A new trattoria in Sherman Oaks
Our Ventura Blvd. takes a look at a new Italian spot called Caffé Italia in Sherman Oaks. The casual evening spot looks to become a neighborhood gem thanks to a trio of real-deal Italians who run the place, and a menu of Italian favorites like pizza and pasta. 14056 Burbank Blvd., Sherman Oaks.
Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week
Feel like making it back out to Palm Springs before the weather turns absolutely scorching? Well, it’s going to be Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week that way starting June 3, with some great new options like Koutouki Greek Estiatorio in Palm Desert, Sopa at L’Horizon Hotel, and Reservoir at Arrive Hotel all participating. Prix fixe dinner prices run $28, $38, or $48 per person.
It’s Bike to Work Day
Want a free bit of pick-me-up on your biking commute to work today? Just swing past the Larchmont pitstop during today’s Bike to Work Day and get a free espresso shot from Verve Coffee (prepared by Tyler Wells himself), or a juice shot from Cafe Gratitude. The stop runs 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Larchmont Boulevard proper.
LA’s hidden speakeasies and secret eats
USA Today pulls back the curtain on LA’s prodigious underground dining culture, talking about the good and bad of the scene. Along the way they chat with the likes of Chicks With Knives and ForkMonkey, a new membership program that gets diners access to dinners and private parties around town.
An anniversary party at Petty Cash
If you can believe it, Petty Cash on Beverly is turning three years old. To celebrate, they're hosting a big shindig on Saturday from noon to close, with 2-for-1 al pastor tacos, mezcal flights, a DJ on site, and giveaways. Just show up and party.
Spread Mediterranean lookin' good
Spread Mediterranean Kitchen on Main Street is the latest to get the LA Downtowner treatment. Housed in the short-lived Tione's on Main space, the modern Med spot does everything from falafel to shawarma to fully composed plates, cold brew coffee, and a full bar — with their own twist, of course.
Tito’s Tacos now accepts credit cards
Holy moly, for the first time since 1959 (when credit cards weren’t even a thing), it looks like Tito’s Tacos is now accepting both credit and debit cards from customers. Perhaps they’ve been a bit slow to keep up with the times, sure, but as of yesterday you can now order up with just a bit of plastic to get your hard shelled taco fix on the Westside.