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Michael Cimarusti, Providence; William Bradley, Addison; Josiah Citrine, Melisse; Tony Esnault, Patina; André Gayot; Wolfgang Puck, Spago; Sophie Gayot; Hiroyuki Urasawa, Urasawa; Craig Strong, Studio. Photo Walter Mladina.

By Sophie Gayot


For the just released 2010 Restaurant Issue, we gathered seven Southern California chefs who all earned a spot on our Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S. list. The photo was taken at CUT restaurant in Beverly Hills to celebrate Wolfgang Puck, who was also honored as our 2010 Best Restaurateur in the U.S.


Besides the Top 40 Restaurants, we also reveal the Top 40 Cheap Eats, and much more. You won’t believe what we have to say about Food Trucks!


We’re happy to publish your thoughts on our 2010 Issue in our Forum.



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Leche eléctrica from elBulli restaurant

 By Jeff Hoyt

UPDATE 7/30/2011: Today, the last meal was served at elBulli. Ferran Adrià’s culinary academy is scheduled to open in 2014.

Chef Ferran Adrià announced that the world’s center of molecular gastronomy, elBulli in Spain, is to close for 2012 and 2013.

Is this the end of culinary alchemy, as we’ve asked ourselves in our blog in March?

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R2L Opens in Philadelphia

on January 25th, 2010
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The main dining room of R2L in Philadelphia

by Jeff Hoyt


Chef/owner Daniel Stern’s (formerly of Le Bec-Fin, Gayle and Rae) contemporary American restaurant R2L has opened on the 37th floor of Two Liberty Place in Center City, the third tallest building in Philly. The posh space, which includes 14 cushy banquettes, a sculpture by artist Ali Ahmad and an open kitchen, is already booked for dinner through January 29th, but you can still enjoy a drink and the views from Bar2L 

Keep coming to for more Philadelphia restaurant newsreviews, and events. 

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Chicago gets a throwback eating, drinking and sleeping establishment

by Jennifer Olvera



Back in the day, lushes in Chicago could booze it up, get grub to soak it up and—if that failed—get a room for the night under the same roof. Reviving the tradition: Longman & Eagle, a vintage-inspired saloon with rough-hewn-chic vibe. It’s from the folks behind The Empty Bottle, Mode Carpentry and Struggle Inc., and it’s rolling out the first phase—a seasonally minded gastropub—January 20.



Jared Wentworth, fresh from Quinn’s in Seattle, is in the kitchen, and his menu has us enamored at first glance. First up are small plates like a wild boar sloppy Joe with crispy sage, onion and pickled jalapeño and smoked sweetbreads with salsify, roasted beets and brown butter applesauce. Using willpower, we’ll save room for the charmoula-spiced tuna loin (the pairing of cannellini bean ragout and black trumpet mushrooms in foie broth sounds too good to pass by).


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Chef Fabio Viviani, “Top Chef Season 5 Fan Favorite,” with Sophie Gayot

By Sophie Gayot

If you watched the season 5 finale of Top Chef, held at Commander’s Palace in New Orleans, and want to meet chef Fabio Viviani, the “Fan Favorite,” you will have to come to his restaurant Firenze Osteria in North Hollywood, California.


I headed there last week to discover a rather large restaurant with an open-air kitchen. I did not actually cook with him, but had a chance to try many of his dishes, as well as cocktails from his partner, mixologist Jacopo Falleni.

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The Smells of Winter

on January 13th, 2010
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By Tiffany Maleshefski


Some of our best childhood memories include coming home on a frigid day and entering a warm home scented with the savory smells of the kitchen. Oh, the irresistible smells of pot roasts and winter stews left to simmer all day, or a roasted chicken crackling in the oven. The smells of a pot of meat are not to be underestimated. But we’re all adults now, so the only way to recapture that feeling is to do it ourselves, or to find someone to do it for us.


In an attempt to reconnect people throughout the Bay Area with their warm and fuzzy childhood memories Sausalito’s Poggio is offering two very meaty specials both priced under $20.

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More Than Sushi

on January 08th, 2010
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Chef Keizo Ishiba from K-ZO restaurant in Culver City

By Sophie Gayot


As we know all too well, there is almost an endless list of sushi restaurants in the Los Angeles area. But very few have a chef who has learned French cuisine on top of the art of cutting and serving raw fish.

Because of this training, Japanese-born-and-raised chef Keizo Ishiba creates more elaborate sushi in his Culver City restaurant K-ZO than most places. The rest of his menu—small plates hot and cold, salads and desserts—are also a cut above.

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Who is the Sandeman?

on January 06th, 2010
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Sandeman’s Port iconic label

by Jeff Hoyt


George Sandeman, the eldest of the seventh generation of the port-making Sandeman family, recently visited Los Angeles and told the story of the mysterious character who graces every bottle. The figure, decked out in a Portuguese student’s cape and wide-brimmed hat, came to life in 1928 in a poster signed by G. Massiot.


French poster artists were very much in vogue at the time, which is why the real artist, George Massiot Brown, hid his Scottish roots behind the French-sounding name. The Sandeman became the first iconic logo for a wine, jumping from the poster to the port labels, and living on to this day, more than 80 years later.



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