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Little Dom’s Expands to Sleepy Carpinteria With Seafood-Inflected Italian Fare

Plus, madeira wine in Echo Park, vegan Fatburger shakes, and a materia in Northridge

Little Dom’s in Los Feliz, California
Little Dom’s
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Mona Holmes is a reporter for Eater Los Angeles and a regular contributor to KCRW radio. She has covered restaurants, dining, and food culture since 2016. In 2022, the James Beard Foundation nominated her for a Jonathan Gold Local Voice Award.

Little Dom’s new beach spot up the coast

Los Feliz staple Little Dom’s is headed slightly north to Carpinteria. Co-owners Brandon Boudet and Warner Ebbink chose the cozy seaside town to open Little Dom’s Seafood in January. Little Dom’s Seafood is an Italian seafood restaurant, and only steps away from the Pacific with wood-fired pizza, a raw bar, with locally sourced seafood. Sounds like an ideal combination of California coastal beach dining with local wines, craft beer, and Italian cocktails.

Fortified wine in Echo Park

It’s easy to stumble across Echo Park’s new madeira bar, Thunderbolt. The stylish new spot opened in September, and conveniently placed next door to Park’s Finest BBQ. Los Angeles Magazine first spotted the bar which boasts 25 madeiras, including one from the 1960s.

Fatburger leans into the vegan market

In 2018, Fatburger jumped into the vegan market by introducing the Impossible Burger. The chain jumped further into the plant-based market by introducing vegan milkshakes last week. They’re made with Craig’s Vegan Ice Cream line, which opts for cashews as the base, and topped with non-dairy whipped cream. These shakes debuted last week at the following Fatburger locations: Beverly Hills, Santa Monica and Sepulveda, Carson, Sherman Oaks, West Hollywood, Van Nuys, Woodland Hills, North Hollywood, Lincoln and Pico, Venice, Wilshire and Vermont, and Redondo Beach.

Sad news from Long Beach

The city of Long Beach and the family of George Rodoula Loizides are in mourning after the couple passed away this month. The 83-year-old George owned George’s Greek Cafe, which has a total of three locations throughout the city. The 76-year-old Rodoula died only five days after George on October 20, according to the Long Beach Post.

A mate cafe in Northridge

Mate Conmigo might be the only materia in Southern California. Argentine-born owner Gabriela Simoni launched the business with her two sons this summer, which includes empanadas and traditional alfajores according to KABC. Made from the leaves of the yerba mate tree, Simoni also teaches customers about the culture behind the caffeinated South American drink.