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Now that you've worked up your appetite, here are a few eating itineraries and restaurant recommendations to give you a taste of Los Angeles's vast and varied culinary landscape.
The San Fernando Valley, to the northwest of downtown Los Angeles, encompasses over half of LA’s acreage, plus outlying cities like Burbank and Calabasas; it’s a sprawling, diverse place that offers roadworthy food lovers an abundance of good eating.
Ten miles east of downtown Los Angeles, the San Gabriel Valley constitutes America’s largest Chinatown—one of wide boulevards and glittering shopping malls, thriving shops, and a smorgasbord of regional cuisines.
Los Angeles and its adjacent municipalities contain more continuously family-owned Jewish delis than any other city in the country.
West of Downtown, the oceanfront town of Santa Monica has long sustained an eclectic food scene.
LA’s Koreatown, near Downtown, is a vibrant immigrant enclave.
There is a certain kind of well-dressed woman who still wears nude stockings to lunch at the Polo Lounge in the Beverly Hills Hotel.
Chef and radio star Evan Kleinman’s simple, delicious Italian fare has made her café a fixture for Hollywood locals.
Some of southern California’s most interesting produce is grown in a community garden in Watts.
At chef José Andrés’ playful LA restaurant, The Bazaar, both the classic tapas and the gastromolecular innovations are excellent.
Do you fancy yourself something of a chef? You might lie awake at night counting lamb chops in order to throw 12-course dinner parties at home. But, in the back of your mind, you may have always wondered if you could cut it in a real restaurant. Now you can find out—maybe. Continue...