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Smorgasburg Brings Some of the Biggest Names in BBQ Together This Weekend

Plus no more Frankland’s, and the menu at Hail Mary Pizza

Moo’s Craft BBQ
Moo’s Craft BBQ
Clay Larsen
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.

Barbecue times

Smorgasburg is hosting another barbecue weekend on Sunday, featuring some of the biggest names in backyard cooking. There’s Moo’s Craft Barbecue, Bartz BBQ, and Highland Hickory for starters, plus well-known restaurant names like Bludso’s and Ray’s. That’s all in addition to Ugly Drum and the other longtime barbecue vendors who make the trek every weekend.

Central Coast flip

It looks like Phillip Frankland Lee’s namesake seafood restaurant in Montecito is turning over, becoming a martini bar called Chaplin’s instead. The Scratch Bar chef tells that most of the dining focus is now on The Monarch instead, so the move to a more drink-focused menu made sense.

Hail Mary

Journeymen’s new pizza pop-up is called Hail Mary Pizza, and it starts back up again tonight. Check out the David Wilcox menu for the Atwater Village evening spot, which — just like his previous gig at Gjelina — will focus on pizza, salads, and vegetables.


TimeOut meandered down to In Sheep’s Clothing to catch a look inside the all-day cafe and nighttime hifi lounge, showing off the records, cocktails, and signage.

Cava comes

Mediterranean-leaning fast casual Cava is opening up in Pasadena on Friday, landing their 10th Southern California location at 345 S. Lake Avenue. Look for free lunch on Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and free dinner from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. as a ramp-up to the official opening on Friday.

Oyster time

Broad Street Oyster Co. is popping up inside We Have Noodles in Silver Lake for a few days in early September. The four-day affair runs September 6 through September 9, and will feature freshly-shucked oysters, uni from Santa Barbara, wine from Tabula Rasa, and more.

Festival time

Early bird tickets are on sale for the Eastside Food Festival as of this Thursday. The October event in Silver Lake offers bites from dozens of nearby restaurants, plus panels, drinks, and more.