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Upland’s Longstanding Taco King Faces Uncertain Future After Sale

Plus sandwiches in Santa Monica, and a Lawry’s throwback photo

Taco King in Upland
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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.

Tacos for sale

Things are not looking good for Taco King in Upland. The sleepy suburb is worried that their beloved longstanding Mexican food stand, with its iconic glowing neon cactus and “Home of the Bean Special” signage, could go away altogether after ownership put the place up for sale for $1.5 million. The Hortas, who have owned the place since 1992, are hoping to retire with the funds from the sale, but it’s unclear where that will leave the business itself, which has been in operation as one form of restaurant or another since 1959. Previously, the restaurant was for years called House of 19, because everything on the menu was 19 cents, reports the Daily Bulletin.

Seaside sandwiches

The Seaside Sandwich Company is now open on the Santa Monica Pier, following a long, multi-story remodel. Expect breakfast sandwiches, daily hot and cold sandwiches, salads, and more.

Lawry’s reminder

Check out this awesome throwback photo of Lawry’s from the 1970’s.

Rethinking prices

OC Weekly has an interesting story out on the new Lacquered restaurant in Long Beach. On the one hand, writer Sarah Bennett enjoys the flavors and the local owners, but finds the prices at the fast casual establishment to not only be too high, but verging on troublesome for such a rapidly-changing city.

Angeleno x Crustacean

There’s a new review out on Crustacean over at Angeleno Magazine, the hip Beverly Hills spot reborn thanks to a big, million-dollar remodel. The glossy magazine falls for the place, loving the caviar cigars and the finer details of the place.

Dive bar glory

LA Tacos has a list out on some of the best, diviest bars in all the San Fernando Valley. From the well-known Carlito’s Way and Fox Fire Room to the Pineapple Hill Saloon in Sherman Oaks, this is where to drink on the cheap.

Hollywood news

There’s a new cafe right off Vine near the weekend farmer’s market (in the old Porridge + Puffs pop-up space), called Duidough. Expect baked eggs, sandwiches, salads, a burger, and the like, plus lots of cookies of course. 6334 Selma Avenue, Hollywood.