Food Adventures in the Valley (and Beyond)
Interior designer Nathan Turner is best known for a very specific, beach-inflected sensibility—one that feels both collected and deeply American. This is probably because Nathan grew up in San Francisco, and before officially landing in Los Angeles and opening his eponymous boutique, he spent a lot of time traveling the globe, searching for treasure and picking up some tricks. While his Melrose flagship is one of the city’s best resources for everything from investment pieces like couches to more portable accessories like throw pillows, he’s doing a temporary pop-up in the Valley at the brand-new Village at Westfield Topanga for the holidays.
At Nathan Turner American Style, you’ll find everything from serving platters to doggy beds—and it’s all made in the U.S. (and then carefully arranged and display by Nathan). Like any great sensualist, Nathan knows and loves his food, and so has made quick work of the Valley’s most revered food stands, restaurants, and Boba tea joints. Below, his list of delicacies worth driving for.
121 E. Valley Blvd, San Gabriel, CA | 626.288.5200
Jazz Cat is my favorite place for shabu shabu. If you’re not familiar, it’s a traditional Japanese hot pot soup, and you can then cook your own ingredients in it. I love the spicy pork bone broth with sliced thin beef and vegetable medley.
120 N. San Gabriel Blvd, San Gabriel, CA | 626.309.9387
I always say I’m going to order something different but inevitably get the same thing every time…the jasmine milk tea and ALWAYS with boba.
518 W. Las Tunas Dr., San Gabriel, CA | 626.289.5998
My favorite dish here is the house special lobster. They make their own sauce called XO sauce that is absolutely delicious even over plain steamed rice. I know it’s called Newport Seafood, but don’t overlook the shaken beef, it’s amazing. They don’t take reservations so weekends are rough with a very long wait. I suggest to drive out early on a weeknight. I like the original location best (there’s now a location at 50 N. La Cienaga, too).
9892 Westminster Ave., Garden Grove, CA | 714. 530.1744
This Vietnamese spot is famous for their pork spring rolls—always the first thing I order.
116 Judge John Aiso St., Los Angeles, CA | 213. 792.2116
I love going to Jist Café for brunch. My favorite dish is the Chashu Hash Skillet which is marinated pork belly with two soft eggs and breakfast potatoes…incredible!
61 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena, CA | 626.792.8585
Everything at this bakery is very good but my favorite pastries are the taro buns. They are absolutely delicious, and I will drive all the way out from West Hollywood for one…ok, maybe two.