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LA’s Changing Street Food Laws Leave Wary Vendors in the Legal Lurch

Plus The Mighty does lunch, Bacoshop does dinner, and there’s brisket in the desert

Street vendor on 6th and Bonnie Brae in Los Angeles
Guatemalan street vendors on Bonnie Brae
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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.

It’s not solved yet

There’s still a lot of discussion to be had regarding the regulation and enforcement of street food vending laws, LA Times says. While earlier this year the City Council voted to largely decriminalize the effort, many are still receiving administrative citations that could put them in jeopardy (with fines, missed court appearances, and the threat of outright deportation) — and there are few answers on the horizon.

While peddling paletas and hot dogs on sidewalks is largely considered to be intertwined with the city’s DNA, city officials still have not found a way to actually legalize the practice. That leaves tens of thousands of residents and vendors wondering what’s being done, if anything, to solve their years-long plight.

Brisket farms

LA Weekly has a piece out on Charlie Brown Farms, a far-off stand at the edge of the Mojave Desert that serves as a one-stop shop for fruit from nearby orchards as well as old-school barbecue. This isn’t the heavy-barked brisket more common to Texas now, but throwback barbecue with tri-tip and ribs and cowboy beans on the side.

A Mighty lunch

Downtown’s new The Mighty is open for lunch as of yesterday, keeping hours from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. straight on weekdays, with dinner only on Saturday and Sunday still. The new menu is below.

Kali x Flannery Beef

Kali on Melrose is doing a big dinner with California meat team Flannery Beef on October 3. The big, beefy affair will cross five courses and costs $100 a head, or $140 with attached wine pairing.

Gardena deli flavors

The Daily Breeze gives some love to a Gardena Italian deli staple in Giuliano’s. The place dates to the 1950s and still carries all that classic charm, complete with sandwiches, sides, drinks, and helpful folks to help guide every decision.

Nick’s to Pasadena

There’s a new restaurant on Lake Avenue in Pasadena today, as Nick’s seems to have officially started serving along South Lake Avenue. The restaurant is a Southern California mini-chain of sorts, with a casual New American menu and locations everywhere from Manhattan Beach to Laguna Beach. 336 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena.

Bacoshop Dinner

Culver City’s casual Bacoshop is now doing dinner, with a collection of evening fare that spans the gamut from garbanzo and eggplant pasta to slow-roasted pork bacos, with salads, sides, and beer and wine to boot. The menu is below, and is available daily after 5:30 p.m.