More than a century later, Venice has somehow stayed true to those quirky roots. Powered by a blend of shaggy surfer grit and beachside chic, the once sleepy neighborhood has emerged as L. And you can experience it all on foot. Venice gets up surprisingly early, so greet the sunrise with an off-menu espresso-and-tonic from Menotti's Coffee Stop, where cheery head barista Christopher "Nicely" Abel Alameda pulls stellar shots steps from the beach.
Then head toward Gjusta, chef Travis Lett's expansive bakery and delicatessen, where you'll be tempted by baklava croissants and rye bagels draped with pastrami gravlax. By now you're probably slightly sunburned and ready for a drink. Then it's on to one of Venice's spectacular dinner options—wood-roasted vegetables at Gjelina, mindblowing hand-rolled pasta at Felix, or smoky, dry-aged steaks at Charcoal. And if you're lucky enough to snag a reservation, slink over to Old Lighting, a cozy throwback den pouring vintage spirits and stunning classic cocktails. Not bad for a part of town once dubbed "the Coney Island of the Pacific.
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Think of it as akin to being accepted into one of the shared co-working spaces created for tech start-ups, except the focus is food and food alone. This innovative opportunity is driving talent into Chinatown with pop-up spots like Lasa. When asked about his experience at Unit , Chase Valencia of Lasa had only positives to share, noting that the community acceptance and exposure of their food has been great for them. Feel like a taste of the south? Here, we gathered our favorite spots for fried chicken, sandwiches and bowls of happiness.
Run by husband-and-wife team, Johnny and Amanda Chapman, this fried chicken store brings a new type of fried chicken to the scene, moving away from the popularity of Korean-fried chicken.
Your choice of chicken -- half bird, whole bird, skinny Jimmy boneless breast -- is served in a red-and-white checkered paper-lined basket with a side of pickles and bread, which will prove useful depending on how hot you like it. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays and open for lunch until four p.
The news that Filipino food is making headway in LA isn't breaking headlines, but we love the dishes coming out of the kitchen of chef-brother team Chase and Chad Valencia. They try to introduce lesser known Filipino ingredients into their dishes, like bagoong, a fermented shrimp paste, served with crispy rice and pickled stems. We love the use of calamansi, a type of citrus, turned into a calamansi butter and served with egg noodles and scallions. Located in Unit , the restaurant serves a seasonal menu listed on its website on Friday and Saturday evenings with options for an a la carte menu or three-course prix-fixe.
The east-side location of this rice bowl masterpiece from Roy Choi serves the same beloved types of food that launched its popularity back in with dishes like the kimchi spam bowl. Snacks like 3PM Meatballs and beer-battered fries topped with spicy sambal, crumbly cotija cheese and pickled garlic make a stop here almost impossible to avoid. Homegirl Cafe is an inspirational enterprise as it lives under the umbrella of Homeboy, which focuses on providing work for men and women who were formerly involved in gangs or are at high risk.
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Job training skills are provided as well as a supportive environment as these men and women build new lives for themselves. Homegirl serves contemporary Latino fare based on a menu by founding chef Pati Zarate. Breakfast items include chilaquiles topped with warm tomatillo salsa, crema fresca with the option of adding two eggs any style.
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Lighter, more LA-friendly options such as blueberry multi-grain and quinoa pancakes as well as homemade granola are also offered. A great excuse to support people in the community while enjoying delicious food at the same time. What we like to think of as a win win situation. Bruno St. The Chinatown Pok Pok is located in the Mandarin Plaza and offers take-out, dine-in and seats at the bar. They are known for their signature dish, spicy, crunchy wings finished with a caramelized fish sauce that produces a smell and taste like no other.
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Did we mention that they now serve them at brunch? Aka the ultimate hangover cure. Vegetarian options are also available, such as the het paa naam tok made with spicy grilled forest mushrooms, a vegetarian fish sauce, shallots and finished off with the brightness of lemongrass, cilantro, mint for a well-rounded and well-textured dish.
Steps away from Chego and near other notable spots in this guide, Ramen Champ has reopened as a seat restaurant in the popular Far East Plaza in Chinatown. Since reopening in September, the restaurant first launched with a limited ramen menu, still serving the rich, pork tonkotsu as well as a vegan broth made with kelp, and now is slowly expanding to add sides and toppings.
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The sides of chili pepper chicken or shrimp are true to their name with flaming red sliced chili peppers and loose seeds dotting the mix of crispy chicken and broccoli, an indication of the heat that lays ahead. He kept the decor the same and thankfully the dishware as we still love slurping up the tonkotsu in the beautiful Ramen Champ-logoed bowls. Follow their Facebook page for more updates as this relatively new shop is sure to make more changes in the future.
The Little Jewel of New Orleans. While we wish we could be strolling the streets of Nola with a can of Abita, snacking on a muffaletta or hitting up Cochon for some wood-fired oysters, LA dwellers can get a taste of the south at this Chinatown market and deli.
True to southern hospitality, the staff is aimed at trying to please you and notes on the menu that their sandwiches are heavily dressed with mayo -- make sure to let them know if you want to opt out or lessen the amount. Other menu items shrimp and grits, spicy Creole style jambalaya as well as a daily special offer something for everyone the Andouille sausage and others are made in-house and are not to be missed. The market aims at providing locals with the hard-to-find items from the south and introducing others to something that they may not know about.