In The Weeds

In restaurant lingo, to be "in the weeds" is to feel overwhelmed in the thick of chaos. In pre-pandemic times, it often referred to drowning in orders. COVID-19 radically altered the restaurant industry, and brought a different kind of chaos and struggle to those who depend on it to survive. These intimate first person confessions are their stories.

Food writer Eddie Lin remembers Yening “Lupe” Liang, who owned Hop Woo with his wife and daughters and strived for inclusiveness on his menu.

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Mort & Betty’s is a pop-up offering vegan versions of traditional Jewish deli dishes, such as lox, mushroom pastrami, and whitefish salad.

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At Bé Ù, Uyen Le serves Vietnamese comfort and street food while promoting equity and sustainability.

Bánh mì, equity, sustainability are on the menu at Bé Ù

At Bé Ù, Uyen Le serves Vietnamese comfort and street food while promoting equity and sustainability.

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Yuko Watanabe incorporates plants and pastries into her two locations of Yuko Kitchen, creating a retreat for the beleaguered diner.

Rice bowls, mochi cookies: Yuko Watanabe serves Japanese comfort food

Yuko Watanabe incorporates plants and pastries into her two locations of Yuko Kitchen, creating a retreat for the beleaguered diner.

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Chefs Andrew Marco and Ralph Hsiao took inspiration from New York’s corner bodegas when bringing Open Market to life.

How can we bring value to neighborhoods without opening restaurants?

Chefs Andrew Marco and Ralph Hsiao took inspiration from New York’s corner bodegas when bringing Open Market to life.

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Azla Vegan co-owner Nesanet Abegaze explains the pivot to tacos and burritos, inspired by Ethiopia’s unique relationship with Mexico.

Azla Vegan: Mom-daughter duo adopts Ethiopian-Mexican fusion food

Azla Vegan co-owner Nesanet Abegaze explains the pivot to tacos and burritos, inspired by Ethiopia’s unique relationship with Mexico.

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Chef Alisa Reynolds refers to her cooking as “evolved nostalgia,” — healthier techniques that help people remember history and family.

‘In the Weeds’ with Alisa Reynolds of My 2 Cents

Chef Alisa Reynolds refers to her cooking as “evolved nostalgia,” — healthier techniques that help people remember history and family.

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Street food cart design has been ubiquitous until Richard Gomez of Revolution Carts engineered a new model.

Slick as a lowrider and filled with tamales, a Revolution Cart is LA-bound

Street food cart design has been ubiquitous until Richard Gomez of Revolution Carts engineered a new model.

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Furloughed from their jobs in the early days of the pandemic, first-time entrepreneurs Rhea and Marcel Michel decided to open a food business.

Mexican and Indian flavors collide at Saucy Chick Rotisserie

Furloughed from their jobs in the early days of the pandemic, first-time entrepreneurs Rhea and Marcel Michel decided to open a food business.

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Beginning when he was knee-high, chef Keegan Fong remembers always finding his mother in the kitchen. They’ve joined forces at Woon’s Kitchen.

‘I wouldn’t have Woon without mom’: Keegan Fong

Beginning when he was knee-high, chef Keegan Fong remembers always finding his mother in the kitchen. They’ve joined forces at Woon’s Kitchen.

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Mother and daughter Maria Del Socorro Vazquez and Zacil Vazquez are living the American dream, serving Micheladas and pozole verde in their Huntington Park restaurant.

The duo behind Sazòn creates a hybrid of home and street food

Mother and daughter Maria Del Socorro Vazquez and Zacil Vazquez are living the American dream, serving Micheladas and pozole verde in their Huntington Park restaurant.

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Beny Ashburn and Teo Hunter aspire to bolster the visibility of BIPOC businesses, beginning with their Inglewood brewery.

Crowns & Hops: Building an empire of liquid gold

Beny Ashburn and Teo Hunter aspire to bolster the visibility of BIPOC businesses, beginning with their Inglewood brewery.

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Andrew Munoz turned his backyard “do what you love” hobby into a full-fledged business, “Moo’s Craft Barbecue,” where he and his wife Michelle serve Texas-style brisket, links, and…

Moo’s Craft Barbecue: Obsessing over Texas BBQ in LA

Andrew Munoz turned his backyard “do what you love” hobby into a full-fledged business, “Moo’s Craft Barbecue,” where he and his wife Michelle serve Texas-style brisket, links, and…

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An Italian gastronomia specializes in prepared, handmade food available for takeout, explains Francesco Lucatorto, who along with his wife Francesca Pistorio, is making rigatoni with…

‘In the Weeds’: Ceci’s focaccia, pasta, torta delle nonna

An Italian gastronomia specializes in prepared, handmade food available for takeout, explains Francesco Lucatorto, who along with his wife Francesca Pistorio, is making rigatoni with…

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Bread, seemingly so simple, has a way of capturing our imagination. Just four ingredients — flour, water, salt and yeast — perform differently in the hands of each baker.

From 6 loaves to a storefront: Gusto Bakery is ‘In the Weeds’

Bread, seemingly so simple, has a way of capturing our imagination. Just four ingredients — flour, water, salt and yeast — perform differently in the hands of each baker.

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When Lien Ta and her business partner Chef Jonathan Whitener chose to close their first restaurant Here’s Looking At You in mid-2020, they turned efforts to their sophomore space All…

Reopening a Koreatown favorite: Here’s Looking At You gets a revival

When Lien Ta and her business partner Chef Jonathan Whitener chose to close their first restaurant Here’s Looking At You in mid-2020, they turned efforts to their sophomore space All…

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An influx of businesses are opening in Los Angeles’ Chinatown, where second generation Chinese-American chefs and owners are returning to their roots with a sense of history and…

‘In the Weeds’ with Jonathan Yang of Thank You Coffee

An influx of businesses are opening in Los Angeles’ Chinatown, where second generation Chinese-American chefs and owners are returning to their roots with a sense of history and…

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‘In the Weeds’: Welcome to the House of Gluten

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Chefs Noree Pla and Fern Kaewtathip met on the island of Phuket in southern Thailand.

‘In the Weeds’ with Noree Pla and Fern Kaewtathip of Luv 2 Eat

Chefs Noree Pla and Fern Kaewtathip met on the island of Phuket in southern Thailand.

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Maria Vera was 6 years old when she left Mexico with her family, where her father operated a tortilla factory in Mexico City.

In the Weeds: Long-time tortilla business La Gloria faces closure threat in land dispute

Maria Vera was 6 years old when she left Mexico with her family, where her father operated a tortilla factory in Mexico City.

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