This is a weekly compilation of noteworthy restaurant openings throughout Los Angeles. Take note of these under-the-radar places from the Valley to the South Bay, from the Westside to the San Gabriel Valley. Let’s dive right in.
December 18, 2019
Monrovia— Sushi and sake aficionados in and around Monrovia are lining up for a table at the intimate Sushi Nakata where the husband and wife team is serving an affordable omakase, simple sashimi, and done-up rolls with fish flown in from Japan. 108 East Lime Avenue, Monrovia.
Boyle Heights— Cafe Rebelde is ready to serve East LA residents needing caffeine, a quiet place to gather, or a bit of both. To pair with a range of espressos and coffees is a selection of Mexican pastries. 3025 Wabash Ave, Los Angeles.
Monterey Park— There is only one dish on the menu at Zhou’s Guilin Ricenoodle: Guilin-style rice noodles served as a noodle soup or with broth on the side. The quintessential bowl is topped with beef and crispy pork. 206 S Garfield Ave., Monterey Park.
Little Tokyo— Head to the Dot Dot Dot kiosk inside Weller Court for a Taiwanese take on Japanese imagawayaki. Known in Taiwan as “wheel cakes,” the sweet and savory pastries are filled with a variety of ingredients including vanilla custard and boba, matcha custard, and corn cheese. 123 Astronaut Ellison S Onizuka St., Ste. 108-1, Los Angeles.
Pasadena— Setting up shop in Pasadena’s Playhouse District is Anayas, a full-service Mexican restaurant with an extensive menu and full bar. The restaurant starts early with breakfast at 7 a.m., serving platters of steak, eggs, and machaca. 630 East Colorado Blvd, Pasadena.
December 11, 2019
Sawtelle— 626 Night Market favorite Main Chick is settling into a bricks-and-mortar on Sawtelle. The specialty is bone-in chicken and chicken fingers prepared in the style of Nashville hot. Plans to expand into Pasadena and West LA are in the works. 11419 Santa Monica Blvd., West Los Angeles.
Little Ethiopia— New to this stretch of Olympic is Qi Steam Kitchen, a Chinese concept specializing in steamed foods. The restaurant’s signature dishes include steamed lamb chops and steamed asparagus with sesame seeds. 5966 West Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles.
Pasadena— Glendale’s Brick and Flour opened a second outlet a stone’s throw from Pasadena City College. The fast-casual Mexican spot encourages diners to DIY tacos, burritos, tortas, and bowls. 105 N. Hill Ave #102, Pasadena.
Norwalk— Uproot Cafe brings casual vegan fare to Norwalk. The menu of easy-going sandwiches, pizzas, and sides makes for a healthful and low-key lunch. 12201 Firestone Blvd., Norwalk.
Woodland Hills— A second outlet of &Waffles promises all-day breakfast with an emphasis on Belgian waffles that swing both sweet and savory. The waffle cheeseburger consists of a jalapeno and cheddar waffle along with a hamburger patty and a fried egg. 21028 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills.
December 4, 2019
Manhattan Beach— It’s been a busy year for chef Josiah Citrin and he’s closing it out with a new spot in the South Bay. Costa Manhattan Beach’s menu features plenty of seafood and pasta. The restaurant is open for dinner Tuesday through Sunday and reservations are available on Resy. 1017 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach.
Glendale— Head to Zhengyalov Hatz for a taste of zhingyalov hats, a kind of Armenian flatbread stuffed with a plethora of fresh herbs and vegetables. Everything is made from scratch at this family-owned business. 318 East Broadway, Glendale.
South Gate— The foods of Puerto Rico aren’t too common in LA, but Puerto Rican Flavors is hoping to change that, at least in South Gate. On the menu are empanadas filled with ground beef, layered casseroles called pastelon, and pina coladas to sip. 2707 Santa Ana St., South Gate.
