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Howlin' Ray's Hot Fried Chicken Sando, Alta California Cuisine, and More a.m. News

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Plus a verbal history of Ma Maison.

Howlin' Ray's Hot Chicken
Howlin' Ray's Hot Chicken

— Since New York City seems to be going crazy for the fried chicken sandwich, something Los Angeles has in abundance, let's up the ante with this terrific-looking HOT fried chicken sandwich from Howlin' Ray's:

Chef Johnny Zone told Eater that they're not sure when they're going to officially offer the sandwich on the truck, but it could be later this week. Stay tuned.

LAist checked out that vegan cheese shop that opened in Hollywood. The place has amazing Yelp reviews, but writer Juliet Bennet Rylah says the fermented cheese, based on nuts and seeds, ranges from "brie" with truffles to sharp white cheddar.

— Though originally published in print, LA Mag posts a tidbit on the growing trend of Alta California cuisine, whereupon Mexican American chefs are taking the cuisine of their heritage and "reflects a California dialect without tromping on the classics." Current innovators include Guerilla Tacos, CaCao in Eagle Rock, Corazon y Miel, and Taco Maria.

— Michael Voltaggio brings back Crab Cake with Duff Goldman and Ben Feldman at No Vacancy on August 2. Basically, it's a crab fest (with cake!). Tickets, which start at $150, are right here.

The Hollywood Reporter does a verbal history on Wolfgang Puck's Ma Maison. Highlights: Puck's first paycheck bounced, Andy Warhol did menu cover once, and Orson Welles practically ate lunch every day there.

— Top Chef winner Mei Lin is cooking with Brendan Collins and Phillip Hall at Birch on August 2 and 3. Book a table here.

— If you haven't made it over for the excellent Sinaloan seafood at El Cristalazo, perhaps these enticing lunch time specials will help you with the drive over to La Puente.

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