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Joshua Lurie

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Best Craft Michelada

Micheladas — the savory, often spicy beer cocktails that originated in Mexico — have become increasingly over-the-top in L.A., where you now can find them garnished with shellfish or sticks of candy. Yet given that craft beer is booming in L.A., it's surprising that so few places actually use craft......
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L.A. Restaurant Owners Reveal the Stories Behind Their Neon Signs

When Jonathan Grahm opened his second outpost of Compartés Chocolatier on Melrose Place two years ago, one of the first things he did was install a neon sign that proclaims, “Chocolate Is Art!” The glowing sign, which he says describes his business in a nutshell and is modeled after his own......
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Slow Food: Where to Find the Best Snail Dishes in L.A.

Snails, the slow-moving garden dwellers that view simple table salt as Kryptonite, now play an increasingly prominent role on dinner tables, and not just at French restaurants. Snails are frequently imported from Burgundy, though they’ll occasionally have different terroir or hail from the sea. Chefs love to lavish their tender......
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Recognize That Restaurant Logo? It Was Probably Designed by This Guy

David Irvin’s gray felt bucket hat sports a black band, a pheasant feather and double “bullet holes” on the rim. The hat, from London “punk tailors” Art Comes First, complements Irvin’s Fu Manchu goatee. Of course, it’s not surprising that the branding expert has perfected his personal style; he’s been......
Crying tiger beef at Spicy Sugar; Credit: Joshua Lurie

You Can Now Find Jitlada's Thai Family Recipes in Long Beach

A flaming sugar cube greets diners at Sugar Sungkamee’s restaurant, Spicy Sugar, which debuted at the end of January in Long Beach. You may recognize Sugar from Jitlada, the incendiary east Hollywood restaurant that her father, Chef Tui Sungkameee, runs with her aunt, celeb magnet Jazz Singsanong. Spicy Sugar’s opening is......
The Fundamental L.A. burger; Credit: Joshua Lurie

Fundamental L.A.'s New Chef Upgrades Westwood's Best Sandwiches

Childhood friends Woogene Lee and Jeff Faust already had a good thing going with Fundamental L.A., the sandwich shop by day and sit-down restaurant by night that they opened near Westwood Village in 2011. Four years later, after Philip Pretty left to take the executive chef job at Restauration in Long......
Tonkotsu ramen and kakuni bowl; Credit: Josh Lurie

First Look: Venice Ramen Brings Tokyo-Style Ramen to the Beach

Until recently, the stretch of Washington Boulevard that spills into Venice Pier was best known for beer, burgers and scantily clad tourists. Thanks to the arrival of chef-driven restaurants like Leona and Charcoal, the Venice-Marina del Rey border has become far more interesting, at least when it comes to food......
Proof Bakery's fromage blanc cheesecake; Credit: Joshua Lurie

The 10 Best Cheesecakes in Los Angeles

Cheesecake can be crafted from base ingredients like ricotta, goat cheese or cream cheese, bolstered with fruit or nuts, anchored by a graham cracker crust and built to the sky. Of course, it can have none of those things, too. And while the dessert's mellow sweetness and creamy richness is......
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Park’s Hot Pot in Koreatown Is Slowly Building Steam

Chef Jenee Kim clearly doesn’t enjoy standing pat. The Park’s BBQ doyenne has had a hit on her hands since 2003, and she’s expanded her Korean vision several times since then. Pork-focused Don Dae Gam and adjacent LaOn Dining had brief runs. Fast casual Oleego by Park’s BBQ now has......