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Weekend Food Market Smorgasburg Returns With Revamped Lineup

Plus a Top Chef skating rink, and a new bar in Echo Park

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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.

It’s back

Downtown’s weekly Smorgasburg event returns this Sunday after taking nearly a month off during the holidays. To welcome in the new year the team has expanded its lineup of food vendors even further to include a few well-known names.

First up is Baohaus, the Chinese bun shop by Eddie Huang. There’s an Indian snack food stand called Golden Clouds arriving as well, plus a fried chicken sandwich option called Daddy’s Chicken Shack from chef Pace Webb. Mideast Tacos will also make an appearance as a side-concept from the family behind Mini Kabob in Glendale, while vendors like Burritos La Palma start up a new weekend run in 2018 as well.

Skating and eating

Out in Santa Monica, MasterChef finalist Derrick Fox is hosting a $100-a-head meal on January 16 called Dinner on Ice. It’s done in conjunction with the skating rink, and includes unlimited skating as well as drinks, four courses, and a wine bar, says the OC Register.

Echo Park’s next

Bar Calo is coming soon to Echo Park, thanks to the folks behind nearby Ostrich Farm. The new project will keep a mostly Mexican food focus but with an LA sensibility, offering morning juices and cocktails and small plates at night. Expect plenty of mezcal.

It’s official. Opening winter 2018. Logo by @dessertface

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Podcast updates

Love & Salt chef Michael Fiorelli gets fans up to date on all that’s been going on with his South Bay restaurant, as well as his enduring passion for Long Island, NY. Take a listen over at Food Republic.

Tacos to know

LA Taco has a new list out on great new(er) tacos to try in 2018. They range from L’s Fish Tacos in Boyle Heights to Teddy’s Red Tacos on Slauson, where Tijuana-style birria is king.

Urban Plates, again

Woodland Hills is next in line to receive an Urban Plates, the Southern California fast casual chain with (now) 13 locations. Expect a Monday opening at 21857 Ventura Boulevard.

Next up

The hot dog collaborations keep coming over at Sumo Dog in Koreatown. This next one’s with Nancy Silverton, and it launches today.