David Chang’s Fuku fried chicken is (almost) here, L.A.

Fuku fried chicken sandwich
Chef David Chang’s Fuku will open Sept. 25 at Gallery Food Hall in Santa Monica.
(Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times)


David Chang’s chicken is here

Fuku, the fast-casual fried chicken chain from chef David Chang, will open on Sept. 25 at Gallery Food Hall on the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica. Fuku will serve an abridged version of its menu to start. It will include the spicy fried chicken sandwiches, chicken fingers and slushies found at its New York and Boston locations.

1315 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica,


Seaside burgers from a French Laundry vet

Nicolas Eatery is open in Malibu from Nicolas Fanucci, the former general manager of the French Laundry in Yountville, Calif. The menu includes roasted chicken, steak frites, burgers and lobster rolls. The restaurant previously operated from a trailer as construction was finalized.

22333 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, (424) 644-0614,

Kappo di tutti

Kappo Osen will open on Sept. 21 in Santa Monica from the owners of Osen Izakaya in Silver Lake. The menu includes kushiyaki, sushi, sashimi, salmon hijiki hotpot and duck breast kaori-yaki.

702 Arizona Ave., Santa Monica, (310) 260-0085,

Tacos with L.A. legends

Sope from Pinches Tacos
In the foreground, a sope with beans, al pastor, onions, cilantro and salsa roja from Pinches Tacos.
(Pinches Tacos )

Pinches Tacos recently opened its fifth L.A. location. At the new downtown shop, you can eat burritos, tortas, sopes and soft tacos under calaca-style paintings of Kirk Gibson, Magic Johnson and Fernando Valenzuela.

610 W. 6th St., Los Angeles, (213) 372-5904,

Pikoh revamps

Ricardo Zarate has closed Pikoh in Sawtelle and, in its place, opened a new restaurant called Pikoh Peruvian Cantina. The menu includes lomo saltado, arroz chaufa, beef heart anticucho and assorted ceviches and tiraditos.

11940 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, (310) 928-9344,

It’s 2 a.m. Know where your cookies are.

Insomnia Cookies is open in West Hollywood. The business sells warm cookies plus cakes, brownies and ice cream sandwiches, with delivery available until 3 a.m.

8951 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, (424) 528-0204,

Brisket nachos and curry chicken in the morning

Waffles with butter and strawberries from Arize Bistro
Waffles with butter and strawberries from Arize Bistro, now open in Long Beach.
(Arize Bistro )

Arize Bistro is now open in Long Beach. The menu of breakfast items and morning pastries includes Thai chicken curry benedict, grits and eggs, brisket-topped nachos and triple decker Monte Cristo sandwiches.

306 Elm St., Long Beach, (562) 912-4045,

Don Elote

Elote Taqueria is popping up on Sept. 20 and 26 at Old Stump Brewery in Pomona. The stand sells tacos with wood-fired lamb belly, asada, carnitas suadero and chicken mole on handmade corn and flour tortillas.

2896 Metropolitan Pl., Pomona, (909) 860-9052,

A bakery from Kumamoto

Roji Bakery is open in Mid-Wilshire. The bakery, which originated in Kumamoto, Japan, sells coffee and multigrain bread as well as banana croissants, edamame cheese bread, fruit tarts and danishes.

807 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, (323) 852-3311,

Seeing double in South Bay

Hook & Plow has opened a second location in Redondo Beach. The menu includes oysters, panko-crusted avocado, steak sandwiches and seafood paella.

729 S. Catalina Ave., Redondo Beach, (424) 247-8272,

Sticky fingers

4Fingers Crispy Chicken is now open on Sawtelle for Korean fried chicken wings and drumsticks. The chain was founded in 2009 in Singapore.

2206 Sawtelle Blvd., Los Angeles,

A lone star is born

El Tejano recently opened a third location in downtown. The Tex-Mex menu includes carne asada tots, brisket tacos, ground beef burritos and fajitas.

801 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles,


Momed is closed after nine years in Beverly Hills. The Atwater Village location remains open.

Ding’s Garden has closed its San Gabriel location.