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One of LA’s Most Promising New Taco Spots Had its Setup Stolen Overnight

Plus best new restaurant winners, and a tiki-filled summer

LA Birria
LA Birria
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 crime

One of the city’s more popular recent taco options, L.A. Birria in West Adams, is being forced to “start at the bottom again” after their cart setup was stolen over the weekend, reports L.A. Taco. Owner Eduardo Anaya says they’ve filed a police report to try to find the van and cart, but for now he’s forced to go back to his original setup, and to start saving money all over again.

Big wins

Food & Wine released its annual list of best new restaurants this morning, and two of LA’s finest newcomers made the list. First up is Nightshade in the Arts District, with Echo Park’s Japanese sandwich shop hit Konbi taking the number four spot.

Coastal beer

The former Newport Beach Brewing Co. is getting new life down in Orange County, as Helmsan Alehouse will take over this summer. Per the OC Register, the brewpub will offer food in addition to on-site brews made in a 15-barrel brewhouse setup.

By the beach

Manhattan Village is getting two new restaurant tenants, eventually: Edo Little Bites and Dan by ROC. The former is a restaurant from Edoardo Baldi that will focus on Tuscan dishes in a cafe setting, and the latter will lean into dumplings and noodles inside a 3,500 square foot restaurant. Expect both to open in the fall of next year.

Hot sauce wars

The LA Times has news on a lawsuit featuring Huy Fong Foods, makers of Sriracha, and its longtime supplier of chiles out of Ventura County. An agreement between the farming company and the hot sauce maker has soured beyond repair, and now the two are battling over millions of dollars in alleged unpaid debts and damages.

Coming changes

The Arts District continues to churn out new development deals, including a large eight-story option coming to Mateo soon, says Curbed. The live-work spot will offer 13,000 square feet of restaurant space, along with more than 100 living spaces and other retail options.

Tiki summers

The Spare Room in Hollywood is hosting a series of guest bartender nights throughout the summer, each with their own specialized tiki theme. First up is Arizona’s Undertow on Wednesday, starting at 8 p.m. Expect lots of rum, bright colors, and fun.