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Hamasaku's Yoya Takahashi Reviews Cheap Sushi, Esparza Writes Open Letter to LA

Plus great, relatively unknown spots to eat in the Valley.

Matthew Kang is the Lead Editor of Eater LA. He has covered dining, restaurants, food culture, and nightlife in Los Angeles since 2008. He's the host of K-Town, a YouTube series covering Korean food in America, and has been featured in Netflix's Street Food show.

— It's pretty awesome to see Hamasaku's sushi chef Yoya Takahashi "reviewing" cheap sushi from places like Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, and even Walgreens, and the results are hilarious. For the most part, they're all terrible, trying to get Takahashi to discern mass-produced, old nigiri that's been stuck in a fridge for who knows how long. [BF]

LAist does a goob job of proving that the Valley has some awesome places to eat. The coolest spot might be Calabasas Custom Catering, which has a full Santa Maria-style barbecue on weekends. [LAist]

— Benny's Tacos has taken over the prime spot on Wilshire in Santa Monica that was once The Slice pizza. Expect ho-hum burritos, tacos, and more, plus breakfasts, rotisserie chicken (?), and veggie dishes. [Toddrickallen]


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— Bill Esparza pens an open letter to the City of LA regarding street food and vending. Even if city leaders fail to create a framework for legal street vending in LA, Esparza writes that, "we'll be doing what we've always been doing—eating street food in L.A., the last major city in the U.S. dictating where adults can eat." [LA Mag]


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