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Primo's Massive Doughnut Giveaway, The Fading Glory of Ports O' Call, and More

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Plus under-the-radar restaurants, porchetta sandwiches, and a new option for Singaporean chili crab

Plant Food + Wine patio in Venice, California.
Plant Food + Wine, Venice
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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.

Primo’s Donuts gives it all away

West LA doughnut legend Primo’s Donuts is practically giving away the store tomorrow morning from 8 a.m. to noon, dishing out a free classic buttermilk doughnut to everyone who comes in. The reason? It’s the shop’s 60th anniversary, so they’re giving back to the folks who have helped to make them famous.

The restaurants you aren’t talking about yet

Men’s Fitness dives into a list of restaurants that deserve some early praise, from Louisiana hotspots to a couple from Los Angeles. Among them? Sawyer from Silver Lake and Wolf in West Hollywood — the latter being a newish sit-down spot from Top Chef alum Marcel Vigneron.

Experiencing Ports O’Call

San Pedro is about to change, big time, but for now the waterfront remains as wonderfully dated as ever. The primary example is Ports O’ Call, which will soon be razed to make way for a gigantic new development but for now continues to serve families and tourists alike. As LA Weekly lays out, there’s a strong argument to be made that you should head down that way to eat sooner rather than later, because eventually Ports O’ Call won’t exist any longer.

Cento Pasta Bar's porchetta returns

Missed out on the last round of cheap porchetta sandwiches from Avner Lavi at Mignon Wine Bar? Here's your chance at a new beginning, as Cento will be doing a pop-up inside The Container Yard in Downtown tonight only.

Singaporean chili crab comes to Smorgasburg this weekend

Looks like there’s going to be more seafood at Smorgasbord this weekend, with the arrival of Summer Crab Co. to Downtown’s new Smorgasburg. Working a soft shell chili crab sandwich to start, the concept aims to be a casual take on the popular Singaporean dish — and is the brainchild of the folks over at Kaya Street Kitchen.

Empanadas everywhere

Longtime option Nonna’s Empanadas on West Third Street is finally starting to get some love, with Los Angeles Magazine detailing the best of the restaurant’s 40-odd rotating flavors. It’s a small but comfortable spot doing pan-Argentinian empanadas with options as diverse as mac & cheese, philly cheese steak, and samosa veggie.

Plant Food + Wine pops up

Matthew Kenney’s Plant Food + Wine is doing a truncated pop-up for the summer, riffing on their mantra of plant-based food to explore different options and cuisine types. Beginning July 28 there’s going to be a two-week run from one of Kenney’s Maine restaurants called Arata that will tackle a variety of Asian experiences, from buns to noodles. The Eastern seaboard restaurant will recreate many of their most popular dishes out here in Venice, with the entire Plant Food + Wine menu changing to be Arata-focused for those two weeks.

Anzutei Ramen relocates

Downtown’s Anzutei Ramen has relocated to the South Bay, setting up shop in Gardena. Formerly found on Spring Street, the new iteration well south should allow for an expanded menu and even more ramen options for all to enjoy. Plus, those South Bay denizens just can’t seem to get enough ramen, so why not? 15915 S. Western Ave., Gardena.