6 Exciting Things To Do & Eat In LA Between May 18th-May 23rd

Check out these new restaurant pop-ups and specials around LA from May 18th-May 23rd. Plus, a few restaurant jobs and something that made us smile.
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It’s Tuesday, May 18th, and you know what that means - the season finale of Pooch Perfect is finally upon us. Who will win the coveted cash prize and shiny, gold trophy? What wacky designs will the dogs be groomed into this time? And will host Rebel Wilson finally come clean about her real age? Only time will tell, we guess…

Oh, and there’s lots going on in LA’s restaurant and bar scene, including an East LA food festival, a Southern birthday celebration in Chatsworth, and brand-new vegan dishes from a well-known Peruvian restaurant. Maybe we should have led with that?



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It’s time for the El Sereno Eats Food Tour! This Sunday, May 23, the East LA collaborative is hosting a one-day event, featuring food from seven different food vendors. Each ticket costs $50, and includes a pre-selected dish from each pop-up, like sliders paired with loaded tots from Walking Spanish, pork belly chile verde burritos from Two Songs Burritos, and birria mollete from Birria Pa La Cruda, plus a special sticker pack and commemorative stamp card. So head to their website to buy a ticket and get ready to eat.

One of the best Ethiopian restaurants in the city, Meals By Genet, has announced that they are transitioning to a takeout-only model. As reported by Stephanie Breijo at the L.A. Times, 68-year-old owner, Genet Agonafer has decided to semi-retire from the industry, and now offers takeout only, plus the occasional private event in the dining room. Call (323) 938-9304 to place an order.

Les Sisters' Southern Kitchen & BBQ


Southern BBQ spot, Les Sisters, is celebrating their 35th anniversary this month. In honor of this event, the Chatsworth restaurant is dropping a menu of special items for the rest of May, including grilled salmon slathered in Creole tartar sauce, New Orleans-style hot salmon po’boys, Cajun shrimp boils, and spicy andouille sausage. Available for in-house orders, takeout, and online delivery.

In case you missed it, there’s a 100% vegan market that goes down in San Bernardino every Sunday from 12-4pm. In addition to various plant-based goods like michelada and Bloody Mary mixes, hand-poured soy candles, and sea moss blends, IE Vegan Sundays also hosts a variety of vegan restaurants and pop-ups, including Compton Vegan, Word of Mouth Truck, and Jades Vegan Sushi. The next vegan market runs on Sunday, May 23rd, check their Instagram for the latest updates.

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Starting Saturday, May 22nd, Silver Lake bakery pop-up, Gemini Bakehouse will be beta testing their new breakfast sandwich. Judging from their pictures, it’s an egg and bacon-stuffed behemoth served on a golden biscuit - which, in our opinion, is the best beta testing we’ll ever participate in.

Over in West LA, Peruvian restaurant, Qusqo Bistro has added a new plant-based delivery kitchen to their roster. Called Llama Love Vegan, the delivery-only ghost kitchen serves vegan versions of traditional Peruvian dishes like tacos covered in avocado salsa, yucca fries, and arroz con flores, or cilantro rice stewed in cauliflower, carrots, and peas. Open daily.


Some of your favorite LA restaurants are hiring Front of House and Back of House staff, including Eleven City, Jay’s Tacos, and Cassia.

Just Something Nice



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And just something nice, from Gjelina! The popular Venice restaurant posted this picture on their Instagram of the original building they’re in, back in 2008. It was originally owner Fran Camaj’s personal apartment on the top, and a French vintage store and repair shop on the bottom. Really makes you think.

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