Beat the Heat During San Antonio Restaurant Week

Biga on the Banks in San Antonio, TX
Biga on the Banks in San Antonio, TX

by Jeff Hoyt


Temperatures are up in San Antonio this week, but prices at restaurants are way down. Beat the 100-degree heat by keeping your stove off and dining out. This is Culinaria Restaurant Week in San Antonio, which lasts until Saturday, August 28. Enjoy prix-fixe lunches at just $15 and dinners at $35 at top local area restaurants including Biga on the Banks, The Lodge Restaurant of Castle Hills, and Bin 555. You can find the complete list of participating San Antonio restaurants and the restaurant’s menus here.


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Little Japanese in Little Tokyo

by Sophie Gayot

It took me a while to get to Lazy Ox Canteen, the bistro owned by Michael Cardenas. Sorry, Michael! He has had a long successful culinary history with his partners in Los Angeles, with Katana (try to get a table on a Saturday night), three Sushi Roku and two Boa Steakhouse locations. (Have you seen the patio at the latest Boa on Sunset?) Continue reading “Little Japanese in Little Tokyo” »

Pizza To-Go…. Far!

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Check out GAYOT.com's list of the Top 10 Pizza Restaurants in the U.S.

by Jeff Hoyt


Ending a vacation and saying goodbye to your family is always sad, but this last airport experience was particularly stressful. The terminal was closed when I arrived at JFK due to “too many people.” Then, the baggage handler forgot to give me my second boarding pass. My flight was delayed a few times, forcing me to scramble between gates until I finally was able to squeeze into a window seat on a plane headed for LAX. (My luggage was headed for Detroit, but that’s another story.)


The man in the aisle seat and I were hoping that our middle seat would remain empty, but these days, few flights seem to have empty seats. It was filled by a young man carrying not one, but two pizzas. Hot pizzas, in bulky boxes that brushed against my side, as their aroma made my stomach wake up and take notice.

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Sushi at Royal T, in Culver City

 
 
 

I had been hearing about Royal/T, a café located in Culver City, for a while now and had never quite understood the concept developed by its owner Susan Hancock. So when I heard that chef Kenny Yamada was presenting his “Sushi Pop Art” dinner series last night, I eagerly headed there.

I discovered a 10,000 square-foot space, resembling more of a gallery than a restaurant. It is actually both at the same time. Hancock is sharing her private art collection, focused on Japanese contemporary art, for the viewing pleasure of the diners. The space is huge, but designed and decorated in such a way that it is warm and homey.

Since the café closes at 5pm, it is available at night for these new kind of chefs: the “pop-up” ones, like chef Ludovic Lefebvre (who rented it for the rendition of Ludo 3.0). It is now being utilized by chef Yamada, known for having started Katsu-ya in Encino as well as appearing as a judge on television’s Hell’s Kitchen (like me). The talented chef also worked at Hakata, SHU in Bel-Air, Bambu in Malibu and Takami.

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Summer Ending, but not Al Fresco Dining Season

Chef Jamie Gwen, Lana Sills, chef Anthony Zappola from Craft Los Angeles with Sophie Gayot
Chef Jamie Gwen, Lana Sills, chef Anthony Zappola from Craft Los Angeles with Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot


After meeting chef Jamie Gwen at Craft Los Angeles, where chef de cuisine Anthony Zappola was introducing his new small plates for the summer, Jamie and I decided to share our summer outdoor dining discoveries on her weekly radio show on KFWB News Talk 980.

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