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This week on Good Food, we are focusing on restaurants.  Host Evan Kleiman chats with Los Angeles magazine's Lesley Bargar Suter about the best place for cheap eats in L.A.  Jonathan Gold takes us to Sherman Oaks for some barbecue.  We'll try a breakfast burrito with the OC Weekly's Gustavo Arellano.  The mythical Irish Pub isn't all it's cracked up to be, says Bill BarichJay Brewer has some tricks to making fast food more enjoyable.  Plus, rules for dining in Asian restaurants with Steven Shaw.  And, Laura Avery is at the Santa Monica Farmers Market with a look at what's fresh and in season.  


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David Tanis

Guest Interview Market Report 9 MIN, 9 SEC

David LeFevre is the chef at the new restaurant Manhattan Beach Post (1142 North Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach).  He is grilling peaches and poaching apricots right now.  Grill the peaches with some olive oil and rosemary then use in a salad.  He poaches the apricots in white wine and serves them over a lemon cheesecake.  The recipe for the Grilled Peach Salad is here.

Fitz Kelly is back at the Santa Monica Farmers Market with his stone fruit.  Right now he has yellow peaches and nectarines and some apriums.

Guest Interview Smoke City 7 MIN, 31 SEC
This week’s restaurant recommendation from the LA Weekly's Jonathan Gold is Smoke City Market, serving Texas barbecue in Sherman Oaks.  Their barbecue is served without sauce – they have it, they don’t recommend using it.  Jonathan likes the brisket mostly.  It’s seasoned with salt, pepper and smoke.  They have chicken, baby back ribs, beef ribs, sausage and the requisite sides, but the brisket is the recommended item to order.

Smoke City Market
5242 Van Nuys Bl, CA 91401
(818) 855-1280

All of Jonathan's restaurant suggestions are on the Good Food Restaurant Map.  

Guest Interview Breakfast Burritos 6 MIN, 5 SEC

Gustavo Arellano is the food editor of the OC Weekly, where he also writes the Ask a Mexican column.  For the best breakfast burrito in Orange County, Gustavo heads to Athenian Burgers #3 in Buena Park.  


Athenian Burgers #3
8511 La Palma Ave.
Buena Park, CA
(714) 523-9999

All of Gustavo's restaurant recommendations are on the Good Food Restaurant Map.  

Guest Interview Cheap Eats 6 MIN, 42 SEC

Lesley Bargar Suter is the Dine editor for Los Angeles magazine.  She looks into inexpensive meals in L.A.:

Guest Interview Irish Pubs 7 MIN

Bill Barich is the author of A Pint of Plain: Tradition, Change and the Fate of the Irish Pub

The Irish Pub concept has gone global, thanks to the Irish Pub Company, which helps people build authentic Irish Pubs around the world.  Despite the global boom, pubs are closing at a rapid rate in Ireland.  Sales ofGuinness, the iconic Irish stout, have dropped significantly in Ireland in the last seven years.  Instead, it's gaining popularity elsewhere. In fact, Nigeria now sells more Guinness than Ireland!

Guest Interview Fast Food Combinations 5 MIN, 24 SEC

Jay Brewer is a fast food connoisseur who loves to experiment.  He combines meals from different fast food restaurants to create new taste sensations. Having several fast food chains next to each other is important to his mission. Some of Jay's culinary creations are the Froke -- Frosty and Coke (see above), Surf 'n Turf and the fry braid. To discover more fast food cuisine, visit his Fast Food Fever blog.

Guest Interview Dinner in the Sky 6 MIN, 7 SEC
Dinner in the Sky co-partner David Ghysels hosts a unique dining experience while suspended 150 feet in the air. The table comes with place settings, wine glasses, a chef, waiter or entertainer. Ghysels is located in Brussels, but these events can be held anywhere in the world.
Guest Interview Asian Dining Rules 4 MIN, 56 SEC
James Beard Award-winner Steven Shaw is the author of Asian Dining Rules: Essential Strategies for Eating Out at Japanese, Chinese, Southeast Asian, Korean and Indian Restaurants
Guest Interview Raw Chicken 5 MIN, 36 SEC
Eddie Lin writes the blog Deep End Dining.  He ate raw chicken with wasabi, or tori wasa, at the Japanese yakitori restaurant Torimatsu.  Listen to Eddie's audio podcast about his experience.

1425 W Artesia Blvd
Gardena, CA 90248
(310) 538-5764


Find the locations of Eddie's other dining experiences on the Good Food Restaurant Map (Eddie's picks are in red).

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