This is a weekly compilation of noteworthy restaurant openings throughout Los Angeles. Take note of these under-the-radar places from the Valley to the South Bay, from the Westside to the San Gabriel Valley. Let’s dive right in.
August 7, 2019
Larchmont— The Filipino food movement shows no sign of slowing down. Rice Guys serves up rice bowls gussied up with an array of Pinoy proteins including grilled pork belly, coconut-poached chicken thighs, and glazed adobo chicken wings. 615 N. Western Ave., Los Angeles.
Downtown— Look for Burritobreak on the corner of Figueroa and 7th on weekdays from 7 a.m. until noon. This mobile food stand serves up moderately priced and petite burritos filled with things like eggs, cheese, and potatoes. 888 W. 7th St., Los Angeles.
San Gabriel— Straight out of Guangzhou is Yin Ji Chang Fen, a Cantonese congee and rice rolls specialist. The porridges here come topped with preserved eggs or pork blood, while the rice rolls are filled with pork kidneys or shrimp. 227 W. Valley Blvd., Ste 118-A, San Gabriel.
Koreatown— There is a new gopchang specialist in town for those who prefer innards when it comes to Korean barbecue. Hak San serves up a number of combinations showcasing large and small intestines, but also offers plain ol’ beef and pork for those less inclined toward offals. 3101 W. 8th St., Los Angeles.
Redondo Beach— Local chainlet Kalaveras opened its third location by the water. The Day of the Dead-themed restaurant brings together dependable cocktails and Mexican staples in festive fashion. 228 Ave. I, Redondo Beach.
July 30, 2019
Bellflower— After running a food truck for four years, cousins Christopher Davis and Trever Hairston finally have opened The Tackle Box serving “reel good seafood.” Southern seafood specialties include po’boy sandwiches and tackle boxes filled with deep-fried things like fish and shrimp. 17620 Bellflower Blvd., Unit B108, Bellflower.
Westwood— For those with a killer sweet tooth, head to Dipnmix to build-your-own crepes and waffles. Mix-ins (Oreos, cheesecake), spreads (Nutella, cookie butter), and drizzles (white chocolate, caramel) are as sugary as they come, so bring a friend to share. 964 Gayley Ave., Los Angeles.
Silver Lake— The Fat Po’Boyz pop up on Glendale Boulevard Thursdays through Saturdays starting at 8 p.m. On the menu are chicken and shrimp sandwiches spiced from mild to extra-hot and served with tater tots. 2420 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles.
Redondo Beach— True to its name, Natural World Market & Cafe brings together groceries and a casual eatery. Geared toward those looking to make a smaller carbon footprint, the mostly meatless menu offers breakfast classics, as well as soups and sandwiches. 2302 Artesia Blvd., Redondo Beach.
Arcadia— In a crowded noodle soup market, Dagu Rice Noodle is hoping to stand out with individual cauldrons and table-side mix-ins. There’s crossing-the-bridge noodles for those in the mood for something light, and heartier beef offerings, too. 1108 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia.
July 24, 2019
Lake Balboa— Tucked inside Greenland Market is Bene Chicken Cafe, a small and casual restaurant serving Korean fried chicken, Korean corn dogs, and caffeinated beverages. The potato chips, which are fried in-house, are a must-get side item. 17643 Sherman Way, Ste. 103, Van Nuys.
Alhambra— For those in the mood for Sichuan skewers, there’s Hi Beef House. Don’t let the Chinese-only menu deter you from a feast of chile oil-soaked meatballs, sliced beef, and vegetables. 2718 W. Valley Blvd., Alhambra.
Northridge— The smash burger trend has made its way to the Valley with Brick Burgers, a evenings-only popup on Nordhoff. The menu is as concise as they come, and with crowds wrapped around the block, it makes good sense. Follow on Instagram for the latest. 16958 Nordhoff St., Los Angeles.
Long Beach— Tacos, tortas, and plenty of cold beer is what it’s all about at Little Vice. It’s a crowd-pleasing concept that’s sure to resonate with locals and visitors alike. 3317 E. 7th St. Long Beach.
Artesia— It’s hard to stand out with so many restaurants crowding Pioneer Boulevard, but Pista House is hoping to woo diners with specialities like Hyderabad-style haleem, a goat stew with cracked wheat, clarified butter, and rose petals. 18521 Pionner Blvd., Artesia.
July 17, 2019
Koreatown— There truly is no shortage of places to eat, drink, and be merry in this part of town. The latest gastropub comes from chef John Kang. On the drinks side of Tipsi’s menu are craft beers, wine, soju cocktails, and rice wine slushies. Rounding out the menu are globally-inspired bites from pizza to pasta and Texas brisket. 528 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles.
Malibu— Christopher Tompkins’ pop-up Broad Street Oyster Co. has found a four-month-long home in Malibu just in time for summer. Because is there a more perfect time of year for digging into pristine seafood steps from the beach? Start with oysters, of course, and then move on to razor clams and the rightfully popular lobster roll. 23359 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu.
Long Beach— Naga Cafe Khmer Street Food brings fast-casual Cambodian cooking to Cambodia Town. The menu is easy to navigate at this order-at-the-counter establishment. Choose from noodle soups, sandwiches, rice plates, or porridge. There’s also good coffee on hand to wash everything down. 3225 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Unit A, Long Beach.
Sawtelle— CoCo King’s fresh coconut pudding and comforting Chinese rice bowls are making quite an impression on the neighborhood. There’s spicy crawfish and braised chicken to be had, and be sure to add on a fried egg for good measure. 11668 W Pico Blvd., Los Angeles.
