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Silver Lake’s Upstart Israeli Hit Mh Zh Lands a National Best New Restaurant Nod

Plus salads for a cause, and Badmaash on film

Mh Zh
Mh Zh, Silver Lake
Farley Elliott
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.

Thrillist chimes in

Thrillist revealed its new annual best new restaurant list yesterday, and the new group is to be called the Prime 13. That means there aren’t many slots available nationally for restaurants to make the cut, but Los Angeles managed to skip away with two: Felix (the overall winner) and Mh Zh.

That’s right, the tiny corner shop with no alcohol, paper bag menus, and a sub 500-square-foot interior just got a national nod as one of the best places to eat anywhere in America. Expect the evening waits to get even longer now.

A chance at the Tavern

Burbank’s new Empire Tavern is hosting soft opening hours this weekend, with beers from places like Beachwood, Cellador, and Highland Park Brewery. The party starts at 2 p.m. sharp.

Indian food with passion

Downtown’s Badmaash gets some love on the next episode of Emmy-winning KCET show The Migrant Kitchen. As always Life & Thyme shot the thing, making for a pretty compelling look at the family-run Indian favorite. The full episode airs on Wednesday.

Andy Ricker returns

Pok Pok chef Andy Ricker is returning to Los Angeles next month for a one-night meal with Kris Yenbamroong of Night + Market. The pair will cook a bunch of stuff at the West Hollywood location to toast each’s new cookbook, and the $100 tickets will include a copy of both.

Gracias Madre x Oaxaca

Gracias Madre is doing an earthquake relief fundraiser for Oaxaca on Thursday, November 23. The West Hollywood restaurant’s effort will run from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (it is the day of Thanksgiving after all) in partnership with Guelaguetza, and they’ll be serving a fully vegan holiday meal while accepting suggested donations.

Sweetgreen stays sweet

Sweetgreen is opening in Marina Del Rey, and to celebrate the salad chain is donating 100% of today’s profits to Covenant House, a non-profit tackling the homeless youth situtation in LA. Just show up to 4700 Admiralty Way between 10:30 a.m. and 10 p.m.

The Mighty gets stronger

There’s been some healthy shake-up at Downtown’s The Mighty, starting with full table service for dinner (lunch remains counter service). The Hatfields have also tweaked the evening menu some, but are still working a sub-$17 collection of plates to share.