The thorough guide to regional Mexican food in L.A.
Bill Esparza, he of the previous Tacopedia fame, returns to First We Feast to dish on the state of regional supremacy when it comes to Mexican food in Los Angeles. Not only does he break down the vast areas into manageable menu options, he also points out where to get the stuff he's talking about — unless, of course, there's something so hyper-specific that it hasn't quite reached L.A. yet.
Burgers on Victory Boulevard
North Hollywood has given itself the gift of more calories, this time via Blaqhaus, a Mod-looking burger joint that also tosses out plates of waffle fry nachos and fancified tacos. According to Yelp, there’s also some sort of a tableside banana flambé preparation for dessert. 11671 Victory Boulevard, North Hollywood.
Dudley Market adds to the menu
Jesse Barber has started to settle in at Dudley Market in Venice, his now nearly two month-old eatery right by the beach. That means some menu tinkering, including a new daytime run of pre-made takeaway sandwiches, and the start of Ramen Tuesday, wherein Barber (who takes the stuff seriously) does rotating ramen options once a week starting on October 6.
Barrel-aged Angel City
Downtown’s Angel City Brewery got its hands on some Jameson barrels, and put them to good use with a nearly 15% ABV aged stout. Limited kegs are available, but Spring St. Bar got their hands on the first one, and they’re tapping it today.
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Evo Cafe comes to life
West L.A. got itself an interesting-looking all-day option, with the arrival of Evo Cafe. Part coffee shop, smoothie joint, and takeaway breakfast option, the casual space looks to be serving up some interesting Moroccan sandwiches, from a beef tagine option offered on ciabatta to lots of stuff with merguez sausage and manchego cheese. Open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. 11870 Santa Monica Blvd., West L.A.
The saturation of Venice coffee
Venice blog Lincoln & Rose tackles the task of finding the best coffees in and around their fair neighborhood, spotting 14 standouts such as Menotti's, Superba Food + Bread, Gjusta, and Deus Ex Machina.
OpenTable's new Resy-killer might land in L.A. soon
Though exorbitantly priced, Open Table's new prime-seating option could be coming to L.A. soon after launching as a pilot program in New York. CBSLA asks around to see how folks might feel about paying through the nose for the right to grab an 8 p.m. table at a hot restaurant last-minute; turns out, most everyone is skeptical, to say the least.
Speaking of hard alcohol
Bourbon Steak in Glendale is celebrating what is apparently National Bourbon Heritage Month starting October 1. They’ll be rocking their booze cart, and also making a one-off burger for the month that comes with a $12 shot of Buffalo Trace — ideal for those ‘working lunches’.
You can't stop watching this new jam by local band Kisses on SQIRL's Instagram: