FROM Lesley Bargar Suter
Santa Monica’s Border Grill closes Border Grill - Santa Monica’s high-end Mexican spot - will close in October. Chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger opened it 26 years ago. The food was revolutionary at the time. Gourmet Mexican was not a thing at chef-driven concept restaurants. Back in 1985, Milliken and Feniger took with a road trip across the border where they learned cooking techniques from taco vendors and family barbeques. And they married those techniques with their French culinary training. Their restaurant set a standard for upscale Mexican food across Los Angeles.
LA Cleans Up at the John Beard Awards Los Angeles cleaned up at the James Beard Awards this week . Local chef Suzanne Goin took home the big prize, winning for Outstanding Chef. L.A. chefs also took home Outstanding Pastry Chef and Best Chef of the West awards. Has Los Angeles finally truly arrived on the restaurant map?
Is an App to Blame for Neighborhood Traffic Jams? There's a new voice in town, that of the smartphone app called Waze , which crowd-sources GPS signals from moving cars to guide drivers away from heavy traffic. More and more LA commuters are devoted to Waze to find alternatives to busy freeways. The downside is that narrow streets in some residential neighborhoods are now being turned into highways. That's according to Richard Close, president of the Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association. His neighborhood abuts the 405 Freeway in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains.
Sunset Junction Fights to Maintain Its Identity Frost/Chaddock is a West Hollywood developer with its eye on Silver Lake — specifically Sunset Junction, where Sunset crosses Santa Monica Boulevard. Last night, the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council voted against Frost/Chaddock’s plan for the tallest of three new buildings with 324 apartments. In its place, the Council wants the Silver Lake Music Conservatory. Tamir Halaban, who lives next door, introduced the motion. He says the apartment project would take Sunset Junction from “authentic” to “corporate.”
The Best Restaurants in LA Urasawa is one of the most expensive restaurants in the United States, but it didn't make Los Angeles magazine's new list of the ' 75 Best Restaurants in LA ' – and there are likely to be more surprises when the magazine releases the list tomorrow. You're sure to find some of your favorites in there, discover some new places and, of course, find something to argue about! The list was edited by Dining Editor Lesley Barger Suter.
A Downtown Los Angeles Icon Gets a Foodie Facelift Seattle and San Francisco are known for the open-air shopping districts Pike Place and the Ferry Building, but they're newcomers compared to the Grand Central Market near 3rd and Broadway in downtown LA. It opened in 1917. Back in the day, residents of Bunker Hill could ride Angel's Flight for a penny to buy fresh fruit, meat and vegetables. The Market is still a Mecca for officer workers, bargain hunters and tourists, but it's getting a facelift — inside and outside — to keep up with a changing neighborhood. KCRW producer Saul Gonzalez went to see what's different and what's the same.
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.