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An Oral History of Wolfgang Puck's Barbecue Pizza, and More A.M. Intel

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No more City Sports Lounge?

Looks like City Sports Lounge could be not-so-happening after all in the former Downtown Johnny's space in Sherman Oaks. The ABC license currently reads 'withdrawn' and a tipster says the place has been in flux for a while now. What's perhaps even weirder: their Facebook page appears to have been hacked by... anonymous?

Wolfgang Puck talks up the 80's

The irrepressible Wolfgang Puck showed up on the How It Got In Your Mouth podcast to talk about his history with barbecue pizza and what the 80's meant for dining in Los Angeles. The episode also features none other than Robin Leach, who himself was a key figure in that high-flying decade.

Mother Moo expands to the SGV

Ice cream favorite Mother Moo Creamery is expanding into the SGV, landing a location in South Pasadena at 1006 Mission Street. The official launch is next week, with an even stronger menu of ice creams, pies, and coffee than the flagship in Sierra Madre.

Poke comes to Sawtelle

Though truly a Hawaiian invention, poke carries with it lots of flavors from Japan — which makes this new Sea Salt Poke option coming to Sawtelle Japantown so smart. Not too much to know about the place at the moment, but prepare yourself because poke is still absolutely taking over the city.

CUT launches meat asador menu

Vaunted Beverly Hills steakhouse CUT is getting ever deeper into the grilled meats game, with their latest offering a sort of Argentinian asador bacchanal. The feast runs $95 and includes everything from empanadas to crispy sweetbreads to a whole bunch of high-quality beef. You can see the full menu here.

The worst food at Coachella

Despite the wide range of top-notch culinary talent, not everything at Coachella this year seemed to be a hit. Just ask Buzzfeed, who laid out the worst (okay, and the best too) of what was on offer at the 2016 desert party.

Helene An’s Crustacean cookbook

Beverly Hills mainstay Crustacean is more than just a great neighborhood option, it’s a longtime player in the upscale Vietnamese dining space — and chef/owner Helene An now has the cookbook to prove the restaurant’s success, too. The title An: To Eat launches Tuesday, May 3, and those interested in the restaurant’s iconic garlic noodles can preorder now.

Spread does Cinco de Mayo their way

Spread Mediterranean Kitchen has garnered a strong early following in Downtown, thanks to lots of daytime workers nearby and a strong all-day bar program. Now the team there is switching things up a bit for Cinco de Mayo, pulling out some fun new options like lamb nachos and chicken quesadillas for the big day. All the new menu items run $7 a pop, and the full menu for May 5 is below.

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