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The best Mexican restaurants in L.A.

The best Mexican restaurants in L.A.

Mexican food is probably the official cuisine of Los Angeles, with a taqueria or taco truck on seemingly every corner and freshly made agua frescas the summer drink of choice for thirsty Angelenos. What can we say? We’re blessed. But fare from south of the border runs so much deeper than tacos, with flavors and preparations that can vary depending not only by seasonality and provenance, but simply by which L.A. neighborhood we happen to be in at the moment. We tasted our way through every taco, mole, tamale and more to round up L.A.’s best sit-down Mexican restaurants, from old-school traditional to modern and back again.

The best steak frites in Los Angeles

The best steak frites in Los Angeles

In the lexicon of French food, steak frites is the epitome of a perfect mashup. The traditional dish combines two classic food items—steak and French fries—and now adventurous steakhouses, fine-dining spots and restaurants dedicated solely to the dish are delivering winning takes to LA. To experience the City of Love in the City of Angels, visit one of these restaurants serving LA's best steak frites.

The best pancakes in Los Angeles

The best pancakes in Los Angeles

Who says Angelenos are all about egg white omelets and acai bowls for breakfast? Batter and a griddle are a terrific tag team, and LA has inventive chefs that know how to coax peak flavor from both. Come brunch time, you'll find tables sporting stacks of pancakes drowning in thick, melting pats of butter and savory maple syrup alongside cups of coffee and boozy beverages. Whether they’re made with buttermilk, berries, alternative grains or indulgent ingredients, here are 9 of the city’s best pancakes—carbs be damned.  

The best kebab dishes in LA

The best kebab dishes in LA

Spell it kebab, kabob or kebap. Just as long as the meat is skewered or secured on a spit and roasted over an open flame, you’re taking part in a proud cooking tradition that goes back millennia and spans multiple cultures. Sure, LA has plenty of Armenian bakeries, Persian restaurants and falafel spots to get your fix of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food, but sometimes you want a good ol' stick of meat. The people of Armenia, Greece, Iran, Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey and more have all contributed to the kebab diaspora in LA—here are 15 leading skewers.

The 10 most creative corn dogs in LA

The 10 most creative corn dogs in LA

Are corn dogs having a moment? No longer is this snack-on-a-stick confined to county fairs and Disneyland. Now people can find these cornmeal-crusted, deep-fried wonders in restaurants across Los Angeles, and chefs are by no means limited to hot dogs and sticks. We found ten creative versions of this guilty pleasure (stoner food, perhaps?) that turn the corn dog on its head. 

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Carousel Restaurant

Carousel Restaurant

The Tcholakian family opened Carousel in the back corner of east Hollywood’s Hye Plaza in 1983, serving Lebanese-Armenian cuisine, and have since gone on to run a more elaborate branch in downtown Glendale. It’s the Khash-Khash Kebab that you’ll want here—juicy, well-spiced, hand-molded skewers of ground beef lula arrive on a bed of cracked pita, doused with yogurt, garlic and pine nuts. Carousel also has delectable chicken lula. Either way, your meal comes with buttery bulgur and garbanzo beans; grilled pita brushed with tomato sauce; roasted tomatoes and jalapenos; onion and parsley salad dusted with sumac; and a tangy cabbage slaw tossed with tomatoes, herbs and olive oil vinaigrette. Stick around for live entertainment (there will definitely be dancing) on Friday and Saturday nights.  

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