One dead in attempted taco stand robbery
News broke over the weekend of a shooting at a taco stand in South L.A., as three would-be robbers allegedly attempted to steal from a stand near Century Boulevard and San Pedro Street at around midnight Friday night. A worker at the taco stand pulled a gun first and shot one of the robbers as the others fled. That man later died at the hospital, with LAPD calling the shooting justified as an act of self-defense.
Who gets to cook?
Evan Kleiman offers an intriguing take on the rise of non-native chefs cooking food from cultures that are not their own. She argues for the practice (herself a non-Italian known for her decades of cooking the cuisine), albeit with a lot of humility, ending her LA Times op-ed with the idea that food is about connection — across the table, and even across cultures.
Guelaguetza’s new mural
Phil Rosenthal (he of the PBS show What Phil’s Having) snaps the below shot of Guelaguetza’s newest mural inside the Koreatown-area restaurant.
Your next Southern-fried dining guide
Garden & Gun is the latest mag to weigh in on the who, what, and where of dining out in Los Angeles. They’re specifically taking a Southern angle, identifying places like Blacktop Coffee (Tyler Wells is a West Virginia native, apparently), Hatchet Hall, HomeState, and Little Jewel of New Orleans.
Trois Familia extends hours
Silver Lake brunch destination Trois Familia has extended its hours, now running 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. That’s good news for folks who have been eager to try the place, but afraid of spending too much time standing in line. Now, much like nearby Sqirl, the early birds will have an opportunity to catch the brunch worm.
Mignon’s increasingly Mexican influence
Downtown wine bar and dinner stop Mignon has been slowly switching gears, thanks to new chef Johnny Palomino, who previously spent time at places like Republique. The Mexican chef has started working dishes that combine the restaurant’s French traditions with his own background, resulting in options like pork rillette ‘burritos,’ says LA Weekly.
The Little Door's first-ever brunch
Hidden dinner secret The Little Door on West 3rd St. is adding brunch after more than two decades without it. No official word on what the menu, which will be decidedly French-leaning and include lots of options for day drinking, will end up looking like. Brunch will run Saturdays and Sundays only, out on the patio, beginning April 30.