3300 E Cesar E Chavez Ave.
at Brooklyn Pl

$$$$$

2

Los Cinco Puntos is a neighborhood carniceria named after the five points intersection of Cesar Chavez Blvd, Lorena Blvd, and Indiana st. Everyone knows and loves it. It's an East .. >

Madame Matisse
3536 W Sunset Blvd.
b/w Golden Gate & Maltman Ave.

$$$$$

2

My best friend Tonkhero has been raving about Madame Matisse since I've met him two years ago... and finally, I paid homage to the Madame today... >

Polka Polish Restaurant
4112 Verdugo Rd.
b/w York Blvd. & Wawona St.

$$$$$

3.3

2

Finally try the Polish restaurant Polka at Eagle Rock. I've heard about their kitschy interior and oh boy~ it's so full of wonders. There's no kitschy interior complete without a '.. >

Rambutan Thai
2835 W Sunset Blvd.
at Silver Lake Blvd.

$$$$$

3

2

Rambutan is a very popular, relatively new Thai restaurant in Silverlake with a sleek, sexy interior. It's gotten a lot of good reviews, for both the food and the atmosphere. I hav.. >

Tantra
3705 W Sunset Blvd.
at Edgecliffe Dr.

$$$$$

2

Sweet & sour potato salad, not sure how authentic is this but it's yummy. My friend think it's the best dish of the restaurant. The flavor can get a bit too strong as I keep eating.. >

Tropicalia Brazilian Grill
1966 Hillhurst Ave.
b/w Clarissa & Finley Ave.

$$$$$

3.2

2

I had a $50 gift certificate to Tropicalia, which I got from pledging with KCRW back in August. I usually forget to use these things before they expire, so I was't going to let tha.. >

The Brite Spot
1918 W Sunset Blvd

$$$$$

2

Since 1949, the Brite Spot has been there. Like anything old and reliable you can tend to take it for granted and yet if this place were gone there would be a great hole in LA. The.. >

Chung King
206 S Garfield Ave

$$$$$

2

This is actually the new Chung King, the Taiwanese owned Sichuan restaurant, though I never been to the old one. I was feeling 'fiery' these days already (from too much fried greas.. >

Shakas
2300 S Garfield Ave

$$$$$

2

omg, bacon-fried rice, enough for about six people For some reason, when I heard about Shakas, with its bacon-fried rice and shave ice, I imagined something funky, a little grimy, .. >

Flor Morena Fine Foods
2742 Rowena Avenue

$$$$$

3.1

2

Now that brown paper has gone up covering Flor Morena's windows (as well as a boarded up window that was apparently vandalized last weekend), we thought it was time to recap all th.. >

Cafe Tropical
2900 W Sunset Blvd

$$$$$

2

The guava and cheese pies here are legendary in some circles and deservedly so: the crust is flaky and guava jam balances the cream cheese filling just so. For a dessert it's not.. >

El Cochinito
3508 W Sunset Blvd

$$$$$

2

Being that I'm half Puerto Rican and half black (I'm full of surprises I know) I take pride in the foods of my cultures. This past weekend, while hanging with my very good friend A.. >

Tacos Mexico
355 S Atlantic Blvd

$$$$$

2

Tacos Mexico is a chain taqueria that can be found throughtout Los Angeles. Thereís also several locations throughout California and a location on the Las Vegas sunset strip... >

Jollibee's
3821 Beverly Blvd

$$$$$

2.7

2

It's been said before: Jollibee is the Filipino answer to McDonald's. And their answer to Ronald McDonald is a giant bumble-bee with pie-shaped eyes larger than Sailor Moon's, wear.. >

La Playita
2200 N. Broadway

$$$$$

2

La Playita aka El 7 Mares is the destination for mariscos and fish tacos in Lincoln Heights. The fish tacos come with crispy battered pieces of cod,cabbage and a light cream sauce... >

