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LocoL Makes Burritos, Top Round Expands to Texas, and More A.M. Intel

Plus a Montrose beer festival featuring Bill Murray (hopefully)

Top Round, La Brea
Top Round, La Brea
Top Round
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.

Free green smoothies today

To celebrate their grand opening, Lifehouse Tonics is giving away free green smoothies today. They’re extra-healthy of course, and supposedly taste like a mint chip milkshake. All you gotta do is stop in.

Top Round expands to Texas

Local roast beef sandwich makers Top Round are already in franchise mode, landing their first out-of-state location in Texas. That's per chef Steven Fretz, who made the announcement on his Instagram account. Of course, they're already making waves up in the Bay Area, too.

LocoL burritos make the menu

It’s finally here: LocoL is now selling burritos, per Roy Choi’s Instagram. They’ve also started doing some new off-the-menu stuff, like grilled cheese, a ‘chicken cheese buttermilk salad,’ and french toast ice cream.

Burrito testing at #LocoL Starts tomorrow. Don't slip. #Watts

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LA Beer Hop x Vagabond Cheese

It’s beer and cheese pairing time, with popular beer tour company LA Beer Hop pairing with Vagabond Cheese for a three-stop tour — Mumford, Iron Triangle, and Eagle Rock Brewery — on April 3. The event will pair four beers with four different cheeses, and costs $75, with a 1 p.m. start. You can get your tickets here.

Amboy keeps picking up

Unit 120 side project Amboy is starting to pick up steam, reaching out to friends to help bring some amazing Filipino flavors to the Far East Plaza. As Food GPS notes, on Fridays now pastry chef Isa Fabro will be selling her Malas (they're sort of like doughnuts) from a small table next to the Amboy window, and boy are they delicious.

Mei Lin pops up at Hinoki & the Bird

Top Chef winner Mei Lin will be in town for a one-off dinner at Hinoki & the Bird on April 4. The $95 five-course menu will act as a collaboration between Lin and executive sous chef Kei-Ichi Kurobe, and will explore the pair’s respective Chinese and Japanese backgrounds. Call the restaurant for reservations.

It’s the Montrose Brew Fest

For the first time, Montrose is hosting a beer festival and homebrew competition, with plans for 30 local breweries to take over a stretch of Honolulu Boulevard. Absolution Brewing, Wolf Creek, Golden, Road and more will be on hand, alongside food vendors like Epic Taco Shop, Frank’s Famous, and more. The event runs April 3 from noon to 4 p.m., and you can get your $35 general admission tickets here. Oh, and they want you to try to bring Bill Murray, if you know him and can do that kind of thing.