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Culver City's Best New Taco, Wexler's Santa Monica Update, and More A.M. Intel

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Plus California is America's craft beer leader

Loqui, Culver City
Loqui, Culver City
Matthew Kang

Loqui has arrived in Culver City

Following a soft open period in anticipation of the arrival of Platform, the mega mixed-use complex near the Expo Line in Culver City, it looks like Loqui is now up and running with regular hours. That means lots of mesquite carne asada grilling and handmade flour tortillas galore.

California is America's craft beer mecca

As if you didn't already know, it's now all but confirmed (there are charts and everything) that California leads the way for craft beer in the U.S. Bloomberg has a nice look at the state's craft beer growth, noting that 12 of the top 50 breweries by volume are located here, with the rest spread across a consortium of 22 different states. Of course, that comes with its own set of problems.

Dough Box earns some LA Weekly love

Eastside deep dish pizza revelation Dough Box earns a closer look from the LA Weekly folks, who fawn over the rarely-seen style. Yes, you have to pick up your pies from a warehouse area east of Downtown, but boy oh boy is it worth it.

Signage is up for Wexler's in Santa Monica

Take a gander at the new sign and frontage for Wexler's Santa Monica, which should be coming along rather soon. It's a beauty, ain't it?

Almost there til westsiders can live the #SmokeFishEveryDay life! #SantaMonica #acrossfromthelibrary

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A loss at Short Stop in Echo Park

Longtime Short Stop bartender and musician Joe Bass has died, reports LA Weekly. The beloved, friendly man was 57, and battled cancer for years. Bass was an Echo Park mainstay for years, helping to give one of the neighborhood's best bars its charm.

Checking in with Little Tehran

The New York Times descended on Little Tehran recently, writing up this quick snippeton the stretch of Westwood Boulevard that has become something of a tentpole for the city's Iranian community. Attari earns some praise, as does Saffron & Rose Ice Cream.

Chaya unveils an A-5 Wagyu menu

Running April 16 - 30 at both the Downtown and Venice locations, Chaya is planning an A-5 Wagyu feast. The coveted Japanese beef will be available in a variety of ways, from tartare to carpaccio, with some accelerated price points to match the rare ingredient. One particularly quirky option? A $35 fried rice with wagyu beef and a jidori egg.

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