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A Horse in Riverside Fell Into a 5-Foot Underground Vault After Leaving a Taco Bell

Plus a look at what Dodger fans are eating, and even more Locol talk

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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.

No horsing around

A beautiful black horse emerged unscathed from a scary situation over the weekend in Riverside, when both it and the rider were dropped five feet down into an underground vault that collapsed underneath them. The incident happened after the horse and rider were leaving a Taco Bell of all things, and ended when the Riverside Fire Department got involved.

LAist has the full story, which thankfully comes with a happy ending. Apparently the Arlington Avenue corner Taco Bell location (which is fairly well trafficked) wasn’t used to getting equestrian drive-thru customers, so when the horse and rider stepped onto what should have been a stable panel covering the vault beneath them, the unexpected weight caused them to crash down into the hole below. Quick work was ultimately made of the issue though, as Riverside Fire apparently already has an on-staff horse rescue department due to the large ranches in the greater area. Everyone ended up being just fine. In fact, you can even watch video of the rescue over at LAist right now.

The Dodger blue

Looks like a big showing for the first game at Dodger Stadium yesterday. Here’s the lineup of folks pregaming at nearby Chinatown institution Philippe’s.

Laid back Thai food

Every few months, it seems like some publication comes along and falls in love all over again with LA’s Thai food scene. This time it’s relative newcomers Ayara Lūk and So Long, Hi, two awesome options that earn the term “super-chill” from Food & Wine.

What Locol does to you

Daniel Patterson hasn’t been sleeping much lately, according to California Sunday Magazine, owing to the up-and-down nature of his fast-food venture Locol. The Watts-founded restaurant chain has had a ton of hype but is still working hard to connect with the communities it has sought to serve since day one, and that can lead to a lot of sleepless nights.

Pizza rules

Here comes a new wood-fired pizza truck, courtesy of the team at Highland Park Bowl. The 1933 Group is behind the rig, and while there’s no timeline for the opening yet, the team promises to start bringing pies to some bars around town soon.

The vegetable revolution

Is Los Angeles ground zero for the vegetable revolution? The Washington Post seems to think so, sending out food writer Tom Sietsema to “discover” what places like PYT, Kismet, and even Trejo’s Tacos have been doing lately.

Encino’s old deli

Have you ever had the pleasure of dining inside Domingo’s Italian Deli? The Valley mainstay has been around since the 1940s, but recently got a facelift, says Local Food Eater. Don’t worry, they still bake off their in-house breads daily.

A new kind of bakery

There’s a sunny new bakeshop on the Westside, called Jennifer Pennifer Bakes. The spot specializes in mini cheesecakes made from scratch. They’re basically unique cupcake bites, but with everything from Reese’s peanut butter cups to caramel to Oreo flavors available. Hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, with an extension to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and shortened hours on Sunday. 10428 12 National Blvd.