It’s hot as hell, we dropped our LA Guide To Summer 2021 (you have checked that out, haven’t you?), and this photoshoot outside the East Hollywood Scientology building just slid across on our timelines. But more importantly, a range of restaurants and chefs across Los Angeles are hosting special events and pop-ups this week. So, we curated a weekly list of the most intriguing stuff to do and eat around the city this Memorial Day Weekend (May 27th through June 1st).
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Great news for anyone who likes burgers, beer, or just generally having a good time - Everson Royce Bar is back. The Arts District bar and restaurant returns on Wednesday, May 26th, after a year-long hiatus, and is bringing back their spacious patio, rowdy atmosphere, and fantastic, simple burgers that we’d happily eat daily. Reservations can be made through Resy, but walk-ins are also welcome.
Japanese onigiri specialist, Super Rich, will be popping up at Paper Please for back-to-back Sundays, on May 30th, and June 6th. You’ll find them right outside the Chinatown shop’s entrance from 9am-2pm (or until they sell out), serving traditional rice balls filled with yuzu salmon, Napa kimchi, vegan chicken, and more. It’s sure to be a ball (we’ll see ourselves out now).
Midwestern comfort food pop-up, Comfy Pup, is collaborating with Biite Club on a special, one-day drop of Italian Beef Quesatacos. Each meal comes with three crispy, corn tortillas stuffed with slow-simmered Italian beef, mozzarella cheese, onions, and cilantro, plus a cup of au jus for dipping. It’s all going down this Sunday, May 30th at Glendale Tap, with preorders exclusively through Biite Club.
On Saturday, May 28th, and Saturday, June 5th, Café Dulce at Row DTLA is hosting Ingrained LA for a two-day pop-up. From 10:30am-4pm, you’ll be able to purchase bowls of Hainan chicken (which comes with rice, chicken broth, ginger scallion paste, and Fresno chilis) and Japanese beef bowls filled with simmered brisket, gyudon broth, onions, plus a perfectly yolk-y egg. Preorders can be placed through Ingrained LA’s website.
Gatsu Gatsu, a Japanese pop-up run by Todd Chang and Johnny Lee of Pearl River Deli is back, this time serving traditional pork katsu curry at Today Starts Here in Chinatown. Pick-ups will be held on Wednesday, June 2nd, from 11am-8pm, with reservations required. Check their Instagram for the latest info on how to preorder.
The Historic Filipinotown bar just dropped a new carbonated cocktail. Called the “Echo Park Trash Can,” it comes in a nondescript aluminum can and is inspired by the clean-up efforts run by the Echo Park Trash Club. Each can comes with a potent combination of hibiscus and ginger-laced Gentian amaro, cognac, and notes of orange, cacao, and coconut. Plus, $2 from every can goes back to the Echo Park Trash Club to help support their efforts to keep our neighborhood clean. Just make sure to recycle (and drink) responsibly.
SOME MEMORIAL DAY SPECIALS
Kick-off the unofficial start of the summer with tequila-based cocktails, DJ sets, and rays of sunshine served poolside at Hotel Figueroa in Downtown LA. They’ll be offering a special Memorial Day menu, including yuca croquettes, grilled tiger shrimp kabobs, and polenta rum cake, plus cocktails made with salted rosemary honey, sparkling grapefruit, and poblano pepper-based ancho verde. Also, if you’re looking to spend a few days away from your apartment (no offense to your tiny one-bedroom), they just dropped a new Summer Is Not Dead staycation package, which comes with two complimentary cocktails, a pool float shaped like a pom pom, and an extended late check out.
The Silver Lake bake shop just dropped their Memorial Day menu, which includes pies made with peaches and blackberries, apple brown butter crumble, cherries, cornmeal plum berries, and fresh strawberries and cream, all of which can be ordered either by the slice or whole. Orders can be placed through their website.
Experimental Culver City restaurant, Destroyer, is offering a Memorial Day Picnic Box filled with aged-gouda shortbread, rhubarb-shrub cocktail mixer, lemon-thyme honey, and rhubarb-red onion jam. It’s the kind of snackable, packable picnic foods you’ll want for a long weekend, even if you’re just spreading them out on a blanket in front of the TV.
A SPECIAL LITTLE BIRTHDAY <3
Everyone wish Sonoratown a happy birthday! The incredible Downtown LA taco shop turned five years old this week, which you can celebrate with chicken-stuffed chivichangas, bean and cheese burritos, and some of the best house-made flour tortillas in town.