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Difficult Downtown Culver City Has Lost Its Best Ramen Option

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Plus Hungry Cat turns 14, and a new Wax Paper special

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Ramen Bangaichi
Ramen Bangaichi
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.

No more noodles

Ramen Bangaichi has closed in Culver City, leaving the former East Borough space once again dormant in the city’s downtown. A tipster says the 2017 restaurant was all buttoned up, and Yelp reports it as having been closed for a little while now, though it’s unclear exactly when.

In the parking lot

Upstart Valley stand Pablito’s Tacos is moving to an iconic new location, setting up in the parking lot of Circus Liquor in North Hollywood. They’re open as of tonight, and the first folks in line will even get free food.

Returning event

The Los Angeles Latin Food Fest is back on March 29 and 30. The two-day affair features food from a variety of well-known names, including Jaime Martin del Campo and Ramiro Arvizu, plus Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger, plus beers and wines from around the globe.

More on n/naka

The New Yorker has a long new profile out on Niki Nakayama and Carole Iida of n/naka. The famed kaiseki-style Japanese restaurant is among the best places to dine anywhere in America, but the magazine says it still may not be getting the attention it deserves, both for its food and its chefs.

Hungry in Hollywood

The Hungry Cat in Hollywood is doing big Mardi Gras celebrations all week long with lots of live crawfish and andouille sausage to enjoy. They’re also doing a 14-year birthday celebration on Friday with $1 oysters, more crawfish, drink specials, and beyond.

Party in West Adams

Speaking of Mardi Gras, the folks from Harold & Belle’s are going big tonight. Not only is the restaurant doing a Fat Tuesday blow-out, they’re also celebrating 50 years in business with live music and lots of food and drink.