Encino— The Nashville hot chicken trend shows no sign of slowing down with Angry Chickz setting up shop in the Valley. The focused four-item menu means that everyone is eating hot chicken sliders or hot chicken tenders with sides of fries, mac and cheese, coleslaw, and rice. 16101 Ventura Blvd., Ste. 101, Los Angeles.
East Hollywood— The folks behind Bolt have expanded next door with M.A.P., which stands for meat and provisions. On the limited menu are whole, half, and quartered rotisserie chickens, as well as salads, pita wraps, and sides. 5652 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles.
November 27, 2019
Burbank— A self-proclaimed “deli of sorts,” Hank’s Bagels is baking bagels from scratch and filling them with all manner of cream cheese, butter, and cured fish. To drink, there is freshly brewed Coava coffee. 4315 W Riverside Dr., Burbank.
Lynwood— Italian comfort fare comes to Lynwood at La Pasta. The menu of pizzas, pastas, and salads are proudly made the old fashion way. Save room for the tiramisu for dessert. 3614 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd., Lynwood.
Eagle Rock— Maru Pit Stop settles into Colorado Boulevard with a Korean street food menu. Bowls, wraps, and salads come with a choice of beef bulgogi, spicy pork, or tofu. 2750 Colorado Blvd., Ste. 4, Los Angeles.
Inglewood— Not a week goes by without a new Nashville hot chicken spot opening somewhere in greater Los Angeles. Cluckin Bun brings the unbeatable combination of hot chicken, cheese fries, and churros to Inglewood residents. 1100 West Florence Ave., D, Inglewood.
Pasadena— Across the street from Pasadena City College comes Cross St Cafe, a casual spot selling Korean snacks like kimbap, Nutella-stuffed waffles, and shaved ice. 1543 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena.
November 20, 2019
Inglewood— Beloved Nigerian restaurant Aduke has expanded to a second outlet in the South Bay. On the menu is fufu, a dumpling made of mashed cassava, as well as its cousin amala, which is made of dried yam flour. 1117 W Manchester Blvd., Ste. C, Inglewood.
Northridge— Gentle Chic is here for anyone who’s ever wished for Korean fried chicken, Korean corn dogs, and Bruxie-style waffle sandwiches served under one roof. Order and pay at the counter at this fast-casual spot. 10201 Reseda Blvd., Los Angeles.
University Park— A stone’s throw away from the Ralphs on the corner of West Adams and Vermont is Saucin It Up Fried Chicken, a street food stand specializing in all that’s deep-fried and crispy including chicken, corn, and potatoes. 2604 S. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles.
Maywood— Head to Birrieria Canelo’s for goat tacos served on hand-made corn tortillas with warm bowls of consomme on the side from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. 5549 S Atlantic Blvd., Maywood.
Westchester— Partners from Westchester’s popular Cinco have opened The Manchester. On the menu are American classics like a $6 burger and steak frites paired with craft cocktails. 8522 Lincoln Blvd., Los Angeles.
November 13, 2019
Duarte— Popping up in an unlikely corner of the San Gabriel Valley is Five Stars Hue, a central Vietnamese specialist with an additional outlet in El Monte. Hone in on the steamed and stuffed dumplings to start before settling into a bowl of bun bo Hue. 1020 Hungtington Dr., Duarte.
Little Tokyo— Japanese rice balls made with flare is the focus at Rike. In addition to a slew of rice balls flavored with things like salty plum and cinnamon chicken, are smaller portioned flavor-forward sides. 228 E 1st St., Los Angeles.
Downey— For those who can’t decide between Mexican mariscos or Mexican sushi, Emporio Sushi Y Mariscos offers the best of both worlds. Whichever direction one chooses, a margarita or michelada will likely pair perfectly. 11949 Paramount Blvd., Downey.
Long Beach— LBC residents can now head to Mixx Kitchen for casual Asian-inspired fare paired with refreshing milk and fruit teas. There’s small plates of tofu fritters and pork belly tots for snacking, or full-sized hot pots along with rice and noodle dishes for a heartier affair. 3853 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach.
