Lunasia Dim Sum opens in Torrance

Lunasia Dim Sum House Torrance

Some of the most popular dim sum dishes in Los Angeles are now available in the South Bay. Lunasia Dim Sum House – Appears on The Times’ 101 Best Restaurants in 2021 – opened a dealership in Torrance this month selling handmade dumplings, Cantonese fare and specialties like truffle-covered shiumai in Rolling Hills Plaza. It marks the fourth spot in the LA area for all-day dim-sum chains and, unlike outposts in the Alhambra, Pasadena and Cerritos, has both indoor dining and a large patio for outdoor service. Currently, the menu is less prepared than at the Alhambra but still offers grilled meats; porridge; steamed, grilled and fried dim sum; noodles; soup; desserts; and more. Lunasia Torrance is currently open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. An opening ceremony is scheduled for October 22.

2575 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Torrance, (323) 372-0828,

Junkyard dog

A new vegan restaurant and sports bar by owner Real Food Daily has now opened in Silver Lake. Junkyard Dog, set in the space that was formerly home to Sunset Sushi and Ma’am Sir, offers plant-based breakfasts, bar snacks, appetizers and a late-night menu, all are served daily. Options include an Impossible burger topped with truffled mushrooms; omelets and omelets in tofu or egg substitutes; biscuits and meatless sausage gravy with greens; pizza bagels; Pizza; the pasta; boozy milkshakes; and a full bar. Multiple TVs hang over both the bar and a wall of booth seating displays football, baseball and other sports. Junkyard Dog is open daily from 8am to 3pm and again from 5pm to 2am

4330 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 522-3784,

An aerial shot of a box of six fried chicken sandwiches, all topped with different condiments such as onions and cheese

Shaquille O’Neal’s fried chicken chain expanded this week with a new location in Valencia serving fried chicken sandwiches, ribs and chicken shakes.

(Big chicken)

Shaq’s Big Chicken Valencia

Shaquille O’Neal opened her fried chicken chain in California with a Glendale outpost in early 2020, and this week the NBA all-star and Olympic medalist expanded the national chain with a new location. point in Valencia. Big Chicken opens at River Oaks Mall, serving up fried chicken sandwiches, popcorn chicken, cookies, sliders and O’Neal-approved toppings chicken salad, plus fries, mac’ cheese n’, milkshakes, cookies, and cream sandwiches inspired by some of NBA Hall of Famer’s childhood favorites. Big Chicken Valencia is open Sunday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

24341 Magic Mountain Parkway, Unit #5, Valencia, (661) 481-0003,

Slope after the dark

To boost community during the pandemic, the modern teahouse in Chinatown Steep LA hosted an evening-only outdoor party in 2020 called Steep After Dark, using a blend of tea Its to infuse the spirit and offer a wider selection of upscale dishes than the coffee shop selling of the day. Owners Samuel Wang and Lydia Lin recently re-represented Steep After Dark, which is currently running as a Thursday-Saturday, 4-10 p.m. permanent show featuring customizable cocktails tea-based in a “classic brew” format or home-brewed using ingredients like Oolong Rum, sesame oil, Sichuan pepper syrup, and pu-erh tequila. Dishes include truffle braised pork rice, tofu coated in ikura in dashi oolong, edamame marinated in Chinese golden wine and more.

970 N. Broadway, Ste. 112, Los Angeles, (213) 394-5045,

An aerial shot of a bowl of stewed pork rice, a cocktail garnished with cucumber, ikura tofu and a wooden snack board

Steep LA’s 2020 cocktail pop-up, Steep After Dark (SAD) is back as a permanent show featuring dishes like truffle braised pork rice and umami-themed snack boards.

(Stephanie Breijo / Los Angeles Times) Lunasia Dim Sum opens in Torrance

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