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West Third Street’s Next Opening Mixes Cocktails and Southern Hospitality

Plus Kismet for New Year’s and udon in Glendale

The Shelby
The Shelby on West Third Street
The Shelby
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.

Holiday arrival

The Shelby has opened along West Third Street. The casual dinner and drinks spot features a menu from chef Sascha Lyon (Commerson, Employees Only) along with a full lineup of cocktails and, eventually, late night hours. For now it’s mostly just doing bar bites and limited hours through the holidays (7 p.m. to 11 p.m. daily), with a fuller reveal to come on January 3. 8445 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA.

Cocktail destinations

TimeOut has released its annual list of best Los Angeles bars, winding its way from Apotheke in Chinatown to Imperial Western Beer Company and beyond. Funnily enough, the only bar of the ten that is west of La Brea is Employees Only.

The new year look

Kismet is switching things up for New Year’s Eve, working a fun variety of Chinese-inspired dishes for $80 a head. The menu includes options like smoked plum and scallion pancakes, mapo tofu, and cold skin noodles with mushrooms and walnuts. Reservations can be made now through Resy.

Macheen cuisine

LA Taco digs into Macheen, the Smorgasburg vendor doing Alta California cuisine for the masses. Don’t miss the Filipino longanisa tacos.

Udon arrival

Marugame Udon has expanded again, this time to the Glendale Galleria. That’s per the Los Angeles Daily News, which notes the first official day as tomorrow.

Get it right

Not sure how to handle the holidays without that perfect local coffee place? Kyle Glanville of Go Get Em Tiger has tips on how to get the best out of the bad coffee equipment that most folks are stuck with when they travel home for the holidays.