From fried chicken and doughnuts to a new lounge in Hollywood, here’s what’s happening in the L.A. world of food and drink.
Doughnuts and fried chicken party: If you’ve been lucky enough to try a crème brûlée doughnut from Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken in Washington, D.C., you’ll understand why this next bit of news is exciting. The East Coast doughnut and fried chicken chain is opening its first West Coast location in downtown L.A. early next year. The L.A. version will serve the classic Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken menu (that includes the Old Bay fried chicken sandwich), plus an evolving menu of seasonal doughnuts, fried chicken, side dishes and doughnut sandwiches. So you can look forward to cherry blossom doughnuts in spring and bourbon eggnog doughnuts for the holidays. Co-founders Jeff Halpern and Elliot Spaisman teamed up with Art Levitt (founding president and CEO of Fandango and president of Hard Rock Café) for the new location. And the restaurant already has an L.A. connection: Halpern played a season with the Los Angeles Kings. 510 W. 6th St., Los Angeles, www.astrodoughnuts.com.