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Where to Eat in Downtown Los Angeles

From Japanese standouts in Little Tokyo to sausage and beer halls in the Arts District to buzzy fine dining, these days there's no end to the possibilities in Downtown L.A. Here's our guide to where to eat in the revitalized neighborhood. More

How to Infuse Your Booze With Halloween Candy

Quick: look over both shoulders. Are the kids out of the room? Great. Then listen up: you don't have to let the kids take Halloween away from you anymore. Once the kids are asleep, your Halloween can really begin, with these awesome (and weird) candy-infused spirits. The basic idea: take popular Halloween candy, dump 'em in a jar full of hooch, wait until it tastes great. More

Ranking Roy Choi's Los Angeles Restaurants

Years into his empire building, Roy Choi now controls much more than just a few loncheros that sling short rib tacos. His multi-faceted ventures include a Chinatown rice bowl spot we love, a reclaimed IHOP that serves quick and dirty dinner plates, and a South Central juice and smoothie house that's co-run by a giant food corporation. Indeed, Roy Choi is doing it all, while the rest of us just ride along through his twitter account @RidingShotgunLA. More

So You Want to Pitch a Food Article? What to Do (and Avoid)

@Kenji -- Is this the place where I can go to talk about how much I miss your lustrous long hair? The servers at hairlinewhisper.com seem to be down.

Also, Max is a gem and editor extraordinaire. As a full-time food writer and editor for the past three years, I can say (not that he needs my help) he is absolutely right. Craft those pitches, y'all!

How Katz's Deli Makes Their Perfect Pastrami

Kenji being the first to comment on this, and so honestly, really brings a smile to my face.

Where to Eat Outdoors in Washington, DC, 2014 Edition

@Liz B. Are you a Mustang alum? I'd LOVE to make that list happen (aka I'd love to sit at Gus' for the rest of my life).

Taste Test: The Best Frozen Puff Pastry

Lookit ol' Max Falkowitz, showing his true colors again. Way to be in the pocket of Big Pastry!

Yes, You Want to Watch This Tiny Hamster Eat Tiny Burritos

Thanks everyone! What a funny thing to be happening!

Lunch in the Loop: Perry's Deli

Am I just now reading that "Smellen Keller" joke? Priceless.

Watch Dennis Lee Dig Himself Into a Hole of Loneliness As He Eats By Himself at White Castle

First Look: Leghorn Chicken Brings 'Socially Conscious' Fried Chicken Sandwiches to Ukrainian Village

This place looks unstoppable.

Does Mission Cantina Make the Best Burritos in NYC?

New York, I love you, but you[r burritos a]'re bringing me down.

Chain Reaction: We Try Papa John's Double Cheeseburger Pizza

@Dennis I forgive but I don't forget.

Chain Reaction: We Try Papa John's Double Cheeseburger Pizza

@Dennis no side-slice shot of all the cheeseburger-as-pizza madness? I thought you cared about my needs.

Lunch in the Loop: Rock the Naanwiches at Naansense

Dennis Lee: national hero.

Where to Drink Beer in Montreal

Vices & Versa is the best!

Leftover Pizza + Waffle Iron = Delicious Crispy, Gooey, Cheese-Stuffed Snack

@monopod - Kenji's definitely in the pocket of Big Gadget. Or at least Big Waffle.

Our Favorite Bites from the Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival

@Osomatic - It was definitely a pork-heavy event, so there was almost no avoiding the stuff. That being said, pork = yummm.

Los Angeles: We Tried Every Taco at the Tacolandia Taco Festival

@StreetgourmetLA - Tamales Elena should definitely be in there, but the Mexicali tripas weren't available by the time I made it to them, sadly. As for La Tiendita and La Monarcha, I couldn't possibly have eaten more non-taco delights without doing serious harm! Thanks for putting on a great one!

Lunch in the Loop: Eppy's Deli

I can't say it enough: I love Lunch in the Loop.

Lunch in the Loop: Pierogi Heaven

Man, these are always really, really great.

Furmint, Hárslevelü, Szamorodni: Wine as Weird As It Comes

This is written beautifully.

Los Angeles: The Sad Burger at Juicy Lucy

My 8 Favorite Carne Asada Tacos in Chicago

Minus that beans, rice & ... cole slaw... abomination at Taqueria El Milagro, these look fantastic. I'm excited for the day that we get Freaky Friday'd and I start eating all the Chicago tacos and you chow down in L.A.

Santa Ana, CA: Try the Whole Pig at Tacos y Carnitas Sahuayo

@DPiez - Although I'm certainly not an expert, I'd have to say that the likely answer is that penis just seems more shocking. It's also something that comes a bit more camera-ready, shall we say. And when it comes to uterus, I would imagine that it would look much like any internal organ, which doesn't offer the same visual value as a roasted up tube of you-know-what.

San Francisco: Excellent Burgers and Booze at Dear Mom

Everything about this looks fantastic.

Julia Child Was Right About La Super-Rica in Santa Barbara

@Lorenzo - that's the al pastor quesadilla. It's not a big, loping burrito-sized quesadilla; they use the same tortillas as their tacos to make it, just double-stacked.

