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Grand Central Market's Middle Eastern Stand Gets a New Name

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Plus the arrival of Boneyard Cocina, and redone Calabasas seafood

Kismet Falafel
Kismet Falafel’s new Moroccan Salad
Kismet Falafel
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.


The switch-up at Grand Central Market is on, as Madcapra is now called Kismet Falafel. The new name marks a new beginning of sorts for the popular Middle Eastern stand, putting it more in line with Sara Kramer and Sarah Hymanson’s other projects Kismet and the upcoming Kismet Rotisserie in Los Feliz. In addition to the new name, expect a variety of new menu items like their chicken pita sandwich (with bread from Bub & Grandma’s), spiced fries, and other mains like the above Moroccan salad. The space itself has even been touched up a bit, and now includes a new ring of food images wrapping the stall, plus new branding and a redone menu.

Up and running

The new Boneyard Cocina + Cantina is up and running as of last week. Chef Aaron Robins’ new project takes over for the former SOCA space on Ventura Boulevard.

Northern eats

Night + Market Sahm is doing a night of dishes from Northern Thailand, in celebration of Austin Bush’s new cookbook. No special tickets needed to enjoy tonight, just make a reservation or show up.

Big party

There’s a big block party happening at The Garland on November 4. The Sunday session runs $29 and includes menu bites from The Front Yard, plus beer, wine, shopping, and more. Better still: Some of the proceeds go to charity.

Coffee for the masses

The Los Angeles Coffee Festival comes to Los Angeles from November 9 to 11 at the Magic Box at The Reef near Downtown. Beyond the beans there will also be plenty of art, music, and food available, including eats from places like Triniti and Lately throughout the three-day festival.

New Orleans in Weho

Croft Alley at the Standard is doing a New Orleans-themed Halloween Eve party along the Sunset Strip. The dinner party runs from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. with reservations, and includes $10 oyster po’ boys, oxtail etouffee, and $12 cocktails, including signature sazeracs. Oh, and of course there’s going to be live jazz too.

Fish return

King’s Fish House has reopened at the Commons in Calabasas as of today. The big, multi-million-dollar remodel has completely overhauled the property, giving the restaurant a sleek new wood and dark blue-toned vibe.