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Historic Filipinotown Is Quickly Becoming One of LA’s Hottest Dining Neighborhoods

Plus Danny Trejo tries ice cream, and a guide to Cantonese barbecue

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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.

Dining in the neighborhood

This week Life & Thyme dropped a rather comprehensive guide to all things Historic Filipinotown and dining. The swiftly-changing neighborhood has a number of new tenants to know about alongside stalwarts like Valerie Confections, Ragtop Ferns, and the Park’s Finest, LA’s quintessential Filipino-American barbecue joint. There’s a lot to love about the neighborhood and has been for years, from Bahay Kubo the newest location of Boba Guys.

The Cantonese canon

Los Angeles Magazine offers a guide to the best Cantonese dining in greater Los Angeles, with a particular focus on all those awesome roast meats. Crispy pork belly and roast duck of course feature prominently on the list.

Tiki hour

Check out these incredible mugs being made for Guerrilla Tacos’ upcoming tiki party on February 27. The $200 event includes a six-course meal and paired drinks as well as the commemorative mug to take home.

Breaking news

Eagle Rock’s Boulevard Sentinel has an update on some of the recent break-ins at Eagle Rock restaurants along Colorado Boulevard. Sunny Side Cafe lost something like $40,000 from its safe not long ago, and that was preceded by burglaries at places like Piencone as well. The result is a feeling of lost community and safety, the Sentinel says.

Talking it out

Chef and baker Nicole Rucker was recently on an episode of the Taste Cooking podcast, talking candidly about what it means to run a restaurant, to get that first big review, and to have support from friends and family all the while.

Ice cream king

Danny Trejo is branching out once again, this time adding ice cream to his repertoire. The longtime character actor already has a sit-down cantina-style restaurant, his taco empire, and now he’s tacking soft serve ice cream on to his Coffee and Donuts location along Santa Monica Boulevard. Look for two different flavors available as a cone or inside a doughnut, with a vegan option on offer as well.

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Danny Trejo and ice cream
Trejo’s Coffee and Donuts [Official]