After recent changes to the kitchen staff, Samosa House West should be back on your culinary must-visit map, according to Chowhound Moomin. While steam tray items like jackfruit and cauliflower pakora are still available, there’s now a prominently posted chaat menu offering freshly made street snacks like dabeli and Dahi puri.
Chowhound member SIMIHOUND is thrilled with two winning diners in a Simi Valley shopping plaza: Burger Express Fresh Mexican Grill, and Ferretiz Grill and Cafe. The menu at the former is as bulky as the restaurant’s name, with breakfast plates, sandwiches, and a serious list of Mexican entrées like chile Colorado and sopes. At Ferretiz Grill and Cafe, it’s the breakfast menu that’s extensive. Start with a homemade biscuit and then go where the wind takes you, be it a short stack or the Frisco Burger on Texas cheese toast.
The Langham Huntington hotel in Pasadena lures guests with beautiful suites and lush grounds, and the well-executed eats at The Royce sweeten the pot even more. The restaurant specializes in meats grilled over white oak—consider the hanger steak with chimichurri or the sirloin with Béarnaise—but other dishes hit the mark as well, including the lobster bisque and warm kale salad.
After having his Hollywood parking-lot tent shut down earlier this year, Ricky Piña of Ricky’s Fish Tacos lit up his fry pans in a Chinatown parking lot, and local fans were grateful for his determination. Now news comes that Piña has upgraded to a food truck, and the vehicle will serve its inaugural taco this week on Virgil Avenue, right where it all began.
For years, Chowhounds familiar with the Metro Gold Line have swapped ideas on great food and drink within walking distance of the train. A hop-off/hop-on progressive meal might include a beer from Lucky Baldwins near the Memorial Park stop; a savory hand pie from The Pie Hole, close to the Little Tokyo station; and ceviche and shrimp empanadas from El Sarape, near the Soto stop.
Michelin-recognized chef Takeshi Omae has opened his first restaurant in the States. The blessed landing place? Sherman Oaks. Ramen by Omae boils its tonkotsu broth for 40 hours; choose from original, burnt kogashi miso, and veggie tomato broth flavors. To start, order the teba gyoza, chicken wings hand-stuffed with gyoza filling.
Hot Red Bus sells British Indian eats in Alhambra, and the fish steals the show with its light and crispy batter and juiciness. Top your chips with lamb-and-beef doner, and sample the onion bhajis (or fritters) while you’re there.
In the refurbished Seventh and Figueroa complex sits Oleego, a fast-casual Korean eatery created by Jenee Kim of Parks BBQ. Don’t let the food-court setting or the build-your-own-bowl concept keep you from visiting. Protein options, which include dduck galbi (sometimes spelled dduk galbi), spicy pork bulgogi, and shrimp, are tender and flavorful—no surprise with Kim behind the business.
After being damaged in a fire earlier this year, Cortina’s Italian Market in Anaheim is back and better than ever. Artisan meats, quality cheeses, and fresh baked goods fill the market, plus wines and other imported goodies. Grab a number as soon as you arrive—the market has instituted a new ticket system to help organize crowds of hungry customers.