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Howlin' Ray's Full Menu Revealed, and More A.M. Intel

Plus LA's best neighborhood restaurant, and some very evil nut thieves

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Howlin' Rays, Chinatown
Howlin' Rays, Chinatown
Matthew Kang

Little Beast is LA's best neighborhood restaurant

It's a refrain that's becoming all the more common on the Eastside: there's something special going on at Little Beast. Sean Lowenthal's popular corner eatery has really found its groove of late, with LA Mag writer Valentina Silva agreeing wholeheartedly. Settle in sometime for a great, casual midweek meal.

Cookie Casa Bakery has closed

Beverly Boulevard bakeshop Cookie Casa has closed after 3 years in business. The long-gestating space took years to come together, but it seems ultimately owner Erin Zabel felt like moving on from the company she initially founded some 14 years ago.

More details on Howlin' Ray's

You don't have to wait much longer to get your Howlin' Ray's fix in Chinatown. The Far East Plaza shop is finished inside and already doing demo nights, but as Zagat points out you can't just stop in yet. The space won't officially open until later this month, but as the post indicates you might be able to sneak in a touch earlier.

Oh, and here's the menu

That's right. Take a look below to get a glimpse at the first official menu for Howlin' Rays.

The great nut thieves of California

California's locally grown nuts seem to have become something of a hot commodity on the black market, what with the drought and rising food costs and all. Perhaps that's what has been leading thieves to steal truckloads of local nuts, says the OC Register, who is fast on the case.

Learn to make those Love & Salt english muffins

Ever wondered what's behind those iconic Love & Salt english muffins? Food Republic finds out in this extended look at what's up in the kitchen. Turns out you can make some with chef Michael Fiorelli yourself at a series of upcoming brunch events over the next few months, where the $65 price tag includes a 15-person class and a meal to follow.

Seder dinner at Spago next week

For the third decade in a row, Spago in Beverly Hills will open up its doors for a Passover Seder dinner on April 23. Expect the high-end $190 event to include matzo ball soup, braised beef short rib with Moroccan carrots, and more. Proceeds benefit the Mazon hunger foundation, and reservations can be made by calling the restaurant at 310-385-0880.

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