May 11, 2012 |
Millennials, the 19- to 34-year-olds who eat out more than any other generation, are considered by restaurant owners to be the new golden geese. But luring them in is a tricky affair. They're not just looking for tasty treats at a good value. What they want is much more complicated: an emotional connection to a brand that is socially responsible and sustainable, using thoughtfully chosen ingredients and considerately employed workers. They tend to have polarized views on certain restaurants.
August 18, 2012 |
We know it's noisy out there in the restaurant world. Customers' complaints are growing, critics are including noise commentary in their reviews, and restaurateurs, to some extent, are trying to figure out ways to modify the acoustic mayhem. But just how noisy is it? With a decidedly unscientific approach, all it took was a sound meter app (deciBel Pro) and visits to a dozen restaurants and bars across Los Angeles to find out. In many cases, we're all dining with the noise equivalent of a lawn mower running next to us: That's 90 decibels.
December 27, 1994 |
Late Gift Ideas: Did Christmas come and go before you found that something special for that special someone? Don't worry: San Francisco-based Spectrum Foods is offering gift certificates throughout the holiday season that are valid at 14 restaurants statewide, including Prego in Irvine and Tutto Mare in Newport Beach.
August 30, 1992
It was a welcome change to read Charles Perry's positive review on Tulipe ("Stop and Smell the Tulip," July 19). It seems that most critics are kicking restaurants while they're down, rambling on about how nervous the chef or the owners look. Almost every restaurant in town is hurting so badly financially that they're having to cut everything back to the bone merely to make rent and payroll. ANNETTE GALLARDO Torrance
December 12, 2012 |
You've got gifts covered for your significant other, your best friend and your mom. But what about the mailman? The gardener? The poor, neglected schoolteacher? That's where tipping comes in. Compared to last year 88% of Americans plan to tip the same amount in 2012, according to a new survey of 1,719 people from Zagat. Nearly half do it to express their gratitude for services. Four in 10 tip to reward hard work and valuable help. Ten percent of Americans tip out of obligation, while 1% are pressured into it out of fear of backlash.
November 10, 2011
Here are the details for some of the restaurants mentioned in this article: A-Frame, 12565 Washington Blvd., Culver City, (310) 398-7700, http://www.aframela.com Aburiya Toranoko, 243 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles, (213) 621-9500, http://www.toranokola.com Eva, 7458 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles; (323) 634-0700; http://www.evarestaurantla.com Ink, 8360 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, (323) 651-5866, http://www.mvink.com Lukshon, 3239 Helms Ave., Culver City, (310)
January 21, 2013 |
Starwood Hotels and Resorts rolled out a discount this month that features prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus at restaurants including J&G Steakhouse at the W Washington, D.C. , and Kelvin at the W San Diego. The deal is good for three-course meals at 75 restaurants around the country for members of the hotel group's loyalty program, which is free to join. The deal: Show a Starwood Preferred Guest card (or proof of membership on a smartphone) and have lunch for $20.13 and dinner for $30.13 at selected restaurants.
December 20, 2012 |
DineLA's restaurant week returns from Jan. 21 to Feb. 1, with prix fixe lunch and dinner menus from more than 250 restaurants across the area. It's a good time to try those restaurants that have been on your radar, but might be a little out of your price range. Participating restaurants from Long Beach to Los Feliz will offer lunch menus priced at $15, $20 and $25, and dinner menus priced at $25, $35 and $45. This year's line-up features restaurants such as Cliff's Edge in Silver Lake, the recently renovated Bel Air Bar and Grill , Farmshop in Brentwood, Sotto on Pico Boulevard and its Peruvian neighbor Picca . The roster also includes Rivera in Downtown, Ray's and Stark Bar at LACMA, Night + Market , Suzanne Goin's Lucques in West Hollywood and more.
August 13, 2011
On a recent visit to Vancouver, Canada, we came across this gem. Vancouver Community College has a culinary arts department that teaches students to be chefs. It has two restaurants: J.J.'s and Wild Salmon. We ended up eating lunch at one and dinner at the other in one day. The food was excellent, and the prices were very reasonable. I had a wonderful sunflower seed-encrusted halibut for $11, and my wife had a fantastic salmon steak, also $11. The menu changes daily. If you call ahead, they can tell you what is fresh that day. They also have a full wine list.