Past Stories
Alexander Phaneuf, left, and Or Amsalam take it slow with the dough and 
use only wild yeast
Photo by Richard Foss

A Tradition Rises Again

Mar Vista bread makers go back to basics for improved quality and taste By Richard Foss ( There’s a stretch of Washington Boulevard west of Sepulveda that has become the Westside’s hot area for bouti...

Restaurateur Vincenzo Nicoletta, seated, and his staff make diners feel like part of the family
Photo by Jorge M. Vargas Jr.

Now That’s Amore

Vincenzo’s Ristorante Italiano is a taste of New York on Montana Avenue By Jasmin St. Claire ( Being a native New Yorker is sometimes an advantage in West L.A. For one, I’ve always been better at ...

Atmosphere Café server Daniel handles a roasted vegetable panini and a Spanish chorizo skillet with style
Photo By Richard Foss

Ambience You Can Taste

Atmosphere Café offers plenty of substance to back up its style By Richard Foss ( One of the well-worn quips in the food critic repertoire is to say that a restaurant “has nice atmosphere — but unfo...

This build-your-own poke bowl features salmon with Sriracha and ponzu sauce 
on a bed of kale, seaweed, edamame and onion
Yelp photo by Crystal T.

Choose Your Own Adventure

Sweetfin Poké lets diners put their own spin on a Hawaiian dish that’s taking L.A. by storm By Bethney Bonilla ( There’s a special kind of thrill to building your own meal, but for me it comes wit...

Sunny Blue’s fresh omusubi are the perfect snack for just about any occasion

Get on the Ball

Sunny Blue remakes Japanese rice balls into an authentically Asian yet uniquely L.A. pleasure By Gillian Ferguson ( This Little Place Has Balls. The tagline, written in old-fashioned cursive letters a...

La Fiesta Brava’s Jasmin Camarena stands behind her mom during an Oct. 8 press conference organized by restaurant supporters
Facebook photo by MT Chamness

Bullfight on Rose Avenue

Family owned and operated for 23 years, La Fiesta Brava tries to stand its ground against being priced out of Venice By Christianna Reinhardt ( Jasmin Camarena sits across from me in one of the bo...

ASAP Phorage’s Ashley Clem serves up a restorative bowl of Mary’s Chicken Pho 
and the invigorating vegetarian bahn mi
Photo by Jorge M. Vargas Jr.

My Secret Emergency Pho Fix

ASAP Phorage is a beachside treasure hidden inside a convenience store By Bethney Bonilla ( Perhaps it was my “hangry” alter ego talking or the road-rage I had developed over my last four years in ...

Aussie Pies may look small, but they’re dense with savory filling and completely satisfying

Forget the barbie — try the pie

Aussie Pie Kitchen puts a West Coast spin on a Down Under staple By Richard Foss ( It’s the fate of every cuisine to become caricature. People associate Italians with spaghetti, Germans with sauerkraut...

Argonaut food critic Richard Foss has written a book about the history of meals served in air and space
Photo by David Fairchild courtesy of Richard Foss

The Sky’s the Limit

Richard Foss explores the turbulent history of food in flight By Christianna Reinhardt ( Readers of The Argonaut may recognize his byline from his frequent restaurant reviews and culinary Q+As, bu...

Don Chuy’s serves up seven varieties of tacos for just 99 cents on Tuesdays: 
carne asada, al pastor, carnitas, shredded chicken, shredded beef, beans-only, 
and crispy potato
Photo by Jorge M. Vargas Jr.

Dining with the Don

Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Taco Tuesdays By Richard Foss ( I blame my bad attitude about Taco Tuesdays on the bar located a few blocks from my second apartment. It was my natural hangout...

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