I grew up in New York, so when you say delicatessen I think corned beef on rye and a pickle at Tiedemann’s Deli. My world has been turned upside down since the appearance of Delicatessen by Osawa, a new grab-and-go concept featuring Japanese bento boxes, salad bowls, donburi and more. Operated by the same folks as the excellent Osawa Restaurant on North Raymond Avenue, the new location has a sleek look, fast service and fresh, unique, healthy food. I’ve asked everybody I know who’s been to Japan (myself included) if they’ve seen delis there. They all say no, but add...Read More
Author: Lisa Dupuy
Downtown LA eateries Philippe’s and Cole’s both lay claim to making the first French dip sandwich. Whomever you choose to believe, it is undisputed that it started in Los Angeles in the 19-teens. Many a sandwich shop has come up with their own version of the French dip, but Harlowe’s French Dip on a little back street in Old Pasadena, has made that distinction its focal point. It’s curious why they put these sandwiches at the forefront when they serve much more than French dips. From a distance, Harlowe’s is a gastropub, or, as they call themselves, a saloon with sandwiches. Still the...Read More
When I read that Chef Kimmy Tang had opened a new restaurant in Pasadena, I got excited. I loved what she did at 9021Pho in the Glendale Galleria. Fragrant herbs and veggies dominated her creative fusion dishes. It was common for her to come out of the kitchen and greet diners. I remember her being enthusiastic, almost frantic, at the Glendale restaurant. She extracted herself from the 9021Pho chain a few years ago, spent time as a personal chef and cared for her mother. Nowadays, she’s calmer, more focused but just as enthusiastic and still in love with cooking....Read More
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