Plus food halls, Fairfax restaurant closures, and a craft beer master class.
Ruth Reichl loves Cofax
Who doesn’t, really? The longtime food writer waxes poetic, as always, about the sweets at Cofax — particularly the delicious coffee doughnut made by Nicole Rucker. She also name drops Jon & Vinny’s along the way, because Fairfax can apparently never have enough breakfast.
An oral history of Tower Bar
The chic Sunset Strip bar known as Tower Bar is something of a celebrity haunt, with The Hollywood Reporter chatting up some of the larger than life regulars about the past ten years inside. There’s lots of Oscars talk, gossipy details, and all sorts of wonderful behind-the-scenes tidbits to savor.
Break Room 86 does ice cream
Launched last night, Koreatown’s Break Room 86 is officially getting into the heat wave with a fully built-out ice cream truck tucked into the back patio. They’re serving snacks and, you guessed it, actual ice cream during bar hours now.
Check out Shao Kao BBQ
One of Los Angeles’ most ambitious food trucks, Shao Kao has been killing the streets lately. They’ve even gone so far as to reduce their prices, putting out this lil’ video to keep people excited.
COME TRY SHAO KAO BBQ! @shaokaobbq we’ve been aggressively working with our purveyors and have finally been able to cut down costs without sacrificing quality! We are running the tasting menu for $12.00! (excluding tax)! Includes Angus Beef Flank, Fishball with Roe, Smoked Chicken Wing, Braised Pork Belly, and Mantou! This is our charred eggplant! The original Chinese BBQ Food Truck! #shaokaobbq #skbbq #shaokao #eaterla #latimesfood #laweekly #eeeeeats #gastronogram #chefstalk #foodbassador #dineat #eater #foodstagram #instafood #foodporn #foodies #foodiesofinstagram #chinesebbq #charcoal #foodtruck #usc #dank
A video posted by Luther Bob Chen (@lutherchen) on Feb 25, 2016 at 1:24pm PST
Four Cafe closed on Fairfax
The healthy-eating Four Cafe seems to have shuttered on Fairfax, though the Eagle Rock outlet remains up and running. It’s a quiet end for the once-popular spot, which is now papered over entirely.
The rise of the food hall
Here are five quality choices for great L.A.-area food halls (don’t like, two are in Orange County), as presented by KCET. Of course there are lots more options on the way (out by LAX, in Koreatown, and near the Arts District), so expect this list to need some updating come this time next year.
Take a craft beer class
Interested in learning more about the rise of craft beer in America (and beyond)? UCLA Extension’s got you covered, says FoodGPS. No, this isn’t a learn-how-to-brew class, it’s more of a thinkin’ man’s session on the who, what, and where behind the craft beer revolution in America. You can sign up now if you’d like.
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