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Stephanie Breijo

Stephanie Breijo

Stephanie Breijo joined Time Out as L.A.'s Restaurants & Bars Editor in 2017, and has been sharing her childhood favorites with readers and exploring new corners of the city's dining scene ever since.

She embraces the old and the new in L.A., especially when it comes to food, culture and how it binds the city together. With a journalism career spanning more than a decade, she's an award-winning writer, editor, photographer and videographer whose work has appeared in The Washington Post, NBC, Saveur, Food & Wine, Thomas Keller's Finesse, USA Today, Richmond magazine and others. She's probably thinking about pasta right now.

Reach her at stephanie.breijo@timeout.com or connect with her on Instagram: @breij and Twitter: @BreijOR_They.

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The 20 best spots for ramen in Los Angeles

The 20 best spots for ramen in Los Angeles

To the unenlightened, ramen might look like a mere bowl of noodles, soup and a few toppings, but this deceptively simple Japanese recipe is so much more than that. In Los Angeles, the home of the country’s best ramen scene, you don’t have to look far to encounter seemingly endless iterations of this coveted, comforting dish, including plenty of vegetarian and vegan broths. Stellar bowls of ramen can be found in strip malls, upscale Japanese restaurants and tiny, crackerbox storefronts all over the city, and we’ve rounded up our top 29 ramen spots across L.A., spanning geography, broth type, price point and even vegan options. However (or wherever) you like your ramen, you’ll find plenty of options ahead, so read on for our favorite spots for the next time you’re craving a bowl of noodles.

The all-day guide to Little Tokyo’s best restaurants and bars

The all-day guide to Little Tokyo’s best restaurants and bars

On the edge of Downtown L.A. near the Arts District, Little Tokyo dates back to 1886, when a Japanese ex-sailor opened a restaurant on First Street. Today, it’s a historic district, dining and shopping destination and a central touchpoint for L.A.’s Japanese American community. Many of the area’s family-run shops and eateries date back decades, some older than World War II, and the neighborhood is full of delicious Japanese and non-Japanese food alike, a wide array of Asian sweets and even a few late-night cocktail bars.  While the area has long been a go-to among Angelenos for sushi, ramen and Japanese comfort food, a handful of newer destination-worthy eateries have moved in alongside old-school joints, giving even more reason to explore the area’s dining scene. The best part? The neighborhood is small—just a few blocks, really—so a fantastic bowl of noodles isn’t more than a few steps away from a diverse array of sushi spots catering to every seafood whim and price point.  In recent years, Little Tokyo’s proximity to Skid Row and the worsening homelessness crisis citywide have meant that visitors are likely to walk by larger tent encampments nearby. Stay alert while parking, in particular, and in the evenings, when the neighborhood’s bustling crowds tend to thin out. That said, the neighborhood stays fairly busy and safe on weekends and special event days, especially near the Japanese Village Plaza and the Little Tokyo Galleria indoor mall.  Depending on when you visit, yo

The 17 best bars in Los Angeles

The 17 best bars in Los Angeles

After years of struggling through the pandemic, L.A.'s bar scene has learned to roll with the punches, and there's always no better time than now (or this weekend) for a good, well-made drink, preferably with a side of good, old-fashioned camraderie with slightly buzzed strangers. After all, bars, like restaurants and public parks, give rise to the sought-after sense of belonging and community that characterizes what sociologist Ray Oldenburg called "third spaces." Right now, L.A.'s drinking scene is back and better than ever, and we’re glad to be back at a busy bar, credit card in hand, hoping to flag down a  bartender. L.A. might have cozy dives near the beach, happy hours with views of the Hollywood Hills, and plenty of buzzier new watering holes, but if you’re really asking us, here are the 18 best bars in Los Angeles—for any occasion. January 2023: It's a new year, and it's also Dry January! In the spirit of the sober-minded annual tradition, we've highlighted which bars have compelling non-alcoholic cocktail options in bold at the end of each entry. 

The 18 best restaurants in Palm Springs

The 18 best restaurants in Palm Springs

With its star-studded history and amazing mid-century modern architecture, this sun-fueled mecca has a lot to offer—so it’s no surprise whatsoever that the best restaurants in Palm Springs rise to the occasion, too. Sure, you’re bound to spend most of your day lounging by the pool. But there are plenty of tasty restaurants and bars that deserve a spot on any list of fun things to do in Palm Springs. Most restaurants in town offer incredible takeout options and beautiful outdoor patios, and there are plenty of splashy hotspots serving trendy poolside cocktails that just can’t be missed. This is a town that plans ahead, so we recommend making dinner and weekend brunch reservations in advance—particularly during spring and fall, its busiest seasons. Keep in mind that many restaurants are on the smaller side (which means they tend to fill up quickly), while several of the best restaurants are located within hotels that are thankfully open to the public. And while Palm Springs is known as the golf capital of the world, it's also famous for its date shakes—no visit is complete without an ice-cold shake with ample chunks of the sweet stone fruit. The Coachella Valley area supplies about 95 percent of the country's dates, making it a popular ingredient throughout Palm Springs’ kitchens. Here, we’ve compiled a list of the best spots for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner for your next desert adventure to this glamorous resort town. RECOMMENDED: 🏹 The best hotels in Palm Springs🏠 

