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Iron Triangle Brewing Is Starting to Take Over, a Peek at LA's Creole History, and More

Plus happy hours, truffle dinners, and wines from Mexico.

Iron Triangle Brewing, Arts District
Iron Triangle Brewing, Arts District
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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.

LA’s Creole past

The New York Times files on LA’s long-intertwined history with Creole culture, even dropping in a bit about the food. Of particular note is the mention (and return of) Harold & Belle’s, which is slated for a pre-Mardi Gras comeback after nearly a year of renovations.

No more gridlock at Salt’s Cure

Now rocking all-day hours at their new location on Highland, the Salt’s Cure team is looking to fill those late-afternoon seats with an Anti-Gridlock Hour (aka a happy hour) that runs weekdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., starting next week. Cocktails ring in at $8, carafes of wine for $15, beers for $5, and a small selection of food. Maybe next time you’re crawling by in your car, pull over.

Black truffles get to shavin’ at SAAM at The Bazaar

Got some extra money just lyin’ around? Consider throwing it at this $250 black truffle dinner series at SAAM inside The Bazaar. The upside? Sixteen courses, each featuring truffle in some way. The downside? Wine pairings cost extra.

Iron Triangle has distribution already

As if anyone thought the already massive Iron Triangle Brewing was going to take it easy for a bit following their recent grand opening. Nope. Instead, they’ve already gotten distribution through Classic, and will begin sending out their beers to store shelves and bottle shops very soon. Man these guys move fast.

Longtime dinner spot Zugo’s Cafe returns to Sierra Madre

Though it’s been closed since summer, the 10 year old Zugo’s Cafe never really went away. Instead, the former owner passed the torch onto some newcomers, who gave the Sierra Madre spot a much-needed clean up. Now they’re reopening as of tomorrow, serving everything from steak frites and pork chops to craft beer and Central Coast wines.

Epic Taco Shop is throwing wine parties already

Earlier this month we learned of grunge rock taco spot Epic Taco in north Glendale, and already it seems the folks behind the place are starting to party it up, throwing an all-Mexican wine party at Rosso Wine Shop down the street on February 5. The get-down runs 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on that Friday, costs $20, and will focus solely on newly imported wines from Mexico’s exploding Valle de Guadalupe region.

Ceviche Project at El Chavo

Here’s the first of what will become a regular seafood occurrence at El Chavo: Ceviche Project is doing a five-course raw fish dinner this Sunday, which runs $100 a person. The 1 p.m. start also includes cocktails from Brandyn Tepper of Cocktail Academy, of course.