Beverly Hills— Woodland Hills’s beloved Pascal Patisserie has set up a second location in Beverly Hills. Expect simple soups, salads, and sandwiches at Pascal on Beverly, along with sweets of all stripes including pastries and cakes. 200 S Beverly Dr. Beverly Hills.
November 6, 2019
Pasadena— Bacon-wrapped hot dogs, Mexican corn, and french fries — all dressed to the nines — are what it is all about at Dirt Dog, which opened a second outlet in Pasadena. Hot dogs can be ordered on a traditional bun, pretzel bun, or New England-style split-top bun. Two additional locations are slated for 2020 in Downey and San Bernardino. 20 E. Union St., Ste. 160, Pasadena.
Long Beach— Head to Plancha Latin Kitchen for pan-Latin cooking with an LA point of view. Choose from preset dishes like ceviche, Cubano sandwiches, and arepas, or build-your-own meal with a plethora of mix-ins like chayote stew, carnitas, and a Guatemalan beet salad. 3860 Worsham Ave., Ste. 300, Long Beach.
Alhambra— With so many Sichuan restaurants in the San Gabriel Valley, Xiang La Hui is hoping to stand out with carefully made and creatively presented dishes. The caramelized spare ribs arrive on an ornate miniature wooden bridge. 621 W. Main St., Alhambra.
Van Nuys— The Valley knows a thing or two about serving up iconic burgers, and the latest newcomer is Meats and Buns. All burgers are made with four ounces of beef and are priced under $6. Make it a combo with fries and a drink for under $10. 15317 Vanowen St., Los Angeles.
Rosemead— MJ Noodles serves Vietnamese noodle soups beyond the usual suspects. Look for ca ri dui ga, a rich curry broth served with rice noodles and a chicken thigh, as well as bun mam, a heady fermented shrimp soup with thick rice noodles, eggplant, and pork. 8526 Valley Blvd., Ste. 106, Rosemead.
October 30, 2019
Culver City— In a city chock-full of Italian restaurants, Carasau is hoping to stand out with its Sardinian fare. Thin-crust pizzas come topped with bottarga and speck, while regional pastas like the Sardinian ravioli are stuffed with potatoes and cheese. 3912/3918 Van Buren Pl., Culver City.
Alhambra— Supreme Dragon offers a menu of China’s greatest hits with a Shanghainese bent. There are dumplings, of course, from pan-fried potstickers to soupy xiao long bao, as well as fried intestines and beef noodle soup with tendons. 1265 E Valley Blvd., Alhambra.
Artesia— The specialty at Honest is the bhaji pav, a thick vegetable curry served with plush rolls on the side. Rounding out the menu are biryani, dosas, and Indo-Chinese mash-ups like fried rice and hot and sour soup. 18600 Pioneer Blvd., Artesia.
Arcadia— Whereas most of the area’s hot pot restaurants offer communal cooking using tableside cauldrons, Yintang Spicy Hot Pot operates a bit differently. Diners select ingredients from a buffet table and everything is weighed before the ingredients are taken into the kitchen and transformed into a noodle soup. 1435 S Baldwin Ave., Arcadia.
Beverly Grove— For Mediterranean fare served in posh environs, look no further than Tabla Restaurant. Pass over the burgers and wings for the Greek-influenced dishes like grilled octopus and avgolemono soup with chicken, lemon, and orzo. 8108 W 3rd St., Los Angeles.
October 23, 2019
Hermosa Beach— Barsha comes from Adnen and Lenora Marouani, the owners of Barsha Wines and Spirits in Manhattan Beach. On the menu are California takes on the Tunisian home cooking that Adnen grew up eating. 1141 Aviation Blvd., Hermosa Beach.