Redondo Beach— The South Bay is now home to two locations of Top Tenders, a chicken fingers specialist opened by Mario Karame. Seasonings range from Nashville hot to lemon-pepper and buffalo, with plenty of dips for further flavor explorations. 4350 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Studio City.
July 10, 2019
Van Nuys— Sri Lankan cuisine is fairly uncommon in these here parts so the arrival of Kurrypinch is definitely of note. With traces of Thai, Indonesian, and Indian influences, the menu boasts careful spicing, fragrant rices, and soulful curries. 6159 Van Nuys Blvd., Van Nuys.
North Hollywood— Swinging Door BBQ is bringing Texas-style ‘cue to North Hollywood residents. That means plenty of tri-tip, brisket, and sausage smoked on the premises and served with a plethora of sides including cornbread muffins, potato salad, and garlic rolls. Order proteins by the pound or as part of a composed plate with sides. 11018 Vanowen St., Los Angeles.
Artesia— Regional Chinese restaurants have been popping up on Pioneer Boulevard as of late, and the latest newcomer is Sichuan Classic Kitchen. Expect the cuisine’s greatest hits like mapo tofu and twice-cooked pork, as well as less region-specific fare like dumplings and fried rice. 17806 South Pioneer Blvd., Ste. 103A, Artesia.
Leimert Park— Seafood sold by the pound, seasoned with dried spices, and steamed to order is the basic premise at Fisherman’s Island LA. A side of corn, broccoli, or potatoes, paired with seafood of one’s choosing (snow crab, lobster tails, fish, shrimp, crawfish, and more), makes for an easy meal. 4371 Crenshaw Blvd., Ste. A, Los Angeles.
Long Beach— With three locations in San Diego and one in Redlands, Plant Power Fast Food promises food made without animal products, GMOs, and artificial ingredients. Menu items range from basic burgers, wraps, and salads to more unexpected things like raw tacos made with nuts and a kombucha float dessert. 5095 Pacific Coast Hwy., Long Beach.
July 3, 2019
Harvard Heights— It’s a ghost kitchen setup at MAC’D, where comfort food-seekers can order cheesy delights for delivery, pick-up, or catering. With similar locations in Portland and San Francisco, MAC’D is a fine-tuned, build-your-own operation. Diners choose from a variety of cheese sauces, bases like pasta and cauliflower, mix-ins like bacon and broccoli, and toppings like Flamin’ Hot Cheetos and truffle oil. 1570 S Western Ave. Ste. 106, Los Angeles.
El Monte— For a traditional taste of central Vietnamese fare, focus on the starters and rice cakes portion of the menu at Five Stars Hue. A meal comprised of little bites, like grilled pork shoulder skewers, steamed rice cakes with fish sauce, and banana leaf-wrapped dumplings, feels just right with summer here and all. 10053 Valley Blvd., El Monte.
Canoga Park— The folks behind Andre’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria in Beverly Grove have finally opened Grandi Italiani, a cafeteria-style joint serving American Italian fare in heaping portions. Expect the same straightforward food that made Andre’s beloved like garlic bread and spaghetti with meat sauce. 21730 Sherman Way, Los Angeles.
West Hollywood— Opened until 3 a.m. nightly, with the exception of Mondays, Sauces Late Night is poised to serve night owls in the neighborhood with all matter of comfort food from chilaquiles to French toast and egg rolls. 8543 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood.
Koreatown— Korean-style corndogs are the specialty at Chungchun Rice Hotdogs. In place of a cornmeal-based batter is one made from rice flour that’s equal parts crisp and chewy. There’s one with spicy sausage instead of a frankfurter and another with dried ramen noodles on the exterior for extra crunch. 3064 W. 8th St., Los Angeles.
June 26, 2019
Bellflower— The latest opening inside the Steelcraft container park in Bellflower is Pholanthropy, a pun-forward purveyor of Vietnamese food. In addition to serving noodle soups, sandwiches, and spring rolls, owners Vince and Kim are committed to donating a portion of sales to a local organization each week. 16500 Bellflower Blvd., Bellflower.
Long Beach— The LBC is now home to two Milanas. Whereas the original focused on traditional New York-style pizza sold by the slice, the latest Brooklyn Squares specializes in square Sicilian pies. Calzones, pasta, and salads round out the nostalgic East Coast menu. 2000 Ximeno Ave., Long Beach.
Arcadia— The specialty at Lan Noodle is Lanzhou-style beef noodle soup. Each bowl is served with hand-pulled noodles and garnished with scallions, cilantro, and chili oil. With half a dozen varieties of noodles to choose from, as well as four different spice levels, it’s easy to mix and match to fit one’s tastes. 411 E. Huntington Dr., Ste. 102, Arcadia.
Hacienda Heights— Skewered proteins, like lamb, chicken, shrimp, and fish, are seasoned and grilled at Like Xinjiang Taste. Also on the robust Chinese-Islamic menu are traditional breads, as well as a smattering of cold dishes. This place was made for late-night dining. 15827 Gale Ave., Hacienda Heights.
Downtown— With Rice Bar now closed, chef AC Boral is poised to fill Downtown’s gap for homey Pinoy cooking with Baon DTLA. Baon, which is Tagalog for “food or other provisions taken to school, work, or on a journey,” takes over the Rice Bar space and specializes in rice bowls topped with hearty things like stewed chicken and braised taro leaves. 419 7th St., Los Angeles.
June 19, 2019
Santa Monica— Longtime fans of chef Stefano De Lorenzo of the now-closed and Michelin-starred La Botte are in for a treat with his latest effort: Colapasta. The menu is comprised of hand-made pastas, all reasonably priced under $15, including a gluten-free casarecce made of corn, quinoa, and rice with choice of sauce. 1241 Fifth St., Santa Monica.
