Crack Shack is Coming to L.A., Free Burgers at Islands, and other Tasty Tuesday News Bites

Summer might be over but the food festivals are still rolling in.

This weekend the Redondo Beach Lobster Festival returns to the South Bay bringing with them 27,000 lobsters and on Saturday you can check out a Bloody Mary fest over on La Brea Ave.


As for the week, there is plenty to try out including a five course uni dinner over in Torrance or free burger at Islands in Glendale.

Oh, and if you haven’t heard yet, San Diego’s own Crack Shack has found a new home at the Westfield Century City (coming in 2018).

As always, enjoy the rundown of all the tasty news bites below, along with the best food events happening this week.

Bon Appétit!

The Mar Vista Redefines Brunch

Step into The Mar Vista on a Sunday afternoon and you’ll find live art, a DJ spinning chill tunes and a brunch menu that’s a mash up of global influences from Asian to Central America. Situated at top of the menu is a soon-to-be-famous cranked bowl made of yogurt drizzled in honey and topped beautifully with granita made from farmers market “ugly” fruit, granola, herbs and maple syrup. The bowl is a refreshing take on the the usual parfait and sets the tone of what The Mar Vista and Chefs D. Brandon Walker and Jill Davie call progressive LA Cuisine. My personal favorite brunch dishes include the cranked bowl, Guajillo pork chilaquiles, oysters michelada style, mushroom toast and a cheeky bacon and egg hotpot.

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Photo Credit: Christina Minh/We Like LA

Brunch Fan Looking for Something New?

Check out our new post 18 Unique Brunches in L.A. if Your’e Tired of the Same-Old, Same-Old  featuring brunch hot pots, deer burgers, pasta, savory pancakes and even brunch for your dog!

Crack Shack Finds a Home in Century City

San Diego’s Crack Shack is heading to Westfield Century City. The American style eatery focuses on sourcing the best ingredients from farm fresh small chicken to produce from boutique farms. With Westfield Century City’s renovation almost complete, Crack Shack is estimated to open around spring 2018 and will join eateries like Randy’s Donuts and Shake Shack, transforming the mall into a dining destination.

Food Events for this Week in L.A.

Wednesday September 20th, 2017

Free Burger Alert! Islands is celebrating their 35th Anniversary by giving away one Islands Burger to the first 100 guests to dine at Islands Glendale this Wednesday. Check out their Facebook events page for rules and details.

Image via Islands

Thursday September 21st, 2017

Japanese fine dining uni concept,  Miyabi Uni will host their very first 5-course prix fixe with beverage pairing sponsored by Nihon Sakari and Sapporo Beer. The meal cost just $50 and includes the drink pairings. See the menu posted on their Instagram below. Located in Torrance the restaurant will only take reservation for this one night meal over the phone.

Friday September 22nd, 2017

The 22nd Annual Redondo Beach Lobster Festival happening Sept. 22 to 24 will bring 27,000 fresh Maine lobsters to the South Bay for mouth-watering dishes, alongside an impressive music line-up all weekend! Tickets range from $5 to $80 depending on packages. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase via Goldstar.


Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes is hosting the fourth annual Celebration of Food and Wine (Sept. 22-23) The two day party includes an intimate champagne reception, breakfast on the beach, a cocktail competition, a farm-driven grand tasting dinner, live entertainment, and much more. Price depend on they events guests choose to attend. See ticket page for full details.

Saturday September 23rd, 2017

For the first time ever, the Bloody Mary Festival will land in L.A. this Saturday. Taking place at Candela the festival will feature some of the best Bloody Marys around town. Some creations will be unique, innovative and some will be old school, attendees will have a chance to taste them all before voting for their favorite. Participating restaurants and bars include The Attic, Middlebar, Cole’s, LAVA and more. Tickets cost $45 and include unlimited Bloody Mary tastings, local food and beverage samples, live music and other entertainment.

Cocktails in the City heads to the Los Angeles’ Majestic in Downtown for what they claim as “the largest cocktail festival in California.” Expect 30 bars ready to give guest the unique bar culture LA is recognized for. Each bar is assigned to craft a signature cocktail thats only attainable at the event. Among the participating bars: Roger Room, The Normandie Club, Sassafras, Birds and Bees, Melrose Umbrella Co, Now Boarding, The Edison, Lost Property, and Hotel Figueroa. Other highlights include a bar school, a craft spirits discovery room, food vendors, live music, and entertainers. Tickets cost $25 and include a free cocktail from any of the participating bars, an event guide and a swag bag with complimentary merchandise. Additional cocktail tokens are $10 each.

Sunday September 24th, 2017

Help Time Out LA crown the winning champion of the best burger in town during their Battle of the Burger this Sunday. Taking place at La Plaza de Cultura y Artes the burger filled day will featuring tastings, Guinness Blonde, friendly competition, music and more. Tickets cost $20 to $30.

Monday September 25th, 2017

Monday is National Lobster Day! Celebrate by dining on some of the most unique lobster dishes in the city right now.

Casa Vega: Maine Lobster Guacamole with avocado, onion, fresh lime juice, jalapeño, tomato, and cilantro served with flour tortilla chips.

Barton G. Los Angeles: The Lobster Trap Truffle Mac N Cheese featuring a 5lb Maine Lobster that is dremeled and stuffed with truffle mac n cheese made with a three cheese lobster sauce, baked in the oven and then topped with freshly shaved black truffles. This one-of-a-kind dish is not listed on the menu. Customers must pre-order at least two days in advance. Cost $195.

JINYA Ramen Bar (Studio City location only): Lobster Me Happy Ramen made with rich pork broth, lobster sauce, shrimp & lobster wonton, crispy Brussels sprouts, green onion, seasoned egg, and thick noodles.

Plan Check (Santa Monica location only): Lobster Pot Pie featuring a curried lobster bisque, baby beets, green beans, corn, carrots, and potatoes.


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