El Monte— For those refraining from meat but not calories, head to Sweet Veggie in El Monte for an all-you-can-eat buffet. The pan-Asian selection includes sushi, steamed dumplings, and shaved ice. 10478 Valley Blvd., North El Monte.
Venice— Located steps away from the beach is Banh Mi Ba Nam, a walk-up window serving Vietnamese sandwiches, milk tea, and fruit iced tea. There’s lemongrass tofu for the vegetarian crowd and proteins of all kinds for everyone else. 425 Ocean Front Walk, Venice.
Los Angeles— Plan ahead for a taste of Inomoni, a vegan dim sum specialist that’s only delivering from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and closed on Mondays and Thursdays. The menu includes meatless takes on dim sum’s greatest hits including shrimp dumplings, sticky rice in lotus leaf, and barbecue pork buns.
Koreatown— Head to the third floor of California Marketplace for a taste of Hyunghoon Tendon, a Japanese tempura purveyor from Korea. The $14.95 rice bowl special comes with shrimp, chicken, lotus root, pumpkin, and salmon roe. 450 S. Western Ave. 3rd Floor, Los Angeles.
October 16, 2019
Pasadena— The Nashville hot chicken trend is morphing in unexpected ways at Funnel Birds, an evening pop-up in Pasadena. The signature funnel bird includes a slab of hot chicken, cheese, and honey served on a funnel cake bun. 1171 E. Walnut St., Pasadena.
Hermosa Beach— Simms Restaurant Group alums Anne Conness and Nancy Vrankovic have teamed up to open MOSA, a seafood-leaning Italian restaurant. On the menu are oysters, pastas, and crowd-pleasing mains including a hamburger, steak frites, and scallops. 190 Hermosa Ave., Hermosa Beach.
Downtown— The Hand Roll Bar Experience, also known as the HRB Experience, borrows liberally from both Sugarfish and Kazu Nori with its menu of minimalist sushi and hand rolls. A second outlet is slated for the Westfield Century City mall. 529 W. 6th St., Los Angeles.
Los Angeles— Bay Area-favorite Italian Homemade Company has arrived in Los Angeles, but only as a cloud kitchen. Available through third-party delivery services are fresh pastas, salads, and piadinas, Italian flatbreads stuffed with cheese, vegetables, and meat. 615 N. Western Ave., Los Angeles.
Inglewood— Straightforward and satisfying Italian-American fare is the specialty at Sunday Gravy. Look for red checkered tablecloths and the genre’s greatest hits like cheesy garlic bread, New York-style cheesecake, and fettuccini alfredo. 1122 Centinela Ave., Inglewood.
October 2, 2019
Torrance— There’s no shortage of Hawaiian fare in the South Bay and the second outlet of Aunty Maile’s is a fine addition to the thriving scene. The extensive menu features crowd-pleasing favorites like loco moco, kalbi short ribs, and furikake shrimp. 19106 Normandie Ave., Torrance.
Duarte— Just point-point at what looks tasty at Art’s Kitchen, a casual Filipino walk-up in Duarte. Choose from one, two, or three dishes from the day’s selection that usually includes homey and flavorful options like adobo and sisig. 1741 E Huntington Dr., Duarte.
Long Beach— Find Louisiana-style fried chicken, as well as standard Vietnamese fare, all under one roof at Louisiana Asian Kitchen. On the Vietnamese side of the menu is pho, vermicelli noodles, and rice plates. 2405 E 7th St., Long Beach.
Glendale— Jin Cook serves up “authentic Korean soul food” across the street from Porto’s. The simple menu contains just five dishes including braised beef short ribs and chicken or pork katsu. Korean-style dumplings and chicken wings are on hand to round out any meal. 310 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale.
Rosemead— A third outlet of Kim Kee Noodle House has opened in Rosemead. The speciality here are Vietnamese-leaning chiuchow noodle soups with clear broths and egg noodles. Order a bowl of the Trieu Chau Thap Cam for a smattering of offals, shrimp, and pork. 8766 Valley Blvd., Rosemead.
