Chomping down on the spindly, arachnid limbs of a softshell crab is one of early summer's great joys. It's this time of year that blue crabs shed their hard shells and can therefore be eaten whole, legs and all.
A handful of L.A. restaurants are serving the very seasonal seafood right now -- here ... More >>
For a limited time, former Alma chef de cuisine Derrick de Jesus is running his MSG pop-up at Brick House Kitchen in Venice on Monday nights from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. This latest version departs from the tasting menu series the chef ran at City Sip in Echo Park, but it continues his plans to scope o ... More >>
Food & Wine magazine's annual Best New Chef competition is up and running, and while in some ways it's just one more meaningless popularity contest aimed at garnering huge pageviews for the magazine's website, it will certainly help the chef who comes away with the title. (See Ricardo Zarate, who wo ... More >>
At Alma, the downtown restaurant owned by chef Ari Taymor (and the subject of this week's restaurant review), vegetarian options take up about a quarter to a third of the menu on any given night. The problem is that the menus are very short, so while there are certainly meat-free things you can eat, ... More >>
At last night's Test Kitchen dinner at Bestia, the phrase "vegetarian options are not available during this special meal" printed on top of the menu was something of an understatement. Cooked by some of L.A.'s top "underground" chefs, the focus of the 5-course meal was a selection of offal-centric d ... More >>
What's the point of a pop-up restaurant? It's a bit strange to think that several years into a dining movement that has given chefs greater creative and entrepreneurial freedom than ever before, the answer to that question is still pretty nebulous. Ostensibly, the goal is to open up a full restauran ... More >>