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Major Dave's Closes in Pasadena, Moby Has Harsh Words for LA, and More A.M. News

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Plus the death of fine dining, and new Howlin' Rays menu items.

Triple 8 at LA Live
Triple 8 at LA Live
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.

No more Major Dave's

Unfortunately it looks like Major Dave's in Pasadena has closed, taking with it some of the area's best fried chicken. The smallish shop, opened by a former military member, lasted two years.

The death of fine dining

Forbes seems to think that fine dining is on the way out these days, with fewer and fewer diners finding the stodgy, ultra-luxe restaurants worth the price or the time commitment. There’s also the idea that what fine dining really offered — sustainable meats and seafood, organic vegetables offered at their peak readiness — is now being much more easily replicated lower on the restaurant hierarchy.

Moby talks Little Pine, and moving to L.A.

SCPR’s Take Two chatted with music mogul and restaurateur Moby about his Silver Lake all-vegan spot, plus his willingness to escape New York for the sunnier side. He’s a bit unkind to the city in the radio interview still (at one point he refers to L.A. as a ‘borderline developing nation’ and says the city’s infrastructure barely works), but does manage to sound excited and earnest about his new restaurant endeavor. One takeaway: try the fennel and sausage sandwich.

Expanding the lineup

Howlin’ Rays is inching closer to opening at the Far East Plaza, and to keep the anticipation up they’ve begun teasing their new, expanded menu. That apparently includes this Skinny Jimmy, which is a fried Mary’s chicken breast that can be dialed in to your level of requested heat.

Finding food trucks

Locale Magazine drops in to share some food trucks they love, shouting out Guerrilla Tacos and the Lobos Truck along the way. They of course also pay homage to Seoul Sausage and Kogi, as well as Brazilian stalwart Ta Bom.

Moonbeach City gets LocoL

Here's a quick take on LocoL in Watts, as told by longtime blogger MyLastBite, who went during soft opening hours over the weekend. In all, says the post, expect Roy Choi's personal take on fast food stoner food, done as richly and deliciously as ever.

Did you know there’s Dim Sum at LA Live?

It’s true, as Triple 8 China Bar & Grill added all-day dim sum service and expanded the offerings as of Christmas Day last year. Hours run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., though of course LA Live is still most heavily congested at night, and even then by tourists who may or may not be comfortable with the dim sum process.

Eater presents: Howlin' Rays hot chicken

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