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A 'Modern' Fried Rice Restaurant Heading to Silver Lake's Fringes

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Oh great, now someone’s messing with fried rice

Hot Hot Food, 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.

Add this next one to the pile of seriously hard to Google restaurants: Hot Hot Food. That’s the name of the eatery (and the words on the sign) that will go up soon in Silver Lake, a block behind Sqirl in the burgeoning greater Virgil Village area.

Hot Hot Food takes over at the former location of The Hoover, which was for years a sometimes-operational takeout joint serving burgers and other fare. It’s actually some prime real estate for the neighborhood, with only Sqirl and Cafecito Organico doing big business right nearby, though not too far off Maury’s will soon help feed the area with bagels as well.

So what to expect inside from this latest project by co-owners Dean Harada and Coly Den Haan (The Must)? A lot of fried rice, mostly. In fact, they are calling their modern version Cholo Fried Rice, which feels a bit problematic, but basically means typical fried rice with some street taco ingredients and a fried egg. Think like pork carnitas over fried rice, plus other dishes like steamed bao buns and housemade blue corn tortillas with spicy butter. There will even be shakes and slushies for those who want them.

No official opening date for Hot Hot Food, but the place has been under heavy construction for some time, and remains all papered over. As you can see from the above image, there’s a new paint job and work being done on some patio space as well. Look for a late spring arrival.

Hot Hot Food
654 N. Hoover
Los Angeles, CA