Looking to satisfy your weekend food cravings? Here are five things to go out and try immediately, including sticky-rice-filled dumplings (that's right sticky rice in your dumpling), buttery graham cracker chewy bars that might best crack pie and a meaty two-hander of a corned beef sandwich. Have a good weekend -- and some grilled oysters!
Wuhan shiu mai at Tasty Dining. These shiu mai are stuffed with sticky rice studded with minced mushrooms and are described by Times restaurant critic Jonathan Gold as “thin-walled dumplings shaped a little like nuclear cooling towers.” $4.99. 301 W. Valley Blvd., Suite 101, San Gabriel, (626) 570-1234.
Corned beef sandwich at Storefront Deli. Storefront in Los Feliz, from the chef duo behind Salt’s Cure, cures its own juicy corned beef, cuts it thickly and tucks it between rye bread with a mound of tangy and crisp coleslaw. $15. 4624 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, Hollywood, (323) 665-5670.
Graham cracker chewy bars at Julienne. These are ooey-gooey, molasses-y-sweet chewy bars, made with plenty of butter and pecans for extra crunch. The top get gets crackly-crunchy as they bake and the interior is like toffee-ish custard. $2.95. 2649 Mission St., San Marino, (626) 441-2290, www.juliennetogo.com.
Grilled oysters at L&E Oyster Bar. Grilled oysters are topped with a mixture of wild mushrooms, caramelized shallots, dry sherry, beet breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese -- simultaneously hot, savory and briny. Goes with a glass of Picpoul or Champagne. $15. 1637 Silver Lake Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 660-2255, www.leoysterbar.com.
The lobster roll at Hinoki & the Bird. A soft charcoal-enriched, torpedo-shaped roll is split, then filled with David Myers’ lobster salad — chunks of lobster with citrus, green curry and Thai basil. $24. 10 Century Drive, Los Angeles, (310) 552-1200, www.hinokiandthebird.com.
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