Gardena— Thai breakfast and dessert rein supreme at Sweet Rice in the South Bay. Diners are invited to dig into comforting porridges served with patongo (Chinese fried crullers), as well as noodle soups and omelettes. Ice cream and mangoes with sticky rice round out the dessert offerings. 1630 W. Redondo Beach Blvd., Gardena.
Westlake— Mornings were made for Lamill Coffee and gourmet doughnuts from Donut District. There are plain and chocolate glazed rings for purists, and cookies and cream and Fruit Loops for those seeking something a little wilder. 1551 W. 7th St., Ste. C., Los Angeles.
Bellflower— Neal Fraser’s Fritzi Coop has expanded to the Steelcraft container park in Bellflower. The menu is more or less the same as what’s being served at the flagship inside the Original Farmers Market including fried chicken fingers, wings, and sandwiches. 16500 Bellflower Blvd., Bellflower.
Long Beach— There is a prominent neon sign that hangs in the window of Hug Life Ice Cream proudly declaring the establishment “anti-dairy,” a bat signal of sorts for those living an animal byproduct-free lifestyle. With two other locations in Orange and Garden Grove, this shop marks the first for LA County. 2707 East 4th St., Long Beach.
June 12, 2019
Valley Glen— It’s a family affair at Bird Box, where three brothers are serving up never-frozen chicken three ways: wings, tenders, and sandwiches. Flavors range from Jamaican jerk to tangy teriyaki, and of course, Nashville hot, while side dishes include French fries and onion rings. 12460 Oxnard St., Los Angeles.
Arcadia— Taiwanese-import Apartment Li-Xiang is billed as “a beef noodle restaurant,” offering half a dozen versions of the dish. In addition to the signature wares are dumplings filled unique stuff like black pepper, onion, and beef, as well as corn, chicken, and cheese. 411 East Huntington Dr. Ste. 101D, Arcadia.
Long Beach— Cajun-style seafood—seasoned, steamed, and bagged—is the specialty at The Crab Shack. For those in the mood for more composed fare, there are garlic noodles, fried rice, and even a gumbo served with rice. 601 East Broadway, Long Beach.
Alhambra— Hong Kong-style cafes are the hardest working restaurants in the neighborhood, serving sweets and savories from early morning until past midnight. The latest is The Bay Cafe, a classic HK cafe serving up hot and cold milk teas, club sandwiches, and butter-stuffed pineapple buns. 39 W. Main St. Alhambra.
Eagle Rock— The smell of mesquite-grilled proteins wafting from Angel’s Tijuana Tacos is bringing all the taco aficionados to the yard. On the menu are five proteins (carne asada, al pastor, chicken, chorizo, cabeza) and a slew of preparations from mulitas to vampiros to plain ol’ tacos. 4211 Eagle Rock Blvd., Los Angeles.
June 5, 2019
East Hollywood— The Good Good is dedicated to fueling folks with dietary restrictions. The restaurant’s menu features an array of vegan and gluten-free baked goods, as well as savory noshes, from a mom and daughter duo. 4871 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles
West Hollywood— Angelique Bohbot and Nathalie Dahan are bringing French flare to the neighborhood with Coco Queen. The specialty here is rotisserie chicken served with a choice of side including roasted potatoes or salads. 8700 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood.
Eagle Rock— Penny Oven comes by way of the Four Cafe and Pinecone Pizzeria team. Freshly baked pastries are on hand each morning, while the kitchen is dedicated to savory somethings like done-up toasts, mezze platters, and cauliflower hashes. 2131 Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles.
Long Beach— The Nashville hot chicken trend doesn’t seem to be losing steam. The latest is Jay Bird’s located inside The Hangar. The signature hot chicken is made from natural birds with five different spice levels. 4150 McGowen St., Unit 4, Long Beach.
May 29, 2019
Jefferson Park— It’s hard to miss Papi Tacos & Churros with its bright red facade. Walk up to the window and place an order for deep-fried tacos, birria de res, or best yet, the OG Plate that includes a taco, quesataco, mulita, quesadilla, and some consome for dipping. The house-made churros come plain or drizzled with chocolate, dulce de leche, and Nutella. 2622 W. Jefferson Blvd., Los Angeles.
Koreatown— There’s a new Korean barbecue offal specialist in town by the name of Majangdong. The small menu makes it easy for lovers of innards to navigate. There are set menus for beef intestines, big and small, as well as two varieties of tripe. 3063 W. 8th St., Los Angeles.
West Hollywood— Sugar Taco serves Mexican food with a conscience in West Hollywood. For those who can get behind the slogan, “eat a taco, save a life,” there are meatless versions of carne asada, al pastor, and carnitas to fill tacos, quesadillas, and burritos. 7257 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood.
Pacific Palisades— Gianbattista Vinzoni, the former chef at Soho House, Beverly Hilton, and Fig and Olive, finally has a place to call his own: CinqueTerre West Osteria. On the menu are regional Ligurian dishes and house-made pastas. 970 Monument St. Ste. 110, Los Angeles.
Redondo Beach— Look for vegan fare with Oaxacan roots at The Grain Cafe. Alongside a handful of Mexican items on the menu are universally popular things like crepes, salads and wraps, sandwiches, and grain bowls. 715 N Pacific Coast Hwy., Redondo Beach.
May 22, 2019
Burbank— National chainlet Hummus Republic has descended on Burbank after opening locations in West Hollywood and El Segundo. On the menu are garbanzo-driven hits that are fully customizable (think: salads, pita sandwiches, and bowls). 313 N. San Fernando Rd., Burbank.
