About Us

Welcome to /! Home to Grammy-nominated Maria, Evan the Blogger Kid, Nathan the Blogger Kid 2.0 and media whore Mike.

Franklin Avenue launched on March 3, 2003, as part of a New Year's resolution. That year I wanted to (a) start a blog and (b) finally get a radio show going on KCSN. Both are One is still going strong (KCSN flipped formats in August 2008, ending the five-year run of "Hawaiian Eye"/"Aloha Friday Radio") -- it was the only year I've ever truly been successful with such a thing.

Since our launch all those years ago, we've been written up by Los Angeles magazine, the L.A. Times (which named us one of "L.A.'s essential blogs") and by several other media outlets. Our Great Los Angeles Walk was named one of L.A. Weekly's "Best of 2012" honorees, and also featured by the L.A. Times, KABC Channel 7 and KCAL Channel 9.

We cover everything L.A., from restaurants and events to local media and history. We've reviewed more than 300 restaurants in the process, have attended countless Los Angeles events... and these days, with the Blogger kids, tend to view our city through the eyes of young parents. (UPDATE: OK, not so much "young" anymore.)

Why "Franklin Avenue"? Quite simply, it was the street we were living on when we got married and started this blog.

Now, a few plugs. Looking for reasonably priced, handmade invites, thank-you notes or personal cards? Check out Maria's M Press Studio. Looking for professional graphic design work from a Grammy nominee? Check out Maria Villar Design.

Syndicate us here or e-mail us here.

You can always feel free to send us snail mail as well: Franklin Avenue P.O. Box 9739 Glendale, CA 91226

Companion Blogs
Franklin Avenue's complete list of restaurant reviews, plus links and more.

Lemon Tart
Maria's collection of cooking tales and recipes. Yum.

The Great Los Angeles Walk
Complete coverage of our annual walks across Los Angeles.

Choice Cuts
Mike's music playlists, from 2001 to present.

The Ambassador's Last Stand
Ongoing reports on the final days of the Ambassador Hotel.

Aloha Friday Radio
Companion blog to Mike's former "Aloha Friday Radio" show, featuring playlists, news and more.

Mike & Maria's Halloween Housewarming Race
Complete coverage of our 2004 race around L.A., and afterparty with Chip and Kim.

Mike's Birthday Race
Complete coverage of our 2003 race around L.A., and afterparty with Phil Koeghan.