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A Museum of ‘Disgusting’ Foods Comes to Downtown LA

Plus a new burger stand at Smorgasburg, and an interview with Paramount Coffee Project’s Ria Barbosa

Durian cake from Puan Sri in Rowland Heights
Durian cake from Puan Sri in Rowland Heights
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Matthew Kang is the Lead Editor of Eater LA. He has covered dining, restaurants, food culture, and nightlife in Los Angeles since 2008. He's the host of K-Town, a YouTube series covering Korean food in America, and has been featured in Netflix's Street Food show.

Designed to shock and perhaps even educate

Starting December 9, a new museum will display foods it deems “disgusting” — things like roasted guinea pigs from Peru, maggot-infested cheese from Sardinia, and aged shark from Iceland — in Downtown LA. Despite its arguably ill-conceived name, the museum appears to be designed to help attendees reexamine what disgusting means. Some of the foods are quite common even in LA, like durian and stinky tofu. Visitors can see and even taste some of the foods at the museum until February 17, 2019. Tickets for adults cost $17.45 including service fee and $12.30 for children.

Well done fries, man

It’s possible to get some actual good fries at In-N-Out, according to this well-researched piece in LAist about how to order the fries at the popular burger restaurant that aren’t limp and flavorless. Despite a rabid following for its burgers, In-N-Out seems to have neglected its fries over the years, refusing to change how they’re cooked. That’s OK, because anyone who doesn’t like the fries will see an instant improvement in ordering them “well done.”

A burger supreme

Starting this Sunday at Smorgasburg, the Smorgasburger stand will host NYC’s Burger Supreme, selling Atlantic City Boardwalk-style griddled burgers with white American cheese and mustard sauce on a potato roll. Burger Supreme started in 2016 from Mark Andrew Gravel and has already popped up at the Smorgasburg in Brooklyn. Hours are Dec 2 until Dec 23 on Sundays at ROW DTLA from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or until it runs out.

Interview with Barbosa

TimeOut sits down with Ria Barbosa, the Eater LA Chef of the Year finalist and kitchen lead at Paramount Coffee Project in Downtown. She talks about her background, how she fuses flavors, and the future of the casual coffee shop model.

A son’s Bad Tacos

The LA Times has a longer feature on Bad Son Tacos, a tiny stand operating in Little Tokyo making mole tacos and more. The story is that Elvis Prado left his father’s restaurant in Lincoln Heights to open this place (hence the name). Bad Son currently serves tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and aguas frescas in a part of Downtown that doesn’t have too much in the way of quality Mexican food.