The best pizza in Los Angeles, slice by slice

The best pizza in Los Angeles, slice by slice

Move over, East Coasters; the third wave pizza movement in L.A. has reached its pinnacle, and the city is awash in more pie varieties than ever before—with plenty of pizza-makers still reaching towards greatness. L.A.’s most iconic pizzas and their offshoots (California Pizza Kitchen, anyone?) might have made the city famous nationwide last century, but a new generation of chefs, as well as a handful of imports, are making the City of Angels just as great of a place to tear into a freshly baked slice as it is to bite into a taco or a piece of sushi. Gourmet or lowbrow, takeout or dine-in, thin crust or thick—these are the best pizzas in Los Angeles right now.

The 24 best restaurants for outdoor dining in L.A.

The 24 best restaurants for outdoor dining in L.A.

There’s no official alfresco season in L.A., a city where outdoor dining is technically possible year-round, so of course it’s full of decidedly alfresco restaurants. You know the ones.These are the types of places where you can hear the waves crashing, watch the city lights sparkle from a rooftop or get lost in the greenery—or scenery—that surrounds your table. While most Angelenos know by now that most meals can be enjoyed outside, whether you’re at a coffee shop, a taco truck or a fine-dining restaurant, there are still plenty of destination-worthy scenic spots worth visiting for the views (as well as the food). Without further ado: Here are the 24 best restaurants for outdoor dining in L.A. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to things to do outside in Los Angeles

The 13 best chocolate shops in Los Angeles

The 13 best chocolate shops in Los Angeles

For thousands of years, humans have craved cacao-based treats and delicacies—the 16th-century European iteration of that being the chocolate most people in the United States know and love today. Whether you’re shopping for a gourmet holiday gift (always a delicious Valentine’s Day go-to) or just hoping to score a sweet treat of your own, these L.A. chocolate shops will be there to facilitate a sweet, dopamine-spiking reprieve from modern life. And, you know, with the future of cacao uncertain amid the worsening climate crisis, an indulgent box of high-quality gourmet chocolate may soon be a rarity, so enjoy cacao-based sweets while you still can.

The best sandwiches in Los Angeles

The best sandwiches in Los Angeles

Whether your tastes run classic or contemporary, there’s a delicious sandwich for you in Los Angeles. After all, it’s not hard to stumble across a decent sandwich at a burger stand, farmers’ market, food truck or grocery store—but what about the truly great between-bread experiences, from the crunchy-soft baguette of a budget-friendly banh mi to the wonders of sliced rye, our preferred vehicle for pastrami delivery? Though not all of these shops specialize in a traditional, counter-style sandwich shop experience, these standout L.A. sandwiches are all worth a try in their own right. Some menus run large, others small; others are tried-and-true, while others run more artisan new-school than anything else. No matter their specific menu offerings, we’ve compiled a list of L.A.’s very best sandwiches (excluding the bagel and fried chicken varieties, which deserve lists all of their own)—because the humble sandwich is worth celebrating every day of the year.

Where to find the best takeout and delivery in L.A.

Where to find the best takeout and delivery in L.A.

Since 2020, you're probably no stranger to ordering takeout and delivery from the city's best restaurants, who have converted white tablecloth fine-dining plates, date night fare and other dishes normally eaten while dining at a restaurant into travel-ready takeout fare. Now, we've updated this guide to include both longtime takeout and delivery favorites, as well as a few other restaurants who have kept their to-go programs around in conjunction with on-site dining.  Whether you're not feeling well, exhausted after a long week or simply want to grab a delicious meal, turn to these excellent L.A. restaurants and cafés for nourishing food that travels well.

The best romantic restaurants in Los Angeles

The best romantic restaurants in Los Angeles

Lady and the Tramp had the right idea—what better way to celebrate with your significant other than sharing a romantic meal? Whether you’re looking to wine and dine on a rooftop, cozy up on a first date or splurge to celebrate a special occasion, we’ve got you covered with a round-up of L.A.’s best restaurants that lay on the charm. Below, check out our guide to the best romantic restaurants in Los Angeles. Looking for more sentimental ideas? Check out the most romantic things to do in L.A.

The best burgers in Los Angeles

The best burgers in Los Angeles

Sure, we might all love our fried chicken sandwiches, but sometimes nothing replaces a classic burger (whether it's made with beef or not). With that in mind, we set out to track down the best burgers in L.A. We scoured plenty of greasy spoons to fancy French bistros—and, yes, even some nostalgic fast-food fare—to find the best burgers around. Just add a side of French fries and you have the makings of an all-time great meal. You might want to grab a few extra napkins before you devour this list.  

