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There’s a Secret Bar Burger at This Celebrated Koreatown Restaurant

Plus a new expansion for OC’s Bear Coast Coffee, and a Mexican restaurant shutter in Downtown

Bar at Here’s Looking at You, Koreatown
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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.

A top secret burger in Koreatown

Those in the know can start getting an off-menu burger at Here’s Looking at You as of tonight. The Koreatown restaurant has been tinkering with the double-patty beast for a while as part of their recently-launched brunch menu, but are now moving the burger to the evening off-menu collection. The way to receive said burger is simple: Head to the bar, manage to wiggle in for a seat, and throw a knowing glance to the bartender while whispering “double cheeseburger.” It’s a similar setup to when HLAY was doing their bar-only pie slices, but this time way meatier. The $15 burger is a dry-aged brisket blend and comes on a Martin’s potato roll with two slices of white American cheese and some special sauce.

The secret Here’s Looking at You burger
Here’s Looking at You

Coast to coast

Bear Coast Coffee is expanding from its San Clemente home up the coast a ways, landing a new second location in Dana Point, not far from the water. The coffee bar comes from Jeff Clinard, a longtime Portola employee who started his own project as a pop-up and turned it into a popular surf and sun shop just steps from the San Clemente pier. Now he and his team are branching out with a new, compact space at the base of a development project at 34051 La Plaza in Dana Point. The hope is to continue to grow the food side of things — avocado toast and breakfast burritos are popular now — while still maintaining a small footprint and giving off a slightly different, more car-focused design vibe. If all goes well, the company could expand its presence in south Orange County with a larger standalone flagship location as well.

Yes, please

Upstarts Yes Plz Coffee is now in Kickstarter phase. The company wants to bring inexpensive coffee to the masses, and has a number of subscription levels to get there.

Goodbye old friend

The Downtown location of El Compadre has closed, as the casual Mexican restaurant moves on in the face of massive ongoing development around L.A. Live.

Food at the LBC forefront

Long Beach is hosting a foodways summit next week, with talks over three days on everything from sustainability and access to female entrepreneurs and urban gardening.

Tony’s celebrates

Tony’s Darts Away is turning eight years old, at least under current owner Tony Yanow (the place has been around a lot longer than that). To celebrate the Burbank hotspot is doing a ton of vegan and non-vegan food specials, like an Impossible Burger-based loco moco burrito. Stop by for rare beers as well.