From pastry and bread master Hans Röckenwagner comes this eponymous new café, where seasonal dishes mingle with extraordinary desserts by pastry chef Cesar Bermudez. Early hits include the hearty vegetable soup made with market veggies, grilled octopus over Austrian red cabbage, and brick chicken with citrus mashed potatoes.
The Culver City boom continues with the opening of East Borough, a kitchen specializing in upmarket Vietnamese street eats. The lunch menu plays it straight with sandwiches and noodles, from dac biet banh mi to grilled pork buns. At dinner, small plates and mains like banh xeo (Vietnamese crêpe) with Dungeness crab and lamb ribs in a tamarind glaze take the lead.
As if crispy fried potatoes weren’t deliriously delicious already, the team at Amor y Tacos in Cerritos has gone above and beyond the typical potato side dish, topping tater tots with their house-made, 21-ingredient mole, plus queso fresco, cilantro, onion, and sour cream (pictured). The tots “may be one of the most crave-worthy things I’ve eaten,” says Chowhound member ipsedixit. Ignore your waistline and go all in with an order of Doritos chilaquiles.
Chicago wiener seller Budacki’s Drive In has opened a Los Angeles location near Exposition Park, and the shop’s prices are sure to draw hungry (and thrifty) folks to the yard—one hound enjoyed a dog, a beef sandwich, fries, and a drink for just eight bucks.
For fried oysters, shrimp, and sole, there’s Louisiana Best Seafood in Long Beach; for a mean order of fried red snapper, try Captain Kidd’s Fish Market in Redondo Beach. Know a killer "You Buy, We Fry" establishment? Share it with fellow SoCal fried-food-loving Chowhounds.
The line between fine art and food is heavily blurred at Wolvesmouth, an underground, experimental kitchen in Los Angeles orchestrated by Craig Thornton. A seat at Thornton’s table is extremely hard to come by, but Chowhound JMan604 was one of a lucky few at a recent dinner. The nine-course meal was “easily the best ... I've had,” says JMan604.