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Forbes Calls Venice’s Modern Korean Restaurant LA’s Best New Undiscovered Gem

Plus a new APL sandwich, and Swinger’s turns 25

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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.

Calling it out

There have been many great new openings around Los Angeles this year, from Bavel to David Chang’s Majordomo to the surprise hit Mister O’s in Studio City. But Forbes believes there is one spectacular new place that has been almost completely overlooked during awards season: Makani in Venice. The former Pono Burger space on Rose is now a hotbed of modern Korean cooking (and in one of the city’s most popular dining neighborhoods, no less) but has so far failed to top the charts as a nationally-known, must-dine sort of place. Hopefully the new Forbes push brings some fresh eyeballs to the “best new Los Angeles restaurant you’ve never heard of.”

Swinging through the years

Classic LA spot Swingers is celebrating 25 years next week, offering diners 25% off their entire meal on Tuesday, December 18, any time between 6 a.m. and 2 a.m. at the restaurant on Beverly Boulevard.

Sandwich connection

APL and Uncle Paulie’s Deli are doing a collaborative sandwich for charity this weekend. The plan is to serve the one-off meal as part of a larger charity toy drive, just in time for the holidays.

On the run

Police are looking for three female suspects accused of stabbing a man outside of a Koreatown restaurant following an attempted robbery. According to KTLA, the trio maced a woman inside Tasty Grill on Western and stole her purse. When a man the victim was with gave chase, he was slashed repeatedly with a knife. Luckily, he’s expected to be okay.

New dish

Nyesha Arrington is hosting a ramen night at her Santa Monica restaurant Native on Sunday evening. The $15 spicy miso bowls will be available for the one night only, starting at 5 p.m.

Pizza and a shot

Hatchet Hall’s attached Old Man Bar is hosting the next iteration of Pain Pizza, the French bread pizza pop-up most recently seen at Highly Likely. This one’s a two-night affair, running Sunday and Monday from 9 p.m. until last bites.