Favorite Posts from July 4 – 10, 2011

Korean Food Los Angeles

LA Weekly released their 99 Essential Restaurants list, and Jonathan Gold or not, Soban deserves to be on it.

Soban prepares exquisite Korean food that goes way beyond BBQ.

Follow these links to interesting posts from L.A. food writers over the past week.

Caroline on Crack

Even though it doesn’t fall in the July 4 – 10 window, on July 2, Caroline on Crack founder Caroline Pardilla shared a still useful post titled L.A. Beer Experts Pair Craft Beer With 4th of July Barbeque. Remove “4th of July” and you’re still golden for more than two months thanks to advice from Jimmy Han (Beer Belly), Thomas Kelley (Library Alehouse), Alex Macy (Sunset Beer Company) and Christine Perozzi (The Beer Chicks).

Drink Eat Travel

On July 8, DET team member Cambria Griffith posted an impassioned plea in a post titled Ten Obvious Reasons to Support L.A.’s Eagle Rock Brewery. She highlighted reasons like “They work with and hire local homebrewers,” “They support authors, chefs, restaurants and food trucks,” “They actively participate in local events and festivals,” and “They educate patrons through classes, forums and demonstrations.”


On July 8, e*starLA founder Esther Tseng provided in-depth analysis of her latest Favorite Dish: Shanghai Rice Cakes With Sponge Gourd at Ding’s Garden.

Eater LA

On July 5, Eater LA editor Kat Odell reported Marcona Takes Shape, Looking to Open in September. Odell said, “Expect nods to New York and Chicago mixed in with Mediterranean flavors” at the Melrose sandwich shop.

LA Times

LA Times staffer Rene Lynch profiled food blogger, photographer and “On a Stick!” author Matt Armendariz in an article titled He’s a stickler about no-fuss parties.

LA Weekly

On July 5, Squid Ink staffer Elina Shatkin uses “America’s Next Great Restaurant” winner Soul Daddy as a case study in a post titled Soul Daddy: Why It Failed.

On July 7, Squid Ink contributor Daniel Drennon shared his impressions of The Beer Hotel: Craft Beer, Poolside Party + Texas BBQ. He’s referring to Four Points by Sheraton at LAX, which has been “serving craft beer in their Brewster’s bar since 2000, making them one of the forerunners of the burgeoning L.A. beer scene.”


On July 7, Mattatouille founder Matthew Kang continued his stampede through Koreatown, this time stopping at Soban Restaurant for flower crab, fish and short ribs.

Street Gourmet LA

On July 6, Street Gourmet LA founder Bill Esparza shared his latest Tijuana discovery, Takesos y Papas, in a pos titled A Comic Event Occurs in the Taco Center of the Universe, describing a new taqueria from Tacos Salceados disciple Marcos Flores in the food court next to the Cinépolis movie theater in Plaza Monarcha.


Joshua Lurie

Joshua Lurie founded FoodGPS in 2005. Read about him here.

Blog Comments

Love all the info on the craft beer scene in LA. Beer Belly is one of my fave new spots and I’ve been a long-time supporter of ERB.

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