TT Leftovers: February Edition

A look back at our favorites from the past month

February: We bowled a spare, we ate tacos, we drank citrusy cocktails and we went to Toluca Lake. Here's a look back at our favorite stories from the month past.

• With onetime clubs being reborn as gastropubs and Downtown's craft cocktail stylings moving ever west, a new era of Hollywood nightlife is upon us. The Roosevelt's Spare Room is the latest destination to offer an impressive list of drinks in the neighborhood, served to a clientele of bowling- and parlor-game-playing Beautiful People.

• The case was made for paying more than a dollar for a taco this month in more ways than one, but Guisados in Boyle Heights argues the point strongly. The kitchen's long-stewed fillings, like chicken tinga and mole, are stuffed into thick, freshly made corn tortillas, creating tacos that are some of the best we've experienced in recent memory.

• Winter in L.A. is a parade of citrus, from blood oranges to Oro Blanco grapefruits to Murcotts. We checked in with some of our favorite bartenders to see what they're doing with the season's citrus glut. We tasted drinks with bergamots at Providence, kumquats at Las Perlas, and a farmers' market's worth of varieties at the Library Bar.

• Good wine lists seem to follow Matthew Kaner, and the same goes for pastries and Valerie Gordon. The skills of both are on display at Toluca Lake's Olive & Thyme, where endless crowds fill the space to dine on bright salads, and sandwiches like braised short ribs with horseradish crème fraîche and caramelized onions.