Art Bites: Off the Beaten Path

Southern California Food and Art: A Perfect Pairing around the Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival

Krista Simmons pairs events from the Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival with nearby eats.

Liz Glynn’s Black Box

You could fight the  gaggles of waif-like models and celeb-gawkers at Mozza, but why not check out nearby Cube, home to some of the greatest cheese and salumi in town? Their menu changes every Thursday depending on seasonality, and the service is always a slam dunk. Don’t forget to pick up some of the imported goodies at the marketplace for your meanderings throughout the Festival.

Cube Marketplace & Cafe, 615 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles

Mural Remix Tour II

You’ve just marveled at some of the best Chicano art that East L.A has to offer, so there’s no doubt you’re craving Mexican. But you’re back on the Westside, and let’s be honest, this part of town isn’t known for it’s Mexican food. You can, however, quench your need for a ‘rita at the newly-opened Casa Azul Cantina. With over 70 bottles of tequila on display and a plethora of sopes, tacos, and enchiladas to choose from, you’re bound to leave sated.

Casa Azul Cantina, 10853 Lindbrook Dr., Westwood

Chana Horwitz at Annenberg Community Beach House

Stop by The Hungry Cat for half-off happy hour cocktails (served from 5-7 p.m.) and oysters on the half shell before you head over to the Annenberg Community Beach House. Once you’ve wrapped up there, go for dinner at Fig at the Fairmont, where you’ll find fresh produce from the SaMo farmer’s market front and center on chef Ray Garcia’s menu. There’s also a stellar cheese stash, if you’re so inclined.

The Hungry Cat, 100 W. Channel Rd., Santa Monica

Fig, 101 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica

Art in the Parking Space at the Standard Hotel

Skip all that stupidity on the Strip and get over to your very own farmhouse respite, the Eveleigh. With hand crafted cocktails and veg- and carnivore-friendly share plates, it’s the perfect alternative to all of the peripheral madness. If you really are in the mood for a scene, there’s always Chateau Marmont. But whatever you do, please don’t stoop to Saddle Ranch.

Eveleigh, 8752 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood

Brody Condon at Machine Project

After all that group therapy, you’ll likely need a beer. Let Tony Yanow and his crew serve you up proper with their selection of over 70 California craft brews on tap. The menu is mostly vegan, unless labeled otherwise. But meat eaters can indulge in dishes like the Pig Newton pizza (Serrano ham, fig tampenade, goat cheese, arugula, and fig balsamic), sage bangers and mash, or IPA-battered fish and chips. If it’s wine you’re after, roam across the street to City Sip. For a stiffer mix, Taix is your best bet.

Mohawk Bend, 2141 W. Sunset, Echo Park

City Sip, 2150 Sunset Blvd.,Echo Park

Taix, 1911 W. Sunset Blvd., Echo Park

PST Kaleidoscope at SCI-Arc

For pizza, beer and sliders, check out Dana Hollister’s new bar the One Eyed Gypsy. If things slow down there, it’s just a hop, skip, and a jump over to her other hipster haunt, Villain’s Tavern.  Or, if you find yourself wanting more of a bistro vibe, there’s always Church & State.

The One Eyed Gypsy, 901 E. 1st St., Downtown

Villain’s Tavern, 1356 Palmetto St., Downtown

Church & State, 1850 Industrial St., Downtown

Dawn Kasper at Human Resources

Some of the best pho in Los Angeles, and certainly in Chinatown, is at Pho 87. Fair warning, though: It’s cash only. If you’re not quite ready for a full meal, drop by the historic Phoenix Bakery, open since 1938, for some Chinese baked goodies, or to Lollicup for boba milk tea.

Pho 87, 1019 N. Broadway Ave., Chinatown

Phoenix Bakery, 969 N. Broadway Ave., Chinatown

Lollicup Teazone, 988 N. Hill St., Chinatown

Vaginal Davis separatist tea party >> Welcome Inn Time Machine at Welcome Inn Eagle Rock

Stop by KBBQ mainstay Soot Bull Jeep for some intensely flavorful galbi, then make your way out to the Welcome Inn in Eagle Rock. Afterwards, stop for a drink at The York or The Black Boar. Stop by Little Flower Candy Company on your way back home for a sack of salted caramels, and call it a day.

Soot Bull Jeep, 3136 W. 8th Street, Koreatown

The York, 5105 York Blvd., Highland Park

The Black Boar, 1630 Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock

Little Flower Candy Company, 1424 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

By Krista Simmons

Krista Simmons is a Los Angeles-based food and travel writer. She has contributed regularly to the Los Angeles Times Food, Travel, and Calendar sections, and served as the editor of theTimes‘ alt weekly publication, Brand X. Prior to her tenure at the Times,  she was the restaurants editor at Metromix Los Angeles. Simmons has also contributed to the Edible CommunitiesCBS Watch, and Wandermelon. She has hosted culinary videos for several of those outlets as well. Follow @KristaSimmons on Twitter and view her website here.


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