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HomeState adds Playa Vista location and more L.A. restaurant news

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Breakfast taco tray from HomeState
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Beijing Pie House hits Main Street

Beijing Pie House has a new location in Alhambra. The Northern Chinese restaurant is known for its meat-and-vegetable-stuffed pies known as xian bing as well as its savory pancakes, beef rolls and six-layer minced “homeland meat cake.”

235 W. Main St., Alhambra, (626) 782-7928, beijingpiehouse.com

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A lone star is born

HomeState has a new location in Playa Vista. The restaurant, which specializes in Texas-style breakfast tacos, also sells brisket sandwiches, migas and queso. The new location also has make-your-own mimosas, Shiner Bock beer and margaritas that take two days to prepare.

12105 W. Waterfront Drive, Suite B, Los Angeles, (213) 296-2383, myhomestate.com

Tapas and pisco in North Hollywood

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Sudado with halibut, little neck clams, prawns, Peruvian scallops and beer from Barranco Lounge.
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Barranco Lounge is open in the North Hollywood Arts District for Peruvian tapas and pisco. The menu includes sea urchin ceviche, Peruvian scallop aguachile and a 45-ounce tomahawk anticuchado.

5156 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, (818) 505-3656, facebook.com/Barranco-Lounge-526855217725818

This taco truck is not like the others

Los Primos is a new food truck roaming the city. The menu includes a taco with sweet potato and spicy peanuts, a barbacoa “taco” sandwich with fried cheese, and beef-topped nachos. instagram.com/losprimosla

Noodle soup with ‘Mad Max’ heat

Traditional Guilin Noodles is now open in Monterey Park. Serving the specialties of south-central China’s Guangxi region, the restaurant’s large menu of noodle soups includes the option of rice or egg noodles, a spice level that goes from zero to “Mad Max,” and an assortment of meat, seafood and offal options.

122 W. Garvey Ave., Suite C, Monterey Park, (626) 280-3276

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Spicy masa empanadas and mango towers

Mariscos La Barquita has a new food truck in Mission Hills. The menu differs from the owners’ similarly named restaurant in Chatsworth, with shrimp empanadas made from spicy masa, octopus tacos and mango-studded seafood towers.

15305 Devonshire St., Mission Hills, (818) 617-1130, instagram.com/mariscoslabarquita

Noodles and Coca-Cola ribs

Pao Pak Noodle Bar is open in Los Feliz. The 13-item Thai menu includes tom yum featuring five different meats, Coca-Cola-marinated ribs on rice, and a stew with pork or beef cooked for up to 36 hours.

5445 Hollywood Blvd., Suite A, Los Angeles, (323) 988-5668, facebook.com/paopakhollywood

Yard target

Tacos el Guapo is open Fridays and Saturdays for Baja-style battered fish and shrimp tacos. You’ll find the small setup on the owner’s front yard in East Hollywood.

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4615 Lexington Ave., Los Angeles, (818) 288-0346

CLOSINGS

Hayat’s Kitchen closed its location in Hollywood in late April after nearly six months in business. In a January review, Times critic Bill Addison praised the cooking while noting that “the place feels like it’s still coming together.” The original North Hollywood location remains open.

Parisian-influenced restaurant Barbette is closed in West Hollywood after a year in business.

Lot 1 Café announced its closure on Facebook this week after 11 years in Echo Park.

EXTRAS

Cassia chef Bryant Ng plans to launch Cassia Rice & Noodle Kitchen in late June. Run from the kitchen of Cassia, the noodle and rice dishes will be offered through delivery and takeout platforms such as Postmates and Uber Eats. Dishes may include an adaptation of the chef’s chickpea curry, spicy dry noodles with cumin-spiced Wagyu, and an egg noodle soup with spicy wontons, country ham and scallions.

Tickets are now available for Taqueando — a Taco Lifestyle Festival at Row DTLA on June 15. Curated by food journalist Bill Esparza, the event features nearly 50 taqueros, including locals such as Tacos 1986 and Guerrilla Tacos, as well as La Embajada from Monterrey, Mexico, Erizo from Tijuana and Breddo’s Tacos from London.

June 15, 1 p.m., $45-$75, 777 Alameda St., Los Angeles, taqueandofest.com

Alta and Cosme partners Enrique Olvera, Daniela Soto-Innes and Santiago Perez plan to open a yet-to-be-named restaurant at Wynn Las Vegas next year. The trio also plans to open two Los Angeles restaurants, Damian and Ditroit, in the Arts District this year.


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