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Is The Michelin Guide Actually Coming Back to Los Angeles Soon?

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Plus Mei Lin cooks wontons, Long Beach’s new paper, and more

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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.

The return of Michelin

Rumors have been swirling for years now about the possible return of the annual Michelin Guide to Los Angeles. The book is meant to be a standard-bearer for dining excellence in the cities it publishes (like San Francisco, Chicago, and New York City) but hasn’t put a new copy in circulation for LA since 2009, and many chefs are keen to see it return as a way to mark the rising tide of phenomenal local restaurants. At a recent LA Chef’s Conference event critic Jonathan Gold said publicly that the Guide isn’t needed in Los Angeles, because of the wealth of great restaurants the city has that would never make it inside the book’s pages, while a new Food & Wine piece argues that the Guide actually needs LA quite a bit. From tasting menus to star-worthy restaurants to talented local and out-of-town chefs, this is the moment for Los Angeles’s dining scene, and the Guide does itself and its readers a disservice in not representing one of the world’s best food cities at the height of its powers, the piece argues — which sounds like pretty solid logic all around.

Wontons for all

Mei Lin is hosting a surprise wonton pop-up tonight on Melrose Avenue, in service of her upcoming restaurant Nightshade. She’s also working with Brigaid to help fund affordable, healthy meals for students, and in doing so is offering a home-cooked dinner for six people anywhere in Los Angeles to the right person who donates $3,000 over on Indiegogo.

A new publication for the LBC

Long Beach looks to be getting a new publication that can compete with the Long Beach Press-Telegram, after several staffers from that publication split off with new funding and an eye towards hyper-local news. The project is backed by millionaire John Molina’s Pacific 6 group, though it remains unclear just how much the new daily will cover, food or otherwise.

Bingo hit

Munchies takes a look at Hamburger Mary’s in West Hollywood, the LGBTQIA-friendly pub with its aptly-named Legendary Bingo. The drag queen game night has been a staple for years, and means more than just a good time for those involved.

Tumbi gets love

The Girls on Food blog made it over to check out Tumbi in Santa Monica, showing off the modern Indian menu and sunny, artistic interior.

Bibigo arrives

The newest Bibigo has arrived to Sawtelle Japantown, opening as a standalone storefront tomorrow at 2210 Sawtelle Blvd. Expect hours from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. or later daily.

Bibigo on Sawtelle
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