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Moby’s Restaurant Woes, Steingarten Shutters on Pico, and More AM Intel

Plus Southern chef Sean Brock comes to LA, and Wes Avila’s beachside taco hut

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Little Pine in Silver Lake, California, with sun streaming in from behind the white building.
Little Pine, Silver Lake
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.

Steingarten hits the skids

More than half a decade in, it seems that Steingarten on Pico has indeed bit the dust. The long-running German beer and sausage hall went up for sale last year, but only seems to have disappeared last month.

Why did Moby open a restaurant?

The above question seems to be one that Moby is asking himself a lot these days, as noted in this Grub Street Diet feature from a little while back. The vegan musician keeps to a pretty steady diet of smoothies and sprouted bread, it seems, but still finds time a couple of times a week to drop into his Silver Lake restaurant Little Pine — no matter how frustrating that may be.

What Wes Avila really wants

Lucky Peach dives into the mind of Wes Avila, the chef/owner of Guerrilla Tacos. It’s an interesting look at a former fine dining chef who admits not being able to pay rent in those hallowed white tablecloth halls, but has found success on the streets doing fine tuned tacos for the masses. And his ultimate goal? To disappear onto a beach in Hawaii with a little taco shack he can open (or close) whenever he feels like it.

Metropolis Cafe in the big city

Santa Monica has quietly earned itself yet another hip coffee shop, this time in Metropolis Cafe. The slim, spare space is now keeping daily weekday hours from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. right on Arizona Avenue.

come on in through our orange doors for an excellent cup of coffee! ☕️

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Sean Brock comes to LA

Famous southern chef Sean Brock is coming to Los Angeles to cook with West Coast legend Wolfgang Puck. The drop-in will also feature Dave Beran, each of whom will contribute two sources to a six-course feast at Hotel Bel-Air on October 19. For more info, hit the website.

C’est La Vie expands to dinner

Montrose newcomer C’est La Vie is expanding their hours into dinner, now running Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Expect a rotating menu of simple French fare, with the option for beer and wine as needed.

A Cliff’s Edge comeback

There are big changes afoot at Cliff’s Edge, the long-running Silver Lake dining stalwart. Chef Michael Bryant is now at the helm, working an updated menu after spending years everywhere from the famous Norman’s in Coral Gables, FL to The Churchill in Los Angeles. Malina Bickford from ETA is now running the cocktail program too, while GM Benny Bohm (Ammo, The Standard) oversees the whole show. The current menu is below.

Dinner Menu by Farley Elliott on Scribd