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NPR Examines Food Additives, Soul Food Reaches Santa Monica, and More A.M. Intel

Plus, the premiere of I'll Have What Phil's Having.

Bashan Restaurant, Glendale
Bashan Restaurant, Glendale
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

What Phil's Having

New food and travel show I'll Have What Phil's Having debuts tonight on PBS, with LA's episode to air November 2 and set to feature everything from Langer's to Roy Choi. Eater has a preview of the show up now.

What's in your food?

NPR takes a look at all those little additives and additional bits hanging around the ingredient list on your favorite grocery store items, from sodium benzoate to monosodium glutamate. The truth is, well, sometimes benign and other times not so pretty.

Comfort food heads for Santa Monica

Joshua Lurie checked out the recent Arts District soul food pop-up Comfort LA, and comes back with news that the suddenly-hip stop is looking to expand out to Santa Monica.

Embrace the Golden Foodies

Yes, it's a real awards show — with statues and everything — and it went down last night in Newport Beach. With a focus on Orange County's dining scene, nominations were presented for categories as wide-ranging as Best Food Talk Radio Show (The Fork Report won) and Best New Restaurant (Social in Costa Mesa). Here's a more thorough run-down throughout the evening.

Finding Mexico City breakfast on the streets of LA

In a cool new piece by LA Weekly, a former Mexico City resident searches for true morning tamales among the many sidewalk carts and bust stop-adjacent coolers of the city.

Bashan prepares for fall

Longstanding neighborhood spot Bashan debuts their fall menu this week. The north Glendale institution is going as strong as ever (and was named LA's most underrated restaurant in 2013), with a new lineup that includes heartier fall options like braised beef cheeks. Of course, the popular $40 weeknight prix fixe menu is still in play.

Locol Watts has a sign

For your weekly Locol update, here's the sign at Locol, thanks to Roy Choi's Instagram.