September 25, 2019
Little Tokyo— It’s easier to get a taste of Kabuto’s Japanese fried chicken now that the 626 Night Market vendor has a permanent space. The fried Jidori chickens are available a la carte and in set menus. The slew of sides includes creamed corn, cold tofu, garlic noodles, and curry mac and cheese. 323 E 1st St., Los Angeles.
Long Beach— Haewah Dal is an ambitious restaurant serving “modern Korean cuisine” from chef Jake S. Jung. The restaurant is offering three different tasting menus — 10-courses for $130, 6-courses for $80, and a 5-course vegan tasting for $60 — along with an la carte menu. Dishes include Korean classics like bossam and galbijjim prepared with well-sourced ingredients and fine dining flare. 5020 East 2nd Street, Long Beach.
Hacienda Heights— Popping Yolk Cafe brings unfussy breakfast fare to this eastern suburb. On the menu are things like fancy French toast, classic egg Benedict, and almost-too-pretty to eat open-faced sandwiches. 15840 Halliburton Rd., Hacienda Heights.
Rosemead— Find CQ Tasty King hidden inside the foodcourt at GW Supermarket. The menu boasts specialties from Chongqing, including its famous hot pots, as well as oil-slicked noodles and dumplings The Sichuan food trend doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon. 8150 Garvey Ave., 105, Rosemead.
Manchester Square— The Seafood Xperience serves up fresh fish, shrimp, and lobster in a variety of ways including grilled, deep-fried, on ice, and even tucked inside po’ boy sandwiches. Rounding out the menu are Southern-style sides like hush puppies and lobster mac and cheese. 2100 W. Florence Ave., Los Angeles.
September 18, 2019
Koreatown— South Korea’s Twozone Chicken opened its first stateside location in Koreatown. Established in 2007, the fried chicken specialist is best known for its plethora of flavors including cajun, wasabi, and honey butter. Diners are encouraged to mix and match flavors according to taste preferences. 3516 W 8th St., Los Angeles.
Little Tokyo— Fans of the now-closed Maison Akira in Pasadena can experience chef Akira Hirose’s cooking once again at Azay, a casual eatery serving French and Japanese breakfast and lunch. Come in before 11 a.m. for a traditional Japanese breakfast of broiled fish, rice, miso soup, pickles, and an omelet. 226 E 1st St., Los Angeles.
East Los Angeles— A second outlet of Alhambra’s Mancora Peruvian Cuisine is now up and running. The menu of carefully made fare is largely the same as at the original location, offering Peru’s greatest hits from chaufa to ceviches. 283 S. Atlantic Blvd., Los Angeles.
Lake Balboa— Saffron Mediterranean Kitchen serves up fast-casual Mediterranean fare. Diners can build their own pita sandwiches, tacos, or salad bowls with chicken, beef, or falafel. 7600 Balboa Blvd., Los Angeles.
San Gabriel— For late-night dining in the San Gabriel Valley, look no further than Hong Kong-style cafes, like HK Grand Cafe. From creamy seafood pasta to wonton noodle soup, the extensive menu of Chinese and European fare offers something for every mood. 5449 Rosemead Blvd., San Gabriel.
September 11, 2019
Mid-City— Roji Bakery, which opened in 2006 in Kumamoto, Japan, serves the unbeatable combination of carbohydrates and caffeine. With loaves of milk bread, lovely pastries, and plenty of coffee on offer, this place is perfect for mornings and afternoon pick-me-ups. 807 S La Brea Ave., Los Angeles.
Torrance— Head to the new Shiok! Asian Street Food in Torrance for a casual pan-Asian dining experience. The restaurant’s best-sellers include a Vietnamese banh mi with lemongrass steak on a house-made baguette, as well as rice bowls topped with steak or vegetarian jackfruit. 2595 Airport Dr., Torrance.
