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Street Food Sensation Poncho’s Tlayudas Gets New Downtown Deal

Plus Fonuts changes things up, and pizza bagels at Prime

Poncho’s Tlayudas
Bill Esparza
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.

Big addition

There’s a great new permanent name to know about at the weekly Downtown food bazaar Smorgasburg. It’s Poncho’s Tlayudas, the onetime South LA Friday-only street stand that has been making waves and gaining fans for quite a while now. They’ll be doing the usual big, hearty tlayudas, as well as their signature homemade blood sausage on Sundays.

Fonuts Redo

West Third Street staple Fonuts is switching things up. The baked-not-fried “doughnut” shop has been around in one form or another since 2011, but now they’re going completely gluten free, reducing their overall use of sugar, and retooling their all-vegan lineup. The new launch starts tomorrow.

Ways to enjoy

Punta Cabras in Santa Monica has a few new ways to enjoy the menu, including the launch of a mezcal and taco-focused promotion running on Mondays. There’s also a new happy hour on deck, running 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 9 p.m. to close (at the bar only), with options for $5 bites of food, sub-$6 beers, $3 tacos, and more.


The former Eko Eats space on 6th Street in Downtown is set to become a pop-up restaurant of sorts. The new temporary tenant is called MoMo’s, and it launches officially next Thursday with everything from sandwiches and soups to shrimp and grits. Mostly the kitchen is going to be used for nearby office catering, but folks will also be able to swing through during the lunch hours (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) for a bite.

Bagel bites

Prime Pizza has launched a new one-week-only pizza bagel run in conjunction with the Yeastie Boys team. The limited series sees $5 cheesy, saucy, bagels available from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday at the Fairfax location only.

Barbara in View Park

Chef Jason Fullilove is doubling down on his latest project: Hilltop Coffee + Kitchen. That’s where he’ll be putting a quick new iteration of the itinerant pop-up restaurant Barbara Jean, doing a variety of Southern specialities (and one killer brunch) next month. The pop-up menu is below. And, if all goes well, Fullilove hopes to officially open a standalone Barbara Jean in the same View Park neighborhood sometime next year.