The 15 best cheap eats under $15 in Los Angeles

The 15 best cheap eats under $15 in Los Angeles

Rent, inflation and interest rates may be sky high, but Los Angeles remains a city where you can find great food without breaking the bank, and we’re not just talking about a Double-Double at In-N-Out. While every dollar counts for cash-strapped customers and small businesses alike, we’ve seen consumer inflation drive prices at many of our favorite cheap eat spots over this guide’s longtime $10 target, particularly after factoring in sales tax and tip—so we’ve decided to update our maximum price to reflect that.  $15 might unfortunately be the new $10, but L.A’s best budget-friendly dishes are still as delicious as ever. From bowls of piping hot ramen to our favorite street foods, including the best al pastor taco citywide (ordered three to six at a time), here are our top 15 L.A. dishes under $15.   A quick note: You may find that some of these dishes are anywhere from a few cents to a couple of dollars more expensive on popular delivery apps than the prices we’ve listed below. To help keep all of these dishes affordable (and to better support restaurants), we’ve included as many links as possible that allow you to order directly from each spot.

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Arctic Monkeys

Arctic Monkeys

The British garage-rockers return following their Primavera Sound appearance. The ferociously talented quartet headlines with its blend of full-tilt, sinewy rock, which is constantly undergoing sharp-witted evolution.

Midsummer Scream

Midsummer Scream

Grab your Dr. Jekyll potions, your wooden stakes and practice your best slasher-film screams because one of the country’s biggest horror conventions is back.  Ghouls, goblins, the undead and fans of the macabre will descend on the Long Beach Convention Center’s Midsummer Scream to see some of the biggest names in the genre lead panels, sign autographs and pose for pictures—all in between shopping the best horror merch in town and taking in the grade-A blood-curdling cosplay, of course. There’ll be more than 300 vendors onsite with spooky trinkets, antiques and collectors items, in case you’re looking to keep the gruesome vibes going long after the weekend—because as any horror fan knows, the Halloween spirit lasts all year long.

For the Record: Love Actually Live

For the Record: Love Actually Live

We feel it in our fingers, we feel it in our toes: Christmas is all around, and we bet no one knows it better than the cast of Love Actually Live. Throughout December, cult-favorite musical series For the Record presents a stage show based on one of the world’s most beloved holiday movies, Love Actually. Using a multimedia set, a 15-piece orchestra and songs from the film, the show will turn Beverly Hills’ Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts into a feel-good winter set for musical numbers and scenes of the movie’s intersecting love stories.  Of course, the most beloved aspect of the movie is the character work—though the Christmas-time London setting gives that a run for its money—and to bring the insane, lovesick and relatable personas to life is a solid cast of familiar faces to-be-announced  Tickets go on sale September 1, though you can secure a seat a few weeks earlier with a season subscription (or join a waitlist for an earlier window on the general on-sale date). Just a heads up that you’ll need to provide proof of vaccination when purchasing your ticket and when arriving at the venue. 

Chimmelier pop-up

Chimmelier pop-up

One of L.A.’s best new Korean restaurants is giving us a new pop-up, too. On August 1, Hanchic is rolling out its second pop-up from Chimmelier: a Korean fried chicken sandwich concept where the crispy-bird gets topped with a spicy pickled slaw, lacto-fermented oiji (pickles), dashi mayo and a perilla leaf. There’ll be more than fried chicken from the Hanchic team, too—look for sides such as chapsal cheese balls, a set of cheesy, sweet glutinous rice balls; spiced potato jeon, a sort of mashed tater tot with Korean-spice seasoning and kimchi thousand island; and oiji, Hanchic’s lacto-fermented pickle with black pepper, bayleaf and garlic. There’ll be plenty of sauces to choose from, too, because after all, this is KFC (Korean fried chicken). This time around, you’ll find Chimmelier at Downtown’s HiDef Brewing (1203 S Olive St). The pop-up begins at 2pm and runs until they sell out—so get there early.

Bicyclette

Bicyclette

République chef-owners Walter and Margarita Manzke brought a piece of Paris to Pico Boulevard with Bicyclette, a two-tiered bistro and upstairs restaurant filled with classic French technique and charm. The former Sotto space is now home to escargots en croûte; roast organic chicken atop coq au vin sauce; freshly baked baguettes with Normandy butter; an already iconic caramelized-onion tarte tatin; and traditional French pastries.

