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LA’s Longstanding History With Mexican Food Has Changed the Way America Eats

Plus a new doughnut truck and a boozy bowling experiencee

Arturo’s Puffy Taco, Whittier
Farley Elliott
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.

You can’t stop the food movement

Los Angeles today is nothing if not a melting pot of cultures and cuisines, but there was a time when the predominant meals were, of course, classic Mexican dishes and on-the-go ranchero food. With the Treaty of Hidalgo and largely white consolidation along the West Coast that all drastically changed (and remained changed for centuries), but as Anthony Bourdain’s Explore Parts Unknown details, the pendulum has swung almost all the way back.

Today, Los Angeles — as well as California overall and the rest of America in total — is obsessed with Mexican food of all types, from modern Mexican sit-down restaurants to Taco Bell to street trucks and tamale vendors. Much of it is now truly Mexican-American food, devoid of the honesty of its homeland, but that’s okay. As the piece so lovingly details, the reconquering has come.

RIP to NYC pizza

Toddrickallen shares a Westside shutter, with the closing of N.Y. & C. Pizzeria in Santa Monica. The Wilshire Boulevard location is all the way papered over, though there does appear to be some work going on inside still.

Doughnuts on wheels

There’s yet more awesome doughnut work being done in Los Angeles, this time by newcomer Hustle N Dough. The underground team is still getting their truck ready for prime time, but will soon be tossing doughnuts and coffee to crowds on the streets across Los Angeles.


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Buellton famous

There’s a new place to drink and dine in Buellton on the Central Coast. It’s called Bottlest Winery, Bar & Bistro, and it’s a full-service stop across from Terravent Wine Company that’s doing lunch, dinner, and bar bites all by chef Owen Hanavan out of Santa Barbara. Now you’ve got a new road trip stop to enjoy.

LA’s secrets

Feel like digging into some secretive eats around Los Angeles? Check out Secret City, where guests can sign up for walkthroughs of places like Grand Central Market or Olvera Street, complete with info and food along the way.

The Abbey’s good cause

West Hollywood darling The Abbey is hosting a one-year remembrance event on June 5 for the Pulse Nightclub shooting, with the $150 tickets going directly to the onePULSE foundation.

Inside the Punch Bowl

Looks like Denver boozy bowling spot Punch Bowl Social has made its way west, with the upcoming opening of a new location in Rancho Cucamonga. The San Bernardino County stop grand opens on Saturday, May 20, with more than 24,000 square feet of gaming and drinking space. Other locations exist nationwide in places like Indianapolis and Austin, Texas.