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Tom Bergin's

Tom Bergin's Tavern Reboot: The Song Remains (Almost) the Same

We've only seen Tom Bergin's pass through three phases. First, there was the Bergin's with the Irish coffee, the highly competent, sociable bartenders in formal attire, and the garlicky cheese toast for a couple of bucks. Then there was the Bergin's with the Irish coffee, the highly competent, sociable bartenders in formal......
A dish at Noma; Credit: cyclonebill/flickr

Noma Moving to Japan in 2015

Copenhagen's Noma, which has often been called the best restaurant in the world, serves local food, but not like a West Hollywood cafe serving $17 salads. Noma's teams of foragers scour the ample Danish countryside for scores of obscure herbs, greens, and berries to go with those horse mussels and......
Garcia Bros. taco truck; Credit: Andrew Simmons

Taco Truck Report: Garcia Bros.

Most trucks have a defining trait, a characteristic which separates each from the pack and can typically be discerned after a few visits. Garcia Bros., which operates a few taco trucks, including one located most nights at the corner of Venice and La Cienega, stands out for its salsas -......
Papaya salad; Credit: A. Simmons

Ord Noodles 2 in Panorama City: Noodle Up

When you pull off the 405 for dinner in Panorama City, you're not aware you're entering a gastronomic wonderland. You're killing time because of bad traffic. You're there to buy a car at one of the many dealerships lining Roscoe Boulevard. Maybe you have a sudden pressing need to visit......
Chicken fingers; Credit: Flickr/theimpulsivebuy

Students Don't Care About Marketing. They'll Still Eat Junk Food

The White House means well. It's always nice to come to that conclusion. Tuesday's news that ads pushing junk food and soda would be banned from all schools participating in the government-subsidized free lunch program might mean that students around our country may no longer, as of next year, be exposed to heinous......
A real pub in Birmingham

London University's Mock Pub Sounds Like a Lame Saturday Night

A London university has forked over $33,000 to build a pub for students. Unfortunately, the school isn't trying to make excessive drinking easier for students. The pub is a wooden bar in a brightly lit converted study room in the psychology department. Its operators are not grizzled barkeeps but instead vested......
Credit: xlibber via flickr

Robot E-Tongue Knows More About Beer than You

You know that red muscle that hides behind your teeth? The thing with more bumps than one of Peter Jackson's dwarves? The thing that Miley Cyrus can't keep from spilling out? It may soon be obsolete. At least in the world of beer tasting. A group of Barcelona researchers have......
Township's bar; Credit: Township Saloon

Sunset Boulevard Bar Report: Township Saloon

The Place: Township Saloon, 6612 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles; 323-464-5700. The Hours: Mon.-Sat. Noon-2 a.m.; Sun. 9 a.m.-2 a.m. The Digs: The first thing you notice about Township Saloon is its parking lot. A quick, don't-miss-it right off Sunset, the lot is expansive and reserved for the sports bar's patrons. You......
Jenifer Mendez and Kimberly K. Sanchez display their winning dish.; Credit: photo courtesy of Tatum Wan

Manual Arts Duo Wins LAUSD's Cooking Up Change Competition

Remember cafetera cheeseburger pizza squares glazed with orange cheese? School lunch can be a very bad thing. With actual students on the case, that might change. A team of Manual Arts high school students has just won LAUSD's Cooking up Change competition, a contest challenging high school culinary students to......
Chef Roy Choi; Credit: Anne Fishbein

Get to Know Roy Choi's POT Starting Tonight

Before you grab your vaporizor and the Visine, remind yourself that POT is not about weed, its impresario Roy Choi notwithstanding. Before you skip afternoon tea to save room for dinner, realize that there will be no food served tonight at POT, Choi's brand-new establishment opening at the Line Hotel......