No Hollywood power lunch spot
The quiet Chavela, which opened in June as a dinner-only pan-American concept from the Los Balcones team, is expanding into lunch service starting Thursday of next week. Look for fresh takes on chile relleno, achiote cauliflower steaks, chipotle mac n’ cheese, and more.
Dinner and a show
Part dinner, part live entertainment, MBombo is Downtown’s latest hip pop-up. Running menus full of African classics and featuring live dance, singing, and more, the experiential dinners run twice a month — including the next one on Sunday, August 23.
Beware the (lack of) internet
On the caption: "Hey guys! We're cutting wifi from the shop! Mostly 'cause the wifi was really shitty and slow and insecure. Keep coming in to work, create, and putz around and remember, #thingswillbefine #tetheringisAokay"
Craft cans get large
Are ‘crowlers’ really a thing? Part growler, part can, these 32-ounce beefy craft beer containers are meant to be the perfect balance between amount of beer and portability. FoodGPS says they could be coming to L.A. in a big way.
Knead more info
Bruce Kalman says that his upcoming Grand Central Market project Knead Pasta Bar is coming along nicely, and should be ready for a late September / early October arrival. That is, if all goes well.
Eat outdoors at Ashland
Ashland Hill is also getting in on the lunch game, working expanded weekday hours (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) on Main Street to serve up their burger, plus a chicken shawarma wrap, fish tacos, and more.
Your latest big-ticket charity dinner experience
This coming Monday, chef Melissa King is cooking up a storm for charity, and bringing five of her favorite female chefs along to help. Brooke Williamson, Kyesha Arrington, Mei Lin, and more will be on hand for the CO + LAB six-courser going down at Hinoki + The Bird.
Kuniko comes back to Little Tokyo
The last Snack Time pop-up at Simbal sold out, but chef Kuniko Yagi (oddly enough, the opening chef at Hinoki & the Bird), is coming back to Shawn Pham's Little Tokyo restaurant. This time around, Yagi is focusing on vegetables in the shojin ryori style using some of her favorite local farms. Dinners run August 25 to 27, with two seatings per evening (6 and 8 p.m.), at a cost of $70 per person. Reservations right here.