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Just what Little Tokyo needs: The Lazy Ox Canteen

December 21, 2009 |  9:02 am
The street is brightly lighted and wide for downtown. A couple with a baby carriage cross the street. An urban warrior stops to chain his bicycle. A couple of downtown hipsters saunter over. They're all headed for the new Lazy Ox Canteen. After a lengthy odyssey through this and that restaurant, Josef Centeno (Meson G, Opus, Lot 1) has partnered up with Michael Cardenas, founder of the Sushi Roku empire, and finally has his own place. His food. His way...It's been open only a few days, but already the restaurant feels as if it's been dishing up food to an enthusiastic crew of regulars for, if not years, then months.Read more here:

Photo caption: Chef Josef Centeno prepares "Khlii" a (Moroccan-style beef jerky) with fried egg and salsa verde at the new downtown restaurant, Lazy Ox Canteen. (Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times)