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Santa Maria-Style Gold Land BBQ Pop-Up Returns, This Time to West Adams

Plus, onigiri in Chinatown, plant-based barbecue kits, and a pop-up at ROW

A tray of food from Gold Land BBQ in Los Angeles, California.
Gold Land BBQ
Courtesy of Gold Land BBQ
Mona Holmes is a reporter for Eater Los Angeles and a regular contributor to KCRW radio. She has covered restaurants, dining, and food culture since 2016. In 2022, the James Beard Foundation nominated her for a Jonathan Gold Local Voice Award.

The busy Gold Land BBQ pop-up returns this Sunday, May 30, for a second round of Santa Maria-style barbecue at Bee Taqueria in West Adams. Gold Land began an extended hiatus during the winter coronavirus pandemic surge, leaving behind a weekly stint at Menotti’s Coffee Stop’s Culver City location.

Gold Land’s operators, Joey Rubin and chef Joshua Luce, follow a familiar and historic barbecue tradition that relies on California red oak smoke and meat cooked on specific grills that can be raised or lowered by crank over the flames. Expect options like prime beef rib tip, organic spatchcock chicken, traditional lingüiça sausage, and baby back ribs.

The Bee Taqueria residency runs every Sunday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. until Labor Day, with pre-orders for pick-up or delivery as well as a la carte service. Check the full menu before going.

In other news:

  • The Henry West Hollywood reopens on June 8 with an interior refresh and updated menu.
  • Super Rich will pop-up with its stunning onigiri at Chinatown retail store Paper Please on May 30, and again on June 6 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
  • Southern California’s plant-based chain Veggie Grill put together a Memorial Day barbecue kit for the summer months. The kit includes Impossible Burgers with a house sauce and brioche buns, fixings for a pulled “chicken” sandwich, Field Roast hot dogs, smoked potato salad, and corn on the cob. All without any animal products. Details and order info are here.
Veggie Grill restaurant’s plant-based barbecue kit
Veggie Grill’s barbecue kit
Courtesy of Veggie Grill
  • The LA Times announced its lineup for its annual Food Bowl with a combination of virtual and in-person events, a restaurant guide, and an event that explores Black foodways ahead of Juneteenth with the owners of Bludso’s Bar & Que, Post & Beam, Hotville Chicken, and Cinqué.
  • The annual AbilityFirst Food & Wine Festival will run as a live virtual event on June 6 at 5 p.m. There’s a sliding pricing scale for entry, with delivered options like beer pairings from Golden Road Brewery, and dishes from chef Jonathan Quintana of the Raymond 1886, among others. All the details are on the AbilityFirst website.
  • Over the next two weekends, a collaboration between Ingrained LA and Cafe Dulce is happening at the Row development from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Head to DTLA for a Hainan chicken bowl or Japanese beef bowl. Pre-orders only on the Ingrained website.

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