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Alain Ducasse Dines in LA, Frogtown’s Next Bar, and More AM Intel

Plus a street vendor assault in North Hollywood is raising eyebrows (and money)

Paramount Coffee Project, Fairfax
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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.

71-year old paleta vendor beaten in North Hollywood

A septuagenarian street vendor in North Hollywood was badly beaten days ago by a pair of men armed with brass knuckles, leaving the aging man on the street to bleed after being robbed of less than $100. NBCLA has more on the scary scene, and the efforts by his family to raise money to help defray the cost of care and lost wages — so far, they’re up to over $80,000.

Pancakes all day

Did you know that Salt’s Cure on Highland is doing breakfast for lunch? That’s right, you can now order a truncated slate of their weekend brunches for lunch, starting with those impossibly delicious oatmeal griddle cakes. Available weekdays 11 am. to 3 p.m., and weekends for brunch.

Alain Ducasse in LA

Famed French chef Alain Ducasse is in Los Angeles, as shown by this post from the popular Paramount Coffee Project team on Fairfax. Apparently Ducasse stopped in for a coffee and a bite, and ended up on Instagram as well.

Such a pleasure to get a visit from @alainducasse Thanks so much for stopping by!!!

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What to do in South Park

Curbed talks to Impresso Cafe owner Eva Shen about the neighborhood she currently inhabits: South Park, the Downtown stretch that’s currently being overcome by mixed-use development and lots of new dining options. There are already hidden dining gems, Shen says, like Birdies and Chicas Tacos.

Uh oh, Cheetos cookies

Santa Monica’s Cookie Good has created what most would agree is an absolute dessert abomination, says LAist: the Cheeto cookie. Yes, owner Ross Canter says, it’s exactly as advertised: Cheetos crust and a soft, chewy, salty inside. Devour at your own risk.

Marcus Samuelsson at Leona

New York City chef Marcus Samuelson is popping up for a night at Leona in Venice with chef/owner Nyesha Arrington. The plan for the $150 diller is to work a multi-course menu from Samuelson’s Red Rooster cookbook, and hand out signed copies of the tome at the end of the evening.

Frogtown’s next bar

Take a look at the upcoming bar for Zebulon (well, one bar at least) in Frogtown, the all-day cafe, bar, and event space going in next to Salazar. Soon there will be more options than ever for drinking and dining and catching a show in the neighborhood.

Bar top. #zinc

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