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Howlin' Rays Returns March 16, Phillip Frankland Lee Is Grumpy, and More A.M. News

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Locale 90, Redondo Beach
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Phillip Frankland Lee talks Top Chef [Spoiler alert]

Scratch Bar / Gadarene Swine chef Phillip Frankland Lee is no longer part of Top Chef, having been given the boot on a recent episode. Less than thrilled with the way he was portrayed on the show, Lee took to the internet to voice his displeasure, telling She Knows that the judging wasn't fair, that he was so intensely focused on winning when the season started that he actually stopped drinking three months before, and that there were others (yes, he names names) perhaps more deserving of going home than him.

Locale 90 lands second location in Hermosa Beach

The South Bay neapolitan pizza experts Locale 90 have turned out a second location in Hermosa Beach, right inside the former Umami Burger address near the pier. Their first location in Redondo Beach must be doing well, as the restaurant is expanding into new territory less than two years into is founding.

Coffee Source now roasting in Studio City

The strip mall morning spot Coffee Source appears to be up and running in Studio City, as this twitter post shows. It's a clean, simple look for the Valley spot, but comes with one cool feature: at least some seating is centered in a horseshoe directly around a large Giesen roaster. Talk about watching the folks in action.

The return of Nashville hot chicken

The wait is almost over: Howlin’ Rays will turn on the lights of their new brick and mortar space on March 16 at the Far East Plaza. That’s per this Instagram post, which was dropped as a sort of pseudo-love letter to all their fans on Valentine’s Day.

A tattoo parlor for Silver Lake's new Whole Foods 365?

That's the rumor floating around. Per this post from last Thursday, the Silver Lake location — a flagship for the new price-conscious sub-brand of Whole Foods —  could be in line to get anything from a record store to a tattoo parlor, as the company is willing to partner with just about anybody in order to stay hip.

Mohan Ismail will try to Beat Bobby Flay

Chef Mohan Ismail of RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen in Century City is set to have a big week. This Thursday, his episode of Beat Bobby Flay airs on the Food Network, with Ismail doing some Singaporean favorites against Long Island-based chef Nicole Roarke.

The Spork Foods team visits Blue Window

Highland takeaway spot Blue Window has been doing well, thanks in part to its eclectic, cheap, and rotating menu of vegan-available fare. In this fun clip, the healthy-eating Spork Foods team chats with Kajsa Alger about the concept, before digging in to taste it themselves.

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