Fundraising whiskey night at Lost Property Bar

Fundraising whiskey night at Lost Property Bar

On July 7 your whiskey can help feed frontline workers. Hollywood's Lost Property Bar is opening its doors for a one-night-only fundraiser with spirits brand Paul John Whisky; new South Asian restaurant Jungli; aid group World Central Kitchen; and Southern California Whiskey Club who are teaming up to raise money that will provide meals for the frontline medical teams in India currently fighting COVID-19. John Distilleries's India chairman Paul P. John and whiskey specialist Koray Özdemir (also known as the Whisky Monster) will be leading a $50 six-flight tasting that involves Oloroso Select Cask whiskey, Paul John XO Brandy and more, with included bites from Jungli—and 100% of the evening's proceeds benefit World Central Kitchen's efforts in India. Additional whiskey-based cocktails will be on offer from both Jungli and Lost Property Bar for $9 apiece, while a silent auction helps raise more funds for the cause.  Note: This event is 21+, and you'll need to bring your own Glencairn or other glassware for the evening, given the pandemic. ​

Bar Le CÎté preview pop-up

Bar Le CÎté preview pop-up

One of 2021's most anticipated new restaurants is going on tour: Seafood tavern Bar Le CĂŽtĂ©, the new sibling restaurant to Bell's in Los Alamos, is popping up in a few of L.A.'s best restaurants this summer before it opens its own doors up the coast in Los Olivos. On July 5 and 6 Bar Le CĂŽtĂ© chef Brad Mathews and co. are taking over Silver Lake's All Day Baby for a collaborative dinner with chef Jonathan Whitener, serving up an $85 prix-fixe, family-style meal that includes Manila clams with chorizo, fried bread and white wine; Spanish octopus with potatoes, saffron aioli and frisĂ©e; tomato salad with "Cajun xo sauce," and more.  After All Day Baby, Bar Le CĂŽtĂ© is continuing the summer tour with stops at Found Oyster in East Hollywood on Monday, July 12th; Little Coyote in Long Beach on July 15th, 16th and 17th; and Gigi’s in Hollywood on Tuesday, July 27th.

The Park's Finest x Trejo's Tacos collab dinner

The Park's Finest x Trejo's Tacos collab dinner

Two food powerhouses are joining forces for a collab that'll bring back one of our favorite dishes in L.A. Filipino BBQ joint the Park's Finest has remained temporarily closed throughout the pandemic, but starting this week you can find their signature Mama Leah's Coconut Beef curry for the first time in more than one year—and you can find it in a taco. From June 25 to July 9, you can snag the collaborative Mamacita Leah's Coco Guisado at actor-restaurateur Danny Trejo's taquerias in Hollywood, La Brea and the Original Farmers Market, filling fresh corn tortillas with the Park's Finest's 16-hour–smoked top round in coconut cream, vinegar, chilies and fish sauce. What's more, a portion of proceeds will benefit El Centro del Pueblo, a nonprofit that aids youth and families in Northeast, South and Central L.A., and helps to mitigate gang violence. To kick off the collab, both restaurants are teaming up for a one-night-only feast at Trejo's Hollywood cantina, where $60 per person gets you an array of Filipino BBQ smoked meats and curries, plus taco fixins to build your own mashup tacos: Mama Leah's Coconut Beef, smoky grilled chicken, San Pablo-style pork and the famed cornbread bibinka are all on the menu, as are fresh tortillas, farmers market beans, and Spanish rice. 

HomeState

HomeState

The Tex-Mex bastion of breakfast tacos and queso has landed in Pasadena: HomeState's frozen-cocktail machine is swirling margaritas and spicy palomas, there are freshly made flour and corn tortillas for the local chain's signature tacos, and the Frito pie is plentiful.  The casual, comfortable and family friendly Tex-Mex concept has opened in the former home of Lincoln, complete with patio seating, an open and spacious indoor dining room, and all the touches that make HomeState feel like, well, home, even if you don't hail from Texas. Settle in at a picnic table amongst the cacti and vintage horse figurines for the same menu you'll find at the Los Feliz, Highland Park, West Adams and Playa Vista locations—which means all-day breakfast tacos, chips and queso, migas, Texas-toast brisket sandwiches and more. There's on-site parking, bar seating that overlooks the busy kitchen, and, of course, ample supply of some of the best tacos in Los Angeles.

Bootleg Pizza

Bootleg Pizza

The popular roving pizza truck landed a brick-and-mortar restaurant, which makes more than a little sense to us: It's remarkable a truck could hold all of Bootleg Pizza's weight for as long as it did without the wheels buckling. Bootleg makes some of the heftiest, cheesiest, most satisfying square pies in all of L.A., with dough so dense—but not so dense that it compromises flavor and composition—that one or two slices of the naturally leavened beauties could knock you out. While you know you probably shouldn't tackle a whole box yourself, it's hard to stop yourself from trying. We swear by the Hot Jimmy, which smothers those pan slices in ricotta, mozzarella, spicy sausage, black pepper, hot honey and a metric ton of roasted garlic, but the classic-leaning pies are just as worth an order.

