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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Seafood

10 Best Places in L.A. for Smoked Fish

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Thu, May 15, 2014 at 5:00 AM
Petrossian’s smoked fish platter - JARED COWAN
  • Jared Cowan
  • Petrossian’s smoked fish platter
Varieties of lox, smoked sturgeon, whitefish and sable, among others, are all important cultural delicacies which date back generations to European countries, specifically Russia. Immigrants brought with them their methods of smoking food and made a huge culinary impact that can still be tasted today in many trendy brunch spots around town or posh hotels in Beverly Hills. "There's a ton of history with smoked fish, especially with the czars and the royal factor of it," says Micah Wexler of Wexler's Deli. 

However, when you sit down at a restaurant and order some lox, you don't always know where it's coming from. Most of the time it's not even sliced correctly. Supermarkets carry pre-packaged smoked fish containing preservatives and high levels of salt. If you really want to know what you're getting in terms of smoked fish, you need to head to a specialty market or appetizing store, the term made famous by Russ & Daughters, New York's Lower East Side smoked fish institution.

With the recent phasing out of the famous Barney Greengrass name at Barney's in Beverly Hills and the new festival circuit documentary, The Sturgeon Queens, about Russ & Daughters, we thought it was the perfect opportunity to find great places in L.A. for smoked fish.

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Monday, January 6, 2014

espresso and lavender - LAVENDER & HONEY'S TUMBLR PAGE
Coffee geeks in Pasadena have had it good for some time, between Jones Coffee Roasters and Intelligentsia and now the new Copa Vida in Old Town. This spring, they'll be getting even more espresso love, thanks to Lavender & Honey Espresso Bar, opening in this spring on East Washington Boulevard and Hill, in the northern part of town near Altadena.

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Micah Wexler - ANNE FISHBEIN
  • Anne Fishbein
  • Micah Wexler
It's hard to believe that it's been a year since Mezze closed. The Middle Eastern–influenced New American restaurant on La Cienega Boulevard shuttered in late October 2012 after ongoing issues with a construction site next door. It was a loss to L.A.'s food scene for many reasons, most importantly because it meant we could no longer eat the cooking of chef Micah Wexler.

Wexler has been keeping busy in the meantime, looking for a new project along with partner Mike Kassar, and popping up at Umamicatessen for a series of themed "residencies." Now Wexler and Kassar have found that new project, in partnership with Pitfire Pizza's David Sanfield: a classic deli in downtown's Grand Central Market called Wexler's Deli.

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Monday, September 16, 2013

Monday, September 16, 2013

Delis

A Fantastic Cuban Sandwich at Moore's Delicatessen in Burbank

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Mon, Sep 16, 2013 at 9:50 AM

The Cuban sandwich at Moore's Deli - B. RODELL
  • B. Rodell
  • The Cuban sandwich at Moore's Deli
Hidden in Plain Sight is a new series in which we take a new look at an established restaurant. In our lust for newness and our obsession with "bests," the fantastic unsung places that make up the bulk of our city's dining sometimes get overlooked. Here we aim to acknowledge, examine and (often) celebrate those places.

The Cuban sandwich is one of those food items that inspires great controversy. If it isn't quite "authentic," can it even be considered a success? What exactly makes it authentic? Can you add salami? Lettuce? Tomato? (The standard answers are no, no and no, but try telling that to the residents of Tampa, FL.)

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Friday, May 10, 2013

Bacon Cheeseburger at Storefront Deli - GARRETT SNYDER
  • Garrett Snyder
  • Bacon Cheeseburger at Storefront Deli
Word is beginning to come down from the social media-sphere that Storefront in Los Feliz is shuttering. After a few unconfirmed and seriously clandestine hours, it now appears certain that chef-owners Zak Walters and Chris Phelps will be closing up the popular deli space immediately.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Sandwiches at Roma Italian Deli - GARRETT SNYDER
  • Garrett Snyder
  • Sandwiches at Roma Italian Deli
On May 28, the FDA will lift the USDA ban on imported Italian cured pork products. This means we'll finally get to enjoy artisanal salami from parts of Italy like Emilia-Romagna and Piedmonte. Although according to The New York Times, it remains to be seen how much will be made available to us, given the cost of certification (upwards of $100,000).

Still the sentiment seems to be that we'll be saved from bad meat. While we wait to see how this will affect Italian delis, restaurants and purveyors in the long run, we're standing by some of our favorites for made-to-order Italian American cold cut sandwiches. Turn the page for our 6 favorites, listed in alphabetical order.

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Delis

Langer's Pastrami Delivery: From L.A. to You

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Thu, Dec 20, 2012 at 8:00 AM

pastrami sandwich - N. GALUTEN
  • N. Galuten
  • pastrami sandwich
The pastrami sandwich at Langer's Delicatessen is legendary. So delicious that it made our "100 Favorite Dishes" list. So distinctive that Nora Ephron deemed it "the finest hot pastrami sandwich in the world." So beloved that Angelenos regularly queue up for a taste -- and out-of-towners bemoan their loss.

But there is a solution for those hapless souls: FedEx.

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Monday, November 26, 2012

100 Favorite Dishes

9: Pastrami on Rye at Langer's Delicatessen

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Mon, Nov 26, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Pastrami on Rye at Langer's - N. GALUTEN
  • N. Galuten
  • Pastrami on Rye at Langer's

9: Pastrami on Rye at Langer's Delicatessen.

Dozens of food writers and chefs, many greater than ourselves, have said it before: Langer's Delicatessen doesn't just have some of the best pastrami in Los Angeles, but possibly the world. A recent trip to New York, which included a spectacular but ultimately second-fiddle pastrami sandwich from Katz's Deli, served only to prove this rapidly spreading hypothesis.

Located on the eastern edge of MacArthur Park, surrounded by street vendors selling everything from fresh tostones to bootleg DVDs, Langer's is a relic of old Los Angeles. It's waitresses are charmingly brash; the doors shut at 4 p.m. sharp. They don't make 'em like this anymore.

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Comic Seth Front - E. DWASS
  • E. Dwass
  • Comic Seth Front
While many comics get their material from headlines, L.A. comedian Seth Front draws his inspiration from another source: deli menus. For the past two years, Front has crisscrossed the country giving talks on the culinary history of American Jews of Eastern European descent, using delicatessen foods as markers. From immigrant pushcarts on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in the 1880s, to hip new venues, Front traces the journey of beloved foods like knishes, pastrami and latkes.

Last weekend, Front was on his home turf, at Congregation Or Ami in Calabasas, where the big crowd ate up his combo platter of humor and history. And afterwards, appropriately, they noshed at Canter's Deli truck, which Front describes as "a pushcart of the 21st century."

The son of a reform rabbi, Front, who previously worked in the film industry, says he had an epiphany "at a place where good things always happen to Jews. A Chinese restaurant."

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Friday, August 17, 2012

B. RODELL
  • B. Rodell
Leading up to this year's Best of L.A. issue (due out Oct. 4), we'll be counting down, in no particular order, 100 of our favorite dishes.

66: Pastrami Reuben at Art's Delicatessan.

The motto at Art's Deli in Studio City is "Every sandwich is a work of art." The deli, which has changed little since it opened in 1957, serves all the Jewish deli classics: creamy chopped liver, rich matzoh ball soup.

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