The Funk Zone is a roughly 12-block area between Highway 101 and the beach and within walking distance of the train station. What was once a dilapidated and neglected part of Santa Barbara has been reborn into an energetic collection of restaurants, distilleries, wine tasting rooms and shops.
Here’s a walking tour of the area that includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, an urban wine trail and a tiki nightcap…
Read about the Funk Zone in this week's cover story.
The one-stop, all-inclusive night out experience of dinner and a movie is in every corner of L.A., with everything from food service at your seat to rooftop cocktails under the stars while you watch classics like Thelma and Louise or current Oscar winners like Black Panther. Thankfully, the days of settling for greasy popcorn or packaged nachos and warmed-over hot dogs glued to pasty buns are over. Call an Uber, grab your date and sit back and relax at these venues.
The San Jacinto Mountains towering over Palm Springs are all snow-capped this week and the Coachella Valley is sunny and crisp, the perfect conditions to pose next to one of your favorite Desert X installations dotting the desert or take in a Modernism Week tour (through Feb. 24) and get nostalgic with some retro eats.
With the opening of Cosa Buona, the area around Echo Park's Sunset and Alvarado intersection is truly a culinary destination. There's the aforementioned upscale pizza joint, along with a couple o cute little cafes and a giant cocktails-and-buffalo-cauliflower restaurant. But most importantly: tacos. This area is home to some of L.A.'s most beloved nighttime trucks and a walk-up burrito joint that was Warren Zevon's favorite. Watch this Letterman clip to see what the neighborhood used to look like, then check out these photos to see it today.
People go to Disneyland and California Adventure for the rides, and to meet the characters, and to pick up some merch. They also go for the food, which for many years was strictly in the novelty category: churros and humorously large turkey legs, for instance. And those food items still exist (and are, in their way, delicious), but Disney has recently put a lot more resources toward its food program. Here are photos of some of the best options in the two parks.
Click through to this story to see the top ten things to eat at Disneyland and California Adventure.
Before the boring vinyl-bound or plastic coated menu became the norm, Los Angeles restaurants had menus with style and flair. From the archives of the Los Angeles Public Library, we've drawn a selection encompassing tiki, maps, mid-mod, even nudes, all in the service of encouraging eaters. Some of these places are still around — see how the menu card has evolved at Spago, Du-Par's, Dinah's or Taix.
All images courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library.
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