This week in LA restaurants: Carnitas darling El Momo adds first brick-and-mortar location

Carnitas El Momo

the Acclaimed Acosta Family Carnitas Operation went from two taco carts to a full restaurant in Monterey Park. Carnitas El Momo – named after patriarch Romulo “Momo” Acosta – sells several cuts of pork that have been long simmered in classic copper cazos and can be served in tacos, quesadillas, mulitas and tortas, or sold at the pound. The Monterey Park restaurant offers all that and more: a huge new torta ahogada, as well as a café de olla. On Saturdays and Sundays, the birria de chivo is also available in the same formats as the carnitas (with the consommé). The restaurant offers indoor and outdoor seating, and Carnitas El Momo trucks will remain in operation; the restaurant is open from 10:30 a.m. from Tuesday to Friday, and from 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, until full. Follow on Instagram for truck locations and sales updates, posted daily.

1470, monterey pass road, monterey park,

Hasiba is now closed, with the space serving as the new location for Lodge Bread Co. It joins pre-existing outposts in Culver City and Woodland Hills.

(Jakob N. Layman/Lodge Bread Co.)

Lodge Bread Co. on Pico

Alex Phaneuf and Or Amsalam recently closed their rented hummus restaurant, Hasiba, and opened another of their businesses, Lodge Bread Co., in its space on Pico. Fans can still find Hasiba hummus and fresh pita, but the Lodge’s menu highlights the founders’ fresh sourdough bread, sandwiches, naturally fermented pastries and other dishes of the day. Lodge Bread Pico is now open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. The duo hope to expand their pizza pop-up, Full Proof Pizza, to a full restaurant in Brentwood and Beverly Hills this summer, as well as bringing Lodge Bread Co. to Long Beach.

8532 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles,

Burger she wrote Los Feliz

The Beverly Grove burger spot of restaurateur Steven Arroyo (Escuela Taqueria) and pro skateboarder Don Nguyen has expanded with a second location, this time in Los Feliz. Burger she wrote first launched last year with outdoor seating and a pared-down menu of cheeseburgers and fries; the second location features a larger kitchen, which results in new items such as a vegan smash cheeseburger, vegan Caesar salad, onion rings, pickle chips, and chocolate, vanilla, and milkshakes. Strawberry. Burger She Wrote Los Feliz offers indoor and outdoor seating and is now open from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily, with plans for extended hours with permission to serve beer and wine.

4655 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles,

An aerial photo of Mil's golden

At the new Mil Bakery, items such as “miso-garu” cookies – a play on miso and misugaru ingredients
— riff on pastry chef Jiyoon Jang’s Korean-American upbringing.


Chimmelier and Mil

In Hospitality Group, the Koreatown-focused team behind restaurants Hanchic and Kinn, will open two additional concepts in the neighborhood this weekend. The group’s Korean fried chicken pop-up, Chimmelier, which already appears on Sundays in Smorgasburg, will now also open within the All Good Things cafe-incubator from Friday at 5 p.m. A new daytime bakery, Mil, will offer cookies, breadcakes and other treats inspired by Korean ingredients and flavor profiles, prepared by pastry chef Jiyoon Jang, opening at the same location the same day at 8 a.m. With a new location for Chimmelier, the concept will expand beyond sandwiches to reflect more of a traditional Korean fried chicken concept, such as Kyochon or BBQ Chicken, with whole and half chickens and wings, as well as Korean street food like tteokbokki and fried rice. Chimmelier will open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, with Mil open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

2748 W. 8th St., Los Angeles, and

Sweet Corner Coffee and Cakes

A new cafe brings pastries and coffee to the base of the Hollywood Historic Hotel. Sweet Corner Coffee and Cakes is now open by the Simonian family, who also operate an adjacent restaurant and cocktail bar, Edmon, serving croissants, cookies, danishes and whole and sliced ​​cakes, as well as a full espresso bar for coffee, matcha and other beverages. A limited number of indoor seats are available. Sweet Corner is open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

5174 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, (323) 990-3800,

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