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.
Organic coffee, freshly made coconut-mango juice, and panini sandwiches hot off the grill are just a few of the offerings at Café MangoSix, new on the Third Street corridor and the first U.S. location from the Seoul-based company. Grab a bowl of frozen yogurt, top it with honeycomb and kiwi, and dig in on the pleasant patio.
Foodie legend has it that the Cobb salad was invented at Hollywood’s Brown Derby, and though the small restaurant chain is long gone, its creation lives on in dining rooms around Los Angeles. Dig your fork into Fred 62’s Thai-inspired version, splurge on the one at the Polo Lounge, or sift through other suggestions from fellow Cobb lovers on Chowhound.