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The Valley’s New Vegan Cajun Joint Proves There’s Something For Everyone in LA

Plus Occidental adds food trucks and free shabu shabu down south

Ownership behind Krimsey’s in North Hollywood
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.

Southern favorites with a twist

Here’s something you don’t see every day: a vegan Cajun restaurant, hiding out in North Hollywood. The place is called Krimsey’s Cajun Kitchen, and it only recently soft opened after launching a while back as a catering company with big plans. The menu is a blend of Louisiana favorites (sans meat and dairy, of course), including an okra gumbo, hearts of palm po’ boy, and more.

The addition of Krimsey’s to the greater Los Angeles landscape shows the uniqueness of this city, where folks with dietary needs can still find the flavors they love, and where large swaths of land like the Valley can find ways to support such an endeavor. It also points to a strong Louisiana food base right here in LA, from places like Little Jewel of New Orleans to the strikingly good Preux & Proper in Downtown, now operating under Samuel Monsour.

Occidental adds food trucks

There’s a new way to dine at Occidental these days, with the approved arrival of food trucks on scheduled days. The Occidental Weekly says meal plans won’t work for the rotating rigs, but no matter: the increased choice is bound to be a good thing for students.

Bludso’s party tomorrow

Bludso’s Bar & Que on La Brea is turning four years old, and to celebrate Kevin Bludso himself will be smoking up entire lamb legs and doing cheap beers and punch. That means $3 Shiner Bock pints and massive lamb plates for all — just show up.

Sushi comes to South Park

La Cañada Flintridge’s Sakana Sushi Lounge is coming to South Park in Downtown. Their latest location at 321 W. 9th Street is likely just a couple of weeks away.

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The Boiling Crab makes it to Woodland Hills

The popular Boiling Crab has officially expanded to Woodland Hills, with an opening date slated for March 6. The 17th location puts the chain at 23397 Mulholland Drive.

White guy Thai tonight

Same Same in Silver Lake is doing another iteration of their Pretty Thai for a White Guy series, which sees co-owner Adam Weisblatt mix it up in the kitchen with new dishes. This time it’s fried chicken and street corn, going for $18 a plate (with a $20 add-on for bottomless red or white wine). Party starts at 6 p.m.

Muscle Makers in West Hollywood

The healthy-eating Muscle Maker Grill is coming to West Hollywood, landing a franchise location at 8000 Sunset Blvd. If you’re not familiar, the 22-year-old company does reasonably clean-eating meals and takeaway meal plans from locations across New Jersey, Arizona, Texas, and beyond.

Shabu Shabu style in Cerritos

There’s a new Japanese shabu shabu option opening in Cerritos called Broth Shabu Shabu. Grand opening at 11221 183rd Street is this Friday, with the first 100 people in line earning a free meal.