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The World’s Best Chefs Have Been Eating Their Way Through Los Angeles

Plus a Larchmont court case and the return of Super Amazing Restaurant Show

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Here’s Looking at You
Shant Kiraz
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.

The whole world is here

If you haven’t noticed yet, the LA Times Food Bowl is here. The inaugural monthlong event combines film screenings, panel discussions, live cooking demos, and an ongoing outdoor food festival all into one massive package, filled with big international names like Massimo Bottura and Magnus Nilsson of the famed Swedish restaurant Faviken.

Of all the biggest names to come to town this month, perhaps none is making the rounds harder than Nilsson. So far on Instagram alone he’s been spotted dining at Here’s Looking at You, the fantastic upstart Koreatown restaurant, as well as the famed Jitlada in Thai Town. He even managed to wait in line for Sqirl, happily staying for a photo with the whole crew after lunch. Man, does Magnus get around.

More court cases to come

The Larchmont Bungalow is still going through some courthouse woes, stemming from a now six-year-old battle for seats, basically. The space lacks a certificate of occupancy (making it essentially a takeout restaurant only) but has allegedly found ways to keep adding seating to the space, against the wishes of the city and some in the neighborhood. Now the whole thing is back in court once again.

Get Super again

The Super Amazing Restaurant Show is back after a busy couple of weeks for hosts Nakul and Arjun Mahendro and Alvin Cailan. Between the Eggslut New York residency, Coachella, and Pebble Beach Food & Wine, the team has lots to catch up on (and hilariously gripe about).

One big bluefin

West LA’s Hamasaku restaurant has been serving sustainable bluefin tuna for a while now, both as a delicacy and also as an awareness tool of the possibilities for one of the most endangered species worldwide. And nothing says awareness like a 200-pound farm-raised fish being broken down on site.

Number 6, 220lbs!!! #sustainablebluefin #captivebredandraised #bluefintuna #hamasaku

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One serious taco party

The L.A. Taco team capped off another great Taco Madness tournament not long ago, and to celebrate they’re going to be wrangling some of the winners with a big taco party this Friday at La Plaza de Cultura y Artes in Downtown. All you gotta do is show up, and bring cash for the trucks.

Santa Monica ramen

There’s a new ramen joint expected for Santa Monica, taking over for the shuttered Tkyo House. That’s according to Toddrickallen at least, who points out the shutter along with a shot of the goodbye letter left on the front door.

Westbound turns one

Downtown drink spot Westbound is officially one year old. The Arts District charmer has come a long way, and to celebrate it all they’re doing a party on May 4 with everything from balloon animals and cupcakes to a bounce house. Oh, and of course there will be lots to drink. It’s going to be a blast.

It was just over a year that Westbound looked like this. What an amazing crazy year! #tbt

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