Crowns & Hops x Sole Folks x Stella Georgia Juneteenth beer garden

Crowns & Hops x Sole Folks x Stella Georgia Juneteenth beer garden

Three Black-owned–business powerhouses collide this Juneteenth with an afternoon of craft beer, panel discussion and live music during this event, Sole Libation Presents the Garden of Ashe. Celebrating the holiday—and just one of a few great events taking place during "Leimert Park Rising," the neighborhood's large Juneteenth gathering—it promises entertainment, education and good times from brewery Crowns & Hops, retail co-op Sole Folks and production company Stella Georgia. From 11am to 6pm Sole Folks's adjacent garden property, the Garden of Ashe (4305 Degnan Blvd.), will be the setting for Crowns & Hops pouring their craft beer, plus entertainment and a live feed of Leimert Park Rising performances. Around the corner, at 3411 W. 43rd St., a panel discussion on financial equity will include tips and systemic awareness to help Black entrepreneurs. Guests are encouraged to stop by any time, grab a beer and celebrate.

Taco Bell vaccination taco giveaway

Taco Bell vaccination taco giveaway

Over the last few months there've been a number of food freebies for those who've got proof of COVID-19 vaccination—we're looking at you, Krispy Kreme—but on June 15, the taco titan of fast food is entering the ring. In a nod to California's full reopening that day, Taco Bell locations across the Golden State will give out one free taco to every guest who can flash a COVID-19 vaccination card displaying one or two shots have already been administered. The free taco in question? A beefy Doritos Locos Taco, and it's available all day long for walk-in orders or drive-thru (sorry, no delivery on this one). There's no purchase required, which means getting vaccinated won't just potentially save lives—it can also save you some money.

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Disney’s iconic Splash Mountain ride will get a ‘Princess and the Frog’ revamp

Disney’s iconic Splash Mountain ride will get a ‘Princess and the Frog’ revamp

UPDATE: Disney Parks announced on Friday that its previously-untitled, The Princess and the Frog-inspired Splash Mountain makeover will debut in late 2024 as “Tiana’s Bayou Adventure.” There aren’t a ton of other details yet about the Disneyland ride (which will appear in Walt Disney World, as well), but you can check out a video below of some of the Louisiana-based research that’s going into it. Our original story by Stephanie Breijo, published June 25, 2020, appears below. Disney Parks announced today that its iconic log-flume ride, Splash Mountain, is getting a whole new look. The beloved water ride is based off the controversial film Song of the South from the 1940s, but today the company shared that the both Disneyland and Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom locations are completely reimagining the 1989 ride with a more contemporary—and inclusive—film, The Princess and the Frog. Imagineers began planning the revamp last year, according to the parks’ announcement, and will set the new ride in New Orleans, following characters from the 2009 film such as Princess Tiana, Louis and Mama Odie through their preparations for a Mardi Gras performance. Fans have been calling for the re-theming for years, even creating an online petition to ditch Splash Mountain’s problematic origins. There’s no estimation on the ride’s completion, nor any word on whether the original Splash Mountain will still be available to visit whenever Disneyland reopens. But we do have an artist’s concept, wh

Here’s where to order Hanukkah dinner and desserts in Los Angeles this year

Here’s where to order Hanukkah dinner and desserts in Los Angeles this year

Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, comes early this year, starting on November 28 and running through December 6. Each year, the dates of the Jewish winter holiday vary but always begin on the 25th day of Kislev, the ninth month of the Hebrew calendar. Whether you’re lighting the menorah with a partner, friends or family, celebrate the importance of family, remembrance, blessings and (of course) fried foods with these take-home Hanukkah meals and limited-edition sweets and desserts from some of the best restaurants in the city. Akasha Every year, Culver City’s Akasha offers a “vodka and latkes” Hanukkah feast, including $25 seasonal cocktails serving two to three guests like Light the Menorah, a lavender blue vodka lemonade made with Meyer lemon and the cranberry vodka-based Jelly Donut sweetened with apricot jam. This year, they’re offering the same menu for to-go and delivery. Beyond Yukon Gold latkes, chef Akasha Richardson is also offering chopped, seasoned chicken liver by the half pint ($10), “pletzel” onion and poppy seed challah ($10) among other starters, as well as two-person servings of beef brisket ($40) and tangerine braised chicken ($36).  Note: Akasha will be closed for pickups or delivery on Monday, November 29 and Tuesday, November 30. Price: Varies; Order with 48 hours’ advance notice via Tock; pickup and delivery available November 28 and December 1–5.  Photograph: Courtesy Jeremy Fox Birdie G’s Jeremy Fox’s Santa Monica restaurant offers a f

