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Panini Cosmopolitan Café Opens in Westwood

Panini Cosmopolitan Café Opens in Westwood

This new Mediterranean style café that also specializes in Tequila has recently opened up in Westwood—not in the village but lower down Westwood Boulevard. Yes, parking can be a hassle, but at $3.50 it is manageable. The restaurant can loosely be described as a Mexican Mediterranean inspired café/bistro with several signature items on a very […]

| June 28, 2014
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Kincaid’s on the Pier in Redondo Beach Hires New Chef

Kincaid’s on the Pier in Redondo Beach Hires New Chef

Kincaid’s on the Pier in Redondo Beach is a destination restaurant and a new chef is in charge. Lance Corrales is no young up and coming hot shot looking to make a quick name for himself, but more of an experienced chef who was hired over younger competition because he knows how to deliver when […]

| March 1, 2014
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Oxnard on the Rise

Oxnard on the Rise

Oxnard, a seaside town about 70 miles from Los Angeles and on the way to Ventura and Santa Barbara, has historically struggled a bit as a poor relation. While Ventura and Santa Barbara remain very fashionable, this gap is closing and a recent, albeit brief, early New Year visit confirmed this. The foodie scene is […]

| February 6, 2014
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Badmaash  Arrives In L.A.

Badmaash Arrives In L.A.

Badmaash Indian restaurant in downtown Los Angeles is a place I have continually heard about and I am pleased to report that this small, yet comfortable eatery is doing a few things interestingly different with Indian food. Billed as an Indian gastro-pub and only serving beer and wine, the alcohol menu is as compact as […]

| December 11, 2013
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Thai Select Awards Salute Best In The West

Thai Select Awards Salute Best In The West

Last week at the famous Castaways Restaurant in Burbank, California, the Thai Select Awards were presented. These awards honored the top ten Thai restaurants in the Western United States—certainly a great marketing tool for the owners of these establishments in a fast growing segment of the ethnic food market. Ever since the omnipotent foodie, Anthony […]

| November 20, 2013
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Tam O’shanter-Los Angeles’ Oldest Restaurant

Tam O’shanter-Los Angeles’ Oldest Restaurant

Yes, that is the hard fact about this Scottish style pub/restaurant in Los Feliz that opened in 1922—although though there are a couple of others that may have opened at an earlier date, none have had this length of history at the same location. Why it has taken me so long to explore this slice […]

| August 30, 2013
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Sadie Kitchen And Lounge In Hollywood  American Food With A Slight Edge

Sadie Kitchen And Lounge In Hollywood American Food With A Slight Edge

Put this story into the category of a “hidden secret,” because up until a couple of weeks ago I was unfamiliar with Sadie Kitchen and Lounge which is tucked away on Las Palmas Street in Hollywood. It is an impressive space that has just been augmented by their large outside patio area, and it is […]

| August 17, 2013
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Doing The Pho In Beverly Hills

Doing The Pho In Beverly Hills

Forget the fact that Kanye West injured his head on a sign while going into 9021PHO last week, as well as creating quite a scene inside the restaurant with the pursuing pack of paparazzi. It is the food here that is the headline maker. This is a stellar example of superior Vietnamese food in a […]

| July 9, 2013
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Mas Malo – Still Hip Enough for Downtown L.A.

Mas Malo – Still Hip Enough for Downtown L.A.

After two years, and 638 Yelp reviews, Mas Malo is going strong and satisfying the palates of those in search of fine Latin cuisine. Management is well aware that trends and tastes can change very quickly in this town, but Chef Robert Luna, who grew up with this cuisine, seems to always have his thumb […]

| March 12, 2013
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El Cid Restaurant-Still Going Strong In Silverlake

El Cid Restaurant-Still Going Strong In Silverlake

For those of you old enough to remember the classic movie “EL CID” starring Charlton Heston, a visit to El Cid restaurant in Silver Lake is at the very least a nostalgic experience. The restaurant has been around forever and the building itself, even longer. We went on a bitterly cold night to check out […]

| January 13, 2013
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