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Chili dogs and churros at Hungry Harold's; Credit: Noam Bleiweiss

4 Great Strip Mall Culinary Mash-Ups

Los Angeles' endless strip malls are a wonderland of great, often hidden culinary gems. There are tucked away ethnic eats to be had for cheap, Michelin-starred sushi spots that share parking with chain coffee spots and even a few mashups that occur right on your lunch plate. Indian food and......
Mexicali Taco will be representing at Coachella; Credit: Paul Bartunek

Coachella 2014: What to Eat While Waiting to See OutKast

Ah, yes. The annual desert sweat-fest, perhaps better known as the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, is upon us all. In places like Venice, Silver Lake, Echo Park and Los Feliz, weekend streets will lay barren and unused; local bars will resort to extended happy hour pricing to try to lure......
Tagliatelle and porchetta at Union; Credit: Farley Elliott

Now Open: Bruce Kalman's Union in Pasadena

As Pasadena continues its slow climb towards culinary self-sufficiency, the rest of L.A. county has been watching on with varying levels of interest. Grist & Toll has certainly helped to charm up the place, offering urban flour milling and the occasional on-site bread bake, while the area's recent coffee boom - including the......
Tacos at Mondo Taco; Credit: Farley Elliott

Now Open: Mondo Taco in Santa Monica

Is Santa Monica becoming downright stuffed with taco shops? Not exactly. But the move of taco mavens Mondo Taco from their skimpy Mid-City location on La Brea does bring a third high-visibility operation to the area, behind Tacos Por Favor and Tacos Punta Cabras. But Mondo isn't looking to replicate the simple, straightforward fare at Por Favor or......
Last known photo of Burritobox; Credit: Farley Elliott

RIP Burritobox (2014 – 2014)

Folks, if you'll (once again) forgive my crass language for a moment, there's really something important that needs to be discussed: We f*cking did it. We officially turned up the food pop culture wash cycle to 11. It moves so fast now, there's no telling where one hit story begins......
$10 combo from Chicken and Rice truck; Credit: Farley Elliott

Chicken and Rice Truck: The Second Coming of Manhattan's Halal Cart Culture?

Well, that was quick. Just twenty-odd days since the official unveiling of the Chicken and Rice truck, we've already seen late-night lines around the block, question-and-answer odes to the second coming of Manhattan's halal cart culture and lots of early Yelpers photoshopping their tin of food next to the version found at the Halal Guys......
Sausage pizza at DeSano Pizza; Credit: Marie Buck

5 Questions For Marino Monferrato of DeSano Pizza, Opening Today

A 7,000 square-foot former mechanic shop in East Hollywood may seem like a curious place for Marino Monferrato to end up these days, but that's exactly what's happened. As the half-decade front-of-the-house man for Cecconi's in West Hollywood, Monferrato donned a suit and tie while recommending pricey wines to moneyed......
Oysters at Barbershop Ristorante; Credit: Clay Larsen

Barbershop Ristorante Popping up in Hollywood Through Mid-February

Goodbye, Westside. Chef Walter el Nagar's consistently fleeting Italian pop-ups titled Barbershop Ristorante, have been moving progressively east, with earlier stints in Venice and upstairs at the A.O.C. space on West 3rd. Now the chef, known for his work at beach town haunts like Il Grano, Piccolo and Michelin-rated La Botte,......
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