République, the airy La Brea bistro that Chef Walter Manzke helms, runs a pretty fantastic morning pastry program too.
December 24, 2013
For nearly a century, downtown Los Angeles’ Grand Central Market has been a place for locals to buy everything from fresh produce and quality meats to takeaway snacks and big bottles of liquor. Untold numbers of stalls have come and gone since then, felled by sinking economies or turned into newer, shinier fronts during prosperous times. Now, after years of slow decline at the once-vaunted downtown open market, things are turning over and looking up once again.
December 13, 2013
République is Manzke’s true return to form, in the city that helped to shape him. And he couldn’t have picked a better building as his backdrop.
As one of three great up-and-coming breweries in Los Angeles profiled recently on Serious Eats, the Pipe Dream team of Brian Holter and Kingsley Toby certainly know how to make beer. The duo have been homebrewing for years, churning out award winners and local favorites on a regular basis. And by local, that means Toby’s garage in Culver City.
To be fair, the Pipe Dream (home)brewhouse is hardly makeshift, with a fully realized brewing operation that mimics large commercial breweries, a walk in cold storage area and a few casks for aging their own concoctions.
On a recent weekend, Toby and Holter let me poke around, sample their fantastic Green Dragon IPA and get a peek inside the Pipe Dream garage.
Trying to chronicle every amazing grilled cheese in Los Angeles would be a lesson in heart failure and palate fatigue. Instead, here are six great versions, from high-end cheese markets in the San Fernando Valley to streetside food truck fare, with an award-winning rendition from chef Eric Greenspan thrown in for good measure.
September 16, 2013
Now open in Hollywood, Roadside Eats is the third collaboration between Rush Street and City Tavern owners Ken Kaufman and Brian McKeaney. The pair is also continuing their work with chef Dave Northrup, who has previously been in charge of the day-to-day kitchen operations for the team’s other restaurants.
With Roadside Eats, the trio brings a Southern-inspired barbecue menu to Hollywood. Their new fast-casual space is decorated with white tile walls, a hanging menu board above the open kitchen, and small cold case for sides and a small patio out front.
“We’d been talking about this for a while,” said chef Northrup of the decision to open up a new concept in Hollywood. “We wanted to break out from Culver City, and this seemed like a great opportunity to do just that.”
Los Angeles’ years-long rise towards national culinary significance crested recently with the naming of downtown LA’s Alma as America’s best new restaurant. There have been lots of great restaurants and chefs riding that same wave, most recently in the guise of the annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival. Now in its third year, the LA Food & Wine Fest has grown exponentially from its beginnings outside of the Staples Center. This year, the multi-day event crisscrossed the city, with lunches in Beverly Hills, tacos and tequila by the beach, and an Asian night market with the Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall as a backdrop.
The events all culminate over the weekend, with back-to-back Grand Tasting events. The splashy, Lexus-backed tastings aren’t cheap—VIP tickets will run you about $200—but they do bring out the absolute best, with chefs like Fabio Viviani, Masaharu Morimoto, David Lefevre, Ricardo Zarate, and Grant Achatz all on hand to serve up small plates of pork cheek, compressed yellow watermelon with speck, or whatever else came to mind. Add in 200 wineries from across the globe, and that hefty ticket price begins to make a little more sense.
With more out-of-town chefs, wineries, and attendees than ever, the LA Food & Wine Festival seems poised to keep riding the wave of LA’s food scene success.
There’s something very satisfying about a warm, hearty meal to start your day off right, especially if you ended your evening on a particularly boozy note. In Los Angeles, that can often mean one thing: breakfast burritos.
Breakfast burritos are a divisive topic. Some folks can’t even agree on the essential ingredients for a breakfast burrito — egg, tortilla, maybe breakfast meat, maybe potato, maybe cheese — let alone where to find the finest version. Luckily, Angelenos are spoiled for choice, so a decent breakfast burrito of some kind is never far away.