Downtown: Jimmy Shaw's Loteria Grill is offically open downtown. Find all the usual shenanigans: tacos, chilaquiles, and taquitos at Loteria while, when Torta Co. opens soon, you'll see takes on both old and new(-ish)-school sandwiches like oyster-mushroom tinga, Veracruz-style battered snapper, and chorizo breakfast tortas. » 735 S. Figueroa St., Downtown, (213) 435-6782.
Studio City: Tonight the second outpost of popular speakeasy-lounge-bar Seventy7 opens, neatly dubbed Seventy7 North. Founded by the group behind Rocco's Italian Kitchen and 901 Bar, the space offers all the same sexy swankiness as the original, from the dark leather booths and velvet wallpaper to the hand-crafted cocktails named "Persephone's Dream" and "Papa Don't Preach." Open from 6:00 p.m. 'til 2:00 a.m. nightly. » 12514 Ventura Blvd, Studio City.
Hollywood: Dip-ramen favorite Ikemen has officially been replaced with the significantly more excitable Shin-Ya!!! The menu's basically the same — cool, "dry" ramen noodles primed for dipping into thick flavored broths, as well as build-your-own options — though early Yelp reviews reveal Ikemen's old jazzy vibe is a bit sorely missed. » 1655 N La Brea Ave, Hollywood, (323) 874-4692.
Burbank: "11:30 a.m. — until meat is gone" are the listed hours for Burbank's newest Texas barbecue joint, The Pit. A slim, traditional menu includes meat by the pound and sandwiches, along with the usual barbecue-adjacent fare: slaw, rolls, mac and cheese, and, oddly enough, empanadas. » 207 E Alameda Ave, Burbank, (818) 848-8550.
Downtown: Inspired by intimate whiskey bars in Japan, Bar Jackalope by 213 Nightlife is officially soft-open. Tucked inside 213's other operation Seven Grand, Jackalope has a call button in place of a door handle, and serves only three cocktails, 20 ml or 60 ml pours, or bottles starting at $250, which include advance reservations and priority seating. Premium Japanese beers are also available. » 515 W 7th St #2, Downtown, (213) 614-0736.
Hollywood: L.A.'s latest New York City transplant comes to us from the fellas of Hollywood's Chicken and Rice. The halal cart-style food truck, now open in the parking lot across Mel's, offers diners their choice of falafel, chicken, or lamb served over rice, or in wrap, taco, burger, or gyro form. Fittingly, each option comes drenched in mayo and hot sauce. Open from 7:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. » Hollywood Blvd and Highland Ave., (323) 572-4646.