West Hollywood— Poached chicken served alongside broth-cooked rice is a staple in many Asian countries and What The Cluck shares the Thai tradition of khao man gai with WeHo denizens. The first location opened in San Francisco. Hone in on the skin-on organic chicken, livers, and poached egg served with rice and plenty of the restaurant’s signature sauce. 8281 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood.
Temple City— In a crowded noodle and dumpling market like the SGV’s, newcomer Dumpling King will face stiff competition from every corner of the valley. From meat-stuffed pastries to dumplings fried and steamed, the self-anointed king will need to prove itself with every bite. 10689 Lower Azusa Rd., Temple City.
Redondo Beach— Hermosa Beach’s The Hook & Plow has expanded to nearby Redondo Beach. Get a taste for the place by coming in for happy hour Monday to Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. for $5 beers and a slew of appealing bar bites. 1729 S. Catalina Ave., Redondo Beach.
September 4, 2019
Glendale— Pasadena’s Monta Factory has opened a second more service-oriented outlet in nearby Glendale. The menu is mostly the same, with little beef dumplings served with four sauces, salmon burgers, and cheesy sue-beoregs. 1208 W Glenoaks Blvd., Glendale.
Culver City— Bianca Bakery has transformed the former Cannibal space at the Platform into an inviting spot to gather, caffeinate, and luxuriate. Find freshly baked bread, carefully made cakes, sweet and savory pastries, and a smattering of savories like open-faced sandwiches on hand. 8850 Washington Blvd., Culver City.
San Gabriel— Hot pot spots are a dime a dozen in this neighborhood. Hiher hopes to stand out from the crowd with a different service model where diners select meat and vegetables from a buffet table and are charged by the pound. 288 S San Gabriel Blvd., San Gabriel.
Hollywood— The Nashville hot chicken trend shows no sign of slowing down. New to the touristy district is Hot Motha Clucker, which promises an “extreme chicken experience.” One of the restaurant’s best-sellers are cheesy fries topped with chopped chicken tenders. 1708 N. Las Palmas, Los Angeles.
Koreatown— Opened by an entertainment industry vet, Nadri Korean Tea House serves traditional Korean teas, snacks, and desserts. Enjoy a mug of burdock root tea while nibbling a sausage and rice cake skewer. Save room for shaved ice for dessert. 4011 W. 6th St., Los Angeles.
August 28, 2019
Fairfax— Vow Burger, a socially conscious restaurant venture, is on a mission to make a positive impact by serving an entirely meat-free menu and donating a meal for every meal purchased. 519 N Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles.
Downtown— Mon Petit Poulet keeps its menu simple, offering only organic roasted chickens and a handful of sides including rice, potatoes, and a baguette. Chicken flavor “profiles” include thyme, rosemary, oranges, figs, and olives. 541 South Spring St., Los Angeles.
Pasadena— Check out Pillow Talk for coffee, pastries, and fanciful fruity trifles served in metal tins on South Lake Avenue. Signature beverages include a pineapple Americano and an ice tiramisu. 526 S Lake Ave., Pasadena.
Long Beach— South Bay revelers have a new place to call home: Long Beach Tap House. With over 30 beers on tap and alcoholic shakes, there’s something for everyone. 5110 E 2nd St., Long Beach.
Compton— Inspired by the southern tradition of Friday fish fries, Fishbone Seafood is making waves with things like po’ boys and all manner of fried seafood on the menu. This is the fifth location in LA proper for the local chain-let 162 E. Compton Blvd., Compton.
August 21, 2019
Alhambra— Yang’s Kitchen serves Taiwanese-inspired fare made with wholesome ingredients, like locally milled flours from Grist & Toll and organic vegetables. Sneak in during soft opening for a taste of chef Chris Yang’s beef noodle soup and braised pork with rice. 112 W. Main St., Alhambra.
