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One of LA’s Most Enduring Chefs Finally Gets Her Due

Plus fried chicken beyond the Howlin’ Ray’s universe, and an update on the life of Toribio Prado

Suzanne Tracht
Suzanne Tracht
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Suzanne Tracht continues to turn it out

LA Magazine critic Patric Kuh recently penned a nod to longtime chef Suzanne Tracht, one of the most enduring chefs in all of Los Angeles. As the chef/owner of Jar on Beverly, Tracht oversees not only a dining room flush with eager regulars, but a staff that has been with her from the start. It’s a heartwarming tale of perseverance, of strength, and of the ongoing, often untold legacy of the great American restaurant.

The strength of the market

In celebration of Grand Central Market’s 100 year anniversary, KCET took a deep dive into the folks who still make the place run. There’s Marta Luna of China Cafe for example, as well as the beloved Sara Calara, who owns Sarita’s Pupuseria.

Altadena Marketplace continues

The troubled Altadena Marketplace is looking to push forward after getting approval for some key permits, says the Pasadena Star News. The embattled food hall project has had some ups and downs since first being proposed years ago, but now seems ready to move forward in the neighborhood.

Bordeaux in Downtown

Big, bold Downtown restaurant Le Petit Paris is hosting a Bordeaux wine dinner on November 9, with a cost of $129 a head. The five-course dinner will pair drinks with dishes like lamb chops, and offers the opportunity to speak to winemaker Jean-Luc Itta.

The life of Toribio

Longtime local chef Toribio Prado, man behind restaurants as far-reaching as The Ivy and Cha Cha Cha, died earlier this year. Now LA Weekly is telling his backstory, a rough and tumble tale that helps to showcase the man’s passionate pursuit of cooking despite enormous odds.

Johnny Ray Zone loves fried chicken

Howlin’ Ray’s owner Johnny Ray Zone went on a bit of taste-test of great LA fried chicken, and he let the LA Times tag along. Stops range from Honey’s Kettle in Culver City to South LA and beyond, with each stop seemingly better than the last.

The start of Ragtop Ferns

Weekend underground barbecue operation Ragtop Ferns is more than just a cool place to eat, it’s an expression of one man’s love for this city. Part of that is the lowrider culture that permeates Los Angeles, something Fernando Carrillo also really, really loves.