Leo's
4300 Eagle Rock Blvd
b/w York Blvd and El Paso Dr

$$$$$

2

The hardest working taquero in the taco business can be found every weeknight on Eagle Rock blvd in Eagle Rock. His name is Leo and he has his wife Sonia run Leo's taco truck. Leo.. >

Alegria
3510 W Sunset Blvd.
at Golden Gate Ave.

$$$$$

1

Alegria on Sunset, a warm, colorful little Mexican place set in a strip mall between a Baskin-Robbins and a Dominoís, feels like the kitchen of someone else's cool, arty grandma. .. >

Bakers Square
1322 W Beverly Blvd.
b/w N Taylor Ave. & N Maple Ave.

$$$$$

1

Pie Blocked by Bakers Square: Boo! Hiss! As I twittered recently, I went to Bakers Square this past Wednesday for their National Pie Day celebration (with free slices of pies for.. >

Blue Velvet
750 Garland Ave.
b/w 7th & 8th St.

$$$$$

1

When you visit a new restaurant for the first time, you never know what you'll find askew. When I was trying to find Blue Velvet last night around 8 pm, I thought, Location. Blue V.. >

Ciro's
705 N Evergreen Ave.
b/w Malabar St. & Winter St.

$$$$$

1

1

It's been 10 years since I've last seen my high school in Boyle Heights. Wow, so much has changed. LAC/USC hospital has grown onto almost all of Marengo St. Seeing my high school f.. >

Cliff's
3626 W Sunset Blvd.
at Griffith Park Blvd.

$$$$$

1

A month-old entry that I totally forgot to type up! The entrance of this Italian/Mediterranean place is quite interesting, the giant tall heavy wooden door reminds me of a secret g.. >

El Conquistador
3701 W Sunset Blvd.
at Edgecliffe Dr.

$$$$$

3

1

Non-stop updates before our upcoming 5 days Maui trip... >

El Taquito
5047 N Huntington Dr.
b/w Tampico Ave. & Portola Ave.

$$$$$

1

My first experience on the taco scene was in 2000 when my friend Marshall convinced me that the place for tacos was down the street by his house in Altadena. The place was called E.. >

Happy Family Restaurant
869 N Wilcox Ave.
at Via Campo

$$$$$

1

With Montebello being so close to Monterey Park and all the great Chinese restaurant, I figured it would be tough to find a good Chinese restaurant in Montebello. But to my surpris.. >

Isla Buffet
4420 Eagle Rock Blvd.
b/w N Avenue 45 & Alumni Ave.

$$$$$

1

Not for nothing are Filipino restaurants beloved of the low end theorist. Organ meats and exotic fruit drinks? Check. Cross-cultural confusion? How Ďbout adobo, lumpia shanghai and.. >

Jade Cafe
1521 Griffith Park Blvd.
at W Sunset Blvd.

$$$$$

1

Both Jon and I have been eating heavy and greasy these days so we thought of trying this vegan/raw food restaurant for some "cleansing". Jade cafe has a fushion "creative" menu. Th.. >

La Curva De Don Gere
4901 Whittier Blvd.
at S Ferris Ave.

$$$$$

5

1

La Curva is a very famous family chain in El Salvador, and there's also a location in East LA. I know some of you may wary of visiting East LA, but don't be-- the restaurant is loc.. >

La Parrilla
3129 W Sunset Blvd.
at Westerly Terrace

$$$$$

1

It took me quite a while to find Mexican food in West LA that I thought was half-way decent. So I was thrilled to find La Parrilla a few years ago, not least for the homemade guaca.. >

Leela Thai Restaurant
2008 S Atlantic Blvd.
b/w W Brightwood St. & W Floral Dr.

$$$$$

1

A new section for you lovers of music in LA...where to eat that's close to music venues. Last night I went to go see the gentleman up there on the youtube (that you're hopefully li.. >

