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Glendale’s Chicken Specialist Rockbird Expands to Highland Park

Plus, a brazen daytime robbery on Melrose, and a governor recal candidate’s visit to Brent’s Deli

Fried chicken sandwich from Rockbird in Glendale.
Fried chicken sandwich from Rockbird in Glendale.
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Southern California’s chicken sandwich options — especially fried ones — keep expanding, with Glendale’s popular Rockbird securing a second location in Highland Park at a former cannabis dispensary. It’s slated to open in 2022.

Christopher Skaf and brother Daniel opened the original Rockbird on Glendale’s Colorado Boulevard in 2017, where Cornish hens were the main attraction. The brothers shifted gears in recent years to emphasize grilled and fried chicken on the menu, with wings, chicken tenders, and ample side dishes like mac and cheese, coleslaw, and a kale tabbouli.

What Now LA reports that Rockbird Highland Park will be across the street from Galco’s soda store and a few blocks away from Goldburger. And if the name Skaf rings a bell, that’s because Christopher and Daniel are part of the clan that owns Skaf’s Grill in North Hollywood and Skaf’s Lebanese Cuisine in Glendale.

In other news:

  • All Day Baby’s Thessa Diadem was named one of Food & Wine’s best new chefs for 2021. Diadem also shared her own city guide detailing her favorite Los Angeles spots to visit, with Scratch Bar + Kitchen and Oriel among her picks.
  • The LA Times profiled former E.P. & L.P. pastry chef Zen Ong, who launched an Indonesian ice cream walk-up window called Awan in West Hollywood.
  • Dining out has changed considerably in the last 18 months, and New York Times editors have some thoughts on the shift, including the early reservation, binge-watch, and bedtime technique by California’s restaurant reviewer Tejal Rao.
  • During social unrest in 2020, Santa Monica’s Sake House was completely destroyed by a fire. This week, a 20-year-old San Fernando Valley man admitted to the crime, reports the LATimes. Santa Monica restaurants closed after the city enforced a curfew after police brutality protests spread throughout the nation. This week, Micah Tillmon entered a plea to one count of possession of an unregistered destructive device this week.
  • On Tuesday at 5 p.m., a brazen Melrose robbery was caught on a security camera. Two armed robbers approached an outdoor table at La Creme Cafe and quickly dashed away with the victim’s belongings. KTLA-5 reports that one of the suspects is in custody.
  • Governor recall candidate Larry Elder made a stop at Brent’s Deli in Northridge. He received a welcoming round of applause among the crowd and he wasn’t wearing a mask inside the dining room.

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