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Pork belly noodles at Little Sister

The Best Restaurants in the South Bay of Los Angeles

09/10/2013

Garrett Snyder

The South Bay is one of the most culturally diverse regions in Los Angeles. It's always provided a multitude of places to enjoy great food from across the world - from delicate handmade soba to fried shrimp tacos doused in salsa. But with a wave of ambitious chefs riffing and expanding on the culinary traditions they were raised on, this quiet beach-loving community is becoming a dining destination all over again. Here are ten of the best places to eat in the South Bay.

Laghman noodles at Silk Road Garden

The Best Chinese Noodles in Los Angeles

08/12/2013

Clarissa Wei

Noodles have been a Chinese staple for over 4,000 years. The earliest sample of this dish was found in northwestern China - found preserved and overturned in a sealed bowl and buried underneath ten feet of sediment. It’s an incredible, ubiquitous medium with a wide-ranging field of influence. Chinese noodles are the ancestors of all other noodle dishes. According to popular myth, Marco Polo introduced noodles to the West during the Yuan Dynasty - in fact, noodles were widely eaten in Europe and the Middle East for centuries before Marco Polo’s birth.

Chinese noodles are incredibly diverse. Whether it’s the spicy, chili-heavy noodles of Sichuan, or the warm chicken noodle soup of Yunnan - there’s really something for everyone’s flavor profile. Most Chinese restaurants in the area have some sort of noodle dish, and many dishes have centuries of historical background. Noodles from northern China are broader and flour-based, while noodles from the south typically use eggs. Then there are rice and mung bean-based noodles that are great for soaking up the flavor. Called mian in Chinese, it’s the ultimate comfort item and you really only need one bowl to be sufficiently full.

There are a myriad of Chinese noodle options in Los Angeles. To get you started on your culinary journey, here are some of our favorites.

The Best Restaurants in West Hollywood

08/02/2013

dine L.A.

Measuring just under two square miles, West Hollywood (aka WeHo to locals) is one of L.A.’s most popular and vibrant districts. While numerous popular eateries fall just outside its borders, WeHo proper is jam-packed with excellent restaurants - classics like Dan Tana’s, newer favorites like Connie & Ted’s and the globally inspired Night + Market, and glossy lookers such as Fig & Olive. The West Hollywood dining scene has it all - here are some of our favorite restaurants.

Chocolate banana cream pie at Rose Cafe

The Best Pies in Los Angeles

07/29/2013

Joshua Lurie

Whether a pie’s got a lid, a crumbled cap, Graham cracker crust, and a fruit, nut, or custard filling, L.A. has plenty of enticing options. Grab a fork and knife or use your hands and enjoy 15 of our favorites.

Inaba bowl at Ichimi Ann

The Best Japanese Noodles in Los Angeles

07/12/2013

Matthew Kang

Japanese cuisine has a wide range of styles and contexts, but noodles are one area that the culture has essentially mastered. Placed in broth, dipped in sauces, tossed with every possible ingredient, these chewy strands are addictive, fun to eat, and incredibly adaptable. Los Angeles has benefited from the proliferation of Japanese cuisine, not just through sushi, but through the common comfort food that pervades the East Asian country. Much of L.A.'s Japanese cuisine finds its foundation in the South Bay, where many immigrants first arrived and set up shop. But there are also great noodle restaurants on the Westside and of course Little Tokyo in Downtown L.A. From hefty white udon noodles to umami-rich ramen and chewy soba, here's a sampler of some of the best Japanese noodles in Los Angeles.

Fruity Pebbles drumsticks at MILK

The Best Ice Cream and Gelato in Los Angeles

07/09/2013

Joshua Lurie

Los Angeles is well versed in the ways of heat waves. Even though the city resides in what should be the desert, Angelenos have shown ingenuity in keeping cool, whether that’s with air conditioning, swimming pools, or the most flavorful route, ice cream. L.A. offers a wide range of frozen salvation, with creative flavors, market-driven ice cream and gelato, and companies that cater to specific cultures. Here are some of our frozen favorites in L.A.

Hollywood Museum lobby

Hidden Gems in Hollywood

07/09/2013

Esther Tseng

When it comes to Tinseltown, you'll never run out of things to do, including world famous attractions like Universal Studios Hollywood, Hollywood Bowl and Pantages Theatre to name just a few. But there's a whole world of under-the-radar attractions and activities you may be missing. They include music, hikes and other features that Hollywood locals frequent to enjoy their city as one would a neighborhood. Check out the following attractions, shops and weeklies that will have you experiencing an entirely different side of Hollywood.

The Best Seafood in Los Angeles

06/20/2013

Bill Esparza

Catch a wave, Los Angeles - we are seeing the city transform into a seafood paradise with the fresh addition of new American and globally influenced seafood raw bars and hot bars. Thanks to our many international communities, we’ve got even more of the ocean to explore. Here are some cool spots for the best seafood in Los Angeles.

Pepperoni pizza at Cosa Buona

The Best Pizzas in Los Angeles

06/07/2013

dine L.A.

Pizza is the perfect comfort food - it’s easy to eat, hearty, oozing with gooey cheese and often customizable with a bevy of tempting toppings. Pizza means many things to different people, including thin-crust, New York-style; deep-dish Chicago pies; and chewy, traditional Neapolitan versions. Any way you slice it, narrowing down a list of top pizzas is no easy task, especially considering our boom in high-quality restaurants. That said, we’re up to the challenge. Discover the best pizzas in Los Angeles.

Donuts at Cofax Coffee

The Best Donuts in Los Angeles

06/06/2013

Joshua Lurie

L.A. is the U.S. city with the most donut shops, meaning it can be tricky to sift through the river of deep-fried rings. Clearly, Angelenos have displayed serious commitment to doughnuts (aka donuts), which originated in the 19th Century. Cake Monkey Bakery and Donut Snob also wholesale great donuts to different coffeehouses, but we’re focused on 20 L.A. places where you can find destination donuts on a regular basis.

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