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The Rise and Fall of Fosters Freeze, LA Ice Cream Legend

Plus a Filipino backyard BBQ for charity, and more tidbits from around the city

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Simbal, Little Tokyo
Simbal, Little Tokyo
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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.

Everything you ever wanted to know but were afraid to ask about Fosters Freeze

With under 100 locations left, Fosters Freeze does not seem to be a brand on the rise. But that hasn’t stopped some of the dairy dessert chain’s most popular Southern California outlets from enduring, as noted by Offbeat L.A. The blog chronicles the rise (and slow decline) of the soft serve franchise, including their original locations and remaining iconic outlets, like the 1947 edition still found on South Glenoaks Avenue in Burbank.

BrewWell is open for business

The Hollywood iteration of long-gone Koreatown coffee favorite BrewWell is up and running, per this post. The smallish shop on Sunset Boulevard only recently announced itself to the world, but is already doling out coffee and pastries to the world. 6515 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood.

Paris Baguette expands to DTLA

Per a report from DTLA Rising, South Korean favorite Paris Baguette is coming to the 8th Street corridor. The new outpost of the popular chain will further bring life to that hot stretch anchored by nearby Whole Foods, as Shibumi, Shake Shack, and Chicas Tacos have all taken up residence not far away.

Alton Brown loves Fundamental LA

Westwooders rejoice because your neighborhood favorite Fundamental LA has been picked from the masses and anointed a favorite by none other than Alton Brown. The television personality tweeted about his lovely meal there this week, calling it, in no uncertain terms, his "new favorite LA eatery." High praise, indeed.

Bourbon Steak pampers the dads

Glendale’s Bourbon Steak is out to pamper the father in your life (and if you’re a father yourself, what a bonus) by offering a $125 all-out feast for the old man. The multi-course affair will include a classic wedge salad, 22-ounce ribeye, a bevy of sides, plus a Michael Mina cookbook and some other swag. It’s pricey, but think of all the cash dad’s spent on you over the years.

Simbal celebrates one year

Downtown favorite Simbal is celebrating their one year anniversary in Little Tokyo, giving away free glasses of bubbly to everyone who walks in the door tonight. The beautifully-designed space has become a great evening option in the area and something of a neighborhood anchor, with Shawn Pham's team pushing out inventive modern takes on Southeast Asian fare.

A Filipino backyard BBQ

There’s a party going down at Far East plaza today, as the teams from Unit 120 and Viviane team up for a Filipino-style backyard barbecue. They’ll be partying on the mezzanine level from 7 to 10 p.m. doing classic chicken adobo and more, with ticket costs benefiting Chefs Cycle and No Kid Hungry.

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