Studio City Gastropub comes to the rescue of Choco Taco with a homemade version

Fans of Klondike’s iconic Choco Taco cried vanilla ice cream-flavored tears this week as the brand announced it would be ditching the frozen dessert, known for its chocolate, nut-dipped cone shell and its taco shape, after nearly 40 years in production. .

Fortunately, Jeff Strauss of Oy Bar at the Bar at Oyster House stood up to give the Angelenos their fix. Over the next two weeks, cocktail and bar-food destination Studio City will bring back its own take on the chocolate taco. “Two weeks ago, we thought we’d pay homage to our youth, one of the greatest liquor store frozen desserts of all time… Now this,” Strauss says of the dessert.

Other Los Angeles restaurants, like Agnes in Pasadena, have already dabbled in riffing on the ultimate piece of ice cream truck nostalgia. Agnes elevated her version by taking inspiration from s’mores: her version featured a flambé marshmallow topping, peanuts, and chocolate.

No masks in Pasadena

While an indoor mask mandate seems relatively certain to return in Los Angeles County, Pasadena joins Beverly Hills in avoiding indoor masking in restaurants, bars and stores. In an Instagram post yesterday, the City of Pasadena said, “Rates of confirmed cases of COVID-19 have declined for approximately 10 days, and local hospitalization measures have not continued to increase during this time. With input from health care provider partners, the City of Pasadena Health Officer will not be issuing a general indoor mask mandate at this time. Read the statement here.

Indoor dining returns to Nate’n Al’s

The beloved Nate’n Al’s grocery store in Beverly Hills will reopen today. Earlier this year, owners Shelli and Irving Azoff – who bought the restaurant in 2019 – teamed up with local nightlife gurus H.Wood Group to operate the iconic eatery. A neat interior, which will be unveiled today, was part of their strategic vision for the 77-year-old restaurant.

Exterior signage at Nate ‘n Al’s.
Nate ‘n Al Delicatessen [official photo]

A scavenger hunt to support black-owned businesses

Prosperity Market, a mobile farmers market showcasing black farmers, food producers and chefs, will host its second annual Black Business Scavenger Hunt in August in honor of Black Business Month.

All clues for the treasure hunt will be posted on the Prosperity Market website throughout the month, as well as shared regularly via Instagram, e-newsletter and text. Entrants can earn points by visiting said locations, checking in and taking a photo with a QR code, and sharing on Instagram (or via email, for those without social media). The nearly month-long event will spotlight more than 50 local black-owned businesses in entertainment, fashion, restaurants and more, including Post & Beam, Alta Adams and Hotville Chicken.

Additional points can be earned by making a purchase at each location, attending special events throughout the month, or taking photos of Nipsey Hussle’s murals. Participants with the most points at the end of the month will win special prizes that will be unveiled at the Prosperity Market Farmer’s Market on August 27.

A Prune Celebration

Acclaimed chef and author Gabrielle Hamilton and her New York restaurant Prune will be celebrated at Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne’s Portuguese-inspired restaurant at Downtown LA Proper, Caldo Verde, on August 10. The event will feature a conversation between Hamilton and journalist Jeff Gordinier, as well as a special à la carte menu featuring signature dishes from the Plum recipe book (fried prawn toast, knives with smoked paprika butter). Dinner reservations can be made here; RSVP to the conversation only here.

Ax throwing comes to El Segundo

Toddrickallen brings news of a new Sauced BBQ & Spirits El Segundo outpost, which will be making its way into Salt Creek Grille’s former location in Plaza El Segundo. It will offer both smoked meats and ax throwing, joining Mo’s House of Ax in Koreatown as a local option for people who want to combine booze with a side of weapon throwing.