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A Handy Guide to Exploring Buena Park’s Burgeoning Koreatown

Plus an update on Apotheke, and a tamale pop-up in Highland Park

A location of Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong

Time to explore

The LA Times has put out a handy new guide to all thing Buena Park — or at least the area’s bustling Koreatown. In and around Beach Boulevard shops and restaurants are teeming with life, representing products and meals in all-Korean signage for a largely Korean clientele. It can be tough for non-Koreans to immediately know where to go or what to eat, but thankfully the Times knows there’s truly no shortage of options.

Kouign-amann life

Los Angeles is a bakery wonderland, and that means plenty of great places to get all sorts of pastry. Among the best available is the flaky kouign-amann, which In the Loup says can be found in its finest form at spots like Republique, Sycamore Kitchen, and and Dominique Ansel Bakery.

The tamale situation

Donut Friend in Highland Park is welcoming in Mama’s Tamales for a dinnertime pop-up, tonight only.

Welcome Al Basch

There’s a (relative) newcomer in Hollywood’s Mediterranean food scene, as Al Basch kicks up at 7311 Sunset Boulevard. Interestingly enough, the place is the work for former Roro's Chicken general manager Maurice Moussa, who set up just down the street and is doing a surprisingly similar menu.

Coconuts in Downtown

Coconut’s Fish Cafe is digging into its mainland expansion plans with a new location slated for 809 S. Hill Street in Downtown, according to a tipster. Expect an opening in 2018, alongside inbound options like Shake Shack as well.

Getting close

Things are coming along for Apotheke LA, the New York City cocktail bar looking to land in Chinatown soon. Expect an opening sometime in January.

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