Kang Nam

Kang NamI must admit: I’ve always played it safe with Korean food. When I arrived at Kang Nam all I knew from Yelp reviews was that this was a traditional spot where Korean adults could enjoy a good old school Korean meal.  So, I jumped into this culinary adventure by asking…

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Design Your Own Artisan Pizza

Design Your Own Artisan Pizza The latest trend in pizzas has come to Mid-City, PizzaRev, a 'craft your own' artisanal joint where you get a 10- inch pizza with unlimited toppings for less than $8. Set in an assembly line setting somewhat akin to subway, you choose in the following order:…

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Capitol Burgers #1 Best

Capitol Burgers #1 BestI’ve lived in the community for three decades, and had driven by the burger shack countless, countless times.With hunger pangs and a growling stomach – and a recent appraisal naming Capitol Burgers the “best” classic burger stand in Los Angeles – I walked down the street to try it…

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Papa Cristo's

Papa Cristo'sThere's a reason this neighborhood Greek Restaurant has been in business 60 years.   Did you grow up in a gregarious home where whatever came out of the kitchen was delicious and everyone was welcome? Well, if you didn’t, you’re lucky to have Papa Cristo’s C&K Importing nearby as a second home –…

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My Two Cents: "From the Soil to Your Soul"

Diversity has become a part of America’s soul. At My Two Cents, a cafe located at the corner of Pico and Curson in the heart of Mid City, soul food takes on a new spin: healthy nouvelle meets fusion meets Southern traditions.   Chef Alisa Reynolds wanted to create a…

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Grain Cafe

Grain CafeI first heard about the Grain Cafe from my neighborhood foodies (people who love good food and keep track of where to get the good stuff). "Did you hear about the new vegan restaurant?" "It's in a little pocket mall on Pico west of Crenshaw."  "They have organic coffee and…

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The Normandie Bakery Vivé La France!

The Normandie Bakery Vivé La France!Amidst the industrial buildings on Exposition and across from the Expo-line tracks sits the Authentic French Normandie Restaurant, Bistro & Bakery owned by the hardworking Chef Josette LeBlond. After leaving the Wellington Sq. Farmers market, my friend and I decide to enjoy Sunday afternoon lunch. We easily found a parking…

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GrocerieRock n Roll Food Royalty In the House Grocerie is the love child of Foodink Catering owned by Kate E. Paul.Kate started touring as a personal chef to Rock Star Royalty in 1988 and in 2002 did her first catering gig for a Mick Jagger records release party. Her catering…

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Vien Cafe, Authentic, Light, Affordable, Filling

Vien Cafe, Authentic, Light, Affordable, FillingPico and La Cienega has gradually transitioned from dull intersection to urban destination for creative individuals. First there was the opening of the beautiful Pearl Arts & Craft store, then Mood Designer Fabric shop (made famous by Project Runway),  and now the sublime Vien Café, created by co-owners Helen Kim and Paul…

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Mariscos "El Gringo"

Mariscos After a few bumpy starts and stops, Jerry Del Campo’s seafood restaurant Mariscos “El Gringo” is open and business is brisk. Located in the corner of the pocket mall on Washington and Crenshaw, Jerry worked hard to create an inviting and attractive interior, complete with four tv screens, festive décor, attractive…

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Established in August of 2008 by writerartist Dianne V. Lawrence, The Neighborhood News covers the events, people, history, politics and historic architecture of communities throughout the Mid-City and West Adams area in Los Angeles Council District 10.

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