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Texas Taco Maker Homestate Opens New Pasadena Location Today

Plus, Moo’s gigantic offset smoker arrives, Pride in LA restaurants, and Marugame Udon Glendale reopens with a tribute to frontline workers

HomeState’s breakfast tacos, held open inside two hands in the sun.
Breakfast Tacos at HomeState
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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.

Homestate — Los Angeles’s popular Tex-Mex eatery — opens its new location in the former Lincoln restaurant today, June 21. Owner Briana Valdez took over the space earlier this year, and it’s already cranking out breakfast tacos as you read this.

The location sits slightly south of Woodbury near John Muir High School, and is a solid reconfiguration that’s already sporting the signature Homestate style: think massive logos on the side of the building, Texas art, a full menu that includes cocktails on-site or to-go, and ample community seating indoors and out. For now, Homestate Pasadena’s hours are from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. daily, with expanded hours on the horizon.

In other news:

  • It’s mid-Pride month, and KCRW showed appreciation for LA’s LGBTQ-owned businesses including the Abbey, Casita del Campo, and Luv2Eat.
  • Pasadena NOW reports the Pasadena City Council council voted to extend outdoor dining programs last week and will use Federal CARES Act money instead of charging restaurant owners.
  • While in another Pasadena NOW story, Lêberry Bakery & Donuts received a $25,000 grant from Guy Fieri and the California Restaurant Foundation.
  • As Los Angeles takes in its first full week of reopening, the labor shortage is a constant concern. Los Angeles Magazine dives in with a report.
  • The Long Beach Press Telegram’s Merrill Schindler showed some love to Cambodia Town, with special emphasis on Udom Khmer.
  • After closing for 12 months, Marugame Udon Glendale reopens on Tuesday, June 22. They’re also giving away a free udon bowl and drink to frontline workers in uniform or valid ID tomorrow.

Homestate Pasadena

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