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The Street Food Struggle in Highland Park, Ricebar's Time to Shine, and More A.M. News

Plus upscale healthy-eating spot Gratitude opens in Orange County.

The Lincoln Heights Corn Man
The Lincoln Heights Corn Man
Matthew Kang

Gentrification and the corn man

Munchies takes a look at gentrification and the ongoing struggle of street food by talking to one Andres Santos Medina, a longtime elotero who sells late night corn treats in Highland Park. It's a sometimes bleak conversation, but ultimately Medina is doing alright, thanks in part to a thriving social media presence and his own embrace of payment technologies like Square.

Inside Antibellum

Samuel Monsour's ongoing Antibellum pop-ups have garnered quite a following, so LA Mag decided to take a look. Calling the $333-a-seat dinner an "Eyes Wide Shut food orgy," the piece follows one night at the dinner, and covers all 20 courses.

The life of George Laguerre

The namesake man behind TiGeorge's Chicken chats with LA Weekly about his prior life in Haiti, his struggles to keep his restaurant open, and what it takes to source avocado wood.

Gratitude opens tomorrow in Newport Beach

Healthy eating lunch and dinner spot Cafe Gratitude will open tomorrow in Newport Beach, but with a slightly different look. This is the more upscale alternative to the casual Cafes that populate Los Angeles, with a fine-r dining feel and larger format meals.

Totally feeling Gratitude in Newport! @cafegratitude

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Pizza Romano does a late night happy hour

La Brea's Pizza Romano (formerly Cube) is kicking up their late night offerings, with new deals on wine and food starting after 9 p.m. That means $6 pours of wine, plus $6 bites of food like baked pasta al forno.

Another Tehachapi Grain Project dinner

Want to throw your money behind the Tehachapi Grain Project, which is aiming to change the way we talk about wheat? You can pay into a seven-course dinner at Superba Food + Bread on February 23 — just know that tickets are over $150 apiece.

Watch Ricebar in action

Take a stroll through Ricebar, Charles Olalia's Filipino rice bowl spot, with Hal Bastian. The longtime Downtown booster chats up everyone in the restaurant about his menu, his history, and how the small size of the space tends to make things fun.

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