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The Social List, Long Beach
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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.

Sweetfin’s new digs

Looks like yet another location for the fast-growing Sweetfin poke concept. The Real Deal says that the chain will be making inroads into Downtown Los Angeles soon with a new location at 727 W. 7th Street, near Flower. Apparently the place cost $8 per square foot, with a signed ten year lease.

Veggie burgers might destroy America

Or, maybe not. That’s the broad question being asked in this new op-ed from Emily Byrd of the Good Food Institute. They’re the organization that recently gained some attention for petitioning In-N-Out to add a meatless meal option to their strictly limited menu. In the LA Times piece, Byrd argues that not only will adding a veggie burger not destroy the world, it might even be a smart thing for the company’s bottom line.

Cupcakes for a cause in the Valley

Though the larger trend of cupcakes on ever corner has mostly disappeared, there are still plenty of places to get your sugary fix. Case in point: Love Cupcakery in North Hollywood, which Ventura Blvd. Magazine recently stumbled upon. Not only does the storefront make nearly a dozen flavors daily, they also give 40% of their sales to the Los Angeles Mission in Downtown.

Nyesha Arrington x Gordon Ramsay

Look who got invited to the No Kid Hungry party in Santa Monica? It's Nyesha Arrington from Leona in Venice ... oh, and Gordon Ramsay's there too.

Preserving culture

KCET has been doing a bang-up job of covering Los Angeles’ restaurant scene lately, as evidenced by this conversation with pastry chef Isa Fabro. It’s part of their ongoing Migrant Kitchen series, and offers a fascinating look at Fabro, who currently works pastries at Unit 120 in Chinatown, and her complicated history with Filipino cuisine.

The Social List does Oktoberfest

Long Beach’s popular The Social List is doing Oktoberfest, complete with a big block party outside. Running through the end of October, guests can buy steins of beer and keep bringing it back for $2 off refills. There’s also a block party happening October 15, in conjunction with the 4 on 4th Beer and Wine Festival.

The latest from Howlin' Rays

There's a new fried chicken sandwich happening at Howlin' Rays: a waffle-wrapped, cheese-topped monstrosity that comes topped with maple syrup and is only available on weekends. Look out.

Free coffee from Lifehouse Tonics

Apparently it’s National Coffee Day, which is meaningless but does make for the occasional good deal. Case in point is this free coffee shroom shake smoothie giveaway from Lifehouse Tonics, which does include coffee but also has stuff like agarkion, blazei, maitake mushrooms, and more. in it. Just show up to grab one between noon and 4 p.m. today.

The Tuck Room adds brunch

Westwood’s The Tuck Room will add brunch as of October 22, which means you can get fed with some eggs before catching a movie at the next door iPic movie theater. The full brunch experience is below, with a menu made up of options like short ribs and eggs, a burger with a fried egg on it, and true biscuits and gravy.