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Last Minute Easter Sunday Brunch, Hunts, & More in Los Angeles

Happy Easter Sunday! If you’re hoping to trade peeps for pasta on Sunday, April 21, you may be in luck. All of the restaurants below have tables available to celebrate the holiday for both brunch and dinner. If you’re making last minute Easter Day plans, check out the list, which also highlights a dish or two, desserts, whether the restaurant is all ages or best for adults, and we’ve thrown in an Easter egg hunt or two at the end. Enjoy!

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The Week in Nancy Silverton of Mozza News

This Week in Nancy Silverton.

The celebrated and award winning Los Angeles chef behind restaurants Osteria Mozza, Chi Spacca, and Pizzeria Mozza, has been all over the news lately. First, Silverton is set to open a new Italian restaurant at the legendary Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Second, Nancy is celebrating 30 years of La Brea Bakery. Third, Nancy’s famous grilled cheese returned to L.A. with a bang on Pizzeria Mozza’s late menu. And, finally (until next week, at least), Ms. Silverton is headed to Ojai in the coming months to host a food and wine series. Read on for all the details!

Photo: Courtesy of Finch

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Making A Last Minute Valentine’s Day Dinner Reservation?

Valentine’s Day rolls around once a year and if you’re anything like me you have probably postponed making dinner reservations until the very last minute. Below you’ll find a list of great Valentine’s Day dinner options for couples, singles, and groups of friends from the pricey (Melisse at $365/person takes the crown this year) to the affordable (Salazar in Silver Lake is offering its menu a la carte). Click the links to go to the restaurant’s reservation page and be sure to call ahead to confirm the details. Enjoy!

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Studio City’s Los Balcones is Boldly Creative, Wildly Exciting, & Tantalizingly Unusual

Los Balcones in Studio City is a once-in-a-lifetime kind of restaurant except that you will return again and again over the course of your life. Immediately after finishing our dinner for two I made a reservation for four for the following week. This Los Balcones is the offspring of Hollywood mainstay Los Balcones, which is known for traditional Peruvian food. There’s nothing traditional about this outpost. The dishes are boldly creative, wildly exciting, and tantalizingly unusual. These dishes cannot be found at the Hollywood location, and they aren’t just hard to find at other Peruvian spots in Los Angeles, they’re positively impossible to find elsewhere.

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💌✨ The Best New Year’s Eve 2019 Dinners in Los Angeles

Restaurants across Los Angeles are ringing in the new year with masquerade balls, live music, quiet low-lit evenings, lavish feasts, and thousands of flowing bottles of champagne. No matter your neighborhood, choice of cuisine, noise level, budget, or poison, the restaurants on this list will help you welcome 2019 with some of the finest food our culinary destinations have to offer.

Read on for the best places in L.A. to dine on New Year’s Eve and ring in 2019.

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All the Best Food & Wine From The Taste Los Angeles

The Labor Day Holiday weekend saw thousands of us flock to Paramount Studios in Los Angeles to spend three glorious evenings eating, drinking, sampling and savoring from LA’s best restaurants at the Taste, the Los Angeles Times annual food festival. The Taste has become Los Angeles’s de facto, signature food and wine festival. And for good reason. At no other festival in Los Angeles will you find such an extraordinary roster of restaurants. It’s the perfect event to cross off your 2018 restaurant “must” list in one weekend.

This year’s event paid special tribute to the late, legendary Jonathan Gold. Dozens of chefs created dishes in honor of the Pulitzer Prize winning critic. What a joy to discover so many hidden gems! For those of you couldn’t make it – here are a few of the many highlights from the festival. Your next dinner reservation starts here.

Hope to see you at next year’s Taste!

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The Taste LA Pays Tribute to Jonathan Gold This Weekend at Paramount Studios

The Los Angeles Times’ The Taste is back this Labor Day weekend at Paramount Studios in Hollywood for 3 evenings of amazing food, wine, spirits and chef experiences, plus unique culinary pop-ups and collaborations. And, yes, there are a few tickets still available.

Jonathan Gold has always been a big part of the food and wine festival, but this year The Taste will pay tribute to our beloved restaurant critic through special programming at each event, celebrating the life of the man whose passion for food, accessible voice and unparalleled insights won him a well-deserved Pulitzer and a permanent place in Los Angeles history. Several restaurants at this year’s #TasteLA will be serving dishes in his honor, including Faith and Flower, Herringbone, Pacific Dining Car, and Chiguacle Sabor Ancestral de Mexico.

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Where to Get the Best Happy Hour Oysters in Los Angeles

Toward the end of a warm late August summer day, you may find yourself in an unfamiliar neighborhood, or in the midst of a new stretch of restaurants, and the thought may occur to you: there must be some place nearby that has really great happy hour oysters. The $1 happy hour oyster in LA may be close to becoming extinct, but it’s not quite there yet. Below is the definitive list of $1 dollar or near $1 dollar happy hour oysters in Los Angeles for all your summer oyster cravings, no matter the neighborhood you may find yourself in.

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Amazing Spots for Mother’s Day Brunch in Los Angeles

Making last minute Mother’s Day plans? You’ll want to take a list of these amazing spots for Mother’s Day brunch that, against all odds, still have a table or two open. While we may celebrate Mom every day in our own way, here’s where to take Mom for a brunch to remember.

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A Bit of Los Olivos in South Pasadena – Crossings Restaurant Relaunches

Of the moment, yet not on the nose, Crossings in South Pasadena is your newest Los Angeles dining destination. Crossings uses hyper-local ingredients for its hyper-modern California cuisine. You’ll love it. I did. And don’t let Crossing’s off the beaten path location deter you – you won’t find food this good, a vibe this cool, and a wine list this extensive, anywhere else in Southern California. It’s the fine dining establishment South Pasadena needs, the of one-of-a-kind restaurant that, before iPhones and Instagram and Yelp, you felt lucky to have stumbled upon and discovered.

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