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Cultural Food Appropriation May Just Be a Part of Restaurant Life, and More

Plus Venice’s busiest restaurant grows, and so does Sweet Chick on Fairfax

A cross-cultural plate of chicken tikka poutine from Badmaash
Matthew Kang
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.

Everyone steals

Over at the OC Weekly, writer/editor Gustavo Arellano pens a long piece on cultural food appropriation in the modern age. His argument, basically, is that much of the conversation about food, its origins, and who can cook it, comes from only one perspective: largely white chef/owners and the people they reportedly steal from.

Except, stealing is rampant in the restaurant industry, period. There is absolutely some whitewashing going on, Arellano argues, but in other cases — like the birria de res from Burritos La Palma, for example — dozens of other vendors and restaurants will steal from each other if they feel a single dish has gotten popular enough (even if they have no connection to it personally). In sum: stealing recipes and outdoing the competition is a blatant but prevalent part of the process in the restaurant world, argues Arellano, regardless of nationality.

Wanderlust dining

Hollywood’s Wanderlust continues its ongoing dining series, with the next chef to land one Jason Wrobel, known for his raw, vegan ethos. Get tickets to the healthy-eating dinner on June 4 over at Wanderlust.

The Rose blooms

Venice favorite The Rose is officially opening on Mondays (previously it was the one day of the week they were closed), starting this coming Memorial Day for lunch. Add to that the fact that they just started doing delivery, and now there’s really no excuse for not having been to one of the hotter restaurants in town yet.

A little too busy to make dinner tonight? You're in luck, we now deliver! Link in profile to order.

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Sourdough friendship starters

Friends & Family in Thai Town is starting to stretch its legs, adding a monthly bread membership for their in-house loaves. Kicking off Friday, June 2, The Sourdough Club lets customers buy into months of membership for baskets that include a loaf or two, plus cheese, jam, and other accoutrement — all to be picked up at the restaurant when ready. Either email in to join, or stop by the place directly.

LAX-adjacent dining

With all the shuffling at LAX recently, it’s easy to forget that there’s an entire catalogue of just-outside-the-airport dining options to try, including newcomer Unity LA. Located at the Hyatt Regency, the self-described “market and bar” offers flavors from across the county, from posole to ramen.

The last Rucker round

This weekend is the final chance to taste Nicole Rucker’s latest collab with Shake Shack’s Mark Rosati. It’s a vanilla shake with slated honey butter sauce and crushed corn flakes. To get one, donate $2 (or more) to No Kid Hungry at the restaurant and receive a free shake on the next visit — just know that time is running out.

Sweet Chick is serving

Fairfax’s Sweet Chick has quietly expanded their hours, as they’re now doing brunch and lunch daily starting at 10 a.m. The Nas-backed fried chicken and waffles joint has been a hit early on, so they’re looking to get into the AM game to further compete along one of the city’s busiest restaurant stretches.

Uncle Paulie’s slices

Have you been into Beverly Boulevard sandwich option Uncle Paulie’s Deli yet? The newcomer has been slinging for a few weeks, but is also doing sliced deli meats to take home, just like a real meat joint should.

Cut so thin you could read Page 6 through em.

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