Cajun specialties cooked up as you watch at Ritter’s in Alhambra

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Burmese cooking delights, surprises at Cetana Mon Myanmar Restaurant in El Monte

Cetana Mon Myanmar Restaurant sits just a few doors down from the Ocean Bo Dim Sum Café, which, its name to the contrary, does not serve dim sum all day but only during the traditional noonish dim sum hours. You show up in the eve...

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  • Food

    Sierra Nevada Beer Camp among food events this week in the Los Angeles area

    Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica area Events Valley Inn Restaurant & Bar: Double lobster tail dinner, 5-10 p.m. June 23 and 30. Cost $33 plus tax and tip. 4557 Sherman Oaks Ave., Sherman Oaks. 818-784-1163. www.valleyinnrestaurantandbar.com Mike’s Diner: American and Mexican dishes. The restaurant celebrates its 70th anniversary with a band and...

    Elaine Lehman
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  • Government subsidies

    Why Pico Rivera is giving a nearly $800,000 subsidy to bring Don Chente restaurant to town

    PICO RIVERA >> The city will give a nearly $800,000 subsidy, with about $250,000 in the form of a loan, to bring a Don Chente Bar and Grill to the Village Walk shopping center at the southwest corner of Paramount and Whittier boulevards. This restaurant is owned by Vicente Ortiz, who is one of 11 brothers the El Pescador chain of restaurants, among others, throughout Southern California. The council voted 4-1 last week to provide the subsidy. The city will use...

    Mike Sprague
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  • Food

    Cheers festival at Fairplex in Pomona among Los Angeles area food events this week

    Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica area Events Cascabel Taco Shop: New. Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily (call to confirm). 4005 Riverside Drive, Burbank. 747-283-1138. Dog Haus: Loco Moco burger (grilled Polish sausage, a sunny-side up egg, Japanese curry-style onion gravy, crispy fried onions and sriracha on King’s Hawaiian Roll), inspired by National Hawaiian Foods Week at locations, June 13-30.

    Elaine Lehman
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  • Things to do

    Oxnard’s Mess-O-Greens Festival among Southern California food events this week

    Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica area Events Fig & Olive: Duckhorn Wines and three-course dinner, 7 p.m. June 6. Minimum age 21. Cost $150 plus tax and tip. Reservations required. 8490 Melrose Place, West Hollywood. 310-432-2025. www.figandolive.com Monday Morning Cooking Club booksigning: The authors, Jewish women who live in Sydney, Australia, sign their third...

    Elaine Lehman
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  • Food

    Barnsdall Art Park Friday Night Wine Tasting among LA area food events this week

    Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica area Events Boneyard Bistro: A three-course “Tiki Tasting Menu,” 5:30 p.m. May 31. Cost $60 plus tax and tip. Reservations. 13539 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. 818-906-7427. www.boneyardbistro.com Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican Grill: The restaurant chain introduces three new tacos during their Fiesta de Mayo event...

    Elaine Lehman
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  • Entertainment

    Chinese food with a gastropub touch at The Barn in Arcadia

    The Barn isn’t in a barn. It isn’t on a farm. There aren’t animals roaming around — though there are plenty on the menu. It isn’t decorated with hay bales and pitchforks. The name is something of a mystery, especially considering the Taiwanese fondness for theme restaurants. But the food isn’t mysterious at all — indeed, it’s downright terrific. This is a gastropub with lots of things on skewers. It’s fun, and it’s...

    Merrill Shindler
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  • Things to do

    California Strawberry Festival among Southern California food events this week

    Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica area Events Marie Callender’s: New “Southern Kitchen” menu includes fried chicken dinner, chicken and barbecue ribs, fried chicken po’boy sandwich and a tri-tip platter. Check website for locations. www.mariecallenders.com Sam’s by the Beach: Winemaker dinner with wines from Lumen Wines, 7 p.m. May...

    Elaine Lehman
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  • Public health

    Cockroaches shut down these 4 San Gabriel Valley restaurants

    Four restaurants in the San Gabriel Valley were temporarily closed last week due to major public health hazards. Between April 30 and May 6, those facilities had their health permits suspended for cockroach infestations, according to a report from the Los Angeles County Public Health Department. Restaurants and markets whose permits are suspended must close until another inspection determines the problems have been fixed. Closures can occur during routine and owner-initiated...

    Stephanie K. Baer
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  • Food

    Mother’s Day dining on the menu for this week’s food events in the LA area

    Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica area Events The Tam O’Shanter: Four-course wine pairing dinner with wines from Amici Cellars, 6:30 p.m. March 10. Cost $85 plus tax and tip. Reservations required. 2980 Los Feliz Blvd., Los Angeles. 323-664-0228. www.tamoshanter.com Sustainable Wine + Dinner series at the Los Angeles Zoo: “Birds of a Feather” theme...

    Elaine Lehman
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  • Entertainment

    It’s all dim sum all the time at Lunasia in Alhambra

    When it opened in 2009, what’s now Lunasia Dim Sum House was Lunasia Chinese Cuisine, a notably upscale Hong Kong style seafood house, with a big wine list and lots of folks drinking bottles from that big list with their expensive bottles of Bordeaux. And then the folks from Lunasia opened a sibling restaurant, just east of Old Pasadena, that served nothing but dim sum morning, noon and night. That’s unusual, for dim sum is traditionally not served at night. And...

    Merrill Shindler
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