April 21, 2012
Wang Xing Ji The first American branch of a popular dumpling house in Wuxi, a city just outside of Shanghai, offers giant pork dumplings bursting with flavor, as well as smoked fish, crab and pork buns, and spare ribs LOCATION 140 Valley Blvd., No. 211, San Gabriel, (626) 307-1188 PRICES Dumplings, wonton and cold dishes, $4.95-$8.95 DETAILS Lunch 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, dinner 5 to 9 p.m. daily. Credit cards accepted. No alcohol. Lot parking. Takeout.
July 21, 2012
Mo-Chica Ricardo Zarate has moved Mo-Chica. What was once a modest lunch counter east of USC is now a stylish eatery in downtown Los Angeles, but the deconstructed Peruvian dishes remain artful. LOCATION 514 W. Seventh St., Los Angeles, (213) 622-3744, mo-chica.com. PRICES Small plates, $7-$18; desserts, $6-$7. DETAILS Open Monday to Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to midnight. Credit cards accepted. Valet parking after 7 p.m.