Highland Park’s Tacos Villas gets $100,000 grant to open restaurant


Villas Tacos owner Victor Villa recently won a $100,000 grant that will bring his popular Highland Park pop-up to his first brick-and-mortar restaurant.

The big sum comes from Estrella Jalisco beer and will help Villa hopefully stay in the neighborhood, reports the Los Angeles Times. Villas Tacos opened in November 2018 and initially operated out of Villa’s grandmother’s house in Highland Park. He now serves some of the city’s most respected tacos on York Boulevard every week, offering a combination of his family’s recipes and Villa’s own flair, his maternal grandmother’s salsa, the salsa recipe of dad and his mother’s Michoacan dishes. This includes a taco with blue corn tortillas with a crispy grilled cheese interior, refried beans, onions, cilantro, cream, cotija, guacamole, and three mesquite grilled meat options.

Buellton Beer and Food Festival this weekend

This Saturday, more than 55 craft breweries and food trucks will set up shop at Buellton Brew Fest. The annual Central Coast Festival features shows, games, and a shuttle bus that takes festival-goers to Santa Barbara, Goleta, Santa Maria, or Lompoc. Tickets for the 21+ event are $55, full details here.

Milk bread for Mother’s Day

South LA’s Elaine’s Bread Pudding pop-up is hitting the road. From today through Sunday, owners will head to 626 Night Market at the OC Fair & Event Center from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.

A thousand expensive pancake for a cause

Lady M Cake Boutique offers a new Southern-inspired thousand pancakes on deck. With a price tag of $180, the Peach Mille Crepe Crepe is a collaboration next to the Beverly Hills Bakery and The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills actor Sutton Stracke. It’s available in May, Mental Health Awareness Month, and Lady M will donate 10% of sales to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Downtown LA Burglaries

Some DTLA businesses are struggling with break-ins. Longtime burger joint D-Town Burger Bar was interviewed by CBS-2 after a suspected burglar smashed the front glass door with a manhole cover.

Brunch is gaining momentum at Ella Beverly Hills

Ella Beverly Hills kicked off the weekend brunch. The Sixty Hotel in Beverly Hills that houses Ella opened last February, and menu options include a bagel-lox platter, cornbread with homemade black truffle butter with honey, burrata and peaches, and chilaquiles.


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