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Dinner at the Scientology Center, Portland Gets Mad About Doughnuts, and More

Plus grading taco trucks on a curve, and some Valley fish and chips love

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EP & LP, West Hollywood
EP & LP, West Hollywood
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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.

Hard to make the grade with taco trucks

The Eastsider and the LA Times take a look at Tacos Arizas in Echo Park as the longtime truck struggles with their letter grades from the health department. It's an interesting conversation, as many trucks find themselves in the tough position of having less leeway than a traditional restaurant, but facing the same health department hurdles. The story also discusses the effect that a letter grade promotion or demotion can have on overall business.

Best fish at Batterfish

There's still more love pouring in for Batterfish in Encino, which is arguably doing the best fish and chips in all of Los Angeles. LA Weekly goes all-in for the moist, flaky cod and that near-perfect batter.

Portland hates us

LA Mag got in some hot water with the entire city of Portland thanks to a post about the upcoming Voodoo Doughnuts landing at Universal Studios CityWalk. The assertion from the mag was that Portland's most famous doughnut spot is too gimmicky (and not genuinely good enough) to warrant an expansion to Los Angeles, while much of Portland's contention was 'shut up, CityWalk is full of tourist traps already.' Decent counterpoint.

Guerrilla Tacos at Dinosaur Coffee today

In less than an hour, Dinosaur Coffee in Silver Lake will be taken over by Guerrilla Tacos lovers. The roving street option is pulling into a new stop today on Sunset Boulevard, bringing their usual blend of awesome taco options to the coffee crowds from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

@guerrillatacos joining us today from 10-2!

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Dinner in the Scientology Center

Did you know that you can eat dinner inside the belly of the Scientology beast? It's actually not hard to do at all, argues Food & Wine, who sent a writer and a friend in for some friendly recon. The result is a rather odd three-hour ordeal, mostly punctuated by bad food and probing questions.

Kosher goes mainstream on Pico

There’s a new kosher spot on Pico called Origin Cafe, serving coffee, tea, and light snacks. The cozy shop is meant to offer something for everyone — it just happens to be kosher, because of the ‘hood it’s in. Hours run 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. most days, and they’re closed on Saturdays. 8532 W. Pico Blvd.

EP & LP celebrates one year

West Hollywood’s EP & LP is celebrating their one year anniversary today by pulling out a few favorites from their first 365 days in business. The plan is to offer a family-style format at different price points — $60 per person for eight dishes, $80 for 11, or $100 per person for a blow-out option. The full menu of available options is below.

EP - 1 Year Anniversary Menu