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Evan Funke's Pasta Machine Plans, LocoL's New Food Truck, and More A.M. Intel

Plus, someone ate more tacos than ever before at Guisados

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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.

More on Evan Funke’s upcoming Felix

LA Weekly snagged an interview with Evan Funke, the former Bucato lead who is heading into his own Abbot Kinney space soon called Felix. The restaurant still needs to be demo’d and there’s lots of other work to be done, but the piece confirms a likely winter opening, as well as the fact that Funke himself will be open to using an extruder to make pastas that are, ahem, not by hand.

Backyard Bowls heads Downtown

Looks like another location for Backyard Bowls, the Santa Barbara-based acai bowl shop that first came to the city last April. According to DTLA Rising, the new-look location will land at 8th and Hope by the end of the year.

Mizlala picks up where Simon’s Cafe left off

Here’s a fun look from earlier this month at the new Mizlala Cafe, a freeway-adjacent stoop in Sherman Oaks that takes over for the long-running Simon’s Cafe. The place focuses on mostly Moroccan flavors, and is run by Daniel Elmaleh and his wife Justine. Elmaleh’s father Simon was the longtime namesake of the previous restaurant on site.

LocoL hits the streets in September

You won't have to wait much longer for your chance to catch the LocoL truck serving quality fast food: the rig is nearly ready, and should roll out by September. That's per this Instagram post from Roy Choi himself, at least.

September. #LocoL #truck

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No more Summit Inn Diner

The Blue Cut fire that raged through the Cajon Pass claimed a longtime restaurant in the Summit Inn. LAist recently detailed the sad scene for the long-running 1950’s style diner, which served smaller communities along the old Route 66 for decades. Frankly it’s not pretty, with the building completely taken down to its charred foundation.

Vinny Dotolo’s new career

Does Vinny Dotolo have a new career ahead of him as an art curator? That could certainly be the case, as the LA Times reviews the new show Please Have Enough Acid In The Dish, a food-ified installation currently running at M+B. Yes, there are five year old Big Macs on display.

Defending LA’s modern Mexican scene

The OC Weekly took up the cause of defending Los Angeles’ (and Southern California at large) prodigious modern Mexican scene, calling out commenters and other online trolls who have been swift to decry the likes of $3 tacos and heirloom ingredients at some of the most important restaurants in town like Broken Spanish. It’s a humorous takedown with a serious side: a scene’s love and appreciation for a particular cuisine will always be tied up in cultural appreciation and personal beliefs, for better or worse.

Breaking the taco record at Guisados

Danny Chau and Joe House, both writers affiliated with Bill Simmons’ new website The Ringer, have taken it upon themselves to defeat what has (unofficially) been a long-standing record for most tacos eaten at Guisados. The duo squared off in-studio on Facebook Live, shattering the previous record of 11 by downing 12 (House) and 15.5 (Chau) tacos, respectively. You can watch along if you’d like, but be warned: this is a long one.