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One of the South Bay’s Best Sandwich Options Celebrates 65 Years

Plus GQ talks Santa Barbara, and Korea gets chicken and waffles

Mickey’s Deli, Hermosa Beach
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.

65 years in

Next year Mickey’s Deli will celebrate 65 years in the South Bay sandwich business. The Hermosa Beach option sits just a block off the beach and gained some early notoriety with surfers who stumbled in looking to eat cheap and left with a split roll splashed with some marinara sauce for just five cents.

These days, the restaurant has grown its operation to be equal parts marketplace, deli, and pizza spot. There’s an outdoor patio under the sun, pastas inside (made with Mickey’s branded sauce, of course), and those same cold cut and breakfast sandwiches as ever. And yes, the place is still very much as family-run as ever.

GQ goes to Santa Barbara

There’s a new piece out by GQ showcasing the summery delights of Santa Barbara. There’s lots of food and wine talk, of course, skewing from the newer Test Pilot bar to classics like La Super Rica and The Lark.

Rum time

There’s a rum party going down tomorrow night at Caña Rum Bar. The Downtown mainstay is doing live reggae at 10 p.m., and $5 cocktails from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Enjoy more El Huarique

Popular Peruvian option El Huarique is likely expanding from its Venice enclave into something bigger and brighter in Palms. According to a source, signage is going up for a newer, bigger outlet in the former Vees Cafe space at 10717 Venice Boulevard.

The history of it all

LA Weekly shows off a bit of edible history at Downtown’s Factory Kitchen. The piece explores the history of focaccia di recco, a dish that has been all but perfected at Chi Spacca across town, but actually carries a legacy from centuries back, in the heart of Italy proper.

Roy Choi’s mom cooks

Roy Choi’s mother will host her own Feastly dinner next Monday. The evening event is in service of so-called Mommy Sauces, a line of ready-made retail sauces put on by the Choi matriarch. Tickets start at $45.

Bruxie goes international

Orange County chicken and waffle sensation Bruxie has expanded overseas, opening up their first international location in Korea. The company lands at Lotte World Mall, and according to the circulated photo below it’s been doing gangbusters.