Burger pop-up Heavy Handed will launch its first restaurant

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One of Los Angeles’ most popular burger pop-ups is set to open its first brick-and-mortar restaurant this fall. Launched first as a sidewalk smashburger operation and later as a food truck touring LA-area breweries and events, Heavy Handed is heading to Santa Monica. Owners Danny Gordon and Max Miller’s first restaurant will continue to offer Heavy Handed’s short rib burger patties topped with American cheese, grilled onions and house-made pickles with sides of tallow-fried beef fries, but the restaurant – which will take over the former Edobox by Makoto space – will expand the menu with soft drinks, craft beer and natural wine by the glass and bottle. The opening of Heavy Handed’s first restaurant is scheduled for early October; additional brick-and-mortar locations are planned, while the food truck will continue to operate as a food service vehicle.

2912 Main Street, Santa Monica, clumsy.la

Seabird cuisine

Plant-based restaurant Seabirds Kitchen, which already has a presence in Costa Mesa and Long Beach, is now serving its vegan dishes in Los Feliz. Owner Stephanie Morgan’s local chain (“Great Food Truck Race”) serves up jackfruit nachos, grilled mushroom tacos, homemade burgers, veggie bibimbap, and kombucha floats. In the new venue, Seabirds introduced Los Feliz-exclusive dishes such as blackened beet tacos and caponata with cashew burrata. Seabirds is open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., with brunch scheduled to follow.

2138 Hillhurst Avenue, Los Angeles, (323) 407-6034, seabirdskitchen.com

Long Beach’s new Nonna Mercato initially opened as a bakery, but chef Cameron Slaugh’s plans also include future lunch and dinner service, as well as an expanded take-out market.

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Nonna Mercato

Chef Cameron Slaugh (Osteria La Buca, the Attic) has opened the first phase of his long-planned Nonna Mercato in Long Beach. The cafe offers croissants, cookies, loaves of bread, bagels, hand pies, tarts, an espresso bar and takeout, as well as staples reminiscent of the Nonna at Home business. of Slaugh in the time of the pandemic. It is expected to expand with a restaurant menu in the future. Inspired by his French and Italian heritage, Slaugh’s menu currently includes French pastries, freshly made take-out pasta, jars of house preserves, vinaigrettes and fresh ricotta, with lunch and dinner service to follow. Nonna Mercato is open Tuesday to Sunday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

3722 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach, (562) 595-1100, nonnamercato.com

Lotus Dim Sum Dumpling House

A new dim sum spot from a prolific restaurant group has opened in Santa Monica. Lotus Dim Sum Dumpling House – from the team behind Wokcano, Big Catch Seafood House and EMC Seafood and Raw Bar – operates daily and offers homemade xiao long bao, rice noodle rolls, shumai, pork buns barbecue, turnip cakes and other classics in the space of the former PF Chang. Additional dishes including pan-fried noodles, other wok starters, and sushi are available, as are beer, wine, sake, and cocktails such as lychee martinis. Lotus Dim Sum Dumpling House is open Monday to Wednesday from 12pm to 9:30pm, Thursday and Sunday from 11:30am to 9:30pm, and Friday and Saturday from 11:30am to 10:30pm

326 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, (424) 380-5500, lotusdimsum.com

The Bop

With chirashi, teriyaki, bulgogi, shumai and more, Beverly Grove’s new fast-casual restaurant, The Bop, serves an array of Asian rice bowls and appetizers with a focus on Japanese and Korean cuisine. The menu offers kaisen-don such as chirashi and tuna poke, as well as corn croquettes, karaage, Spam musubi, garlic noodles, katsu platters, gyoza and garlic noodles. ‘garlic. The Bop is open every day from 11:30 a.m. to 8:45 p.m.

8234 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, (323) 592-3565, instagram.com/the_bop_on_3rd

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