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The New York Times Says Something Nice About LA’s Dominant Food Scene

Plus New Orleans comes to Downtown, and a craft beer breakup online

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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.

It’s time to admit it

Looks like the New York Times has finally gone ahead and admitted what most have known for a long, long time: Los Angeles is the best dining city in America right now. Well, they can’t come right out and say it (they refer to the scene as “on the move” instead), but this new full spread of LA restaurant love just proves the point.

And love it is. There’s fawning praise for Here’s Looking at You, for Salazar in Frogtown, and Kismet in Los Feliz. Gwen, Spago, and Kali on Melrose all get some attention too, which does speak to the diverse crowd of enjoyable places Los Angeles is lucky enough to have. But for New Yorkers scared that their favorite paper would actually come out and declare California great, fear not: They actually included an entirely separate caveat post talking about how afraid they were to anger hungry New Yorkers who might feel slighted by any West Coast praise. They’ve “fallen down that rabbit hole” before, and won’t be doing it again.

Melbourne comes to LA

Providence chef Michael Cimarusti welcomes Brae chef Dan Hunter of Melbourne in for a night of cooking fun. The $295 event will obviously be seafood-focused, and run multiple collaborative courses, including some from Hunter’s new restaurant cookbook.

Bacchanal at Everson Royce Bar

Downtown favorite ERB is hosting what may be one of the nation’s most beloved wine bars for a joint party on Sunday, May 21. The throwdown involves New Orleans drinking legend Bacchanal, and will involve big music, big flavors, and lots of drink.

More pizza news

Luchini Pizzeria and Bar in Hollywood is now open nightly, working a variety of slices and full pies for your late evening pleasure. The good news is they also deliver now, so you don’t even have to leave your couch to experience the stuff anymore.

Kings Row Pub’s new night

Chef Sundeep Vohra is doing a fun Kebab & Naan night at Kings Row Pub in Pasadena on May 18, wherein the kitchen turns out a slew of one-off dishes for regulars to enjoy. There’s chicken prepared as shawarma or in a tandoori, plus loads of garlic naan and plenty of patio seating. In fact, the plan is to actually cook everything out on the patio using an actual tandoor oven and some charcoal.

AMMO Cafe gets political

Needing to bone up on your Constitutional theory, but want to do so over drinks? AMMO Cafe at the Hammer in Westwood has you covered with a new Constitution happy hour that features $5 beer and wine options along with engaging conversations about the state of the union. Tomorrow’s topic is about constraining the president under the War Powers Clause, and is hosted by a law professor from Loyola.

Make time for tlayuda

Have you been in to Tlayuda LA yet? The simple Santa Monica Boulevard space is packed with mighty flavors from Oaxaca, as blog Belgian Foodie notes, making it a place you should go out of your way for.

Dry River Brewing speaks out

There has been even more craft beer acquisition of late, from Azusa’s own Lagunitas to East Coast favorite Wicked Weed. The latter big beer buyout has hit the industry pretty hard, and is even forcing local label Dry River Brewing to cancel a planned collaboration event.

In response to the shocking recent buyout of our friends at Wicked Weed, we felt it necessary to issue a statement regarding Dry River's participation in the upcoming Funkatorium Invitational, and what we will be doing with the Dry River / Wicked Weed Collaboration beer. Every brewery, macro or craft, is in the same business…selling beer. The thing that separates the two is the method in which that business is conducted. Being proud, long time members of the craft beer community, we can personally attest to the family values and collaborative principles practiced in the craft beer universe. On the other hand, big corporate beer such as ABInBev and MillerCoors, have routinely used predatory tactics in an effort to dominate global beer markets. Here at Dry River Brewing, we are grateful for the opportunities Wicked Weed has afforded us in the past and will always value their friendship. But given our alignment with the core values of our beloved craft beer industry, we have respectfully withdrawn our participation from the Wicked Weed Funkatorium Invitational. Instead we’re working with our friends at @bfsbeer to organize an alternative festival on the same day, at their beautiful facility in Greenville, South Carolina. Many of the breweries who pulled out of the Wicked Weed festival will be participating, including Beachwood, Blackberry Farm, Central State, Fonta Flora, Jolly Pumpkin, and the list is growing... More details soon! In regards to the California version of the Dry River / Wicked Weed Collaboration beer, the beer will be blended with other barrels to create a totally new beer. The beer was brewed here in LA, long before anyone knew about the ABInBev buy-out, and all ingredients were paid for by Dry River, so after it’s blended we will not consider it to be a collaboration. We wish the best to everyone at Wicked Weed and hope to remain personal friends. #slowbeer #dryriverbrewing

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