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Roy Choi’s First Standalone TV Show Dives Into America’s Restaurant Issues

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Plus fried chicken and horse racing, a new chef around town, and free Ray Garcia tacos

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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.

Roy Choi on TV

Chef Roy Choi has a new show coming out with KCET and Tastemade. It’s called Broken Bread, and it will reportedly cover a variety of restaurant issues facing the nation today, both at the agricultural level and within restaurants themselves. In a press release, Choi says Broken Bread is “a show with a lot of food; but not necessarily a food show.” Don’t start looking for the series just yet though; KCET (soon to be merging with PBS SoCal) isn’t airing the show until 2019.

Justin Abram in

Melody on Virgil has a new chef. It’s Justin Abram, formerly of Girasol and a variety of Vegas restaurants, who will be on hand daily to tinker with the menu at the Virgil Village spot, just in time for summer.

Pink party

There’s a lovely-looking new restaurant at the Sands Hotel & Spa in greater Palm Springs. It’s called The Pink Cabana, and it’s open for lunch and dinner as of this weekend. Expect some seriously chic vintage vibes inside

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Fried chicken days

Smorgasburg is hosting a fried chicken day at Santa Anita on Saturday. Expect bites from Baldoria, Hot Star, Banh Oui, and others, with packages and tickets that offer access to beers and betting vouchers too.

Hayden, again

Culver City’s Hayden is re-launching its retail wine shop inside the restaurant. After a successful reformatting of the Platform restaurant, Ari Kolender and team are once again selling takeaway bottles and other snacks in addition to their happy hour oysters and weekly pizza nights.

Silver Lake moves

It’s a party at Freedman’s in Silver Lake tonight, with live music, lots of film talk, and (of course) pastrami takes on Taco Bell’s famous Crunchwrap Supreme.

$1 for the whole thing

Monday, May 21 is $1 Dodger Dog night at the stadium. The 7:10 p.m. game is against the Colorado Rockies, but it’s probably smart to get there early on account of all the cheap hot dogs.

Garcia tacos

Ray Garcia is popping up at Williams Sonoma in Beverly Hills today from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. He’s got a line of seasonings and sauces to sell, and will be doing a full-on taco party for those in attendance.

And even more

There’s a colorful new collection of drinks happening at Downtown’s Birds & Bees. The subterranean speakeasy’s new list plays to the neighborhoods and communities, both old and new, of Los Angeles. The drinks menu is below.