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The New York Times Loves LA, Botanica Gets Approval in Silver Lake, More A.M. Intel

Plus more on Glendale's newest coffee option

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71Above interior, Downtown LA
71Above, Downtown
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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.

LA loves casual dining

Despite the growing number of upscale options around town, most folks in LA prefer to eat casually. That's even true for those same fine(r) dining chefs like Kevin Meehan of Kali, who talks with Citizine about his favorite "dive" spots for a night out eating. Among the hit list? The Prince in Koreatown, Zankou Chicken, and the ever-affordable Baroo.

And SF can't stand it, apparently

A recent New York Times piece takes San Francisco down a few pegs, ribbing the city by the bay for its hyper-monied approach to restaurants and its focus on the chef as the sole star. Down towards the bottom of the diatribe are a few paragraphs on the vibrancy of LA's own scene, which is more creative, more driven, and more cross-cultural than probably anywhere else in America at the moment.

Botanica's plans move forward

It's been a contentious few weeks in Silver Lake, as proposed new restaurant Botanica seeks to get neighborhood council sign-off for their forthcoming vegetable-focused restaurant on Silver Lake Boulevard. Some folks had been writing into the council ahead of a public forum, asking for reduced hours on the patio and some other adjustments to their lease, and that seems to be exactly what's been approved. Now with neighborhood council backing, the Botanica team seems poised to move forward with their 2017 indoor-outdoor opening.

Highlight Coffee is coming together

Glendale's upcoming Highlight Coffee is prepping for a fall service start, and things are already looking rather sleek inside. Check out the work in progress below.

Coming along...

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No more Miko’s in Long Beach?

The contentious Miko’s Sports Bar in Long Beach could be headed for some trouble, as police say they’ve received some 250 disturbance calls regarding the property since it opened a few years back. Ownership says issues like an attempted murder, a stabbing, and neighborhood reports of bad behavior are out of their control, and they plan to fight a possible city attempt to pull the bar’s operating license.

Nitro cold brew by bike

That upstart coffee company Warbler Coffee is now riding around the Westside, offering nitro cold brew by bicycle. Locations vary for now, but you can always find the team pedaling their rig around somewhere in the Santa Monica/Venice area; just check Instagram for more info.

71Above makes the morning news

What's better than a 5 a.m. restaurant wake up call? How about one with a stunning morning view like what you'll find at 71Above. The team at the restaurant on top of the world got up early to walk KTLA through the finer points of their space, from the food to the views.

Winsome does dinner

Echo Park brunch favorite Winsome has expanded into dinner hours, with a whole new menu to enjoy. The recent Bon Appetit best new restaurant semi-finalist is doing lots of share plates, desserts, and a slew of cocktails and wine options nightly. The full menu is below.

Winsome Dinner Menu