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For generations of Angelenos and visitors, "Meet Me at Third and Fairfax" could only mean one thing: see you at The Original Farmers Market. Opened in 1934, the landmark open-air marketplace has welcomed everyone from President Eisenhower to The Beatles, Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe. A star in its own right, the Market has appeared numerous times on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Entourage, and cooking shows with Alton Brown and Gordon Ramsay.
While there are familiar brands like Starbucks and Cost Plus, the Market's true appeal is in the dozens of food stalls and specialty shops. Many of these small businesses have been family owned and operated at the Market for decades. Day or night, there's something for everyone: Bob's Coffee & Doughnuts or Du-par's to start the day; unique shops like Kip's Toyland, Light My Fire and The Dog Bakery; multicultural eateries like Pampas Grill and Singapore's Banana Leaf.
Now in its 11th year, dineL.A. is a citywide dining event that showcases hundreds of restaurants in one of the most exciting food cities in the world. Taking place Jan. 11-25, 2019, the Winter Edition of dineL.A. features the high-end Exclusive Series.
For an unforgettable date night, book a table at an Exclusive Series restaurant and experience world-class cuisine with a dineL.A. prix fixe menu. From perfectly cooked wagyu beef to a 17-course sushi extravaganza, explore a whole new world of flavor at 19 of L.A.’s finest restaurants.
In the fast food era, the idea of a hamburger artisan - a person who personally grills and constructs every burger - is nearly unimaginable. Bill Elwell is a 91-year-old burger legend has made this unlikely dynamic work at Bill’s Burgers. He’s stood over the same well-seasoned flat-top griddle since 1965 making ideal L.A. style burgers amidst auto body shops. At last check, Elwell estimated that he’s made about 4.5 million burgers since he started, and they’re consistently excellent. Thin, beautifully seared patties join sliced tomato, shredded lettuce, pickles, and mayo on soft buns. Melted American cheese and crispy bacon only help matters. So does making each burger a double.
14742 Oxnard St., Van Nuys 91411
Edgar Rice Burroughs, author of “Tarzan,” subdivided his sprawling Tarzana Ranch in 1923, and within a decade, his land and surrounding plots officially became Tarzana. Since then, the neighborhood has thrived between the Santa Monica Mountains to the south and Victory Boulevard to the north. Tarzana has become a hotbed for Middle Eastern and Asian food in recent decades. Start culinary explorations with these 5 dishes.
The Asapahu family’s seven-sauce line-up has been the backbone of Ayara Thai Cuisine, a beloved restaurant on a Westchester side street that debuted in 2004. As Vanda Asapahu states, “As our restaurant grew, visitors came to love not only the food we prepared, but also the sauces served with them, whether they were used as dressings, dips or marinades.” Top sellers include When Tigers Cry steak sauce, a nuanced dip or marinade that’s geared toward grilled meat. This sauce balances roasted chiles with tangy tamarind, umami-rich fish flakes and fish sauce, garlic, red onions, and cane sugar. Thai Chili-Lime "seafood dipping sauce" delivers bite to cooked crab and salmon or raw oysters. This bottle blends Thai chiles, garlic, lime juice, fish sauce, and cane sugar. Thai Peanut Sauce balances sweetness with umami-rich hoisin, garlic, onion, and cane sugar and works as a grilled meat dip, dressing, or sandwich spread. 8-ounce bottles of all sauces cost $9.75.
6245 W. 87th St., Los Angeles 90045
Weekend brunch is practically a sport in L.A., and the Bloody Mary is undoubtedly the queen of cocktails during that meal. Paris bartender Fernand Petiot supposedly created the drink in 1921 at the city’s famed New York Bar and imported his recipe to Manhattan, where word of the tomato-based vodka cocktail spread. The drink supposedly name checks Mary, Queen of Scots, who burned Protestants at the stake in the 16th Century for refusing to convert to Catholicism. Thankfully, the blood red drink is far less gruesome. Many restaurants treat the drink like an art form, carefully crafting house-made mixes and garnishes. Discover 10 of L.A.’s best, most unique Bloody Marys.