Jitlada in East Hollywood, Los Angeles

jitlada in east hollywood, los angeles

The ethnic food in Los Angeles is always excellent, which is why I was especially excited to have lunch at Jitlada, a Thai restaurant in East Hollywood that was a favorite of late food critic Jonathan Gold and was described by Bon Appetit as having the best Thai food in LA and likely the whole country. As we drove through East Hollywood and into the heart of Thai Town, I grew more excited as I saw the colorful, foreign-language signs dot the boulevard. This was going to be an authentic experience with nothing watered down, explosive fireworks of heat and flavors at every turn.Read More

Kismet in Los Feliz, Los Angeles

kismet in los feliz, los angeles

California has perfected the bright and airy all-day cafe concept, and Kismet in Los Feliz is a shining example. The space has the sort of clean, white lines and wooden seats that are reminiscent of the new Nordic aesthetic that is highly attractive to many people. And this being California, the vibe here of course is a little sunnier and more laid back than even your typical cafe. You can even taste it in the food, which is Middle Eastern in influence, only the hummus and feta taste like they’ve been kissed by lemons and sunshine.Read More

Gjusta in Venice, Los Angeles

smoked fish plate, chef’s choice at gjusta in venice, los angeles

If Russ & Daughters ever packed her bags for a new life in California, her West Coast version of herself would be Gjusta, a laid-back deli and bakery in Venice. Gone are the high strung New Yorkers fighting for a table, replaced by people who don’t seem too stressed about anything, much less finding a place to sit down and eat. Maybe it’s because a lot of them aren’t working, as I noted on a Friday afternoon the large number of people who were here and not working at some sort of day job. No wonder everyone is so happy out West.Read More

Cassia in Santa Monica

“Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful” is probably what Cassia, the gorgeous and buzzy restaurant in Santa Monica, would say to its haters. When you look this good in an elegant industrial loft setting, turning out glamorous and exotic Southeast Asian creations, people will try to find fault with you. “It’s so expensive” or “it’s interesting but not as good as the authentic stuff” will be some commonly heard feedback. But pay them no mind.Read More

Animal Restaurant in West Hollywood

heirloom tomato, sweet corn, shiitake, onikasu, maggi ranch dressing

The last thing I wanted to eat in LA was a plate of meat and offal specialties. Especially in the morning. Imagine waking up to some spam and foie gras at 10 am, who in LA does that? I wanted to be like the Hollywood stars and eat vegan tacos and green juice. Which was why I was a little skeptical of eating at Animal, the restaurant in West Hollywood that’s known for serving up meat bits of all kinds.Read More