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The Return of LA’s Annual Burger Week at The Oinkster, and More A.M. Intel

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Plus Hot Cheetos wings in Fontana and a new-look restaurant on Abbot Kinney

The Oinkster
The Oinksters in Eagle Rock
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Welcome to Burger Week

The Oinkster’s annual Burger Week kicks up today, running for the next seven days at both the Eagle Rock and Hollywood locations. A longtime staple in the stunt food universe, chef Andre Guerrero and his team cook up a collection of wild new burgers just for this one-week run, and fans line up around the block.

Things kick off today with a tongue-in-cheek “Make America Great” Russian burger that includes a chicken Kiev patty and mushroom stroganoff, while Tuesday goes to Italy with pomodoro sauce and Italian beef. Wednesday is France, Thursday is Mexico, Friday is the Philippines, and so on. These are limited edition burgers, of course, so expect a wait.

Taste of the Nation time

Looking to eat well and help out with a good cause? There’s always Taste of the Nation, the annual Culver City charity event going down this weekend that is among the most well-trafficked options for seeing some of LA’s favorite chefs. This year’s chef-chair is Bruce Kalman, and he’s helped bring in everyone from Kali to RiceBar to the Rose Cafe to Sotto to Jitlada, plus many more. General admission tickets are $110 a pop, and the party runs June 11 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Lemonade’s new digs

Check out the new setup at Lemonade on Abbot Kinney. The bright, colorful interior is meant to give the fast-casual brand (which hosts nearly 30 locations in California now) a boost, and play more to the local audiences. Open at the corner of Abbot Kinney and Venice, with daily hours from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The new French dip

Pasadena option Harlowe’s French Dip got some love last week in the form of a very positive write-up by Pasadena Weekly. The publication fawns over the dips, of course, but also loves the full menu array and lineup of drinks.

Hot Cheetos wings?

Ever wanted to add Hot Cheetos directly to an order of wings? It’s possible at Fontana’s China Wings & Grill, a cross-cultural newcomer that does noodles, soups, grilled meats, and those Hot Cheetos wings for a growing cadre of fans.

Terranea parties

South Bay hotel option Terranea is opening up its doors on June 18 for their recurring Music on the Meadows event, with this year being anchored by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. They’ll also be grilling meat, offering food from their restaurants, and pouring beers from names like Angel City. Tickets are $65 for general admission, $125 for VIP and includes a meet-and-greet with the band, apparently.

BOA’s new menu reveal

Don’t look now but there’s a new menu up at BOA, with the traditional steakhouse moving more into the veggie/vegan side of things. There is still plenty of animal protein to go around (including game like bison and ostrich), but the addition of a fully meat and dairy-free section helps highlight how Los Angeles is starting to think about their consumption differently. The menu is below.

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