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Bar Avalon (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Bar Avalon has just popped up at Mohawk Bend, where Sunset Boulevard doglegs toward Dodgers Stadium in Echo Park. It’s an outpost of the Birmingham-based Revelator Coffee Co., but the space plays multiple roles—as café, wine bar, restaurant and adjacent wine shop (called Eve), with...Read Full Story

Nightshade (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Nightshade is tucked into a DTLA Arts District alley once known for its abundant graffiti. It’s a loft-like space with high ceilings and cool marble countertops, softened by green velour banquettes and ivy cascading from suspended planters. Read Full Story

Kincade Update: Mike Dashe (News & Features)

When Mike Dashe turned on TV for news of the Kincade Fire, he saw an aerial shot that showed his longtime source for Alexander Valley zinfandel, Todd Brothers Ranch, surrounded by flames. {image_1}“It’s the vineyard which we have the longest history with,” he says. “We’ve been...Read Full Story

Full Transparency (News & Features)

{image_1}California grenache hadn’t excited any of us on the editorial team in years past: The wines seemed simple, front-loaded and confectionary; “a bit daft” is how I described them in my book on the subject, American Rhône, “like a large-pawed puppy that refused to...Read Full Story

Maude (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

No restaurant in Los Angeles owns the term “wine-themed menu” the way Maude does. Four times a year, Aussie chef Curtis Stone changes his menu from top to bottom, focusing on a single wine region. The team has sought inspiration from Burgundy, Rioja, Santa Barbara and Piedmont,...Read Full Story

Felix (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

The folks at Felix want to remind you that the name is, in fact, Italian for “lucky,” and you’d be lucky to get a reservation at this Abbot Kinney pasta temple. Evan Funke cleverly divides his pasta menu into regional delineations—Nord, Centro, Mezzogiorno and Isole...Read Full Story

Kismet (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Kismet brought Sarah Hymanson and Sara Kramer from NYC to LA, where they’ve forged a fledgling Middle Eastern empire. Its flagship is this Los Feliz storefront, clean, brightly lit and loud, with gleaming tables. Go for a sprawling assortment of mezze plates or, if you’re...Read Full Story

71Above (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

You’d be forgiven if you went to 71Above just to take in the view: The restaurant is on the 71st floor of the US Bank Tower, the city’s tallest building. Chef Vartan Abgarian’s coursed menu is far better than it needs to be, and...Read Full Story

Here's Looking At You (HLAY) (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

HLAY is the city in microcosm, set at its crossroads, Koreatown, in an Art Deco storefront with floor-to-ceiling windows. Jonathan Whitener’s menu reads like a map of the city’s ethnic pluralism, where sliced tomatoes with bagna cauda arrive with a slab of lap xuong<...Read Full Story

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