Tyra Banks is opening a smizing-inspired ice cream shop in Santa Monica

Tyra Banks is opening a smizing-inspired ice cream shop in Santa Monica

This weekend supermodel, reality-TV personality, talk-show host and multi-hyphenate entrepreneur Tyra Banks wants to give you something to smile with your eyes about.  In 2009 the America’s Next Top Model host and producer coined the “smize,” a now-lexicon term that means smiling not with your mouth, but with your eyes, and today, she launches an ice cream shop in Santa Monica branded fully around it. That’s right, we’re getting a SMiZE Cream parlor (smizing not required for purchase). Technically Banks’s confection is frozen custard, not ice cream, due to its higher egg yolk and milk fat content, and it comes in a range of flavors such as strawberry birthday cake with sprinkles; salted caramel with butter-roasted pecans; Chocolate Barbecue, involving a smoked-chocolate base, brownies and roasted almonds; and one titled The Best Vanilla I Ever Had. Banks isn’t responsible for the recipes themselves—she tapped a culinary team to help create and manufacture them, including food scientist and fellow reality-TV participant Dr. Maya Warren—and at the bottom of each cup, there’s a sprinkle-coated cookie-dough truffle in flavors that correspond to each variety of frozen custard.  Photograph: Courtesy SMiZE Cream/Massimo Campana You’ll be able to pick up flavors in prepackaged eight- and 14-ounce cups, and if you don’t happen to be anywhere near Banks’s ode to smizing and frozen custard, the brand also launches nationwide shipping today. If you are in town, there’s a lot going on

Take a peek inside Bacari Silver Lake, opening in the former Cliff’s Edge space

Take a peek inside Bacari Silver Lake, opening in the former Cliff’s Edge space

This week one of L.A.’s most popular patios springs back to life. Surrounded by trees and bohemian touches, the indoor-outdoor restaurant Cliff’s Edge sat along Silver Lake’s stretch of Sunset Boulevard for 16 years but closed in March of 2020 to protect its staff from the pandemic, and then announced its permanent closure last October. But Wednesday night, the verdant—and romantic—restaurant space reopens as the newest branch of Mediterranean-leaning local chain Bacari. The Bacari Silver Lake menu will replicate the shareable small-plate, or cicchetti-style, offerings from Bacari’s other locations—Glendale, West Adams, West Third and Playa del Rey—but will also feature a few new dishes from executive chef and co-owner Lior Hillel. Photograph: Courtesy Bacari/Jakob N. Layman Dinner service will run nightly with options such as lamb-stuffed eggplant with a lemon-and-garlic emulsion; falafel with coconut harissa; smoked-mushroom pizza; and shawarma-inspired tacos, as will a late-night menu that runs until as late (or early) as 2am. Brunch service launches this Saturday, and will be available every Saturday and Sunday with dishes like potato-and-egg hash with chorizo and mornay; espresso-infused ricotta with berries and granola; and crab-cake Benedict, all of which to be noshed and shared throughout Bacari Silver Lake’s 5,000-square-foot space, which includes two fire pits, a full bar, strings of bulb lights, and, of course, that massive, popular patio, which was already a lon

Smorgasburg L.A. returns July 4 with a slew of new vendors

Smorgasburg L.A. returns July 4 with a slew of new vendors

The last year gave rise to some of L.A.’s most innovative pop-up restaurants yet, and now, thanks to Smorgasburg, you’ll be able to find a few of them in the Arts District every Sunday. On July 4 the massive weekly food event is returning for the first time since March 2020, and with it, it’s bringing more than 80 food and retail stalls to the ROW DTLA’s 7th Street Produce Market space. Some of Smorgasburg’s most iconic and long-standing attractions will be returning, but the vendor list—which was released this afternoon—also includes some of the region’s best new food concepts. Rebecca King’s pork-centric pop-up the Bad Jew is on the 2021 roster, offering massive pork pastrami sandwiches, while chef Rashida Holmes—who wants you to eat more goat, remember?—is bringing her Caribbean pop-up Bridgetown Roti to the mix with Jamaican patties, roti and more. Little Fish, which brought fried fish sandwiches to Echo Park, is coming to Smorg with seafood, sides and frozen lemonade, and the Highland Park-founded Los Dorados will freshly fry up its massive flautas from Steven Orozco Torres. View this post on Instagram A post shared by The Bad Jew - Rebecca King (@thebadjew) Hinoki & the Bird chef Brandon Kida’s Sichuan-inspired fried chicken concept, Go Go Bird, was one of our favorite delivery operations to emerge from 2020 and it will be popping up here every Sunday, but if you’re partial to roast chicken, Saucy Chick Rotisserie is bringing Mexic

