Thursday, October 12, 2017

My Favorite Lunch Spot in LA Right Now.


Where: Northern Cafe (Beverly Grove and Westwood).

Why: Like you and your mom, I eat lunch every day. I often -- since I work freelance -- take this opportunity to explore the wondrous luncheon options LA provides. Driving stupid lengths to sample the new-new. Some times though, I go to a place and I just really freaking like it. Then I go back. Again. And again. It becomes a regular. 

Right now the "regular" in which I am becoming a regular because I regular the place: Northern Cafe's new location on Beverly Blvd (by the Bev Center). In a city surrounded on its fringes by celestial Chinese, yet often bereft in its actual city center, LA could always use new options. What makes Northern stick out, aside from tasty food, is the affordability. You can eat a large plate of flavor-packed, spicy noodles (which although not made in house, taste as if they were) for like ten bucks. Since it's walk up and order, no serving fee either. Their dumplings, which ARE made in house, also go at an extremely affordable price point. My go-to order usually consists of the Lao Gan Ma Fried Noodles (pictured above) and the Sauteed String Beans. The blistered beans come with a side of white rice, but my move: throw the veggies right in the noods. I usually eat about half. Then the lefties for a satisfying dinner. 

If you're like me, you constantly crave Chinese food - but many times that involves either, a) slow, unnecessary table service or b) shitty food. Northern Cafe is the sort of Chinese joint that should be on every damn corner in LA. I'm serious. There should be one in Culver City. Santa Monica. On Larchmont. Downtown. 

If you want to read about Northern Cafe's history, I direct you to Joshua Lurie's solid piece for Eater on the local mini-chain over

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

For A Week You Can Eat and Drink For Good.



As we all struggle to cope with the hurricane devastation in Puerto Rico and the lack of ample response from our government, next week in LA, we can all help out a little. Feel a tad more helpful. By eating. And drinking. Pretty much everywhere.

A grassroots local campaign called LA Loves PR has teamed up with restaurants and bars throughout LA (and Palm Springs) to offer one Caribbean island-inspired special on their menus October 7th-14th, with all proceeds from that dish/cocktail going to PR charity, Unidos Por Puerto Rico. An impressive  list of LA's top restaurants and bars -- that splays out throughout our fair city -- are participating. Amongst the spots involved in LA Loves PR: Commerson, Felix, Georgie, Harvard & Stone, Kato, Lunetta, Lucques, Michael's, Preux & Proper, Rossoblu, Sawyer and Woodley Proper,  amongst many others.

Find the specials here - a list which is being consistently updated, so check back often.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Modern Sandwich Shop Also Coming To... West Adams.


Apparently West Adams food week continues. After the release of renderings for Daniel Patterson's neighborhood den/restaurant/coffeeshop, Alta, today comes evidence* of a nouveau sandwich shop joining our burgeoning neighborhood on the other side of Hauser and Adams. Although not much information is available about Open Face, the construction, which has been going on for almost a year, appears pretty much complete with an opening expected in the coming weeks. 

I will reach out to the proprietor for more info as this "modern sandwich shop" will be an incredibly welcome addition to the West Adams hood, which sorely lacks solid lunch options and I wish it was open now because I'm hungry.


*My wife discovered the sandwich shop and wants to make sure she's acknowledge for her sleuthing, so here.*

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5577 West Adams Blvd.
Opening soonish.