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The Return of Baroo, Tacolandia's Big Winner, and More A.M. Intel

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Plus Jason Fullilove is cooking again, and the early days of one of Downtown's best restaurants

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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.

Baroo is back

East Hollywood favorite Baroo is back in business starting tomorrow, following an extended hiatus that had some worrying the James Beard semifinalist wouldn’t reopen at all. Thankfully, chef Kwang Uh has confirmed Baroo's return, per the restaurant’s website, and rumor has it he’s even looking to staff up the kitchen (finally) in anticipation of a busy summer ahead.

36 Hours in Los Angeles

The New York Times is back again, covering all things to eat/see/do in LA. This time around they’ve ‘discovered’ everything from The Broad to Mumford Brewing to strip mall favorite Kinjiro, with nods to Highland Park Bowl, ETA, and Clifton’s Cafeteria thrown in.

Behind the scenes at Simbal

Now celebrating their first year in business, it wasn’t long ago that Simbal in Little Tokyo was a big, empty space with a lot of heart. Chef/owner Shawn Pham shares the empty room on his Instagram account in a short video below.

Jason Fullilove’s next meal

Coming this Friday, chef Jason Fullilove will be popping back up with a Feastly meal in Downtown. The intriguing offering is to be called Barbara Jean, and could well be an early peek at a concept Fullilove is tinkering with. The food is a blend of the chef’s time spent in Cleveland and Africa, and will move from pickled shrimp to pork-stuffed pigs feet. The multi-course meal runs $50.

A plea for commonsense brewery legislation

Over at Craft Brewing Business, an open letter has sprung up to local politicians everywhere to engage in some commonsense legislation regarding craft beer brewing. The post argues that local breweries not only keep their money in the same place where they operate, they also create jobs and pay taxes — which is reason enough to consider helping the small guy out.

Burritos La Palma wins big at Tacolandia

Last weekend’s Tacolandia festival featured 100 vendors slinging tacos that were at times classic, innovative, and everything in between. The overall Vendy judges’ award (and thus the big gold cup) went this year to Burritos La Palma from El Monte. While some may bristle at a burrito winning a taco competition, those flour tortilla creations are in fact tacos says lead judge Gustavo Arellano from OC Weekly. Here’s the happy team taking home the cup. *Note: For transparency’s sake, Senior Editor Farley Elliott was one of a dozen Vendy judges for this year’s Tacolandia.