A pandemic-era kingpin by a husband-and-wife team is now a brick-and-mortar restaurant in Hollywood. Craig and Kristen Walker, a chef and events specialist respectively, started selling fried chicken first from home and then a cloud kitchen, to make up for lost work. Last weekend, the duo relaunched Le Coupé as a casual fried chicken shop in Hollywood, specializing in 24-hour buttermilk-brined chicken thighs, deep-fried then glazed with a honey-chili sauce – available pounded and served bone-in, or on a sandwich – with a method and flavor inspired by Craig Walker’s South Louisiana roots. Accompaniments include Anson Mills Blue Corn Cornbread made with duck fat and browned butter; puffed chicken skins mixed with a Southern seasoning made by Craig Walker’s adoptive cousin; potato salad with mustard and chives; queso fresco corn ribs; and fusilloni macaroni and cheese, with salads such as a bacon wedge and compressed melon with feta, saba and pistachio. Although the Coupé format is oriented towards take-out meals, a limited number of seats are available. Le Coupé is open Tuesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
709 N. Western Avenue, Los Angeles, (323) 380-7019, lecoupefriedchicken.com
Modern bread and bagel
A New York City gluten-free bagel shop and bakery has expanded west with a location that’s now open at the Village Mall in Woodland Hills. In addition to hand-rolled bagels with an array of flavored spreads, Modern Bread and Bagel serves cookies, donuts, tea cakes, muffins, rugelach and other baked goods, all gluten-free, as well as salads, bagel sandwiches, homemade dried fish and coffee. Modern Bread and Bagel is open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
6256 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Unit 1200, Woodland Hills, (818) 474-4171, modernbreadandbagel.com
Macheen to Distrito Catorce
Macheen’s founding chef, Jonathan Perez, continues to serve some of the LA’s Best Breakfast Burritos and breakfast tacos at Milpa Grill in Boyle Heights, but this month it added a new location for appearances at its Modern Mexican pop-up and, with it, an entirely new menu and focus. Macheen can now be found taking over the kitchen at Distrito Catorce, also in Boyle Heights, with a menu of breakfast burgers and other gourmet bites in the morning, and chef’s sandwiches and hot dogs in the evening. . Tuesday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. there are chorizo breakfast sandwiches with scrambled eggs and truffle sauce; avocado-smoked salmon toast with salsa macha; wagyu pastrami burgers with scrambled eggs and mustard aioli, and more, plus a full Cafe Cafe coffee bar with café de olla, lavender horchata and more. Macheen pops up Thursday-Saturday nights from 4-8 p.m. with cilantro-yuzu fried oyster sandwiches; chicken lollipops with chili de arbol tamarind sauce; a pastoral-inspired hot dog; fried chicken with blue corn cracker and chili poblano sauce and more.
1837 1st St., Los Angeles, (323) 518-3894, instagram.com/_macheen_
You Madre Santa Monica
Local taco and margarita chain Tu Madre has opened its latest and biggest outpost yet. The Santa Monica restaurant is the fifth location and offers the same format as the others: tacos, burritos and bowls filled with options like grilled fish with esquite relish and kale salad; carne asada with tomatillo salsa and queso fresco; Korean barbecue-inspired steak with kimchi; and Buttermilk Fried Avocado with Poblano Ranch Slaw. Street tacos, sides, red velvet churros, and all-day breakfast are also available. Tu Madre is open in Santa Monica Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to midnight, Saturday from 10 a.m. to midnight, and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
606 Broadway, Unit 100, Santa Monica, (424) 353-2060, tumadre.com
Angry Egret Dinette in the playoffs
Wes Avila is bringing one of his signature items to Dodger Stadium, where his salsa-coated potato taquitos will be available at the field’s center plaza food truck throughout the playoffs. The taquitos, which the chef has offered in various forms over the years at Angry Egret Dinette and Guerrilla Tacos, involve avocado salsa, queso fresco and locally made La Princesita tortillas. Avila, a die-hard Dodgers fan, was originally supposed to share his recipe to replicate at the food truck, but he and his Angry Egret team in Chinatown cook them at his Chinatown restaurant and supply the stadium. He will also offer them on special at Angry Egret Dinette. If the Dodgers go that far, Avila says he’ll continue to cook taquitos for the stadium food truck during the World Series.
1000 Vin Scully Ave, Los Angeles, aedinette.com
Shrimp Festival 2022
The San Pedro Fish Market Shellfish Festival returns October 22 with food and drink specials, live entertainment, giveaways and a shrimp-eating contest overseen by competitive eater Raina Huang. The seafood chain’s Long Beach location will host Shrimpfest 2022 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and will serve dishes such as the Fish Market Grilled Grilled Shrimp Platter, Chowder-Topped Fries, Fried Shrimp, ceviche tostadas and fried fish nuggets alongside beer, wine and cocktails. The event is open to all ages and all proceeds from the $5 entry fee will be donated to the Surfrider Foundation, an environmental non-profit organization.
6550 E. Marina Drive, Long Beach, sanpedrofish.com/ShrimpFest22