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The Blessing of Inauthentic Tacos, Bibigo’s Big Expansion, and More

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Plus, some extremely rare beer makes its debut in Venice

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Bibigo’s big expansion

Looks like Korean DIY bibimbap spot Bibigo is keen to expand, with a corporate mandate to jump to 12 locations across Southern California by the end of next year. Upcoming locations will include Torrance, Arcadia, and Sherman Oaks, with more to be announced down the line.

Water Grill swims into South Coast Plaza

The Orange County expansion of Water Grill is complete, with the upscale seafood restaurant opening just yesterday at South Coast Plaza. The restaurant chain, with locations in Santa Monica, Downtown, San Diego, and (soon) in Dallas, does both lunch and dinner.

Rare pours at Library Alehouse

Santa Monica’s Library Alehouse has been known for years as a place to grab quality craft beer, from one-off kegs to bottles that magically appear from the cellar. Well now it appears that actual cellar is going away, which has led to some pretty stunning 50% off deals lately. A recent menu list below shows bottles (which are only available to drink in-house) that any collector might be after.


The colonization of Filipino food

KCET’s ongoing Migrant Kitchen series tackles Filipino food once again, but this time from the perspective of one owner/operator. Chase Valencia, one half of the Lasa team at Unit 120, discusses his background, love of Filipino food, and the history of the nation that so informs its cuisine today.

Drips and Swirls

Koreatown’s newest hit is a soft serve and coffee spot, says Food Talk Central. And why not? There’s everything that anyone could ever want (ice cream and coffee) all under a single roof.

Serafina does lunch

The Sunset Strip’s newest entrant, Serafina, is now open for lunch. The buzzy space has a lot of outdoor seating and handmade pastas, so what’s not to like? Lunch starts weekdays at noon, weekends 11:30 a.m., and a full menu is below.


Want to watch City of Gold?

Still haven’t seen City of Gold, the Jonathan Gold documentary about his eating conquests around Los Angeles? You can catch it for free this weekend, with a no-cost screening on Friday night at the Santa Monica Pier. What’s more, the team from Guerrilla Tacos and Belly & Snout will be on hand doing food, plus you can get cocktails and craft beer. Party starts at 6 p.m., movie starts at 8 p.m.

Where to get ‘white boy tacos’

Food writer Garrett Snyder talks to KCRW’s Good Food about his favorite places to get the very inauthentic so-called ‘white boy taco,’ which is the sort of shredded orange cheese, hard-shelled kind of situation you might have been more familiar with growing up. Turns out, there are lots of places to enjoy them in this city.

Salmon benedict at Strand House

Want some salmon with your eggs? Get to the beach, then — Manhattan Beach, specifically. That’s where you’ll find The Strand House and this awesome smoked salmon eggs benedict, made to your liking in a video shot by the Food Steez team.

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