All-vegan sports bar Put Me in Coach just opened in Highland Park

All-vegan sports bar Put Me in Coach just opened in Highland Park

Just in time for the NBA conference finals and a packed LAFC summer schedule, Highland Park’s got a new sports bar—and it’s one that’s entirely vegan. Last week Put Me in Coach opened in the former home of the also-vegan Hinterhof German Kitchen and Beer Garden, bringing two patios, local craft beer, flat-screen TVs, frosĂ©, boozy sno-cone–like concoctions, and an entirely plant-based menu of bar classics to York Boulevard. The new all-vegan sports bar comes to us from some of the minds behind a few of L.A.’s most fun spots to grab a drink or a plant-based bite: the nearby but now-closed bar Block Party, where local beer, frozen drinks, food pop-ups out front and a bustling back patio made for another York Boulevard destination; West Adams’s Party Beer Co., a taproom and brewery pouring playful, crisp brews and beer slushies with a menu of vegan pizzas, sandwiches and beyond; and the vegan Nashville-inspired fried chicken concept, Wolfie’s, housed in the former Block Party space. Photograph: Time Out/Stephanie BreijoBoneless "chicken" wings in spicy orange glaze Wolfie’s chef Richard Chang is overseeing the menu and organizes it into sections for burgers (regular or chili cheese), Asian street food (bulgogi bibimbap or orange chicken over purple rice), sides (onion rings, house-made Cool Ranch Doritos and the like), boneless wings and tacos, covering all the bases of bar-food fare. All the classics are there, but done with a plant-based bent: The nachos involve cashew sour

Spain’s TATEL restaurant is set to open in Beverly Hills next month

Spain’s TATEL restaurant is set to open in Beverly Hills next month

A flashy Spanish restaurant is set to touch down in Beverly Hills next month, promising live music nearly every night of the week and traditional Spanish cuisine with high-end ingredients and “an avant-garde touch.” TATEL, with locations in Madrid and Ibiza, is set to open sometime in July and transform the former home of Nic’s Beverly Hills into a restaurant, bar and live-entertainment space for “an unforgettable experience where food, cocktails and live music blend into one.” In Madrid’s outpost, live music is performed nightly; the new Beverly Hills iteration—the first U.S. expansion of the brand—will be open from Tuesday to Sunday and offer it nearly as often.  At the bar, expect cocktails in both classic and house-created forms—especially when it comes to gin: Our colleagues at Time Out Madrid named TATEL one of the 10 best gin bars in the city, after all. While the full menu is still in development, dishes for the preexisting locations include options such as grilled Iberian pork; saffron risotto with grated truffle; cannelloni with mushrooms and foie gras; fish in clam vinaigrette; and classics such as Iberian-ham croquettes. In Beverly Hills, expect to eat similar Spanish- and Mediterranean-leaning dishes from within the newest TATEL’s indoor-outdoor space, which features large doors that open out onto Canon Drive. Rendering: Courtesy TATEL Group TATEL is expected to launch at 453 N. Canon Dr. in Beverly Hills in July, and be open for lunch and dinner Tuesday throug

Mark Peel treated fine dining “like an artist’s workshop” and forever changed L.A.’s food scene

Mark Peel treated fine dining “like an artist’s workshop” and forever changed L.A.’s food scene

In 1989 one of L.A.’s most promising chefs opened what would become one of the city’s most influential restaurants. Under cofounder and chef Mark Peel, the commanding La Brea restaurant Campanile would spur decades of culinary talent that still finds kitchens creating and enduring under his influence to this day. Yesterday, on June 20 and at the age of 66, Peel passed away after being diagnosed with cancer only nine days prior, reports the Los Angeles Times.  Before he launched one of the most lauded restaurants in Los Angeles, Peel spent his childhood in the San Gabriel Valley. At 12 he moved out of Southern California and north to Sonoma Valley, where he took his first kitchen job. Eventually Peel began cooking under Wolfgang Puck at Ma Maison, then at Michael’s Santa Monica, then Alice Waters’s Chez Panisse, and returned to Los Angeles to become chef de cuisine at Spago’s original location in West Hollywood. In 1989 Peel and his then-wife, chef Nancy Silverton of Mozza and La Brea Bakery, opened Campanile: a restaurant that would grow to influence and serve as training ground for more acclaimed chefs than almost any other in Los Angeles history. Silverton and Peel divorced, but Campanile remained open for more than 20 years—more than a small feat in such a mercurial industry. (The space is now home to RĂ©publique.) In the last years of his career, Peel opened Prawn Coastal, a quick and casual seafood concept inside Downtown’s Grand Central Market. At the time of its launch,

There’s an Alice in Wonderland-themed bar headed to L.A.

There’s an Alice in Wonderland-themed bar headed to L.A.

Some of our best bars are starting to reopen for every occasion and scenario you can imagine, and if you’re specifically looking to travel down a rabbit hole in order to get a cocktail, L.A.’s got you covered there, too. This October, an immersive Alice in Wonderland-themed bar is heading to town, complete with cocktails, games, puzzles, plenty of photo ops and even a round of the Queen of Hearts’ favorite game, croquet. (We hear you’ll even be playing it with faux flamingos.) Events companies Viral Ventures—which is currently running a wizard-themed pop-up bar in Hollywood—is bringing a Mad Hatter-inspired cocktail soirĂ©e to Los Angeles this fall and offering a taste of their popular Wonderland Bar in Sydney: a three-floor dive into Alice and Wonderland with rentable themed rooms, a full bar of tea cocktails and even high tea.  The L.A. pop-up, called Alice: An Immersive Cocktail Experience, will run 90 minutes long and take place in an undisclosed location somewhere in the city. We don’t know exactly how it’ll compare to the Sydney version, but we do know there’ll be riddles, activities such as painting the roses red, and plenty of photographable moments, not to mention tea-inspired cocktails overflowing with fog from dry ice. Every ticket runs $45 and will include two drinks, plus a welcome-to-the-party jello shot. You’ll be sipping on the likes of the Teapot, which involves limoncello, triple sec, orange, cranberry and lemon, and the vodka-based Painting Cocktail with van

