Dine LA: Indulge Your Palate With Special Dining Deals

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Dine for less.

BY KAREN YOUNG Are there restaurants you’ve been wanting to try, but haven’t because of cost?  Now’s the time because DineLA Restaurant Week is back for its bi-annual two week run — October 2-7 and 9-14. This is an opportunity to indulge in … [Read more...]

ROAD TRIP: Tacos, San Diego, Waterslides and More

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The water slide.   Photos: Jennifer Evans Gardner

BY JENNIFER EVANS GARDNER (Editor's Note: This is part of a continuing "Road Trip" series by Jennifer Evans Gardner.) I stood in line for the water slide, shivering in the cool marina air, little children all around me. Too many kids for my taste, … [Read more...]

Smoke City Market Brings a Real Taste of Texas to the 818

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Meats cook in the smoker for six to fourteen hours.

BY KAREN YOUNG The first thing I noticed after eating at Smoke City Market was the smell of smoke on my hands. I’m talking about smoke from a smoker— one that smokes meat, that is.  And with that, there’s a few things that must first must be … [Read more...]

Living large with Brats Brothers authentic gourmet sausages

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(NOTE: Since this article first appeared, Brats Brothers moved to  a new and bigger location in Sherman Oaks. Beer and wine is now served 13355 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks (just east of Dixie Cyn).) BY KAREN YOUNG There are times when I … [Read more...]

Old world style meets modern, healthy cooking at Artizan Pizza Kitchen

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Margherita Pizza  PHOTOS: KAREN YOUNG

BY KAREN YOUNG When I heard about a brand new pizza kitchen with locally grown, seasonal ingredients using descriptions like free range organic, nitrate free, soy cheese available and no GMO’s, I had to try it. I grabbed a friend for lunch, set … [Read more...]

Restaurant Review: Ramen Jinya — An authentic noodle house hits the 818

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Jinya Ramen

BY KAREN YOUNG I have to preface this article with a disclaimer: I am not a ramen expert, nor do I know much about ramen noodles or the many types of Japanese noodles in general. Ramen experts pride themselves on being a unique group — like a … [Read more...]

Fab Hot Dogs: Serving up some of the best dogs this side of NYC

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BY KAREN YOUNG It’s the place where every dog is made to order and sauces are freshly prepared all day long. Some say it’s the best dog this side of NYC. So, when you hear about a dog that’s this good, you’ve got to try it. But, I must … [Read more...]

Tantalizing Thai at Sri Siam Cafe

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Pad Thai  Photos: Karen Young

BY KAREN YOUNG I'm starting to think that some the best food I've eaten in the San Fernando Valley lately is coming out of restaurants located in strip malls or off the beaten track. Rather than a dining experience, these kind of eateries are for … [Read more...]

Empanadas and international street food at Johnny Pacific Eats

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Chimchurri  Photos: Karen Young

BY KAREN YOUNG John Walquist  took his love of travel, food and surfing and combined it into one small, but mighty surprise in Canoga Park in the form of Johnny Pacific Eats. Located in a run down strip mall on Winnetka and Saticoy,  the rather … [Read more...]

Tony's Darts Away: The ultimate dive bar with a twist

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Bringing the cool to Burbank.  Photos: Karen Young

BY KAREN YOUNG What if I told you that there is a  dive bar with free wi-fi serving a partial vegan menu with the world’s most addictive potato chips, insanely good sweet potato fries, delicious sausages and some of the best California craft beer … [Read more...]