@Notoriousjoe - I do think that La Super-Rica has done an excellent job of selling the Julia Child angle, and I would agree that it's not my favorite Mexican food in the world, but I certainly found their simple recipes to be an absolute delight.

First Look: U-Mini in Los Angeles Makes the Future of the Fast Food Burger Look Bright

We Eat Every Hot Dog at Pink's in Hollywood

We set out to do what nobody before us has ever done before: try every single hot dog on the menu at Pink's Famous Hot Dogs in Hollywood. For those uninitiated to the Pink's hot dog legacy, the 73-year old stand on the corner of Melrose and La Brea serves up everything from basic chili cheese dogs to double-dogs stuffed into a single bun, weighed down with guacamole, chili, cheese, onions, tomatoes, pastrami, bacon... you name it. More

Los Angeles: Weekends-Only Carnitas at the Tacos Los Guichos Trailer

At Tacos Los Guichos, carnitas is a weekend tradition. Well south of USC and just east of the 110 freeway, this long-standing trailer offers late-night eats to a hardworking mix of folks, all milling around in the gated parking lot of a car repair shop. The long-simmering carnitas make this one of the best tacos in Los Angeles. Just make sure to show up on a day that begins with the letter S. More

Los Angeles: Tacos Arizas in Echo Park For Awesome Chorizo Tacos

Tacos Arizas is a long-standing member of the Echo Park taco tradition. Their trailer idles nightly just off Sunset Blvd., alongside the Walgreens on otherwise forgettable Logan Street. If you're not already familiar with the location, feel free to let your wandering stomach and a multi-colored neon sign guide you. The chorizo is the best choice on an already satisfying taco line-up. More

AHT on TV: Damon, Katie, and Farley on 'Kitchen Nightmares' Tonight

The lovely and talented Katie Robbins dined with me and taco titan Farley Elliot broke burgers with some Yelp reviewers for the reopening of Burger Kitchen. It's being pitched as "most intense Kitchen Nightmares of the year." The first installment aired last Friday and tonight is the conclusion which includes the a reworked Burger Kitchen menu, staff, and interior. More

Los Angeles: Rambo's Tacos Puts Up a Fight in Eagle Rock

It's a jungle out there, folks, especially when it comes to tacos northeast of downtown. Taquerias and loncheros lurk around every corner, ready to satisfy your meat and tortilla needs. There are heavy hitters like La Estrella amidst an unending sea of nameless taco tables, each with their own white-hot string of lights overhead. And then, there's Rambo's Tacos on Eagle Rock Boulevard near York. More

Los Angeles Taco Trucks: El Matador vs. Tacos Mi Teresita

Since time immemorial, two taco trucks have parked in front of the dimly lit auto body shop at Western and Lexington. Two competing trucks, not 20 feet from one another, with no plenty of other real estate around and no other trucks in sight. Granted, the neighborhood seems more than happy to oblige them both, and flashy bar LA Descarga down the street certainly offers up a nice influx of late night eaters. But... two?! More

Los Angeles: Taco Zone Truck in Echo Park, You Can Do Better

Taco Zone is one of Los Angeles' most beloved late night taco trucks, having successfully weathered the flood of gourmet fusion trucks that continue to zip around town (although, with the tide receding, some are beginning to look for any brick-and-mortar in a storm). In fact, it almost feels like Taco Zone has been there forever, quietly serving a wide selection of meats while the Echo Park neighborhood around them changes. More

Los Angeles Tacos: Birria for the Hollywood Masses at Cactus Taqueria

Among the late-night Hollywood set, there's a quiet war being waged on the streets. As you pile out of whatever expensive social experiment you spent the evening in, do you choose tacos or bacon-wrapped hot dogs? Both are delicious, widely available and an essential source of Vitamin-Sober. But for all the consistent greasy goodness that a street dog provides, it is no match for the wondrous highs of a perfectly executed taco. Particularly if it's the birria taco from Cactus Taqueria on Vine. More

Los Angeles: 10 Breakfast Burritos We Love

Los Angeles is a city full of American brunch spots, unrivaled Mexican food, and a wonderful knack for blurring the borders between the two. Where, then, are all of the great breakfast burritos? The answer is a bit muddled. With thousands of taco trucks, taquerias, and upscale breakfast eateries, they're absolutely everywhere in Los Angeles. Yet, the truly great examples are undeniably hard to find. Here are ten that we'd wake up early for. More

A Sandwich a Day: The Godmother at Bay Cities Italian Deli in Santa Monica, CA

In Los Angeles, the prevailing sentiment seems to be that the sandwich has gone the way of our beloved La Brea Tar Pit mammoths. But the "Godmother" sandwich from Bay Cities Italian Deli in Santa Monica is a testament to old-world sandwiches still being done right, as the perpetual line in front of the deli counter can attest. Genoa salami, prosciutto, mortadella, coppacola, ham and provolone cheese are all thinly layered inside a crusty length of Italian bread. Be sure to give it "the works." More