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Din Tai Fung Turns on the Dumplings at Westfield Century City

Plus breakfast in Downtown, and Chi Spacca strikes back at TripAdvisor

Din Tai Fung xiao long bao soup dumplings.
Dumplings from Din Tai Fung
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.

Dumpling drop

Din Tai Fung is almost ready to open at the Westfield Century City. Rumor has it that the company could be ready to fire up big batches of its signature xiao long bao soup dumplings as soon as next week, though official timing is still to come.

The arrival of Din Tai Fung to Century City is a big win for fans of Taiwanese and Chinese food on the greater Westside. The area has slowly started to bring in more options like Northern Cafe and Tasty Noodle House on Beverly, while Meizhou Dongpo has helped to anchor the Westfield mall since 2013, well before its massive reconstruction efforts.

Chi Spacca’s numbers

Over on Michael Krikorian’s blog everyone is celebrating the news that TripAdvisor has named Chi Spacca the 313th best restaurant in the city. It’s a big number, only further buoyed by the big hearts of the staff involved in making the award happen.

All the more breakfast

Downtown’s The Mighty is adding to the breakfast scene, opening up weekdays at 8 a.m. as of this week. Expect egg sandwiches, pastries, coffee, and more.

Fundamental dinner

The Downtown location of Fundamental is now doing dinner and happy hour. Expect dishes from chef Andy Lee like spot prawns with chili garlic oil, pork belly bo ssam, and more, while happy hour runs 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily. For that one, look for a $9 version of their burger, $9 cocktails, and $5 beers, among other things.

Spot prawns at Fundamental
Wonho Frank Lee

Troubling news

The SGV Tribune has an update on the man who was killed in an at-work altercation at a Domino’s in La Puente. Apparently the fight started when one co-worker asked another to take a delivery, and ended with a deadly stab wound.

Lunch on deck

Over in West Hollywood, the new Viale Dei Romani is just starting up for lunch. Chef Casey Lane’s new menu for the La Peer Hotel is below, and it includes everything from pizzas to a grain bowl to a $21 dry-aged burger.