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Here’s What to Know About LA’s Decades-Long Fight For Street Food Legalization

Plus a Long Beach newcomer, and more burger news

Street Vending in a red jacket on a sidewalk.
A street food vendor
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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.

Street vending is real, and legal

L.A. Taco has all the key information on the city’s new street vending permits, and was even there for the release of the first-ever permit. Per the Taco, there are now 24 city employees with the Bureau of Street Services who are tasked with permitting and enforcement, and the city will begin issuing permits in earnest (and handing out warnings to those not in compliance, at first) this year. Congrats to all of the hard working folks who managed to make LA’s long dream of vendor legislation a reality.

A new reality

Heated writer Jonathan Kauffman took a look at California’s cottage food law, meant to enable home cooks to make a living cooking the food they love. The question is: Does the new law work as intended?

Two becomes one

Goldburger is collab’ing with Go Get Em Tiger next Friday for a one-day burger dinner in Silver Lake. Meanwhile, the Go Get Em Tiger burger will become available at the Highland Park and Los Feliz locations (in addition to the Downtown outlet at the Row) starting on Monday through the GGET app.

More trouble

Lisa Vanderpump and partner Ken Todd have been sued for failing to pay wages to employees, reports Jezebel.

The menu queen

Taste Cooking got Ruth Reichl to open up her extended menu collection, including lots of throwback Los Angeles restaurants like Citrus.

Not so Texas, yet

Texas Monthly came back to Los Angeles to check in on the food scene (mostly its barbecue), and found a lot to be desired, even at places like Slab. The best of the bunch was Maple Block Meat Co., at least on this trip.

A Long Beach looker

The Hideaway is now all the way open in Long Beach. The casual chop house at 4137 Anaheim St. comes from chef Art Gonzalez of Panxa Cocina and owners Geoff and Karna Rau. Expect lots of meat, cocktails, seafood, and the like.