About MOFAD City: Los Angeles

About this project

MOFAD City is a multimedia collaboration between Eater and the Museum of Food and Drink (MOFAD) that tells the stories of food cultures in neighborhoods around the country. The project's goal is to promote appreciation of immigrant food traditions and to inspire thoughtful discussion around the meaning of American cuisine.

Our eight guides cover specific food cultures in six cities: New York, San Jose, Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. Each guide offers a focus on a community's rich history and the restaurants and food vendors that contribute to it. We hope users will learn about the culture and historical significance of culinary landmarks and explore issues of food culture, identity, immigration, and adaptation — all while enjoying food and supporting local businesses.

About Eater

Eater is the source for people who care about dining and drinking in the nation's most important food cities. A favorite of industry pros and restaurant obsessives alike, it keeps readers in the know about their local dining scenes and national and international trends while also providing in-depth criticism and analysis, award-winning longform stories, and entertaining and informative videos. Eater is the only food world publication with a staff of editors and journalists on the ground in more than two dozen cities across America.


MOFAD is a nonprofit that is creating the world's first large-scale museum with exhibits you can eat. MOFAD advances public understanding of the culture, history, science, production, and commerce of food and drink. The museum currently operates MOFAD Lab, an exhibit design studio and gallery space in Brooklyn, NY, now showing Chow: Making the Chinese American Restaurant. Featuring beautiful artifacts, tastings, and live demos of a fortune cookie machine, Chow tells the incredible story behind one of the country's most popular cuisines. To plan your visit and learn more, visit mofad.org.

Credits for Los Angeles, California

Project Editors

Marguerite Preston, Sonia Chopra, Megan McGowan


Avo John Kambourian


McGraw Wolfman, Julia Ochsenreiter, Kurt Pierce, Miles Ewell, Maureen Giannone, Patrick Bulger, Mark Olsen, Scott Nelson, Dan Melius, Robin Blotnick, Norman Magnuson, Danny Hole, Anna Paz, Sara Masetti, Ryan Simmons, Miles Ellis


Lory Tatoulian, actor and writer
Barbara Ghazarian, author of Simply Armenian: Naturally Healthy Ethnic Cooking Made Easy


Aidan Feay, Engineer
Yuri Victor, Engineer
Ryan Mark, Engineer
Tyson Whiting, Designer
Kelsey Scherer, Designer

Copy Edit/Fact Check

Dawn Mobley


Jon Douglas
Nancy Seay

Special Thanks

Carla Hall, Amanda Kludt, Emma Boast, Esra Erol

A Vox Media Storytelling Studio collaboration