Eagle Rock— Mama Shawerma brings grilled chicken wraps and salads with a Mediterranean bent to northeast LA. The signature wrap includes pickles, cheddar, and chicken wrapped neatly in a grilled flatbread. 2040 Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles.
Downtown— New to Santee Alley in Downtown’s Fashion District is Artesano Tamaleria, a tamale specialist with a penchant for both traditional and creative takes. Unique fillings include goat cheese, fish, and a sweet tamale with pineapple. 819 Santee St., Los Angeles.
Monterey Park— Cantonese newcomer Tan Gong brings a cart-less dim sum experience to a neighborhood not short on yum cha options. The genre’s greatest hits, like steamed pork buns and fried turnip cakes, are present and accounted for. 111 N. Atlantic Blvd., Monterey Park.
Downtown— San Francisco-based KoJa Kitchen brings its Korean-Japanese burgers served with crispy garlic rice buns to the heart of downtown. This is the 15th location for Alan Tsai and Hiep Lien, and the first in LA proper. 611 West 7th St., Los Angeles.
August 14, 2019
Venice— Ela Greek Eats serves fast-casual fare in a brightly lit room on Lincoln Boulevard. The menu is easy to navigate with salads, gyros, dips, as well as more traditional Greek offerings like moussaka. Most dishes are served with a choice of lamb, chicken, steak, salmon, or tuna, which means there’s something for everyone. 307 Lincoln Blvd., Venice.
Monterey Park— The former owner of Delicious Food Corner is serving up more Cantonese fare at Alice’s Kitchen. With congee, clay pot rices, and curries on the menu, the Hong Kong hits keep coming. 580 E Garvey Ave., Monterey Park.
Little Tokyo— With locations in West Covina and Cerritos, The Noypitz Bar and Grill is poised to bring traditional Filipino cooking to Downtown denizens. There’s live music and a full bar to accompany all that hearty Pinoy fare. 333 S. Alameda St., Ste. 115, Los Angeles.
Palms— Upon watching George Motz’s documentary “Hamburger America,” Mark Tripp set out to create the perfect burger. Now at his Westside pop-up Tripp Burgers, Tripp serves smashed burgers simply dressed with American cheese on a toasted Martin’s Famous Potato Roll. For the latest updates, see Instagram. 3458 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles.
Covina— Look no further than Cajun Crawfish Stop the next time a craving for Viet-Cajun strikes. In addition to the usual spice-rubbed shrimp and crawfish are a number of Vietnamese specialties including bun rieu, a crab and tomato noodle soup, and chicken pho. 405 N. Vincent Ave., Covina.
August 7, 2019
Larchmont— The Filipino food movement shows no sign of slowing down. Rice Guys serves up rice bowls gussied up with an array of Pinoy proteins including grilled pork belly, coconut-poached chicken thighs, and glazed adobo chicken wings. 615 N. Western Ave., Los Angeles.
Downtown— Look for Burritobreak on the corner of Figueroa and 7th on weekdays from 7 a.m. until noon. This mobile food stand serves up moderately priced and petite burritos filled with things like eggs, cheese, and potatoes. 888 W. 7th St., Los Angeles.
San Gabriel— Straight out of Guangzhou is Yin Ji Chang Fen, a Cantonese congee and rice rolls specialist. The porridges here come topped with preserved eggs or pork blood, while the rice rolls are filled with pork kidneys or shrimp. 227 W. Valley Blvd., Ste 118-A, San Gabriel.
Koreatown— There is a new gopchang specialist in town for those who prefer innards when it comes to Korean barbecue. Hak San serves up a number of combinations showcasing large and small intestines, but also offers plain ol’ beef and pork for those less inclined toward offals. 3101 W. 8th St., Los Angeles.
Redondo Beach— Local chainlet Kalaveras opened its third location by the water. The Day of the Dead-themed restaurant brings together dependable cocktails and Mexican staples in festive fashion. 228 Ave. I, Redondo Beach.