For those of you who have followed Gary Menes' traveling restaurant Le Comptoir, most recently at Fred Eric's downtown Tiara Cafe, you will want to enter another location into your phone -- and itinerary. Beginning Sept. 10, Le Comptoir will be popping up at the downtown wine bar Mignon. Because Men ... More >>
Less than a month after they closed down their Cal Plaza restaurant, the husband and wife duo behind Starry Kitchen, Nguyen and Thi Tran, reopened last Thursday inside Fred Eric's Tiara Cafe.
The new menu boasts family-friendly entrees including Malaysian chicken curry, crispy tofu balls (a crossov ... More >>
Le Comptoir, Gary Menes' traveling restaurant, is finally coming to the end of its current incarnation at Fred Eric's downtown Tiara Cafe. Menes says that the last dinner will be August 11. "We were coming up on our 1-year anniversary," Menes said. "Come celebrate our 1-year pop-up. How ridiculous i ... More >>
Fact: Nobody does press releases like Nguyen Tran.
Late afternoon Friday, the founder and proprietor of downtown's Starry Kitchen sent out a lengthy, Hunter S. Thompson-like email explaining that the popular downtown restaurant space in Bunker Hill's California Plaza would be shuttering as of July ... More >>
It's that time of year again, time to save the date on your calendar, consider a juice fast and, when said date arrives, to head downtown to Vibiana's to eat one seriously big breakfast. LA Weekly's Second Annual Pancake Breakfast will be held on Sunday, August 5, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Why Vibiana' ... More >>
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"Being a cook was out of the question," Gary Menes says of his childhood aspirations. The reason: his father. And why do you suppose Menes' father wanted him to become somethin ... More >>
Valentine's Day is fast approaching, thus it is time to book reservations at your favorite swank restaurant. Assuming you have a date for the evening. If you do not, well, check back later for our Best Dive Bars in L.A. list.
Of course your significant other may not be the white tablecloth sort, s ... More >>
In which we highlight the past week in food, either at home or abroad.
"The lime-and-salt thing is for beginners." The Cocktail Issue: Border Grill's Sangrita A Recipe.
"It looks a bit more like an 18-wheeler crossed with a Che Guevara T-shirt shop." [Updated] Jam ... More >>
A. Scattergoodthe chorizo-poblano pizzette at Tiara Cafe
In our recent 2-part interview with Fred Eric (Tiara Cafe, Fred 62), Eric discussed the restaurant as art installation, the question of Jeff Koons, and the benefits of fasting for food professionals. Well, for him at least. And a surpri ... More >>
A. ScattergoodFred Eric at Tiara
Fred Eric is not your typical chef-slash-restaurateur, if in fact there is a specific type (Twitter account, frozen food line, reality television appearance, child named Petal Blossom Rainbow) that encapsulates the contemporary model. The longtime Los Angeles ... More >>
A. ScattergoodFred Eric at Tiara
When we left off our conversation with Fred Eric (Fred 62, Tiara Cafe), the chef was discussing his eating habits. Or lack thereof, as Eric was in the middle of a two-week fast when we interviewed him. A fast is one thing if you're an ascetic in the Mojave, qu ... More >>
LA Street Food Fest
If you missed February's first-ever LA Street Food Fest, here's your second chance. On Saturday, July 24 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. (4 p.m. to 5 p.m. if you're VIP), more than 60 gourmet trucks, old-school stands, some of L.A.'s top restaurants and their chefs will join forc ... More >>
The raw and the cooked--and everything in between--were showcased at Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation fundraiser event in Culver City on Sunday. Many of the participating local chefs were big on crudo, while others preferred carbonizing their protein. The sheer number of chefs and food busin ... More >>