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New York City’s Latest Guide to Los Angeles May Be Its Worst Yet, and More A.M. Intel

Plus a backyard Watts seafood restaurant, and Simbal returns

Civil Coffee, Highland Park
Civil Coffee
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.

Just bad work

Nylon decided to try and jump into the “New York is like this, LA is like this” editorial swamp, and so far it hasn’t turned out well for them at all. Folks online are blasting the publication not only for some pretty eyebrow-raising dinner picks but the hilariously bad geography involved. Want dinner in Echo Park? Try Mrs. Fish, which is squarely in Downtown. Looking for Westside coffee? You’ll find Highland Park’s Civil Coffee listed as a beachside option.

What’s even more egregious, perhaps, is the clunky overlay of neighborhoods. Venice is like the West Village, and the entire “West side” is like ... Red Hook, Brooklyn? Yikes.

Backyard finds in Watts

KCET is on the case of the backyard Mexican seafood restaurant in Watts, known colloquially as Mariscos Doña Mary. The place sounds fantastic, and there are plenty of photos to help seal the deal.

Simbal is back

Don’t look now, but shuttered Little Tokyo gem Simbal is back with some pop-up plans, this time at Cofax on Fairfax. Chef Shawn Pham will be doing Vietnamese fried chicken and other favorites this Friday and Saturday, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Dry River’s taproom days

Boyle Heights craft beer brewery Dry River is finally ready to reveal their new taproom. The party goes down this weekend with scheduled tasting sessions for $15 a head, and there’s still room at 8 p.m. on Saturday and 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Boyle Heights eats

Casual Pomona option Pizza Beer and Wings has expanded into Boyle Heights as of earlier this year. The 1st Street restaurant is as advertised, selling namesake pizzas and wings while offering TVs for sports, a collection of craft beer, and more. 2321 E. 1st., Boyle Heights.

Disneyland Tiki

Friday marked the 54th anniversary of Disneyland’s Enchanted Tiki Room, located at Adventureland. The place was long a dream of Walt Disney’s, and came to life as one of the first audio-animatronic shows anywhere in the world. It’s a few years old now, but for interested fans the Walt Disney Family Museum has a fun piece on the history of the place, and what’s been changed over the years.

Bone Kettle’s brunch

Pasadena dinner option Bone Kettle is expanding into brunch service this weekend, with a menu that spans from broth to fried bananas to breakfast sausages — plus mimosas, wine, and beer, of course. The first full brunch menu is below.