The Valley's best eating boulevard
Ventura Blvd. Magazine takes the strong stance that the best eating thoroughfare in all the Valley isn't Ventura Boulevared, but rather Reseda Boulevard. The maptastic feature makes a strong case, pointing to places like King's Burgers, Lum-Ka-Naad, and more.
The pastrami crawl you need to know about
Feel like eating your weight in pastrami this Saturday? You could do worse than to link up with these guys, who are doing a progressive pastrami walkabout from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., hitting Langer's, Wexler's, Stocking Frame and more along the way. Tickets for the curated party run $30 a head.
From life in prison to cooking chicken
Munchies shares the story of LA Kitchen, the non-profit that works to partner underserved folks in need of work with the opportunity to create meals for the elderly. One such employee is Kevin Williams, who previously served a life sentence for murder but now leans on LA Kitchen as precisely the kind of place that has helped him turn around. It's a worthwhile read about redemption, charity, and cooking.
East Hollywood's new shabu shabu specialist
In the near-endless throng of strip malls that line Sunset Boulevard in the East Hollywood area you'll find ShaBuShi, a soon-to-arrive spot for late night shabu shabu and ramen. The restaurant isn't online yet but promises a $10 lunch option, late night eats, and more. 5185 Sunset Boulevard.
Craft beer crawlin'
Next month marks the return of the annual LA Craft Beer Crawl, a massive multi-brewery effort to mobilize folks into trying beers they may not otherwise have experienced. The crawl this year will circle through a variety of Downtown establishments, from Casey's Irish Pub to Honeycut to Las Perlas and on, with breweries on hand to dole out beer at every step. The Saturday, August 13 event is put on by 213 Hospitality and The Beer Chicks, with tickets running $59 for general admission.
The ownership of L.A. Food
L.A. Taco takes a really personal look at the 'ownership' of Los Angeles' restaurant scene, pointing to people like Suzanne Goin and Roy Choi as voices for the city at large. Of course, the restaurants being espoused by them and the likes of Curtis Stone often cater to a specific clientele, which is why the writer makes a case for others like Kevin Bludso and Raul Ortega as well.
Steve Brown's upcoming pop-up at Osteria Mamma
Former Gardner Junction chef Steve Brown is popping up at Osteria Mamma on August 2, bringing an $89 multi-course menu that includes libations and lots of food. The full expected menu is below, and you can get your tickets for the 6 p.m. dinner here.