Some of L.A.’s top tacos expand to Mid-Wilshire with a second Sonoratown

Sonoratown Mid-City

The downtown Sonora-style bistro known for its artisanal doughnuts stuffed with handmade flour pies has grown its operation with a second location – and there are plans to expand even further. Sonoratown, from owners Jennifer Feltham and Teo Diaz, launched in 2016 to praise Diaz’s hometown tacos; In early June, the duo opened their much-anticipated second location at a strip mall in Mid-Wilshire, serving the same menu of tacos, chivichangas, caramels, aguas and more. downtown. One stand and limited outdoor seating; In the future, the team hopes to open a designated tortilleria in an empty space in the same shopping mall. Hours of operation are currently limited to 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday but will eventually reflect downtown business hours – including dinner service – in the coming weeks.

5610 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, (949) 490-0198,

Mastro’s Ocean Club downtown

Upscale bar and steakhouse chain Mastro’s Ocean Club has opened on the ground floor of the downtown Circa development complex. The 14,000-square-foot restaurant and lounge features primarily indoor dining, a featured piano room with live entertainment, and a menu of wagyu, lobster tails, ribs, sushi, crab legs and sides Another Mastro flagship, now a corner of Crypto. com Arena. Mastro’s downtown is open from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday and Monday and from 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

1200 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, (213) 204-6842,

A photo of Shady Grove Foods' BLT, which features thick-cut, house-smoked bourbon bacon.

Long Beach’s newest barbecue spot serves brunch and dinner with options like the thick-cut, house-smoked bacon BLT; Creole shrimp; and hearty breakfast burritos.

(Stephanie Breijo / Los Angeles Times)

Shady Grove Foods

A new barbecue restaurant from longtime pop-up and catering operation Shady Grove Foods has now opened in Long Beach, serving smoked meats, weekend brunch, Cajun and Creole-influenced dishes and craft beer. The father-son duo David and Dennis Robicheau’s business serves what they call “Long Beach Barbecue,” which is less inspired by Texas barbecue methods and other traditional preparations and more influenced by enhanced by the city’s bountiful Cambodian population and Dennis’ upbringing in the multicultural city – the result is dishes like buttermilk fried chicken served on salads with nam-prik-style sauces. Other dishes include beef back ribs, St. Louis, a three-course French sandwich with Cajun brown sauce, smoked bean burritos, thick-cut bacon BLT and shrimp bread. Shady Grove Foods, in its former Restaurant space, is open with limited menus and hours – Fridays 4 to 9 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m. to 3 pm – but there are plans to expand the items, hours, and menu bar in the near future.

2708 E. 4th St., Long Beach, (310) 748-4794,

Kaffee Bohnen

A new coffee shop in Koreatown is now open with LA-made baked goods and locally roasted coffee daily. Kaffee Bohnen serves fresh pastries from the renowned Röckenwagner Bakery, coffee from also locally roasted Balrog Coffee, a daily selection of single-origin espresso and a selection of pantry staples like honey craft bees. Indoor seating, Wi-Fi, and free parking are all available.

2800 W. Olympic Blvd., Ste. A, Los Angeles, (424) 452-7068,

Pies for Justice

On June 18th, to celebrate june ten holiday (held June 19), the annual pie sale and citywide fundraising Pies for Justice is back for a third year. Organized by the community-spirited food activism group, Gather for Good, Pies for Justice calls on dozens of bakers across LA and Orange County to sell cupcakes, cakes, savory pastries, and raffles. mouthpieces and other items for the benefit of non-profit organizations and pro-social organizations -injustice causes. This year’s proceeds will benefit gun-safety nonprofit Everytown and local midwifery and midwifery center Kindred Space LA. Check online and on Instagram (@andgatherforgood) to update the lineup and ordering process, which varies by participant. Some of L.A.’s top tacos expand to Mid-Wilshire with a second Sonoratown

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