Los Feliz— Pao Pak Noodle Bar doesn’t mess around with a way-too-large menu of Thailand’s greatest culinary hits. The well-curated menu includes less than 10 items, like tom yum pao pak, the restaurant’s signature soup that’s packed with seafood (shrimp, crab, fish) and chicken (chicken patty, chicken meatball), as well as Coke-marinated barbecued ribs served on rice. 5445 Hollywood Blvd., Unit A, Los Angeles.
Monterey Park— With so many Sichuan spots popping up in the neighborhood, it’s easy to stand out with a menu that doesn’t specialize in all that’s spicy and numbing. Traditional Guilin Noodles serves up southern Chinese fare. Don’t forget to add the house-made chili paste made of chili, garlic, and fermented soybeans onto everything on the table. 122 W. Garvey Ave., Unit C., Monterey Park.
Artesia— Ramen Zuru, the self-proclaimed “innovative ramen lab,” has popped up on Pioneer Boulevard. Diners are pulling up stools and slurping their way through tonkotsu (pork), shoyu (soy sauce), and vegan bowls of ramen. 17801 Pioneer Blvd., Unit E, Artesia
San Gabriel— With May gray transitioning straight into June gloom, there’s no better time to try the Sichuan hot pot at DaLongYi Hot Pot. This Chinese import invites diners dip tasty morsels like tripe and ribeye in a spice-forward bubbling broth. 250 W Valley Blvd., Ste. L, San Gabriel.
May 15, 2019
West Hollywood— Straight out of South Korea is Egg Tuck, a breakfast sandwich specialist with outlets in West Hollywood and Koreatown. The menu boasts just five sandwiches ranging from simple to ornate, all are served on house-made brioche buns. On the austere end of the spectrum are sandwiches filled simply with scrambled eggs, bacon, and cheddar. The most fanciful item on the menu is the Royal West, which includes galbi (beef short ribs), an over-medium egg, cheddar, pickles, and grilled onions. To drink are caffeinated beverages from Stumptown. 7131 W Sunset Blvd. Unit B, West Hollywood.
Monterey Park— Rowland Heights’ Miao Miao Xian has opened an additional location to satisfy Sichuan-seekers. The paper-wrapped fish and the Instagram-ready shrimp dumplings carryover from the original menu. 220 W. Garvey Ave., Unit Q, Monterey Park.
Hermosa Beach— Crafty Minds Brew + Bites couldn’t have opened at a better time with summer around the corner. The food and drink menu is designed for mass appeal with burgers and flatbreads to pair with beer and wine. 1031 Hermosa Ave., Hermosa Beach.
Venice— Find the Bocho Camaron truck on Lincoln Boulevard for Mexican seafood done right. On the menu are five kinds of shrimp molcajates and two ceviches. The red molcajete with chile de arbol is an early favorite. 1400 Lincoln Blvd., Venice.
Beverly Hills— It’s all about modern Mexican fare at Cantina Frida. Tourists and ladies who lunch can dig into things like grilled shrimp fajitas and chicken mole. Everything is plated prettily. 252 N. Beverly Dr. Beverly Hills.
May 8, 2019
Marina del Rey— A Brazilian take on Italian pizza is the focus at Sampa’s Pizza Cafe. São Paulo-native chef Marcus Roberto brings together Brazilian flavors with California tastes and Italian techniques with creations like the Portuguesa with cooked ham and hardboiled eggs, and the São Paulo with chicken, corn, and Catupiry, a Brazilian brand of soft cheese. Rounding out the menu are pizzas by the slice, submarine sandwiches, salads, and desserts like tiramisu and tres leches. Sampa has an additional South Bay outlet in Lomita. 534 Washington Blvd., Marina del Rey.
Covina— Blink and you’ll miss Josefina’s Delicious Kitchen, Josefina Solorio’s modest spot for homey renditions of shrimp tacos, tortas, and asada fries located behind inside a Chevron gas station. 15955 E. San Bernandino Rd., Covina.
Pico Rivera— Welcome to The Burrito Exchange, where plush, hand-made flour tortillas come stuffed with breakfast fixings all day, as well as porky bits of chicharrones and carnitas. Quesadillas and tacos are on hand for good measure. 8500 Rosemead Blvd., Pico Rivera
Rosemead— Wonton-goers still weep for the loss of Noodle Boy, but so it goes in the cut-throat San Gabriel Valley restaurant scene. Taking over its space is Noodle Palace, a Shanxi-style noodle specialist serving up an assortment of cold dishes, dumplings, pancakes, and house-made noodles. 8518 Valley Blvd., Rosemead.
Studio City— LA’s capacity for hot chicken knows no bounds. With a store in Plano, Texas, 24 Hot Chicken & Waffle Bar gives tenders, wings, and even chicken and waffles the Nashville treatment with heat ranging from mild Country Style to super-hot Video This. 12048 Ventura Blvd., Los Angeles.
May 1, 2019
Lincoln Heights— For all that’s wonderfully deep-fried and cholesterol-laden, look no further than Chick N’ Skin, a pick-up and delivery-only fried chicken skin specialist in Lincoln Heights. The menu of crispy delights includes a panoply of flavors like tom yum, cheddar cheese, Chinese salt and pepper, BBQ bacon, and original. Served on the side are things like nacho cheese, honey, and buffalo sauce for decadent dipping. Hit up Postmates, GrubHub, DoorDash, and UberEATS for instant fried chicken skin gratification. 242 N. Ave. 25, Ste. 256, Los Angeles.
