Chinese food, upscaled
Los Angeles is finally starting to get into the fine(r) dining Chinese food movement, says LA Weekly. While some places like WP24 and Mr. Chow offer an elevated experience, it’s not often matched on the cuisine side, but with the rise in Chinese cuisine influence at all levels of LA dining, that’s beginning to change.
The Weekly’s argument is that, while there have been some places that offer pricey experiences (like Temple City’s Grand Harbor), a dedicated fine dining restaurant has been elusive. They point to Bistro Na, which serves “Chinese Imperial Court Cuisine,” as one prime new example, where service, white tablecloths, a more expensive menu, and reservations all point to a changing trend. There’s still a way to go, but with more options like Rowland Heights’s Bian Yi Fang serving $88 Beijing duck, the tide is starting to turn.
Keep it quiet
Yesterday’s LA Times had a fun first-person piece by Eric Alperin and Deborah Stoll about The Varnish, the highly regarded cocktail bar behind Cole’s in Downtown. Mostly the focus was on their rules for bar etiquette and noise, and why some public places (like bars) may need them. Not that other, rowdier spots can’t be fun, just that, as Alperin says, “the Varnish just isn’t that kind of saloon.”
No more Ria Dolly
Looks like Ria Dolly Barbosa is moving on from the Go Get Em Tiger group, per the below Instagram post. She demurs on where she’s headed next, but with tons of positive press under her wings (including a gushing February LA Weekly review), it’s easy to see her flying high somewhere else soon — probably as part of LA’s electric Filipino food movement.
This past year has been the most pivotal in my 33.75 years of existence in more ways than one. The motley group that is G&B/GGET has been such a wonderful and supportive work family. I'll miss you all more than you'll know. Love you, bb's. (But for real if you need someone to slang cookies at Coachella next year, holla atcha girl!) So long, and thanks for all the fish!
Zebulon’s new food
Frogtown live music and bar spot Zebulon has officially added food, per their website. Guests can get a variety of veggies and dips and bread, or snacky little bites of roasted pork shoulder, salads, bowls, and cheese plates. Heads up though, they’ll still be doing food trucks on Mondays.
Mar Vista diversity
Canela Cocina Latina is a relative newcomer to the burgeoning Mar Vista food scene, but it’s no less important. As KCET says, the place has become something of a cultural hub for the latinx community, a safe space for people often caught straddling the Central American/Mexican and LGBTQ lines.
Purgatory Pizza is a staple of the true Eastside, and as the Boyle Heights Beat notes in a new post about the place, they are more than just a slice joint. In a part of town that continues to rapidly change, Purgatory offers something of a way forward for new businesses. Serve good food, play to the community, and be welcoming. What’s not to love about that?
River beer returns
Frogtown Brewery is back in action after touching up their tap room along the LA River. Now they’ve got fresh paint to go along with their full lineup of beers, and continue to host nightly food trucks too.
THE TAPROOM IS BACK IN BUSINESS TOMORROW! . . We are SO excited to announce that the taproom will be back open just in time to kick off the holiday weekend! To celebrate, we'll be open for extended hours (including Monday) and giving away a free branded pint glass to the first 25 customers who stop by for a beer. We can't thank you all enough for your patience and look forward to seeing you this weekend! Special Memorial Day Weekend hours: FRI 4pm - 10pm | SAT 12pm - 10pm | SUN 12pm - 8pm | MON 12pm - 6pm . . #brewery #frogtownbrewery #frogtownbeer #labeer #lariver #craftbeer #labeer #independentbeer