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Famous Mexico City Oyster Bar Pops Up in Hollywood, Evil Cooks in Texas, Metzli Taqueria and More: The TacoWire

1:13 PM PDT on October 17, 2019

Courtesy of La Docena

A piece of CDMX comes to WeHo

The uber-popular oyster bar from Mexico City is coming to L.A. for a pop-up in West Hollywood at The h.wood Group’s Alice at 1Hotel tomorrow, October 18th and brunch on October 20th. Chef Tomás Bermúdez of La Docena will be cooking up the favorites from the celebrated seafood restaurant. Expect aguachiles, tostadas, and of course, they’ll be shucking oysters. The dinner will be a $75 prix-fixe menu which is a little steep but cheaper than a flight to CDMX, the brunch will be al la carte. Get some mf seafood.

Photo by Cesar Hernandez
Photo by Cesar Hernandez

Band on the run - Evil Cooks Takes Texas

The pirates and/or rockstars of the pop-up game are taking their pastor negro in tribute to the original one in Mercurio restaurant in Monterrey, aka the “goth trompo,” to the Lone Star state. They debuted their black trompo a few weeks ago and recently at Smorgasburg L.A. Now Texas will get a taste of what Evil Cooks has to offer. Alex Garcia, founder of Evil Cooks, tells L.A. Taco that he’s excited, “I’ve been wanting to do a ‘tour’ for every state of the USA, just like a rock band.” Originally they weren’t planning on bringing the black trompo but the event organizers asked for it, and they were happy to oblige. Evil Cooks will be sharing the stage with Chef Anastacia Quiñones at the restaurant José in Dallas, rocking out with their best dishes. Texas just got a little more evil. Tickets run $60 and you can get them here.

Metzli spicy Mexican brunch at Melody in Silver Lake

One of the newcomers in the pop-upsphere recently announced their residency at Melody in Silver Lake on Saturdays and Sundays. They’re taking a stab at brunch with breakfast tacos with soft scrambled eggs and mushrooms or piloncillo glazed pork belly, a churro waffle with caramelized banana creme, chilaquiles with chile morita and Mexican furikake, and their hot pollo cemitas. Additionally on Sundays, they will also run a Sunday dinner pop-up where they’ll showcase their killer tacos. Metzli told L.A. Taco that they’re both nervous and excited about this new move: “It’s exciting that we have the opportunity to showcase our food in this area, there is still a large Latino community in that area and we want the community to know that there is a new place to come by and get a great brunch experience with flavors that they know. The owners of Melody, Eric & Paloma have given us a great opportunity with this residency and we just want to continue making great food.”

Doña Chinonga in NELA neighborhood council meeting

A video surfaced on @defendnela showing a real-life cape-less superhero, last night at the Glassell Park neighborhood council a woman aired out the concerns of many street vendors even after legalization. She brought her own translator to the meeting after the requested the translator failed to show up. Defend Nela told L.A. Taco:

“I believe a board member went through the whole translation request and then the woman didn't show up. So that CD1 rep was thrown in to translate but there were concerns that she would be biased and wouldn't translate correctly. So it became a whole thing and members of ELACC stepped up to translate throughout the meeting.”

Even though street vending was legalized there is still the concern of permit fees. In the video, she explains that vendors have the full intention of getting permits. Vendors still face issues surrounding high fees for permits and regulations that impact their business. So it was so satisfying to see her give them a piece of their mind. I want to be like her when I grow up —the Avengers could never.

Poncho's Tlayudas pops-up at South Central's First Vegan Festival 

Are you vegetarian or vegan and love mole? Poncho is pulling out a very special menu with things like mole and mushrooms for South Central's first-ever vegan festival tomorrow. Find out all the details including hours and location here.

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