Los Antojitos
2122 E 1st St.
b/w S St. Louis St. & S Chicago St.

$$$$$

1

I decided that it was time to head south with my taco journey and acting on a tip from a reader I found myself at a taco and mexican seafood truck in Gardena called El Antojito .El.. >

Manny's El Loco Drive-In
3309 N Mission Rd.
b/w Gates St. & Thomas St.

$$$$$

1

Sometimes I drive the eastside neighborhoods of Los Angeles trying to find the next great taco. I'll often forget I'm on a taco journey and day dream or get lost in a song on the r.. >

Masa of Echo Park
1800 W Sunset Blvd.
at Lemoyne St.

$$$$$

2

1

Chicago style pizza!! Of course you need to go to Chicago, I prefer Connie's but there are others. But out here in LA, whenever I hear those words, I think of Tony's Pizza in Pla.. >

Pacific Dining Car
1310 W 6th St.
at Witmer St.

$$$$$

3.9

1

The good and bad. Have you ever been to a restaurant and your appetizers were great but then your entree turned out bad? Well this happened at the Pacifici Dining Car. This is a.. >

Salvatore Italian Restaurant
125 N 6th St.
b/w W Whittier Blvd. & W Cleveland Ave.

$$$$$

1

Italian food isn't one of my favorite foods. It's not that bad, but it's very heavy and I don't need all those carbs. I think most Italian restaurants are overpriced for just sim.. >

Swork
2160 Colorado Blvd.
b/w Eagle Rock Blvd. & Caspar Ave.

$$$$$

1

And yet, another entry about coffee - but Swork is more than just an average java joint, it's a landmark of comfort... >

The Downbeat Cafe
1202 N Alvarado St.
at Elsinore St.

$$$$$

1

Last night Echo Park's Downbeat Cafe took me two places at once: both back to high school and to college. High school first--last night's jazz combo was a couple of talented high s.. >

Verdugo's
1519 Garfield Ave.
b/w Hereford Dr. & Ferguson Dr.

$$$$$

1

Flickr Shot by clappstar OK, this time I donít care how far away from the Westside Verdugo Bar is. Tomorrow I have to have to go as thatís when the Glassell Park bar is throwing a.. >

Monterey Palace Restaurant
1001 E Garvey Ave

$$$$$

3.8

1

On one rainy noonish Monterey Park day, I joined Gena and some of her chinese tennis buddies on a lunch outing to Monterey Palace Restaurant. I was supposed to do some tabling for .. >

Heavy Noodling
153 E Garvey Ave., Suite 3

$$$$$

4

1

Noodles, like people, have their own diverse community of different makeups and textures. The pasta or noodle aisle at any market is a huge melting pot, really: there are egg ones,.. >

Pollen
1583 Colorado Blvd

$$$$$

1

Honey, it's good for you. This is an unedited version of the article I wrote for TERA's quarterly newsletter. My intention was to wait until the newsletter circulated to publish th.. >

Homegirl Cafe
1818 E First St

$$$$$

1

Going out for Mexican Food is something that i usually frown upon, it kind of goes against the reason for me going out in the first place (to eat something different that i haven't.. >

Eagle Rock Farmers' Market
2100 Merton Avenue

$$$$$

1

I use to be a party girl. The girl who wore heels and short skirted outfits to clubs and bars on the notorious Sunset Strip - until I discovered underground clubs that played house.. >

Taqueria El Zarape
2575 Via Campo

$$$$$

1

1

Listen up. This weekend, I attended the annual Summer Party thrown by my fiancee Isaac's company. Look at how festive the atmosphere is and more importantly, look how happy everyon.. >

Goldilocks
2700 Colorado Blvd

$$$$$

3

1

We were happy to see both Jollibee and Goldilocks open in the Eagle Rock Mall -- particularly Goldilocks, which adds class to a beat-up mall and dramatically improves its paltry ea.. >

