Within weeks of opening, Chengdu Taste is earning accolades for expertly spiced Sichuan dishes and regional specialties like younger sister’s diced rabbit. Other early favorites include cold garlic noodles, mama’s pickled chili fish, and cumin lamb (pictured).
From vegan bread speckled with cranberries and walnuts to sweet strawberry croissants, artisan loaves and pastries abound in Orange County. Share your favorite OC carb purveyors on Chowhound or just gather ideas.
At Red Hill in Echo Park, traditional eggs Benedict has gotten a serious makeover. In one version, yam biscuits are adorned with a poached egg, avocado, tomato, pickled cabbage, and chile mole sauce; in another, the dish has serrano ham, chard, and Parmesan cream. The beer-battered onions rings make a great side.
Little Tokyo vegan Japanese restaurant Shojin has expanded to Culver City, and dishes at the new location are strong enough to please even a carnivorous crowd. Expect plates like spicy seaweed salad, cold moyashi noodles (pictured), and rolls made with brown rice, tons of fresh veggies, seitan, and tempeh.
Hatch chile season is upon us, and grocers and farmers'-market vendors around LA are celebrating with a plethora of roasting events. Get your peppers hot off the grill, or buy some fresh for a Southwestern dinner at home.
Sandwiches make for easy, go-to meals year-round, perfect for picnics, ball games, or just a hassle-free dinner. In July, LA Chowhounds ate sandwiches far and wide and reported back; their discussion is a great resource for current sandwich-shoppers.
Itching for a taste of Laurent Quenioux’s creativity? Snag a reservation for an LQ Foodings event: a six-course pop-up dinner within Quenioux’s very own Vertical Wine Bistro in Pasadena. Unique combinations like xiao long bao with skate and chorizo or pigeon atop corn and bean succotash are sure to be part of the meal.