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Echo Park’s Latin-Indonesian Spot Moves One Step Closer to Launching Dinner Service

Plus, spooky Halloween doughnuts in Koreatown, Vietnamese food in Malibu, and more

Dinner is served at Aldea by Farm Cup in Echo Park.
Dinner is served at Aldea by Farm Cup in Echo Park.
Aldea by Farm Cup
Cathy Chaplin is a senior editor at Eater LA, a James Beard Award–nominated journalist, and the author of Food Lovers’ Guide to Los Angeles.

The final piece of the Aldea by Farm Cup puzzle will fall into place soon with the launch of dinner service early next year. For now, the Latin-Indonesian restaurant, located inside the former Winsome space at 1115 Sunset Boulevard, only serves weekend brunch and evening cocktails with bar bites. Executive chef Jania Ferrera is cooking up flavorful mashups from Wednesday through Saturday, including beef rendang tacos and a Balinese fried chicken wrap. Ferrera will launch a pop-up experience called Love Letter to LA come December.

Aldea by Farm Cup is open for cocktails and bar bites on Wednesday and Thursday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Farm Cup Coffee continues to operate in the same space from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Update: October 28, 2022, 1:17 p.m. This article was updated to clarify when dinner service will begin.

Vietnamese food comes to the ‘Bu

Nicolas Eatery in Malibu plays host to a weekly Vietnamese pop-up every Tuesday night. Chef Thuy Tran serves an exclusively Vietnamese menu that includes pho, spring rolls, seafood salad, and more on Carbon Beach.

Late-night brunch in Hollywood

Night owls looking for late night grub would do well heading to Mama Shelter, the hotel, restaurant, rooftop lounge, and bar in Hollywood. Executive chef Jonathan Kim’s brand new late-night brunch menu, which runs from midnight to 4 a.m., includes a Dutch baby pancake, chicken pozole, and a pork belly hash.

Snacking in Little Tokyo

LAist contributor Jason Goble hits the snacking trail in LA’s Little Tokyo in search of consumer packaged goods that really pack a punch. Among his finds are hot chile and seaweed-flavored potato chips, rice crackers, and more.

‘Tis the season for autumnal doughnuts and coffee

Holey Grail, the Westside doughnut truck that recently secured $9 million for brick-and-mortar expansion, is serving two fall-themed offerings. From now until the end of the month, snag a Life of Pi doughnut (made with Kabocha squash, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla bean) and a pumpkin latte (made with nitro coffee, coconut cashew milk, pumpkin, seasonal spices, and served over ice).

And just in time for the upcoming night of fright, Koreatown’s California Donuts is whipping up festive wares featuring all sorts of ghouls and goblins (think: bats, witches, spiders, and more). Box sets are available for online pre-order or swing by the shop to pick up what’s on hand. Find more local Halloween treats here.

Halloween doughnuts at California Donuts in Koreatown.
Halloween doughnuts at California Donuts in Koreatown.

Aldea by Farm Cup Coffee

1115 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90012