Eins, Zwei….G’Suffa! One, Two…Cheers for Wirsthaus

Ladies and gentlemn, don your traditional Bavarian dirndls and lederhosen for a spirited Oktoberfest celebration with live music, every Fri. and Sat. at Wirsthaus until October 8. The owner, Bjoern Risse, and his girlfriend Christy, the general manager, opened an authentic German restaurant with a beer garden on Labrea, serving hearty classic, comfort food in…

Monsieur Marcel for Lunch? Mais OUI!

Strolling through the original Farmers Market, I always enjoy walking past the Monsieur Marcel bistro and gourmet store. There are always a few patrons sitting together speaking French, while sipping a glass of wine and sharing a plate of cheese or enjoying a croque monsieur. The Monsieur at Marcel is Stephane Strouk, a charming Frenchman,…

New York “Papaya King” Vies for Top Dog in Hollywood

On Wilcox Ave. just south of Hollywood Blvd., a colorful and whimsical “You are the Star” mural depicts some of Tinsel Town’s most famous movie stars sitting in the audience of a theatre. Marilyn Monroe, Charlie Chaplin and James Dean sit in the front row. Across the street is Papaya King, one of a few,…

Aroma Bakery Café

The next time I feel a cold coming on, I’m driving to Aroma Bakery Café for a bowl of their vegetable noodle matzo ball soup. The yellow curry-colored broth is filled with carrots, zucchini, onions and celery with spices floating on top. The large matzo ball is nice and firm, not crumbly. After eating a…

The Girl and the Grill

When craving a really good steak, where do you go? There are quite a few great steakhouses in Los Angeles and Nick & Stef’s in downtown Los Angeles is one of the finest. The secret to their tender and flavorful steaks is the dry aging room. At Nick & Stef’s, guests can view the floor…

The Toast of the Town

While watching the popular television show, Entourage, the other evening, a scene took place in front of Toast Bakery Café. Every time I drive by Toast, there’s always a line of people waiting outside for a table. It doesn’t matter what time of the day it is from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., people are…