Favorite Posts from August 15 – 21, 2011

Mexican Food Los Angeles

Pat Saperstein explores Mercado's "Nuevo Mexican" food in Santa Monica. Their flan has a strong legacy.

Explore links to some of the more interesting posts written by L.A. food writers over the past week.


On August 15, e*starLA founder Esther Tseng shared her impressions of The Weekend Brunch at Playa, dubbing it Modern & Elegant Southwestern and praising the blue corn muffins and duck hash.

The Eastsider LA

On August 16, The Eastsider LA reported Storefront Report: Silver Lake Burrito King dethroned. Tomato Pie’s owners will replace the longtime Mexican institution with Mixto Comida Latina.

Eater LA

On August 18, Eater LA editor Kat Odell reported Beechwood To Shutter, W. Indian Roy Choi Concept to Come. Apparently “the goal is to close Beechwood toward the end of October and reopen the new spot on November 1.”

On August 15, Eater LA editor Kat Odell reported The Six Plans Double Whammy Debut in Studio City & Venice. Apparently owners Jake King and Will Karges also hired corporate chef Sean Mindrum “to oversee foodstuffs at all locations.”

Eating LA

On August 15, Eating LA founder Pat Saperstein provided a a preview of Nuevo Mexican in Santa Monica, experiencing Mercado’s dishes at Yxta from chef Jose Acevedo and owner Jesse Gomez. Her favorite dish was the squash blossom soup, with “a nice jolt of heat,’ but found camarones al mojo de ajo “a bit mild” and noted that since the restaurant will be located across from Border Grill, “Mercado is going to have to summon all the vivid flavors it can to distinguish itself from the rest of the pack.”

LA Times

On August 19, LA Times deputy Food editor Betty Hallock had a prescription for summer, writing For hot days, cold noodles at Ramen Bull, spotlighting Noriyuki Sugie’s unique hiyashi chuka.

LA Weekly

On August 17, Squid Ink editor Amy Scattergood posted her Q&A with Marco Pierre White: Escoffier, Television, Packaged Soup + The French Foreign Legion. The accomplished, outspoken chef has a lot of interesting opinions on the aforementioned subjects and more.

Street Gourmet LA

On August 15, Street Gourmet LA founder Bill Esparza lashed out at the Gap in a post titled Top Shill Alum Marcel Vigneron and the Pico de Gap Truck Bring About the Tacopacalypse, including a video of exploding hard-shell tacos and lambasting the Gap’s business practices.


Joshua Lurie

Joshua Lurie founded FoodGPS in 2005. Read about him here.

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