Are no-tip restaurants working?
Industry publication Restaurant Hospitality takes a look at those restaurants that are starting to attempt their own tipping revolutions, leaning heavily on a study conducted in Orange County. The result? It's not going as well as you might think.
A new Shake Shack take
Not sure if you should brave the lines at West Hollywood's new Shake Shack? Medium.com offers a variety of alternative things to do while waiting for your next burger from the New York import, including simply taking an Uber to a nearby In-N-Out.
More drinking for everyone
There’s a new brewery in Torrance says Food GPS, with recent addition Scholb Premium Ales arriving in an industrial part of the South Bay city. The place only opened March 20, and serves a variety of IPAs, pale ales, and more. Tap room hours run Thursday and Friday, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 1 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday noon to 6 p.m.
A Jeremy Fox milestone
Here it is, the long-awaited cookbook from Rustic Canyon chef Jeremy Fox, with the all-important assist from Prime Pizza / Bludso's Bar & Que's own Noah Galuten. You can't actually get the book yet (or for a while, really) considering this is just a digital-only first draft, but a win is a win. Congrats, chef.
El Cid’s new outdoor dinner party
Silver Lake’s El Cid is starting their occasional outdoor dining series in earnest, launching weekend pop-up grilling menus on the upstairs patio. Called La Verbena, chef Juvenal Rodriguez has been quietly doing grilled flatbreads, meats, and veggies for a while now, but is turning the party on full-time now that the threat of rain is (mostly) gone. Evening hours only, Thursday through Sunday.
All about Filthy McNasty, LA club legend
Here’s everything you might have wanted to know about the man named Filthy McNasty, responsible for a variety of once-beloved Sunset Strip clubs back in the day. LA Observed says he likely passed away last week, and offers a tribute to the man’s life as told through many of those who interacted with him throughout the years.
Daily Dose partners with Gladys Nyoth
Chef Gladys Nyoth has been cooking up a storm lately, and her latest effort puts her in the heart of the Arts District. As part of a new pop-up partnership with Daily Dose Cafe, Nyoth will be hosting a series of evening-only events under the MboMbo banner, serving a new dish called BastOuzi. It’s a sort of large-format meat pie/hand pie/phyllo dough hybrid, available as a vegetarian option ($8) or with chicken ($10). The MboMbo takeaway window will run from Wednesday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.
The perfect tamales with Ray Garcia
Playboy's Indulgence series continues with a fun video from Ray Garcia on how to make better tamales at home. The Broken Spanish chef has a few tricks up his sleeve (one of them being lamb neck meat), but mostly — like just about everything in the kitchen — it's about technique.