Spot Check! Welcome to L.A. TACO’s latest column, where we bring you the latest and most exciting openings, pop-ups, finds, and food events around all of Los Angeles this week. Because the newer the spots, the downer the food...
Weaf restaurant is a new takeout concept offering West African cooking, with delivery available through apps like DoorDash and GrubHub seven days a week. Dishes include grilled fish and attieke inspired by the Ivory Coast, Mali's chicken mafe, and Senegalese chicken yassa.
Next time you're heading into the mountains, or simply looking for a good taco in San Bernardino, check out El Chavalon Tacosfrom Pomona-born, Tepic, Nayarit-raised 26-year-old Jonathan Jesus "El Chavalon" Godinez. The taquiza caterer sets up in front of his house on Fridays and Saturdays when not booked for a private gig, serving tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and quesatacos with birria, asada al carbon, lengua, and al pastor, as well as "Dino Dogs," freshly squeezed cantaritos. and fresh aguas, and soon, Nayarit-style mariscos. 981 W. 7th St. San Bernardino, CA 92401
Holboxis briefly moving its operations into a food truck, as its popular Mercado Paloma seafood destination is currently closed for the next four weeks to undergo a big renovation, including the addition of more counter seating. The truck will be found outside of Mercado Paloma in Downtown starting tomorrow at 11:30 am and closing at 8 pm.
East L.A.'s Birria El Vagois having a $10 breakfast burrito pop-up on March 23rd, taking orders now by DM for curbside pickup in the City of Bell. The burritos are packed with birria de res, a fried egg, cheese, and proprietary fried "frijoles birrieros" using a dark red adobo made by the chefs' parents, all with salsa picante on the side.
Tickets are now on sale for the March 26th dinner-and-show from Topless Tapas L.A., which will feature cooking from All Day Baby chef/co-owner Jonathan Whitener behind a selection of passed small plates at Tenants of the Trees in Silver Lake. Daisy O'Dell will deejay while dancers such as Naomi Dangerfield, Scarlett Kapella, and Izzie Pop will perform. Then, after the show is the after-party.
Tacos El Chino, known for serving its Tijuana-style tacos in Huntington Park and Wilmington, recently opened a new location in Koreatown. Find them on Vermont Ave. with $2 tacos, a big old trompo of al pastor, and a plancha full of handmade tortillas a-puffing. 162 S. Vermont Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90004
Supita Tarts Specialistis now open on Sawtelle Boulevard, serving a rainbow of Hong Kong-style tarts with scattered Portuguese influences, as well as breads, cakes, and savory pies. Favorites of the house: sun spot-specked Portuguese egg custard tarts, egg white tarts, curry pork pies, milk tea, and sweet black sesame soup. 2008 Sawtelle Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90025
The Golden Skewer is bringing its Cambodian street food, found every Sunday at Smorgasburg, to a pop-up in its hometown of Long Beach. Catch them every Saturday in March at Beechwood Brewing, serving charcoal-grilled beef skewers, as well as their own coconut-infused take on elote that will work for vegans.
Who's to say it's not ice cream weather? Especially when you've gotHokey Pokey hanging out in Westfield Century City, serving New Zealand-style soft serve? We have two rules in life: Never play cards with a guy who has the same first name as a city. And never look aslant at a chocolate mousse milkshake covered in crumbles of golden toffee crunch. And that's what it's all about. 10250 Santa Monica Blvd. Ste. 2625, Los Angeles, CA 90067
Chef Kevin Luzande has opened Sendero, a multi-restaurant concept on the 24th floor of the Ritz-Carlton Downtown that traces a culinary journey down the "Pan-American Highway." The first two restaurants are now open: Corteza, which revels in the seafood of the Sea of Cortez and dishes like arepas with duck carnitas, aged sea bream zarandeado with nixtamal tortillas, and mushroom-and-huitlacoche tamales. Then there's Leña, an Argentine-influenced steakhouse with table-side ojo de bife Wagyu tomahawks, indulgent seafood platters, and the country's melted cheese classic of provoleta. Agave Library will open this month, and an eight-person chef's table concept called Volante will come later this year. Luzande previously worked at John Sedlar's Rivera and Playa in L.A. (as chef de cuisine) and Acre in San Jose Del Cabo, where he was exec chef. Reservations here.
