March 24, 2011
Firefly Rating: one star Rating is based on food, service and ambience, with price taken into account in relation to quality. . . : Outstanding on every level. . : Excellent. . : Very good. : Good. No star: Poor to satisfactory. Location: 11720 Ventura Blvd., Studio City; (818)762-1833; http://www.fireflystudiocity.com (site under construction) Prices: Appetizers, $8 to $15; main courses, $19 to $25; small plates and sides, $6; desserts, $9. Details: Open 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday to Saturday, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday.
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.
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.
August 25, 2011
Osteria la Buca Rating: two stars Rating is based on food, service and ambience, with price taken into account in relation to quality. ****: Outstanding on every level. ***: Excellent. **: Very good. *: Good. No star: Poor to satisfactory. Location: 5200 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, (323) 462-1900, http://www.osterialabuca.com. Prices: Dinner antipasti, $8 to $16; salads, $7 to $9; pasta, $9 to $16; entrees, $22 to $26; pizzas, $13 to $16; desserts, $9 to $10. Corkage fee, $20. Details: Open for lunch 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, and for dinner 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday, 5:30 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday.