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By Michael Hepworth On Thursday, May 8th, 2014
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Toms Urban opens at LA Live

In what is the perfect spot opposite the Staples Center, Toms Urban has just opened up in what used to be the now defunct ESPN Zone. One can only imagine the rent and overhead that the owners are paying for this More...

By Michael Hepworth On Thursday, April 10th, 2014
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Kincaid’s on the Pier in Redondo Beach Hires New Chef

Kincaid’s on the Pier in Redondo Beach is a destination restaurant in the area and new chef in charge, Lance Corrales, knows what it takes to turn out up to 800 covers a day at this popular destination. Corralez More...

By Michael Hepworth On Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Il Piccolo Verde: Traditional Italian with a Touch of Class

A new Italian restaurant does not really create a major buzz because there are always a never ending supply ready to take on the challenge, and especially on the West side of Los Angeles. However, in the case More...

By Michael Hepworth On Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Phorage Vietnamese Restaurant: A Farmer’s Market Meal Every Wednesday

The Vietnamese explosion continues unabated, and one of the latest ventures on the Westside in the Palms area of town is Phorage, the latest venture from chef Perry Cheung and two partners. A nice little cozy More...

By Michael Hepworth On Thursday, January 16th, 2014
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Villains Tavern Upgrades Food and Now Serves Cocktails on Tap

Most people I know have visited Villains Tavern in the warehouse district of Los Angeles some time or other, but if you have not, make your way down there as it is a different animal as they say. I remember going More...

By Michael Hepworth On Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Badmaash Indian Restaurant

Crispy Tamarind Glazed Pork Belly: Masala rubbed pork belly seared crisp,with daily pickes and cilantra-pineapple yogurt. Badmaash Indian restaurant in downtown Los Angeles is a place I had heard some good things More...

By Michael Hepworth On Thursday, January 2nd, 2014
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Factory Kitchen Opens in Arts District

The Arts District in downtown Los Angeles is slowly being urbanized, and the latest addition is The Factory Kitchen, an Italian restaurant through and through, and a welcome addition indeed. A nine month build More...

By Michael Hepworth On Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Former Rat Pack Hangout La Dolce Vita Upgrades its Longtime Look

La Dolce Vita Italian restaurant in Beverly Hills has been around since 1966, and a major effort has just been concluded to update the entire operation both in the kitchen and in the look and feel of the restaurant. More...

By Michael Hepworth On Thursday, November 7th, 2013

M Grill in Koreatown and the Brazilian Steakhouse Theme

M Grill in Koreatown is actually a Brazilian Steakhouse that serves the traditional Churrascaria style food that is popular in a handful of spots in Los Angeles including the iconic Fogo De Chao in Beverly Hills. More...

By Michael Hepworth On Friday, October 11th, 2013

The Federal Bar in North Hollywood: Taking American Gastro-Pub Cuisine to new Heights

They call it the North Hollywood Arts District, and The Federal Bar has now become an integral part of the scene, and after a sluggish start is now doing good business and packed most nights. Sous Chef James More...