Sawtelle— Mogumogu is dishing up oodles of noodles including mazemen, a broth-less style of ramen topped with a variety of ingredients from cheese to fish powder, as well as more traditional ramen. Appetizers include pork buns and fried chicken. 11555 W. Olympic Blvd. Ste. B, Los Angeles.
Venice— Catch the Hamachi Hunters food truck on Abbot Kinney for a taste of Tokyo-inspired tacos created by a former fashion designer named Tony. On the menu are mashups like spicy tuna sausage tacos and chicken tacos with spicy mayo. Abbott Kinney, Venice.
Glendale— It’s all about Venezuelan arepas and empanadas at Cariaco on Wilson Avenue. Create your own arepa, a kind of stuffed hot pocket, or order from one of the 10 available varieties on the menu. The empanadas come filled with cheese, sausage, and shredded beef. 211 W. Wilson Ave., Glendale.
Palms— Hijo De Su Madre, which means “son of a mother,” bills itself as ‘plant-based food with an attitude.’ Catch the truck on the Westside for vegan Mexican-ish fare, like the jackfruit cochinita pibil and a breakfast hash with soyrizo, tomatillo salsa, and guacamole. Follow on Twitter for exact location.
April 24, 2019
Downey— Crimson Coward has been open for less than a week and has already garnered over 60 raving Yelp reviews. On the menu at this Nashville hot newcomer are chicken tenders and chicken sandwiches served up with no heat or dialed up to “Burrrn, Baby, Burn.” 10405 Lakewood Blvd., Downey.
East Hollywood— There’s a vegan specialist in the heart of Thai Town by the name of Antico Cafe. Look for things on the menu like rice noodles with “lobster” and paninis stuffed full of veggies. 5220 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles.
Hollywood— India’s greatest hits are well represented at Bollywood Grill, which is set amidst the hubbub of Hollywood and Highland. On the menu are expected dishes like tandoori chicken and a variety of samosas, as well as rarer items like salmon curry and shrimp masala. 6756 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles.
Highland Park— The menu is refreshingly straightforward at Tennessee Hot Chicken, a street food vendor on York Boulevard. Chicken tenders and chicken sandwiches are prepared Tennessee-style with lots of sauce and plenty of dried spices. 5133 York Blvd., Los Angeles.
Glendale— Downtown’s Cilantro Lime has opened a second outlet called Cilantro Lime 2.0. On the menu is plenty of carne asada, tucked in warm tortillas and served atop of crisp-golden fries. 1247 E. Colorado St., Glendale.
April 17, 2019
Koreatown— Ling Ho Chinese Cuisine serves up American Chinese fare like crab rangoons, fried rice, and mushroom chicken inside the Platform 35 Markethall. Expect heat lamps and reasonable prices. 3500 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 203, Los Angeles.
University Park— Trojans with a penchant for seafood are in luck with Oceana Seafood. On the menu are lobster rolls, fish tacos, grilled fish, and poke. 3201 S. Hoover St., Ste. 1845, Los Angeles.
Pasadena— Replacing Slaw Dogs is OMMA Rice N Chicken. On the menu are Korean comforts, as well as a few remnants from Slaw Dogs’ menu. Dig into Spam fried rice, bibimbap, and Chicago-style hotdogs for good measure. 720 N. Lake Ave., Ste. 8, Pasadena.
Cerritos— Valley favorite Vinh Loi Tofu now has a South Bay outlet. Expect more of the same Vietnamese vegetarian fare that’s made it a favorite among herbivores and omnivores alike. 11818 South St. Ste. 101, Cerritos.
Long Beach— The Filipino food movement is still going strong, extending its reaches to Long Beach. At Pinoy Diners, breakfast means classics like fried milk fish served with garlic rice and eggs. Served all day are lumpias, pancit, and crispy pata. 4901 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach.
April 10, 2019
Long Beach— Swing by Ô Gourmet French Café & Bakery for a taste of Paris in Long Beach. Co-owners Benoit Jussaume and Eric Djomby are serving sandwiches, pastries, and crepes. 4621 East 2nd St., Long Beach.
Chinatown— It’s a little tough to find LA Brisket amid the shops and crowds in this part of town, but persevere for all that’s smoky and satisfying. On the menu are a slew of proteins sold by the pound (brisket, chicken, pulled pork, ribs), as well as the signature brisket stuffed in sandwiches and piled atop of bowls. 736 N. Broadway, Los Angeles.
San Gabriel— Noodle specialists are a dime a dozen in the neighborhood, but Mr. Right Noodles stands out for its house-made hot and sour broth and glass noodles. Also on the menu are milk teas. 288 S. San Gabriel Blvd., Ste. 102, San Gabriel.
El Monte— It’s always a good time for Indian fare at Curry Time. The fast-casual menu runs the gamut from samosas to biryani and tandoori items. Don’t miss the house-made naan and roti. 11635 Valley Blvd. Suite C, El Monte.
West Covina— Toby’s Latin Grill brings pan-Latin flavors to western San Gabriel Valley. With empanadas, croquetas, cubanos, and pastries filled with cheese and guava on the menu, there’s something for every appetite. 222 South Citrus St., West Covina.
April 3, 2019
Mid-City— Popular local caterer Aduke’s African Cuisine has settled into a permanent storefront on Pico. On the menu are comforting classics like Ghanian Jollof rice, yam porridge with spinach, and sauteed cow skin with plantains. 6118 West Pico Blvd., Los Angeles.
Westlake— The aptly named Crispy School specializes in all that’s deep-fried and indulgent. In addition to things like fish and chips, chicken tenders, and funnel cakes, are half a dozen out-of-the-box burgers. 526 S. Occidental Blvd., Los Angeles.
