Past Stories
Mo’s Place is party central during Monday Night Football, with owner Mo Krant arriving in costume for the festivities

Hospitality is a contact sport

The friendly folks at Mo’s Place will warm your heart as they fill your stomach By Richard Foss ( I have a new favorite sports bar. The previous sentence may come as a surprise to longtime friends and ...

Café Buna is a popular hometown spot for breakfast or lunch 
Photos by Richard Foss

A secret worth spilling

It’s all about the chalkboard specials at Café Buna By Richard Foss ( Tourists who drive near the English village of Klevedon Hatch almost invariably stop to take a picture of one of the oddest road s...

Leather booths, candlelight and engraved mirrors help Vito Restaurant maintain a 1960s zeitgeist

Dining in a time machine

Ignoring the culinary trends of the past half century, Vito Restaurant offers the chance to enjoy the luxury of a different era By Richard Foss ( Look at pictures of formal restaurants in the 1960s and y...

The courtyard at Brilliantshine makes for a cozy and tranquil culinary refuge during weekend brunch
Photos by Richard Foss

A shine no less than brilliant

Culinary adventurers Josh Goldman and Julian Cox have made an enchanting culinary home for themselves with Brilliantshine By Richard Foss ( The culinary world has its hired guns — people who are brough...


The meat of the matter

The beef rib and the chicken come out on top when a barbecue snob puts Outdoor Grill to the test By Richard Foss  Outdoor Grill |12630½ Washington Blvd., Mar Vista | (310) 636-4745 | We were driving d...

Skewered pork belly is among the many delights at Bacari P.D.R.
Photo by Jorge M. Vargas Jr.

Small plates, enormous flavor

The new Bacari P.D.R. offers an Italian take on Spanish tapas that hits all its marks By Richard Foss ( The steep, triangular lot at Culver Boulevard and Vista del Mar Lane is an improbable place for a r...

Spitfire Grill’s widgeon salad is for steak lovers
Photo by Richard Foss

Meals that fly high

Spitfire Grill is a great theme restaurant and the food is good, too By Richard Foss ( The oldest living culinary tradition in Southern California is hard to spot because it looks like something else. An...

5i Indochine’s diverse menu draws from several East Asian cuisines

Small world, big table

5i Indochine Cuisine successfully navigates the flavors of China, Vietnam, Japan, Thailand and Indonesia By Richard Foss  ( A Japanese friend of mine rails against “hyphenated” restaurants; she is a...


Curious space, alluring menu

Hotel Erwin’s Barlo Kitchen & Cocktails keeps up the eclectic nature of Venice Beach By Richard Foss ( There’s a very practical sort of genius that consists of noticing opportunities that other p...

A chef uses hot charcoal to prepare kushiyaki at Sakura House
Photo by Richard Foss

Stick, meat, fire

The seemingly simple art of traditional Japanese barbecue can’t be taken for granted By Richard Foss ( I remember when I was taking a friend for his first taste of kushiyaki, the traditional Japanese b...

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