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LA’s Most Innovative Chef, Howlin' Ray's Does Late Night TV, More A.M. Intel

Plus a Roald Dahl food party, and unlimited rosé

Howlin’ Rays, Chinatown
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.

Food & Wine’s most innovative women

Another day another accolade for some of the hardest-working among us, as Food & Wine puts out a short list of the most innovative women working in the industry. Among them is N/Naka’s own Niki Nakayama from Los Angeles.

Palihouse gets bigger

Looks like someone wants a bit more room to breathe. That would be Palihouse in West Hollywood, who according to Wehoville have applied for permitting that would allow them to expand their restaurants onto the roof and into the lobby of the hotel. If all goes well, they’ll be able to wine and dine from noon until 11 p.m. on weekends upstairs, though the city would like to see a seven foot glass barrier edge the rooftop for safety and noise concerns.

Moon Festival in Chinatown

Mandarin Plaza is having a Moon Festival pre-party tonight, with drinks and music and food from Pok Pok. The full fest happens on Saturday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. across Chinatown.

Rosé all day at Baldoria

Looks like the previous rosé party at Baldoria in Little Tokyo went so well, they're doing a version of it again. Now every NFL Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., rosé is unlimited and only $15. Better change your football plans.

Coconut Club hits ETA

Popular cocktail bar ETA in Highland Park is welcoming in some new friends for a short stay, as part of their ongoing R&D Sunday nights. Tiki pop-up Coconut Club is going to be doing a one night stand on Sunday, September 25 at ETA featuring bespoke cocktails and a variety of small bites to get your attention towards their full ticketed events. It’s going down Sunday, September 25 from 7 p.m. to midnight.

Big Daddy’s Food Corner takes over Venice

Noticed an uptick in by-the-beach dining options in Venice lately? That’s due in part to the so-called Big Daddy’s Food Corner, which is a bit cringe-worthy as a name but actually comes with a pretty strong lineup of eats. There’s Amazebowls (doing acai bowls), Berlins (the döner guys), Big Daddy’s Pizza (the namesake of the place), Wurstcity (a sausage spot), and The Poke Shack.

Lola’s in Long Beach does a guest chef dinner from Mexico City

Lola’s Mexican Cuisine in Long Beach is doing the Music Tastes Good festival on September 24, which means they’re hosting a farm to table dinner with chef Diego Isunza Kahlo (yes, Frida’s grandson), who is in from Mexico City. You can check out the whole lineup of collaborations and buy tickets over on the site.

Roald Dahl’s food tour

Love all things Roald Dahl? You’re certainly not alone, as the author’s family celebrates the 100 year anniversary of the man’s life by working with some local restaurants on a few one-off treats. Knuckle & Claw (co-founded by one of Dahl’s granddaughters) is doing a Mrs. Twit grilled cheese sandwich special, while Milk Jar rocks a James and the Giant Peach cookie.

Maple Block’s tailgate party pack

Want all the meat but none of the hassle of eating at Maple Block? Better yet, want to feed an army for football season at your house? You can now get both with the takeaway tailgating option at Maple Block in Culver City, where a stiff $300 nets you 5 lbs. of chopped pork for sandwiches, 3 lbs. of brisket, plus mac & cheese, coleslaw, and a bunch of other goodies. Call the restaurant for details.

Jimmy Kimmel talks Howlin’ Ray's

Hot chicken supporter Phil Rosenthal made the trek to Jimmy Kimmel Live recently, using the airtime to talk about his James Beard award-winning show What Phil’s Having. Along the way he also shouted out Howlin’ Ray's, the endlessly popular Chinatown fried chicken shop — which just so happens to be open again now that the whole crew is back from their pilgrimage to Nashville.