Past Stories
Eddy Shin doesn’t just sell to customers, he educates them

Getting to the meat of the matter

Eddy Shin of Santa Monica specialty butcher shop A Cut Above is a man who knows his meat By Richard Foss (Richard@RichardFoss.com) Most Americans eat meat without thinking very much about it — we know that beef comes from cow...


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Five-Star Food at 3 Square Cafe

Chef Hans Rockenwagner’s ‘German California cuisine’ is, like, totally wunderbar By Richard Foss (Richard@RichardFoss.com) There are some mighty strange spaces around LA that operate successfully as restaurants; I’ve ha...


How to improve a harbor view: Tony P’s famous fish and chips (left) and a bacon avocado cheeseburger Photo by Jorge M Vargas Jr

Gazing and grazing at Tony P’s

Sometimes food tastes better with an ocean view and a cold beer By Richard Foss (Richard@RichardFoss.com) Boats are often in my daydreams, seldom in my days; I enjoy every chance I can get to go out on the waves but…



Ample floor space lets the food take center stage at Ciboteca

Fast food with European flair

Ciboteca offers grab-and-go culinary delights, but the quality and variety make it worth sticking around By Richard Foss (Richard@RichardFoss.com) Some people look for meaning in life on a psychological or metaphysical basis, w...


Crème De La Crepe Bistro offers other French delicacies, such as steak tartare

A taste of France in Culver City

Crème De La Crepe Bistro brings character and culture to the mall By Richard Foss (Richard@RichardFoss.com) Naming your restaurant after a specialty has its good points and bad points. If someone sees your name and wants that ...


Monte Alban’s dining room exudes cultural pride, as does its kitchen

The Mexico you don’t know

Discover the ancient traditions and exotic flavors of Oaxacan cuisine at Monte Alban By Richard Foss (Richard@RichardFoss.com) In recent years the ancient cuisine of Oaxaca has become much more available in Los Angeles, to wide...



Dining at 26 Beach is like a visit to an artist’s cottage

Abundance, American-style

26 Beach serves large, varied and well-prepared meals that are cheerfully multicultural and modern By Richard Foss (Richard@RichardFoss.com) The whimsical poet Piet Hein once wrote the couplet, “I love excess of fruitfulness;...


Superba serves classically good tastes in a contemporary setting

The ‘a’ could be silent in Superba

This love letter to neighborhood bakeries is radiant with variety and creativity By Richard Foss (Richard@RichardFoss.com) It’s generally bad form to read someone else’s love letters — in them one makes personal statement...


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A breakfast in good company

The Coffee Company, really a family restaurant, specializes in heavenly light waffles and richly flavorful morning meal standards By Richard Foss (Richard@RichardFoss.com) I’m used to restaurant marketing, and I understand th...



New India Oven’s curries showcase the diversity of Indian flavors

New India’s Oven can cook

Order a thali to experience the rich variety of Indian cuisine By Richard Foss (Richard@RichardFoss.com) There are few dining experiences quite so delightful as those when a small group orders whatever looks most interesting an...






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