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Long Beach’s Coolest Container Park Throws a Big Food and Beer Party

Plus the return of Locol, and a new lunch at Melody

String lights and outdoor seats at an open air food hall.
Outside at SteelCraft
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.

SteelCraft party

Long Beach’s phenomenally successful SteelCraft container park is turning one, and to celebrate the team is hosting a big blowout party on Saturday, February 3. Called a Taste of SteelCraft, the afternoon affair will cost $30 but that includes food from various vendors, a beer from Smog City, and more options like raffles and live music.

The success of SteelCraft shows not only how excited Long Beach has been recently to receive a slew of new restaurant attention, but it also underlines the concept as a whole. The SteelCraft team is now growing into neighboring cities, while some of the names at the project are branching out on their own with new, diverse spaces all over greater Los Angeles.

Locol returns

Locol in Watts returns on Monday after an extended holiday hiatus, and they’re celebrating their second anniversary to boot. Get down to support on MLK Day, and it’s a guarantee that Roy Choi himself will be there.

Don’t blow up the spot

Unemployed Eater doesn’t want more folks to know about the new-ish Alana’s Coffee Roasters in west Culver City, because the place is apparently already pretty perfect.

Cemita row

LA Times has word on where to get the best possible cemitas and other regional Mexican treats around Los Angeles, and it’s Whittier Boulevard. The stretch east of Downtown is an unstoppable row of delicious eats.

Chuck wagon party

The Autry Museum of the American West is back with another run of food and cultural history programming. The liveliest event on the docket seems to be on Friday, February 23, when folks will take to Griffith Park to learn all about Old West chuck wagons, and actually try some of their enduring food themselves.

Lunch along Virgil

Melody on Virgil is opening for lunch. The party at the casual newcomer kicks off next week, and the opening menu is below.