Blue Bottle business
Third Wave coffee outlet Blue Bottle has pushed hard into Southern California, with more than a dozen locations either open or planned across neighborhoods from Playa Vista to Los Feliz. Next up is Pasadena, with a prime new location coming to 18 S. Fair Oaks Avenue soon. And for those in the know, that is indeed the former home of a now shuttered Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.
The hard stuff
L.A. Taco has a story out on Alitas El Diablito, a west Compton street food spot doing seriously spicy wings. Unfortunately, on the night the story takes place, the underground spot is in the process of getting shut down by the police, which for owners like Gabriel Gutierrez is nothing new.
Cerritos comes up
There’s a new dining option in Cerritos, as Southern California-based Eureka has opened up on 183rd Street as of yesterday. Expect burgers, craft beer, and lots more.
Culver City coffee shop Super Domestic is expanding its offerings, adding a couple of new breakfast burritos that come loaded with some brisket and sausages from LA’s very own Horse Thief BBQ in Downtown. They’re going to be available for weekends only to start, but the Horse Thief team may soon help grow the menu at the Culver Boulevard shop if all goes as planned.
West LA-ish Italian mainstay Sotto is rounding into nearly eight years of service, so to celebrate that longevity chef de cuisine Craig Towe and the team are doing some throwback dishes and one-off favorites like spicy clams now through Sunday night.
LA Magazine takes a 30,000-foot view of the San Gabriel Valley, offering more than a hint as to its evolution over the years. The influx of mainland Chinese immigrants has completely transformed Los Angeles, says chronicler David Chan, and that’s a very good thing.
Yang Chow has closed its Canoga Park location. The longtime Chinese restaurant went dark at the end of last month, leaving a note on the door for customers to see. The company still retains its Chinatown and Pasadena locations, and its upcoming expansion into Long Beach.