Past Stories
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...

Don’t overthink the menu at Pepe’s — just order the asada taco platter
Photo by Jorge M. Vargas Jr.

A ploughman’s lunch at Pepe’s

Some strip-mall asada proves that everyday meals can also be great ones By Joe Donnelly Is there anything a cane-sugar Mexican Coke won’t cure? I had one with my meal at Pepe’s Tacos the other day — ...

The crew at Chaya Venice turned out strong for Food Fare
Photo by Michael Aushenker

The drinkable side of Food Fare

The annual Planned Parenthood fundraiser shows guys and girls love a good beer By Kat Thomas As Benjamin Franklin once said, “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” And there was nothing happier than&hel...

A classic medium pizza at Compari’s strikes the right balance of sauce, toppings and cheese
photo by Jorge M. Vargas Jr.

Checkered Tablecloth Time Machine

The more things change, the more Compari’s in Westchester has stayed the same By Richard Foss ( This may come as a shock to those who grew up in Los Angeles, but there are places in the world where peo...

The burgers at Brick + Mortar stand out as a delicious deal

A food truck without wheels

With its creative kitchen and a great happy hour, Brick + Mortar should have no trouble staying put By Richard Foss ( I’m generally not a fan of food trucks — I prefer restaurants that stay right whe...

Barbianca pairs a sleek, contemporary look with exceptionally warm service

Not just for tourists

Barbianca is a hotel restaurant that locals can love By Richard Foss ( If you live in L.A., this has probably happened to you. You are driving somewhere new and get within sight of your destination, but ...

Shiho Yoshikawa flavors her ice cream with unusual ingredients, including herbs and peas

The politics of ice cream

Sweet Rose Creamery founder Shiho Yoshikawa on serving a summer treat in February By Richard Foss ( It’s everybody’s favorite refresher in summer — ice cream, cool comfort food that drops your temp...

A lobster-and-truffle bruschetta shows off the sophisticated pairings and presentations 
of chef Dustin Taylor’s kitchen

A menu full of surprises

Set your culinary expectations adrift at The Anchor By Richard Foss ( The restaurant’s sign has no words, but people driving down Main Street in Venice looking for a place called The Anchor can figure ...

Clockwise, from top left: French toast, salmon Benedict with hollandaise sauce, mushroom frittata and the Detour scramble

Brunch in a bar

Hit the sauce in the morning — the splendid hollandaise sauce, that is — at The Detour By Richard Foss ( When I first heard that there was a restaurant called The Detour, I wondered why anyone would ...

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