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Uncle Tetsu, Arcadia
Uncle Tetsu, Arcadia
Uncle Tetsu
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.

Uncle Tetsu Cheesecake has arrived

The big lines are already forming for Uncle Tetsu, the Japanese import bakery operation known for their airy cheesecakes that now open on the continent (it was previously opened in Hawaii). The new build, pictured above, is part of the larger food hall finishing up inside the Westfield Santa Anita, and is currently soft-open with hours from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays.

Cheesecake has never looked more beautiful #uncletetsu

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A terrifying taco truck scene

The LA Times has details on a scary scene that unfolded in front of a taco truck off Whittier Boulevard just the other night, as a woman was allegedly grabbed from line by a man with a knife. She defended herself and was stabbed several times in the hand, while a passerby who tried to fend off the man with a crowbar was also slashed before the police had time to arrive. The suspect is now in custody.

Big time coffee in Granada Hills

One of the Valley's best coffee options has found a more permanent home, as House Roots Coffee officially opened its doors recently in Granada Hills. Plus, check out that awesome bar.

Karaoke night with Bruce Kalman and Duff Goldman

Thrillist spent a night out with two of the city's best industry names in Bruce Kalman and Duff Goldman, rocking the karaoke stage at The Den in West Hollywood. While Goldman admits to being more of a bassist than a singer (the two play in a cover band called Foie Grock together), Kalman apparently hit the right notes all night long.

LA's terrible 'chains' invade New York City

The NY Times talks about the recent influx of California chains to their fine city, including Wolfgang Puck's Cut and Sugarfish. They also mention Eatsa, the automat concept that's based in San Francisco, but manage to leave out the arrival of an East Coast Gjelina, or Katsuji Tanabe's Mexikosher cooking.

Manuela really did get those chickens

Looks like its chicken time at Manuela. Wes Whitsell promised some live animals on site of his new restaurant in the Arts District, along with a garden and lots of outdoor space, and he certainly wasn't kidding as this Instagram shot can attest.

Hit up Savor Santa Ana

Santa Ana is booming as a food destination in Orange County, and for just a few bucks newcomers can enjoy the various delicacies being put out by some of the restaurants there at an even called Savor Santa Ana. The cost is apparently $10 for 5 bites, with the party running from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. next Friday, September 16.

Bourbon Heritage Month at Bourbon Steak

Apparently something called Bourbon Heritage Month is happening right now, so don’t think for a second that it’s escaped the eyes of Bourbon Steak in Glendale. On September 29, the restaurant will party the only way they know how: with a $69 ticketed cocktail party where guests can down a bunch of different distillers in one place while enjoying passed appetizers, a whole roasted pig, and a Peking duck. Call the restaurant to reserve.

Lodge Bread Co. brings the truck to Manhattan Beach

Can’t get enough carbs in your life, but reside in the healthy-living South Bay? Lodge Bread Co. is here to help. Or more specifically their mobile bread store is en route, landing each Saturday in front of Two Guns Espresso in Manhattan Beach from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. through October 1. The party means customers can buy full loaves and pastries from onboard the rig, or head inside for some specials made by the Two Guns team that utilizes the aforementioned Lodge bread.