Past Stories
The Moo Mì: braised short rib with mortar-pounded chili paste, lime, lemongrass, ginger and chili-mayo sauce served on a French baguette
Photo by Mike Ryan

Imperialism’s Kitchen

The French occupation of Indochina forged what may be the perfect sandwich: the bánh mì By Mike Ryan ( Under the dark imperialist cloud of France’s occupation of Southeast Asia arose a silver-lined sa...

What might look like a dive bar from the outside (and on the inside many nights of the week) is more like a nightclub on Tuesday evenings when classes are in session

Songs by the Glass

Thanks to Karaoke with Kiki, the Prince O’ Whales is an unlikely college hotspot on Tuesday nights By Ellie O’Brian For a college student in West Los Angeles, the Prince O’Whales is a rite of passage. Of all the local&hel...

Thinly sliced beef filet mignon served with a grain mustard dressing and warm mushroom salad

A True Taste of Italy

Casa Ado offers an authentic culinary experience just steps from the beach By Richard Foss ( Most people strolling down Washington Boulevard to the beach probably don’t notice the gargoyles. The leerin...

The Westside’s best fish taco? Could be.
Photo by Tacos Punta Cabras

Three’s a crowd

Tacos Punta Cabras sets the local standard for Mexican seafood with just three menu items: tacos, tostadas and cócteles By Javier Cabral ( Santa Monica may not be the first place you think of when craving...

Chicago transplants Mike Waszkowski, left, and Manny Aranda create authentic Old World flavors on the West Coast
Photo by Richard Foss

Spilling Smokehouse Secrets

Inside the Los Angeles area’s only authentic Polish sausage factory By Richard Foss ( J & T European Gourmet Food 1128 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica (310) 394-7227 There’s an o...

Scopa Italian Roots’mezcal menu reads like a wine list
Photo by  Gillian Ferguson

Mezcal steals the spotlight

Bar-centric restaurants offer an education on the breadth and complexity of tequila’s smoky cousin By Gillian Ferguson ( “Would you like worm salt with that?” The first time I heard this questio...

The trendy-for-a-reason La Reina salad, grilled oysters and a pulled-pork taco
Photo by  Richard Foss

Clutch is clutch

Venice’s new smokehouse truly rises to the occasion By Richard Foss ( Ambiguity in language has its good and bad points — it makes poetry possible, but also confusion. This thought was brought to min...

The rotisserie pork served on cheesy grits and topped with braised greens and a fried egg is a must-order dish
Photo by  Mike Ryan

Status Kuo in a state of flux

Mar Vista is changing — you can tell by the quality of the meat on the rotisserie By Mike Ryan The status quo of Mar Vista has been in a state of flux for years. It’s hard to pinpoint when…

Diners become fast friends during a February secret supper hosted 
at a historic home in Venice
Photo by Richard Foss

A Secret Supper in Venice

Exploring an underground scene where meals come with a side of conversation By Richard Foss ( Some restaurants cultivate the air of a salon or house party, deliberately creating a space reminiscent of an...


Dining Guide for the Westside 2015—Restaurant Listings

AMERICAN Hal’s Bar and Grill Eclectic Hal’s Bar and Grill is a renowned Venice locale offering distinctive American cuisine alongside a lengthy wine and specialty cocktail list with wide appeal. Enjoy signature favorites li...