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Downtown’s Halal Guys Opens July 7 With 1,000 Person Giveaways, and More

Plus more love for Chinatown, and an udon update along Sawtelle

The Halal Guys, Koreatown
The Halal Guys
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.

More and more Halal Guys

Popular street cart chicken and rice specialists The Halal Guys just keep expanding, this time adding an upcoming location out in Rowland Heights. That stop won’t come for a while, but in the meantime the franchise is getting ready to open doors everywhere from Downtown to West Hollywood and beyond.

In fact, the Downtown location of The Halal Guys is planning to open doors on Friday, July 7. To go along with the first day of service, the company will be doing giveaways for the first 1,000 people in line — including ten guests who will win free food for a month. Better show up early.

Foodbeast x Chinatown

In a new series called Neighborhood Eats, the Orange County blogger team Foodbeast is tackling Chinatown. Check out the below for a walk-through of everything from Ramen Champ to Howlin’ Ray’s to Burgerlords.

Lobsterfest for summer

San Pedro’s Lobsterfest is back July 14 - 16. The annual outdoor seafood party features whole steamed lobsters with sides, lobster rolls, lobster mac & cheese, you name it, with general admission tickets $12 a head.

Guelaguetza in VR

Looking for a more enhanced Oaxacan experience? Check out this VR video from Guelaguetza, which lets customers walk through the process of dining at the restaurant, and even cooking at home with the family.

Bourbon Steak’s backyard burger session

Bourbon Steak in Glendale is getting rather festive with a Fourth of July weekend promo. Guests on Saturday or Sunday can hit the bar for a $15 backyard barbecue plate that includes a cheeseburger and sides like baked beans and corn on the cob. Easy enough, and no smoky cooking required.

Marugame Udon is nearly ready

Sawtelle udon specialist Marugame Udon seems nearly ready to roll. Though the windows are still papered over at the space just beyond Tsujita, signage in the window says they’re hiring up and should be getting going rather soon.