Manila Sunset
2815 W Sunset Blvd., Suite 101

$$$$$

1

You wouldn't think a bowl of porridge, especially one priced at $2.50 would be worth mentioning, let alone writing the following wordy essay about. But I was craving something to s.. >

Aroma
2903 W Sunset Blvd

$$$$$

1

One of Silver Lake's newest full-service restaurants is Aroma, a neighborhood Italian spot which took over the improbable former location of Puspuseria Usulatan in the mini-mall ne.. >

Giang Nan
306 N Garfield Avenue South

$$$$$

1

Here is the finest Shanghai/"Jiangzhe"/eastern Chinese food I have tasted! Cuisine from cities in Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces is famous for its deeply flavoured sauces, often fe.. >

Sushi Shibucho
3114 Beverly Blvd

$$$$$

1

Say "Omakase". Utter this and nothing else. Shibutani nods... >

Osteria Nonni
3219 Glendale Blvd

$$$$$

1

Perfect place to bring Evan -- it's a sit-down restaurant, classy but casual enough that I could even stand up and carry Evan at one point. The staff were instantly welcoming when .. >

Mom's Tamales
3328 Pasadena Ave

$$$$$

5

1

This weekend, downtown LA hosted the first annual International Tamale Festival. Tamales originated over 5000 years ago as warrior food, easily portable nourishment. Today in the U.. >

Good Microbrew & Grill
3725 W Sunset Blvd

$$$$$

1

I have not been kind to my arteries this week. Three of the past five nights, french fries (or their close cousin, the onion ring) have magically appeared on my plate and I was for.. >

Dumpling Master
423 N Atlantic Blvd, Suite 106

$$$$$

4

1

"Revenge is a dish best served cold." Or hot out of a take out container at your desk with scents of garlic and oil and stir fried pork and steamed rice wafting through the cubicle.. >

Galco's Soda Pop Stop
5702 York Blvd

$$$$$

1

I first discovered Galco's Soda Pop Stop a hot and sweaty August day when I was all dressed up for a work meeting in Highland Park. The meeting had ended, and my nylons were sticki.. >

Tacos el Michoacano
5933 York Blvd

$$$$$

2.8

1

I first discovered Galco's Soda Pop Stop a hot and sweaty August day when I was all dressed up for a work meeting in Highland Park. The meeting had ended, and my nylons were sticki.. >

Siete Mares
3131 W Sunset Blvd

$$$$$

1

Over the weekend I was in Silverlake and had a chance to check out Siete Mares on Sunset blvd. It's on the sunset junction, probably the coolest part of LA in the history of the ci.. >

San Antonio Winery
737 Lamar St

$$$$$

1

It's kind of a random connection, but stick with me here: I get excited when I see the word 'featuring'. You hear a song by an artist you know and love, and then come to find out t.. >

Rambo's Tacos
Eagle Rock Blvd
Between El Paso and York

$$$$$

5

1

Rambo's tacos in Eagle Rock is one of LA's most well known taco trucks. I always thought that John Rambo would have made a great taquero. Thank god I'm not the only one. The mural .. >

2 for 1 Pizza Co
3480 E Cesar E Chavez Ave.
b/w N Hicks & N Ditman Ave.

$$$$$

A-1 Restaurant
2809 Via Campo
b/w N Garfield Ave. & N Wilcox Ave.

$$$$$

Acapulco Mexican Restaurant
3280 Glendale Blvd.
b/w Larga & Atwater Ave.

$$$$$

Adir
1625 W Olympic Blvd. #1020
b/w S Union Ave. & Beacon Ave.

$$$$$

Alejandro's
4126 Verdugo Rd.
at York Blvd.

$$$$$

Aoki
2470 S Atlantic Blvd.
b/w Sheila St. & E Washington Blvd.

$$$$$

Aristocrat
1925 W Temple St., #1
at N Bonnie Brae St.

$$$$$