Jefferson Park— Open on Fridays and Saturdays starting at 11 a.m. is mobile operation RibTown B.B.Q. The menu is succinct but effective with ribs and rib tips, of course, as well as chicken, pulled pork, and hot links. 2125 West Jefferson Blvd., Los Angeles.
Hollywood— The Kickin’ Crab is serving up Cajun seafood on Sunset Boulevard. The mostly predictable menu surprises with a few Vietnamese twists like coconut sea snails and garlic noodles. 6122 W Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles.
Sunland— Nashville hot chicken has made its way to the San Fernando Valley by way of Hell’s Chicken. Heat levels range from plain to “straight to hell” with varying levels of spice in between. 8666 Foothill Blvd., Los Angeles.
March 20, 2019
Tujunga— Smashed burgers and hot chicken, two white-hot food trends, get equal billing at Chicks ‘N Cows. The $15 special combo that includes a hot chicken sandwich and a double smashed burger, along with a side dish, is the deal to get. 7233 Foothill Blvd., Los Angeles.
Pasadena— With locations in Irvine, Long Beach, Santa Clara, and San Diego, HiroNori Craft Ramen is poised to please ramen-goers in Pasadena proper. In addition to the house-special tonkotsu (pork) ramen are rice bowls and a variety of sides. 163 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena.
Chatsworth— Head to Chello Persian Cafe for an all-you-can-eat Persian buffet experience. To pair with the jeweled rice are an array of stewed vegetables and grilled kebabs. Don’t hesitate to ask the friendly folks behind the counter what everything is before making selections. 20905 Lassen St., Los Angeles.
Koreatown— Open until 2:30 a.m. from Monday through Saturday and until 1 a.m. on Sundays, Louder’s is the latest late-night spot to pop up in the neighborhood. The menu mostly consists of bites that pair well with soju and beer, like yakitori and Korean stews. 3470 West 6th St., Los Angeles.
Exposition Park— With an arsenal of over 600 board games, The Dragon & Meeple is the place to gather round for games and grub. The restaurant will be adding a full selection of craft beers and wine in early April. 3742 S Flower St., Los Angeles.
March 13, 2019
Norwalk— Head to The Cove for saucy Cajun-style seafood preparations, as well as the classic deep-fried stuff too. There’s crawfish, shrimp, and snow crab boiled by the pound, along with fried baskets of catfish and shrimp. 12209 Norwalk Blvd., Norwalk.
Tarzana— Lebanese food aficionado Mona Kalout is dishing up homey fare here in The Valley at Mona’s Kitchen. On the menu is a range of Lebanese specialties including hummus topped with meat and pine nuts, makanek (sausages), and namoura (semolina cake). 18970 Ventura Blvd., Los Angeles.
Temple City— Sichuan-style hot pot specialists are on the rise and the latest newcomer is Chun La Hao Chong Qing Hot Pot, a Beijing-based restaurant. With five different soup bases and dozens upon dozens of mix-ins, like bullfrog and boneless duck feet, there truly is something for everyone here. 5701 Rosemead Blvd., Temple City.
Century City— The second outlet of Rock House Sliders has popped up in Century City bringing mini burgers to Westsiders. Classic toppings like cheese, pickles, and lettuce are available, along with wilder add-ins like tempura crumbs and mint chutney. 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles.
Rosemead— Hong Kong cafe comforts is the name of the game at E.A.T. Bistro. Open until 1 a.m. nightly, crowds gather for Chinese-British mashups like baked spaghetti bolognese and prime rib with corn niblets. 8168 Garvey Ave., Ste. B, Rosemead.
March 6, 2019
South Pasadena— The surrounding neighborhood has been a hotbed for Chinese concepts in recent years but Korean restaurants are still hard to come by. KJ Korean Tofu & BBQ serves homey fare like tofu stews and kimchi fried rice. 800 Fair Oaks Ave., South Pasadena.
West Covina— Here at Titas of Manila Filipino Kitchen, diners will find fairly traditional renditions of classic Pinoy fare like the lechon kawali (deep-fried pork belly) and beef tapa, a kind of jerky served with vinegar for dipping. 2532 S Azusa Ave., West Covina.
Long Beach— Located inside East Long Beach’s LBX complex is the latest effort from Amor y Tacos’ chef Thomas Ortega: Amorcito. The menu boasts potato taquitos dressed to the nines and charred Brussels sprouts. 4150 McGowen St., Unit 13, Long Beach.
Diamond Bar— Hong Kong-style barbecue is the focus at Tasty Box, a fast-casual spot housed in a totally contemporary space. Cozy up to noodle soups or rice plates served with the restaurant’s signature roasted proteins. 269 S. Diamond Bar Blvd., Diamond Bar.
Van Nuys— Dig into Mexican-style seafood at Catch 818 Mariscos. The menu is straightforward with tostadas, tacos, cocteles, and the like. Early word says that the micheladas are a must. 7900 Woodley Ave., Los Angeles.
February 27, 2019
Rowland Heights— While new Sichuan spots are opening every day, Hunan specialists are still a rarity in the greater SGV. Red Chili Hunan Restaurant brings regional specialties like red-braised pork and spicy frog legs to the table. 18977 Colima Road, Rowland Heights.
La Verne— Locals are warming up to wings, burgers, BBQ, and beer at the second outpost of Next Republic. Appetizers include cream cheese wontons and poke nachos, while the aforementioned mains are as traditional or innovative as one desires. 1965 Foothill Boulevard, La Verne.
West Hollywood— A new fast-casual burger spot comes by way of By the Way Burger in the now closed BCN space. The menu boasts signature BTW burgers and sliders, as well as options with turkey, chicken, and salmon. The onion rings are an early hit with crowds. 8719 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood.