Take a peek inside A.O.C. Brentwood before it opens tonight

Take a peek inside A.O.C. Brentwood before it opens tonight

One of L.A.’s most influential wine bars is heading west, bringing Spanish fried chicken and a range of biodynamic and organic wines from the Central Coast, France and beyond to Brentwood. Tonight, chef Suzanne Goin and restaurateur Caroline Styne’s lauded A.O.C. is getting a second location and opening in the former Larder at Tavern and Tavern spaces, which the duo closed last year. What once offered retail shelves and a cold case for salads and other prepared foods—and then made way for a bakery case and a bar—has been transformed into a more formal dining room, with a communal table for walk-in seating. Tavern’s atrium is gone, but the remodel offers a new private dining room, plus outdoor seating, and for those fans of the Beverly A.O.C., an identical menu of seasonal small plates. The quintessential Spanish fried chicken with chili-and-cumin butter and a romesco aioli will be on offer at A.O.C. Brentwood, as will long-time favorites such as the parmesan-stuffed, bacon-wrapped dates; wood-fired clams in sherry; and the beloved roasted chicken with green olives, a dish in ode to San Francisco’s Zuni Café—all with a kitchen led by Tavern's former chef de cuisine, Hamilton Lyons. Shannon Swindle, who oversees the pastry program at the original A.O.C., will also lead the dessert program in Brentwood. Dinner will be offered Tuesday through Sunday, beginning at 5pm, with brunch service and the Brentwood-only addition of weekday breakfast and lunch to follow in the coming weeks

California will extend to-go cocktails beyond June 15

California will extend to-go cocktails beyond June 15

When California fully reopens on June 15, one of the state’s most useful pandemic allowances for restaurants and bars will be sticking around—at least for the foreseeable future. This afternoon Governor Gavin Newsom announced that businesses selling food as well as alcohol will be allowed to continue to sell to-go cocktails thanks to an extension of the temporary provision. Previously illegal, restaurants and bars across Los Angeles have bolstered their takeout sales through the ability of customers to add pre-made cocktails to food orders during the last 15 months. The provision also spurred countless specials, business expansions and some innovation within the industry, such as new cocktail canning operations across the county, delivery cocktails, frozen drinks to-go and themed cocktail kits. The move to extend the program would allow to-go cocktails with the sale of food to be offered through the calendar year until statewide bills—such as SB-389, which passed in the State Senate in May and has yet to be voted on in the Assembly—could theoretically pass and be signed into law, allowing to-go cocktails on a permanent basis. “We’ve got a number of pieces of legislation that is [sic] going through the California legislature,” Gov. Newsom said in a press conference on Thursday. “Some of that won’t happen soon enough, so we want to make sure there are no gaps, and that’s why we’re going to extend these orders that we put into place going back to March of last year.” Newsom also

Avengers Campus serves the best (and funniest) fried chicken sandwich we’ve ever had at a theme park

Avengers Campus serves the best (and funniest) fried chicken sandwich we’ve ever had at a theme park

When Disney’s Avengers Campus opens on Friday, you won’t have to go subatomic or enter the quantum realm to find Ant-Man’s corner of the park; you’ll just have to head to Pym Test Kitchen, where the food mirrors the size-morphing antics of the titular superhero (and thief and champion of the everyman) Scott Lang and his tech-savvy partner, Hope van Dyne, alias the Wasp. The new restaurant is also where you’ll find some of the best food being served in the Disneyland Resort, no quantum tunneling required—unless, of course, you’re one of the pretzels growing and shrinking above the cash registers. The long-awaited Marvel-themed footprint of the California Adventure park features meet-and-greets with the likes of Iron Man, battle training from Wakanda’s Dora Milaje, reality-bending entertainment from Doctor Strange, and an interactive web-slinging Spider-Man ride, and as thrilling as it is entering an ancient sanctum or witnessing Spidey scale a wall, there’s almost nothing more delightful than an oversized fried chicken sandwich served between comically tiny buns. Pym Test Kitchen’s whole schtick is downright charming—we’d expect nothing less from a restaurant modeled after a Paul Rudd franchise—and the big-small-big-small gimmick lends itself to some true comedy across the otherwise classic American menu. One massive plant-based meatball sits next to one that’s not much larger than a marble, and they form a “spoonful” (where the bowl is, you guessed it, an oversized spoon) wit

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