Qué Padre in Palisades Village
A new fast-casual concept from Chef Isaias Peña opened in Palisades Village. Inspired by the region’s relaxed coastal culture and south-of-the-border flavors, Qué Padre is slang for “how cool.” The menu offers favorite items that the chef experienced in Sayulita, Todos Santos and Oaxaca. The habanero salsa and pickled onions are inspired from visits to Tulum, while the beer battered halibut with chipotle aioli and jalapeño slaw is a Baja taqueria favorite. Specialty tacos include pollo mole negro, beef birria, butter-poached lobster and nopales. Diners can opt to have their tacos served in a bowl or salad for lighter fare. There is also grab-and-go window offering The 77 Breakfast Burrito with fried eggs, cheddar, bacon, sausage, hash browns and avocado in a flour tortilla and a cinnamon bun glazed with Mexican chocolate. 5203 Palisades Village Lane, (310)461-8226.
National Tequila Day Cocktail Crawl & Block Party
On Saturday, July 24, from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., downtown Santa Monica is celebrating tequila and mezcal with a fun outdoor pub crawl. Visit Lanea, Cult and The Craftsman for tastings and specials. Tickets are $25 and include a tequila tasting, two cocktails, plus $8 featured cocktails, food and drink specials. Live music and a DJ add to the festive evening. Your ticket also gives a chance to win a Grande Fiesta Pack from Lanea containing eight tacos of your choice, chips and pico de gallo, four handmade canned cocktails, a mini piñata and two signed canned cocktails by the Chainsmokers (value $100). Visit tickets.gotolanea.com. 217 Broadway, (424)265-7437.
Brooklyn Avenue Pizza Company
On National Tequila Day, the new Boyle Heights’ culinary gem Brooklyn Avenue Pizza Company is offering a pitcher of Paloma or margarita cocktails for $35. Located in the historic Boyle Heights music and entertainment building, The Paramount, the restaurant’s menu fuses familiar ingredients with unique flavors in their wings, pizza, salads and classic thick papas (potatoes). Open at 11 a.m. daily except for Monday. 2706 E. Cesar E. Chavez Ave., (323)986-1106.
Fairfax’s White Label Creamery
There is a new ice cream shop on Fairfax by Phong Ly Trinh, next door to his Pearl’s Finest Teas shop. Inside White Label Creamery are also rows of fashionable shoes and collectibles. His vegan ice cream flavors including Banana Boy, Mint Chip, Cookie Butter, OG Berries, Reese’s Pieces, Honeydew, Taro and Vietnamese Coffee. White Label Creamery is the only spot in L.A. that has KAWS shaped molds for waffles cones. His shop also makes dairy soft serve in a cream cheese flavor. Waffle fillings include Nutella, cheese and cream cheese. In mid-August, Trinh will also have a Tokidoki pop-up shop with exclusive tokidoki character shaped waffle, tokidoki ice cream flavors, giveaways and tokidoki merchandise. Customers who make any in-store ice cream purchase will receive a raffle ticket. A retail purchase earns a customer five raffle tickets. A raffle winner will be announced at the end of the month via Instagram Live. Raffle winners can win shoes and other products. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 525 N. Fairfax Ave.
Krispy Rice x TRUFF Bento Box
Available this month via delivery apps in L.A., the TRUFF Box features Krispy Rice favorites infused with Truff’s popular truffle hot sauce and spicy mayonnaise. Truff is an ultra-unique blend of real black truffles with red chili peppers. The $35 box includes four pieces of spicy Cali roll; four pieces of spicy tuna roll; two pieces of yellowtail handroll; two pieces spicy tuna handroll; two pieces yellowtail nigiri; two pieces spicy yellowtail Krispy Rice; two pieces spicy tuna Krispy Rice; and edamame. The exclusive box is available for delivery and pickup from select Krispy Rice outposts in Los Angeles now through July 31. TRUFF is a best-selling hot sauce on Amazon and at Whole Foods Market. The TRUFF Box, along with all Krispy Rice menu items are packaged for delivery in a pink custom carbon-neutral takeaway box. Available for delivery on Postmates, UberEats, Doordash, GrubHub and CITIZENS GO, C3’s proprietary. Visit krispyricebysbe.com or order.gobycitizens.com.
Pots & Co new released desserts
The restaurant quality dessert company developed by Michelin star chefs has new products to enjoy at home. Now launched in select Ralphs, Gelso’s and Costco stores, the flavors available include chocolate fudge lava cake; salted caramel and chocolate de creme; and lemon cheesecake with no artificial ingredients. The chefs use only the finest ingredients, like Cornish sea salt, fresh lemon juice and single origin Colombian cocoa sourced by founder and chef of Pots & Co., Julian Dyer. All desserts are and handcrafted in London before being baked in reusable ceramic pots. For locations, visit usa.potsandco.com.
Esperanza Cocina de la Playa opens
From the team behind Palmilla, Esperanza Cocina de La Playa is the South Bay’s newest dining destination. Its official opening date in Manhattan Beach is July 29. The vibrant and design and menu is inspired by Cabo San Lucas’ beautiful coast and Mexico City’s vibrant cosmopolitan neighborhoods. Guests can select homestyle Sonoran cuisine, focusing on fresh seafood, from a Baja California Sur menu. Highlights include five different ceviche dishes, prawns Pacifico and a playful cocktail program that includes a large tequila and mezcal list. The restaurant opens daily at 4 p.m. 309 Manhattan Beach Blvd., (424)422-0057.
Free Ike’s Love & Sandwiches
Ike’s Love & Sandwiches opens in Carson at 10 a.m., on Friday, July 23. Ike Shehadeh will be there to meet and greet guests throughout the festivities. The first 50 guests receive a free sandwich, plus an exclusive Ike’s Carson t-shirt and raffle ticket to win free sandwiches for a year. 20810 S. Avalon Blvd., (310)819-8597.