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Barbecue Austin

Worth The Wait? L.A. Chefs + Food Writers Describe Their Longest Wait Times to Eat

Some restaurants, food trucks and stalls are known for testing patience, while other experiences take aspiring diners by surprise. Not everybody’s down to wait. I asked a dozen L.A. chefs and food writers, “What’s...
Mexican Food

Interview: author Bill Esparza (L.A. Mexicano)

Bill Esparza, a Latin food expert who’s visited every state in Mexico, recently wrote L.A. Mexicano for Prospect Park Books. In his first book, Exparza explains his personal connection to the diverse cuisine and...
Mexican Food Los Angeles

Tacolandia: Turning Hollywood into L.A.’s Taco Epicenter

On June 23, the Hollywood Palladium, an iconic live music venue that dates to 1940, played host to Tacolandia, a first-time event from LA Weekly. Street Gourmet LA founder Bill Esparza curated the taco...
Taco Festival

Mision 19 Taco Fideo Tripa Yubre de Res

Several vendors brought their A-game to LA Weekly’s inaugural Tacolandia event at the Hollywood Palladium, including Mision 19. Chef-owner Javier Plascencia didn’t make the trek from Tijuana, but his able crew still crafted the...
Udon Hawaii

Week in Pictures: Cacao, Queso, Ceviche + More

Every week involves a seemingly continuous stream of food, drinks and people. Of course not every taste or conversation is post-able, but the range of experiences is usually pretty amazing. Discover some highlights from...
Peruvian Food Los Angeles

Mo-Chica: Tasting Dinners Signal Growth for Ricardo Zarate [CLOSED]

Ever since Ricardo Zarate opened Mo-Chica at Mercado La Paloma in April 2009, he’s slowly been building momentum. The Lima native spent more than a year working two jobs, executive chef of Mo-Chica by...