A growing group of second generation Filipino-Americans are reintroducing Los Angeles to the flavors of their culture and cuisine, including Chad and Chase Valencia. Their weekly pop-up at Alvin Cailan’s culinary incubator space Unit 120 in Chinatown’s Far East Plaza is called LASA. The restaurant features a “Pinoy-California” menu that Jonathan Gold says is all its own.
Once southern food was hard to find north of the Mason-Dixon line. Now restaurants all over the country are serving grits, collard greens and waffles piled high with fried chicken. A strip mall in LA’s Chinatown is drawing crowds with boxes of bright paprika-colored, mouth-numbingly hot Nashville-style chicken.