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b.o.s. – Los Angeles, CA

Ran by former Men Oh GM Jun Isogai and Chef David Bartnes, b.o.s. appeared poised to make a name for itself in the crowded downtown dining scene with its beef-centric menu making full use of all the "scrap" parts. Though items like bone marrow and tongue are becoming more and more ubiquitous across Los Angeles menus, Chef Bartnes takes things further by utilizing heart, various intestines, brain, ...
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Allumette – Echo Park, CA

It's been a hell of a year and almost five months for Chef Miles Thompson and his crew at Allumette. With the same quickness that they burst onto the LA dining scene back in 2013 they are now set to close with Saturday June 28 as the restaurant's final service.
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Torihei – Torrance, CA

After a rather impressive showing at Kokekokko sent me into full blown yakitori hysteria, I found myself at Torihei just a few nights later for more skewered meats. The South Bay in general is a hotbed for Japanese food that certainly rivals both Little Tokyo and Little Osaka (Sawtelle) in Los Angeles.
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Kokekokko – Los Angeles, CA

If you let Yelp tell it, the only people who enjoy Kokekokko are regulars. How can you tell a regular? To start, they are served on special black plates that are purported to be from Japan and often have the customer's name engraved on them. Next, these VIP's have access to a "secret" menu with items that are unavailable to first-timers and those yet to leave a lasting impression.
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Ugly Drum Pastrami Pop-Up at Mendocino Farms – Los Angeles, CA

Ugly Drum Smoked Meats & Sausages is the creation of chefs Erick Black and Joe Marcos who cooked alongside one another at some of the city's best restaurants before turning their focus to building their own meat-pire. They partnered with sandwich chain Mendocino Farms for a limited time pastrami pop-up at different Mendo locations across Los Angeles.
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Free Range LA and East Borough Present: Chino de Mayo 2014 – Los Angeles, CA

What do you get when you cross one of the city's best fried chicken purveyors with a Vietnamese restaurant on a Mexican-American holiday? Chino de Mayo, of course. The collaboration between Free Range LA, East Borough and The HundredsXTapatio was in full effect Monday night with a constant wait for tables and a packed bar area of hungry cool guys and girls eager to indulge in the evening's special menu.
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Kiriko – Los Angeles, CA

I sat down in front of Chef Shinji and watched as he finished plating a tiny mound of uni alongside rarely seen mantis shrimp. After giving his station a wipe and resetting his supplies, I requested omakase with no restrictions. I also made sure to order a round of beer for the chefs to show my appreciation for their serving me so late.
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Roma Deli & Restaurant – Las Vegas, NV

Like everything else on Spring Mountain Road, Chinatown’s main artery, Roma is situated in a strip mall that it shares with a shipping store and a tattoo parlor. The family owned and operated eatery has all the charm of any good, local Italian hangout led by the husband and wife team running things and the wall of shelves stocked with all sorts of imported canned goods.
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Tosokchon – Seoul, South Korea

Samgyetang is basically a Korean chicken soup featuring an entire small chicken stuffed with glutinous rice, ginseng, jujubes, ginger, garlic and other medicinal herbs. I've noticed that Koreans in general are really into the purported health benefits of their food (probiotics in kimchi I get, pork belly and duck fat I'm a bit more skeptical about) and this supposedly nutrient-packed soup is no different.
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