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A Colorful New Boba Tea Shop Spreads Love Along Trendy Melrose

Plus some serious In-N-Out hate, and love for Fiona

Percolate Tea
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.

Tea in place

Percolate Tea is now open along Melrose. The loose-leaf and boba shop has an original Sawtelle Japantown location from 2017 (and will be opening in Los Feliz later this spring) but just picked up limited hours at their Melrose space just west of Fairfax before the new year. Now they’re primed for a big grand opening party on Saturday, and keeping hours from noon to 6 p.m. until then. 7959 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles.

Baroo goodbyes

Taste Cooking has a heartfelt goodbye to Baroo, as written by Dylan Ho of popular food photography company Dylan + Jeni. From the food to the space to the people who actually ran the room, Baroo was one of the most unique restaurants in Los Angeles.

Tough talk

Losing Alabama college quarterback Tua Tagovailoa told reporters before Monday night’s game (which was played in San Francisco) that he doesn’t like In-N-Out. But don’t worry folks — it’s only because he has had the burgers so many times in his life, not because he hates California.

The party

The Arbour in Pasadena is turning one year young, and to celebrate the Lake Avenue restaurant is doing a blowout anniversary bash at the end of the month. For $70, diners can expect a taste of some new dishes, as well as complimentary beer, wine, and champagne toast.

Fiona love

LA Magazine has nothing but love for the new Fiona, Nicole Rucker and Shawn Pham’s Fiarfax daytime and dinner spot. The restaurant does more than just breads and pastries, as the piece points out, including some pretty incredible evening fare from Pham, the former chef/owner of Simbal in Little Tokyo.

Pain prominence

Pain Pizza is back again, dropping a one-night cafe pop-up at Highly Likely in South LA. The French bread pizza night starts at 4 p.m.

Get grungy

There’s a grunge takeover happening at Brack Shop Tavern on January 14. The Downtown bar is throwing it back to the early ‘90s with partners Sampson Creative Enterprises, doing a full retool of the interior design while also pushing out period-appropriate jams, food, and drinks.