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Chrissy Teigen and John Legend are LA’s Patron Saints of the Taco Arts

Plus vegan bakeries in Frogtown, and a fire at the Abbey

A white plate three radishes, a lime, and two birria-soaked quesabirria tacos topped with onions and cilantro.
Tacos y Birria La Unica
Farley Elliott
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.

Taco legends

Are John Legend and Chrissy Teigen Los Angeles’ most well-fed couple? The answer certainly seems to be yes, at least when it comes to tacos. The couple once again called on some of the city’s best taqueros to show up and cater a house party for them, this time pulling in the folks at Tacos y Birria La Unica, which normally parks down the street from Mariscos Jalisco — another truck the couple has paid to bring on property for an Oscar party last year.

Fire worries

No one was injured in a small fire at the Abbey recently, but the scene sure does sound scary. Per Wehoville, customers were left running for the exits once flames appeared from a room in the back of the building. Thankfully the trash fire was quickly extinguished.

On the move

The Genghis Cohen team (along with Winsome and the Spare Room) is expanding up north with a new rooftop bar, restaurant, and coffee shop/wine bar project in the Graduate hotel in Seattle, reports Eater Seattle. While certain phases of the project are set to open in the coming weeks and months, an actual new Genghis Cohen in the Pacific Northwest isn’t happening until at least the end of this year or early next.

No butter allowed

A new vegan bakery is trying to open soon in Frogtown, and is soliciting Kickstarter funds along the way to help with all the overhead costs. They’re also doing a fundraiser brunch on Sunday to help raise more cash, with menu items like vegan pastry, pozole, french toast, and coffee.

Growing changes

A new proposed mixed-use development would level East Hollywood’s longstanding swap meet space on Santa Monica Boulevard, reports Urbanize LA. The funky single-level building long held the popular Korean bowl spot Nabi, but that closed inside about a month ago.

Blackship eats

Food & Wine is all over Blackship in West Hollywood. The newcomer offers a variety of unique flavors and cuisine combos, but the real winner might be the Japanese fried chicken and Italian tortellini situation.

Get the book

The Republique baking cookbook is now officially available for presale. The upcoming tome touches on all the breads and pastries being put out by one of LA’s most popular restaurants, and their beloved co-owner Margarita Manzke.