Panorama City— For those who love hamburgers and queso, head to HamburQueso for the best of both worlds. The menu includes standard burgers, as well as ones served with a boat of homemade queso on the side for dipping. 8620 Van Nuys Boulevard, Los Angeles.
Koreatown— New inside the food court at Wilshire Center is Calibunga Fish Co, a seafood-forward vendor serving grilled and fried fish platters, as well as sandwiches with fries. 3500 Wilshire Boulevard, 2nd Floor, Los Angeles.
February 20, 2019
East Hollywood— Meet Besties Vegan Paradise, a new vegan grocery store with limited food offerings from permanent pop-up Vrank’s, a New York-style hot dog cart serving hot dogs, chili cheese dogs, sausages, and mozzarella sticks. 4882 Fountain Ave., Los Angeles.
Boyle Heights— George’s Burgerstand, which has been a part of the neighborhood since the 1960s, is now under new ownership and management. The menu is largely comprised of classic fast-food diner fare made without frozen meat or microwaves. 2311 East Cesar E. Chavez Ave., Los Angeles.
West Hills— West-Valley Filipino food aficionados can now get their fix at Cebuchon Sa Barrio, a fast-casual point-point joint serving crowd-pleasing classics like crispy lechon and freshly fried lumpia. 22720 Roscoe Blvd., Los Angeles.
Temple City— Northern Chinese-style breakfasts, dumplings, noodles, cold appetizers, and porridge are served all day at Ming Men, a casual neighborhood spot. Swing by after 5 p.m. for intriguing grilled meats on a stick like sheep kidney and lamb fat. 5953 Temple City Blvd., Temple City.
West Covina— Indo Bistro popped up in the Hong Kong Plaza food court. The menu, displayed on flat screen monitors, is fairly standard with satays, noodles, and rice dishes making up the bulk of choices. 989 S. Glendora Ave., Ste. 16, West Covina.
February 14, 2019
Koreatown— There is no shortage of barbecue specialists in this neighborhood and Round Table is the latest newcomer. The menu features both surf and turf as a notable differentiator among competing joints. In addition to the usual cuts of meat, like marinated short ribs, rib eye, and pork belly, are fruits of the sea like Manila clams, oysters, and scallops. 3465 W. 6th St. Ste. 50, Los Angeles
Mid-Wilshire— Eleven City, a new-school diner and delicatessen from owner Bradley Rubin, serves straightforward renditions of classic diner fare with a side of nostalgia. The menu includes things like patty melts and all-day breakfast staples, as well as Junior’s cheesecakes and ice cream floats and sundaes for dessert. 5400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles
Alhambra— Roasted chickens, served whole, halved, or quartered, and with a side of naan bread, is the basic premise of The Chicken Coop. Also on hand are sandwiches, wraps, bowls, and soups, and crowd-pleasing sides like mac and cheese, plantains, and Brussels sprouts. 101 W Main St., Ste. C, Alhambra
Arcadia— China’s Mydo Pie, which boasts 3,000 locations worldwide, has made its way stateside and settled into the Santa Anita Mall. The specialty here are savory, freshly-baked meat pies filled with things like spicy chicken, black pepper beef, and curry beef. 400 South Baldwin Ave., Arcadia
San Gabriel— Crowds are filing into Yunnan Restaurant for Yunnanese and Sichuanese specialties like Across the Bridge Noodles, cumin-crusted toothpick lamb, and sizzling rice cakes. 937 E. Las Tunas Drive, San Gabriel
February 6, 2019
West Covina— South Asian carbohydrates of all stripes is the specialty at Prata House. There are over half a dozen different pratas including ones with egg, mutton, and even chocolate. Rounding out the menu are dosas, biryanis, and mutabbaq (stuffed and folded pancakes). 360 S Glendora Ave #3, West Covina
Arcadia— The specialty at Paper Pot Shabu is kami-nabe, a Japanese-style of hot pot that involves lining the cooking vessel with specially-coated paper. Diners can swish-swish the usual beef, noodles, and vegetables, along with lamb, pork, and chicken. 1236 S Golden West Ave, Arcadia
Santa Monica— Build-your-own Asian-inflected bento boxes, as well as wraps and bowls, at Bento Moderno. The lunchtime menu includes crowd-pleasing things like chicken potstickers and a spicy tuna sushi burritos. 3101 Ocean Park Blvd Ste. 105, Santa Monica
Alhambra— Shanghainese fare reigns supreme at Jiang Nan Spring. Start with an order of hot and sour soup, then settle in for seaweed-flecked fried fish sticks and baby back ribs. Finish with chewy tapioca balls filled with black sesame floating in a fermented rice brew. 910 E Main Street, Alhambra
Whittier— Tuck into vegan and vegetarian fare made with Southern Californian flare at Modern Shaman. On the plant-based menu is vegan menudo, an Impossible vegan burger, and something called Happy the Corndog, a vegan hotdog in a hempseed-cornmeal batter. 6744 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier
January 31, 2019
Little Tokyo— There’s no shortage of doughnut shops around town, but enthusiasts are happy to welcome any and all newcomers with open arms. Donatsu is the newest kid on the block boasting vegan wares in a variety of flavors including creme brulee, pistachio, ube, and mocha latte. Look for kombucha on tap too.
Inglewood— The menu is simple at Wingopolis offering just buffalo wings, French fries, and drinks. The shop’s signature wings come in flavors like Volcanic Buffalo, Lemony Lemon, and Honey BBQ.
San Gabriel— The number of Sichuan restaurants in the neighborhood has exploded in recent years and the newest spot is Zaza Noodle, a spicy noodle specialist. Consider the Piquant Intestine noodle, Chengdu Hot and Sour Noodle, or the signature Zaza Noodle Soup.
