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Underground Hit Trudy’s BBQ Makes Rare Public Weekend Appearance

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Plus wine at Ronan, a new name Downtown, and BYOB movie-watching in Culver City

Trudy’s Underground Barbecue
Clay Larsen
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.

Trudy’s time

The newly-established Valley Urban Market has another big new name popping up this weekend: Trudy’s Underground Barbecue. Valley resident Burt Bakman is doing a one-week-only public cook on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., selling brisket and ribs for what is likely the last time before he goes into heavy pre-opening mode for his upcoming restaurant Slab on West Third Street. Other weekend vendors at the outdoor Saturday market include CVT Soft Serve, Sunny Blue, Dina’s Dumplings, and more.

All in a name

Chef Melissa Perello has landed on a name for her upcoming Downtown Los Angeles restaurant: M. Georgina. The Row project is still a ways from completion though, with a target timeline putting the opening sometime in the spring of next year.


Culver City’s Platform project is hosting a series of outdoor Halloween-appropriate movie screenings, starting this Saturday with a showing of Casper from a freshly-built pumpkin patch on site. The event is co-sponsored by the new Roberta’s, and is BYOB.

The people’s truck

A new People’s Choice Awards-themed food truck is landing at Universal CityWalk next week for two days. The fully branded rig is giving away free, one-off Voodoo Doughnuts in exchange for fans placing a vote in E! People’s Choice Awards category, with hours running from 2 p.m. to 8p.m. on Friday. Hey, free doughnuts.

On the water

Pier del Sol is this weekend. The long-running Special Olympics Southern California event goes down on the Santa Monica Pier on Sunday, working a brunch that includes bites by way of Providence, Melisse, Angelini Osteria, Kali, and more. The only way to experience the brunch is with a $175 VIP ticket, but that also includes unlimited rides and game play.

Princely matters

Little Prince is expanding its footprint in Santa Monica, moving from brunch into evening hours as well. The new limited-service evening menu is called Sundowners, and it features bigger savory-side entrees like a patty melt and tons of vegetables, plus drinks. Expect hours from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. during the week.

Wine for a while

The authors of the book Wine Food are coming to Ronan on Melrose this Sunday night. To celebrate the work, the restaurant is doing its usual menu as well as five one-off bites only available for that evening — plus wine of course. No special tickets, just make a reservation or show up.