Past Stories
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 (Richard@RichardFoss.com) I remember when I was taking a friend for his first taste of kushiyaki, the traditional Japanese b...


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The Art of Wine

Master Restaurateur Piero Selvaggio, founder of Valentino Restaurant in Santa Monica, on the evolution of Italian wine and what that means for your next meal By Richard Foss In 1972, the quality and variety of Italian food and ...


Grain, the backroom whiskey bar at Playa Provisions

Choose your own adventure

Playa Provisions, a new four-eateries-in-one concept, offers great meals wherever you sit By Richard Foss (Richard@RichardFoss.com) There’s a certain type of understatement that is designed to impress, as when someone welcome...



Diners flock The Misfit’s bar for its “Barfly Lunch” menu, featuring $5 weekday specials that include a crispy chicken sandwich and the signature Misfit burger | Photo by Jorge M Vargas Jr.

A Misfit that belongs

1920s art deco nightlife hotspot also serves interesting small plates and excellent soups By Richard Foss (Richard@RichardFoss.com) There’s an idea about cuisine that is best expressed in the Japanese term washoku, which tran...


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Plenty of tacos at Paco’s

But try the cochinita pibil — pork marinated in citrus and brilliant red achiote paste — for a real delight By Richard Foss (Richard@RichardFoss.com) I have a friend who stubbornly refuses to learn anything about modern tec...


The art at Mao’s Kitchen evokes a communist worker’s canteen

Workers of the world, indulge!

Mao’s Kitchen serves a princely meal at proletariat prices By Richard Foss (Richard@RichardFoss.com) Whether they’re cozy bistros or bright, contemporary places with shared tables, restaurants are usually themed to create a...



Tompkins Square’s towering Monster Burger

Complex geometry, simple food

Tompkins Square, known for its burgers, also makes a very fine steak By Richard Foss (Richard@RichardFoss.com) When I walked into Tompkins Square, it wasn’t with the expectation that the restaurant was actually square — it...


Canali offers generous portions of intricately crafted meals

A culinary adventure on the canals

Canali Café is a romantic neighborhood hideaway that navigates complex flavors with ease By Richard Foss (Richard@RichardFoss.com) The canals of Venice (our version, not the one on the Adriatic) have been a place of pilgrimage...


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...






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