Historic Filipinotown— Hi-Fi Kitchen founder Justin Foronda promises “Filipino-American comfort food born and raised in Los Angeles” at this casual neighborhood spot. There is chicken adobo, of course, and a mushroom alternative for vegetarians, as well as Sweet Spaghetti with hotdogs and meatballs.
Torrance— Thai street food and sweets is what it’s all about at Thai Hub. South Bay residents craving Southeast Asian fare can dig in to mussel pancakes and chicken sate, along with the usual pineapple fried rice and pad thai noodles.
January 23, 2019
City of Industry— For those who want eggs Benedict all day, every day there’s The Benediction by Toast. Consider 13 different varieties of this brunch-time staple including special takes with lobster and corned beef. Also on hand are pancakes, waffles, three-egg omelets, and avocado toast.
Downtown— The Nashville hot chicken trend keeps getting hotter and the latest newcomer is The Red Chickz. Whether the mood strikes for tenders, wings, or sandwiches, there’s six different spice levels and things like potato wedges, coleslaw, and baked beans on the side.
Florence-Firestone— The LA barbecue scene has a new player with the opening of Smokin’ Telle’s BBQ and Grill. This is the brick and mortar location of former catering-only business, A-TaylorD Affaire. There’s ribs, chicken, brisket, and sausages on the smoker and elote, baked beans, and mac and cheese on the side.
Van Nuys— For a rotisserie chicken specialist with a build-your-own Mediterranean bent check out Chick Me Out Grill. Diners choose from a variety of bases (rice, salad, or pita), spreads (like hummus and creamy feta), proteins (chicken, steak, or falafel), and toppings.
Palms— There’s no shortage of quality Mexican food in every corner of the city and La Esquina is hoping to stand out with its pared-down menu of breakfast favorites, beloved small bites, salads, and tacos.
January 16, 2019
Eagle Rock— Head to Colorado Boulevard for all-day breakfast and sandwiches with “gourm-Asian” flare at Bite Me. For a breakfast burrito that really sticks to one’s ribs there’s one filled with ramen noodles, eggs, cheese, and Chinese sausage.
Cerritos— A poutine specialist has popped up in the South Bay at Sauced Up. The Quebecois specialty is served traditionally, as well as with flair thanks to different bases (tater tots, wraps, nachos, and white rice) and toppings (lobster and poke).
Hollywood— Tony Khachapuri shares the same kitchen as Banh Oui. Here, the Georgian breakfast staple called khachapuri is the star. The boat-shaped flatbread comes topped with a blend of cheeses, runny eggs, and a few pats of melted butter.
Alhambra— The food of Northwest China, which is predominantly Halal due to the Islamic population, is the specialty at Dolan’s Uyghur Cuisine. Consider ordering the “big plate chicken,” lamb of all stripes, and house-made dumplings.
Koreatown— Comforting cauldrons of chicken-based Korean soups and stews is the specialty at Bon Ga Ginseng Chicken Soup. There’s ginseng chicken soup, as well as braised chicken, chicken noodle soup, and spicy chicken feet.
January 9, 2019
Chinatown— The Filipino food movement is going strong and the latest newcomer is Ord & Broadway. The menu brings together traditional Pinoy cooking with contemporary touches, like the oxtail adobo with roasted bone marrow and pandesal crostini and an ube funnel cake ice cream sandwich.
La Cañada Flintridge— For the latest and greatest food trends in an idyllic suburban setting there’s Kokoroll Cafe. The menu has matcha lattes, Hawaiian poke, and even Kazu Nori-esque hand rolls.
El Monte— For the sauciest of sandwiches that never fails to fill bellies, head to Torta Ahogadas El Rey. The Guadalajaran specialty is most popularly filled with braised or roasted pork and drenched in a chile sauce.
Mid-Wilshire— Supremo Ristorante takes a cue from the pizza and pasta purveyors around town and serves up a mostly predictable menu that includes gnocchi with pesto, linguine with braised short ribs, and a risotto of the day.
Alhambra— All-you-can-eat lunch and dinner sushi specials are what it’s all about at Sushi Me. There are two tiers of sushi available (premium and regular) with incremental prices to match. Don’t forget to read the fine print including a 90-minute time limit and a charge for leftovers.
January 4, 2019
Pasadena— When the sun sets over Gabriel’s Auto Service, the folks at Smosh Town pop up and pop out smashed burgers. There are only two burgers on the menu, the Smosh Town Classic with raw onions, cheese, pickles, mustard, and ketchup, and The O’s Way with grilled onions and all the fixings. Both are priced at $7 and are made with Wagyu beef.
West Covina— El Monte’s beloved purveyor of Vietnamese noodle soup, Pho Filet, has set up its third location in the same building as Garlic Crab. Expect dependable bowls of beef noodle soup with fresh herbs and bean sprouts to garnish.
Downtown— MOA Kitchen takes a cue from New York City’s ubiquitous pay-per-pound buffet bars serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner of classic American and Asian-American fare. Stumptown coffee is on hand too.
Encino— From schnitzel to pad Thai and orange chicken, there’s something for everyone at Chicken Star. The specialty is a build-your-own Chicken Star Baguette, which includes a choice of meat (chicken or beef), choice of flavor (from red curry to garlic pepper), and choice of vegetable (from mushrooms to jalapeños).
Bellflower— Pinoy Fusion BBQ serves up classic Filipino fare in a no-frills setting. Point to what looks good and the person behind the counter will serve it right up. Choose from stir-fried pancit noodles, adobo, and halo-halo for dessert.