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The Woman Behind One of LA’s Most Famous Breakfast Burritos Has Died

Plus Donut Friend in Downtown, and a deli podcast

Tacos Villa Corona
Maria Flores of Tacos Villa Corona
Tacos Villa Corona
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 loss

Tacos Villa Corona co-owner Maria Flores has died. The longtime presence at the Atwater Village burrito walk-up passed away over the long weekend after an extended bout with ailing health, according to the restaurant’s own Twitter page. Flores was an integral part of the business she ran with her son and daughter, helping to turn the tiny storefront into one of the city’s most heralded places for a weekend breakfast burrito. Heck, even Anthony Bourdain ate there once.

The Woodland wilds

El Tejano in Woodland Hills has tightened up its hours, moving from daily service to weekend-only hours as it seeks a sale on Loopnet.

The Deli chronicles

The Deli Boys is a new podcast all about Los Angeles Jewish delis. The two-person team (comedians Evan Susser, David Phillips) seeks to eat at 14 of the best around town, ranking them as they dine out with special bi-weekly guests.

Get the doughnuts

Downtown’s newest doughnut shop is Donut Friend, the all-vegan spot that promised expansion to Broadway back in October. The shop at 543 S. Broadway is open now.

Failure is an illusion

Roy Choi has some choice words when it comes to failure. The Locol/Kogi/Best Friend Las Vegas chef spoke with GQ about what it means to go big in Sin City, and to scale back (for now) in LA.

Hours gone by

The Wallace is no longer doing lunch in Culver City. The casual neighborhood restaurant run by chef Joel David Miller will continue with nightly dinner service.

Whip it together

Check out this new LA Magazine video with chef Ori Menashe as he walks through his process for making the renowned hummus at Bavel in the Arts District.