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Inside the Amazing History of LA’s Famous Old Restaurants and Bars

Plus a new Alfred Coffee, and a Chinese food flip off Fairfax

Bill’s Taco House, South LA
Farley Elliott

Celebrating LA’s oldest

There are still lots of long-running restaurant gems around town, from cheeseburger taco spots to some of the country’s oldest burger stands. Yet still more have been lost to the sands of time though (often after their own decades-long run), or have flipped into different concepts that still slyly reveal their past.

Now the blog for American Cinematheque has run down a few of the best from the book LA’s Legendary Restaurants, including Chasen’s, Perino’s, and The Brown Derby. It’s far from a complete peek into the restaurants of old, but even in this truncated way, learning a little bit about some of the most famous places that used to be is fascinating — especially in this high-turnover market. Go give yourself some nostalgic feelings today with a classic old restaurant.

Carlos Salgado steps in

Taco Maria and King’s Highway chef Carlos Salgado steps into the fray at KCRW’s Good Food, talking openly about restaurant life under Trump, and what moving back into the restaurant world has meant for himself, his family, and his culture.

Another Alfred Coffee

There’s a new Alfred Coffee coming, this time to Beverly Hills. The speciality operator has taken over the former 9021Pho, and signage is already up at the space.

A new face for 800 Degrees

There’s a new CEO in at 800 Degrees by the name of Tommy Lee, says Restaurant Hospitality. The former Rockfish Seafood Grill CEO is tasked with overseeing day to day operations and expanding the brand, which already enjoys 15 locations from Dubai to Tokyo to Los Angeles.

Hunan Tasty is now Fortune House

The long-running Hunan Tasty along San Vicente Boulevard near Fairfax is now Fortune House, serving a variety of Chinese options including everything from kung pao shrimp to zi ran lamb. Open for lunch and dinner at 6031 W. San Vicente Blvd.

Coffee love for Constellation

La Cañada newcomer Constellation Coffee is getting some more press these days, this time from the local La Cañada Valley Sun. The specialty coffee operation comes by way of Kevin Kim, and is already doing great business for the neighborhood.

Healthy Doritos?

Bon Appetit offers a look into Erven’s so-called nori Doritos, a healthy take on the popular chip that comes with a purely vegan twist.

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