At this standout on Studio City’s sushi row, the honey-breaded oysters are soft and sea flavored under their sweet crust.
Come here for Persian sandwiches made with sausages (sosis bandari), minced meat kabobs (koobideh), lamb’s brain, and beef tongue, accompanied by chopped tomato, shredded lettuce, and sour pickles.
Nestled in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it suburban storefront, San Gabriel’s Babita Mexicuisine finds the gracious middle ground with such daintily presented dishes as green cilantro margarita sorbet and tequila-soaked salmon sopes.
Neighborhood: San Gabriel
About as far as possible from Culver City—the wine bar capital of the region—Bacaro LA stands in the most incongruous of neighborhoods, West Adams, where it attracts Korean businessmen, downtown loft dwellers, and USC students…
Josef Centeno’s umlaut-bedecked flagship has all the Moroccan bistilla and Provençal brandade you could want, and the menu weds Catalan, Italian, and Abkhazian ingredients.
Although named for the side dishes traditionally served with Korean meals, this small upscale market and café offers more than kimchi…
At this Vietnamese convenience store, a mere $3 nets you a hefty bánh mì on a fresh baguette. The soft bread has a crackling crust, the bits of grilled pork are supple and salty-sweet, and the pickled vegetables lend the right amount of crunch.
Purists might balk at the thought of authentic dim sum available west of Monterey Park or Chinatown, but many of the dishes here come close to the real thing…
Neighborhood: Beverly Grove
A baroque room in the rock and roll hotel of record serves lobster risotto, rack of lamb, and meat loaf with masheds to hipsters…