Eddie Ruiz tells his story
Munchies is back at it with another as-told-to pseudo-interview, this time tackling Eddie Ruiz from Corazon y Miel in Bell. The proud chef talks openly about issues like serving what he wants versus what the neighborhood is comfortable with, and how opening a restaurant completely without investors is the biggest struggle, and success, of his life.
Julian Cox and Josh Goldman love each other
Get a load of this love fest: LA Mag drops a cute-as-pie interview with Soigné Group founders Josh Goldman and Julian Cox, and the two come off as not only charming and intelligent, but totally enmeshed in a really, really wonderful friendship. Though Cox has moved on to Chicago, he says he’ll be keeping in close contact with Goldman and their company — and be returning to L.A. often.
El Coyote celebrates 85 years with deals, deals, deals
Beverly Boulevard Mexican staple El Coyote has been in the game since 1931, serving cheesy enchiladas and other big plate Mexican staples just about every day since. To celebrate their anniversary, the third-generation family owners of the place have decided to dish out 85-cent taco and enchilada plates on the day of their anniversary — March 5 — to longtime fans and newcomers alike, says LA Weekly. You might want to start lining up now.
Here's that big Tehachapi Grain Project dinner line-up
A ton of chefs are coming out to celebrate heritage grains at Superba Food & Bread next Tuesday night, including David LeFevre, Charles Olalia, and Steve Samson. Check the full list (and the dishes they're making) below.
Portland comes to L.A.
Popular Portland chef Carlo Lamagna of Clyde Common is staging a strong Filipino pop-up at Alvin Cailan’s Unit 120 in Chinatown. The two-night affair runs February 24 and 25, The pop-up is dubbed Twisted Filipino, and runs $75 for a full six courses. You can get your tickets here.
Go deep inside Mesa Brazilian Eatery
A Westwood staple, Mesa Brazilian Eatery is beloved by UCLA’ers for its cheap, delicious Brazilian food. That’s all due to owner Do Hun Kim, who chats with the Daily Bruin about his 34 years cooking in Brazil, his impoverished upbringing, and what food means to people. It’s a nice read about a man who certainly seems to be overdue for some praise.
Republique launches Sunday dinner
Surprisingly enough, you haven’t (until now) been able to get into Republique for dinner on Sunday nights, as that was traditionally one of the only times the ‘round-the-clock eatery have their staff a break. Well, no longer, as news comes that Walter and Margarita Manzke’s La Brea hotspot is starting Sunday night service, effective immediately. If you’re fast enough, you might look to use the newly available space to snag a reservation online — it’s got to be easier than trying for a Saturday night at 8 p.m. at that place.