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Secret Chinese Delivery Shutters in Silver Lake, Authentic Food Issues, and More

Plus a quick flip at one of Orange County's best coffee shops

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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.

Silver Lake’s Secret Chinese Delivery is no more

The former Secret Chinese Delivery in Silver Lake is all papered over these days, meaning that (for now) you won’t be able to order delivery bags full of your favorites like orange chicken, sweet and sour pork, and crab rangoon. Soon enough though, it looks as though Secret Chinese Delivery will be transitioning Downtown (possibly to the new upcoming Gingergrass there, since they’re owned by the same people) and starting up once again.

The problem with 'authentic ethnic food' experiences

NPR sheds some light on the increasingly problematic proposition of seeking out so-called authentic 'ethnic food' experiences. Not only is there something sticky about the whole notion of 'ethnic food' (usually just a shorthand for non-white cuisines), but chasing a platonic ideal of authenticity based on a limited historical worldview often means strange things for everyone involved.

OC's Bear Coast Coffee moves on

One of Orange County's best coffee operations, San Clemente's Bear Coast Coffee, is moving out of their pop-up digs and into their own full-fledged cafe space sometime soon. The new location has been in the works for a while, but there was talk that Bear Coast would keep their existing pop-up location inside The Cellar just up the street. However that seems to no longer be the case, though it likely won't take long for Bear Coast to return in their new digs, just across the street from the San Clemente Pier.

It's burger time in L.A.

In a city obsessed with putting beef to bun, it's no surprise that great burger options keep cropping up. Case in point: this new list from the Observer, which calls out the offerings at Button Mash and Fundamental, among others.

Mariachi Mondays at Sausal

Starting tonight at Sausal in El Segundo, you’ll be able to jam with mariachis while enjoying dinner. The live music plays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Monday, with band Los Martinillos playing alongside Anne Conness’ variety of one-night-only specials and drinks.

Maru's Jason Park hits the fish market

Here's another look at the morning fish market (in this case, International Marine Products in Downtown) through the eyes of Maru chef/owner Jason Park. It's part of a newer show called Far East Feast that's currently running online with Bonko TV.