San Juan Capistrano'sThe Ecology Center is now holding weekly Community Dinners every Friday through May on its 28-acre regenerative farm. The 72-guest, family-style dinners feature guest chefs who center their meals on using ingredients from the farm, preparing them over an open fire, and will feature four sections: Market Garden showcasing vegetables, herbs, and flowers; Milpa to highlight the farm's corn, squash, and heirloom beans; Forest fruit focusing on its seed, fruits, and berries; and Cover Crop, with plants like grains and legumes that help restore the soil. Schedule and reservations here.
Bar Cou Cou is opening this Thursday, March 16, in Venice, urging French oyster bar vibes to mingle with California coastal seafood, golden age cocktails, traditionally braised British pork sausages, and a live fire grill, from Bouchon vet Jacob "Cal" Wetherington "and his dog, Spot." 218 Main St. Venice, CA 90291
Emmanuel "Manny" Cadnego joined Atrium in Los Feliz as its new executive chef at the start of the year. Cadnego was raised in the States and spent his high school years in Monterrey, Mexico, where he began cooking at 12 for his tia's taco truck, later serving as a world-traveling executive chef for Matthew Kenney's plant-based restaurant empire, and as executive sous chef at Michelin-starred Maude in Beverly Hills. His menu includes asparagus with a walnut mole blanco, wild mushroom, truffle, and sunchoke gnocchi, and pan-roasted, Northern California-farmed sturgeon with a pimentón crust and borlotti beans a la charra. For dessert? Chivo-rich chevre with raspberries and an orange-caramel-cinnamon flan. 1816 North Vermont Ave. Los Feliz, CA 90027
First, he co-endowed the world with California Pizza Kitchen. Then he did other stuff, presumably. Now Rick Rosenfield has opened ROCA Pizza in Pacific Palisades, home to Roman-style pies, available by the cut, half-pan, or full pan, made with a dough that is cold-fermented up to 72 hours and baked in Italian ovens. Options include Thai Brussels sprouts, suppli (cheese and/or sausage stuffed rice balls), hot honey and pepperoni pies, and amatriciana pizza with guanciale (pork cheek), among the many. A Marina del Rey location is next, and if our wishes come true, a collaboration with the Gracias Senor truck.
Jeffrey Best and Ken Jones' APB, a plant-based sushi restaurant, is opening on March 20 on Melrose Avenue, with cocktails from acclaimed barman Julian Cox. Dishes include vegetarian udon, tempura oyster mushrooms, nigiri with Nikunashi's meat-free salmon, tuna, and eel, and jackfruit karaage. Cocktails include the "Bruce Banner," with Tequila, green juice, and bird's eye chile. 7302 Melrose Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90036
Holey Grail Donutshas brought its Hawaiian-inspired pastries to a new location in Larchmont Village. To celebrate this second L.A. address, they've created a collaborative donut with Kauai's Sunrise Shack called Blue Dream with banana, mango, blue majik spirulina, granola, coconut flakes, fresh strawberries, and local honey, available from March 5-April 2nd at both Holey Grails, part of its Breaking Bread series. 148 N. Larchmont Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90004
Modern Korean restaurant Hanchic is popping up at Good Clean Fun in Downtown on March 26 and 27, pairing their take on bar food with wines from the shop. Dishes include fish cake soup, corn cheese toast, and soba noodle salad. Reservations are here, with a required $20 deposit. 868 S Olive St. Los Angeles, CA 90014
In Westminster, Aloosh has turned into Sawani House, offering Middle Eastern/Mediterranean specialties such as tuhal (spiced, stuffed lamb spleen) and chicken or lamb mandi, along with falafel, shawarma, kebab, and tahini-baked kofta. 7032 Hazard Ave. Westminster, CA 92683
All three of Cain Carias' puppets, El Triste, La Smiley, and his Little Mr. E puppet, were in the trunk of his 2003 Red Honda Civic Coupe, which was parked at the corner of Santa Monica and North Heliotrope Dr. before being stolen.
A 31-year-old man attacked five people at about noon yesterday in the Belmont Shore area of Long Beach, leaving four, including a two-year-old, with minor injuries. The man was stopped by a police officer who shot him, leaving him non-life threatening injuries.
In addition to paying $5 million in civil penalties, Polymer80 is permanently prohibited from selling its "ghost gun" kits in the state without first conducting background checks of buyers and serializing its products.
As part of the settlement, the company must pay $4 million in civil penalties, and its two founders must pay an additional $1 million in civil penalties.
68-year-old Mark Anderson allegedly tricked investors into providing $9 million in funding for his company, Harvest Farm Group, which was said to be harvesting and processing hemp grown on his farm into medical grade CBD isolate that would be sold for big profits.