‘GO by Citizens’ is the New Fee-Free Food Delivery App We’ve Hungered For

Sushi Bento Box from Krispy Rice via the GO by Citizens app. Photos by Karin E. Baker for The LA Beat.

A new food delivery app, GO by Citizens, makes it easy to order food for delivery or pickup from multiple restaurants in one order — with zero fees.

GO by Citizens is a welcome alternative to third-party food delivery platforms that charge both menu item markups and high fees to consumers.

You can easily satisfy multiple cravings at once. Get nori tacos filled with tuna, yellowtail, salmon, truffle avocado, or shrimp, from Kumi. Savory truffle burgers (a trifecta of truffle-y deliciousness thanks to truffle aioli, truffle fondue, and truffle glaze) from Umami Burger. Bento boxes full of sushi rolls, hand rolls, edamame, and more from Krispy Rice. A variety of chicken sandwiches from Sam’s Crispy Chicken, The Other Side, and Radical Rooster’s.

Other options include Katsuya (wagyu gyoza, sashimi, king crab tempura, and much more), The Ice Cream Shop (with frozen treats from Ben & Jerry’s, Magnum, Breyers, and Talenti), burgers from In a Bun, and margaritas, mulitas, and elotes from Sin City Tacos.

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Parking Lot Sensation Chris N Eddy’s Just Opened a Brick & Mortar Location

Chris N Eddy’s sliders, tots, & fries. Photo by Karin E. Baker for The LA Beat.

Sinking your teeth into Chris N Eddy’s smashed sliders just got easier. On Friday, August 27, they finally opened their first brick-and-mortar location.

Childhood friends Chris and Eddy launched their dream of owning a restaurant during stay-at-home orders last year. The pair began selling grilled sliders from the parking lot of Eddy’s apartment. Posting pics of their drool-worthy burgers on Instagram, they attracted more than 29,000 followers.

Increasingly long lines of hungry customers necessitated a larger space. Chris and Eddy moved their make-shift grilling station to the parking lot at Sycamore Tavern. Grilling across the street from the In ‘n’ Out on Sunset and Orange? Chris and Eddy are clearly unafraid of competition.

These smashburger-style sliders deserve all the hype. Loaded with lots of cheese (or not), optional onions (I say opt in), and Thousand Island-style sauce, they’re served atop toasted potato buns from Martin’s. The beef is always fresh, never frozen. The lacy, crispy smash-style edges intensify the rich flavors.

On the side, you’ll find really good pickle chips, along with extra sauce for dipping. Savor them with crispy tater tots, waffle fries, or, even better, half of each.

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Pop-up Alert: n/soto Lands in Little Tokyo This Week

Otsokuri w/ toro, chidai & aji. Photo courtesy of n/soto.

You don’t have to wait any longer to try n/soto. The much-anticipated California-Japanese Izakaya launches a pop-up in Little Tokyo this week, in advance of its mid-city opening this autumn.

Following on the heels of the beloved n/naka in Palms, the n/soto temporary residency can be found Wednesdays through Saturdays at the new culinary center inside the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center.

The nine-course tasting menu at JACCC serves as a preview of the flavors and dishes to be found when n/soto opens in West Adams.

Upon arrival, you’ll be presented with a drink to be enjoyed al fresco at the beautiful James Irvine Japanese Garden.

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LA Through a Cracked Lens: Don McLean Gets a Star on the Walk of Fame

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Review: “History Is Delicious” by Joshua Lurie

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“History Is Delicious” is an exploration of world cuisine from a historical perspective.

This new book is written by accomplished food journalist Joshua Lurie, whose work has appeared in The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times. One of LA’s most established food bloggers, Lurie launched his blog Food GPS back in 2005.

Though aimed at kids from 8 to 13, “History Is Delicious” should interest foodies and foodies-in-training of all ages. You’ll find engaging stories about the origins of haute cuisine, guisados, tandoori, ceviche, sushi, and much more.

“History Is Delicious” features approachable recipes from chefs at some beloved LA restaurants. Want to make the same corn tortillas served at Barbakush? Tortilla Española as served at Gasolina Cafe? Onigiri like that served at Jichan’s Onigiri-ya or the hand-whipped hummus from Bavel? All these recipes are found here.

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Movies Till Dawn: Horror Business (Neon Demons)

Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker” (1983, Code Red) Life for adopted teen Jimmy McNichol gets weird in a hurry after he’s offered a college basketball scholarship: the attentions of his aunt (the late, great Susan Tyrell) turn from overprotective to unsettlingly intimate, while hyper-aggressive cop Bo Svenson (“Kill Bill”) has him pinned as the guilty party in a gay love triangle that resulted in the murder of his coach’s boyfriend (Caskey Swaim). Complicated and disturbing Gothic shocker tricked out in sleazoid clothing from veteran TV director William Asher (“Bewitched”) has been long been cited as an unsung ’80s horror title, delivering both ghastly murders and miles of deviant psychology as well as pointed subtextual commentary on the ugliness of the adult world. The latter, which includes Oedipal mania and gay panic run amuck, undoubtedly threw off the grindhouse faithful during its release, but in recent years, “Butcher” has won over more discerning or adventurous horror fans (note Marc Edward Heuck’s smart and passionate tribute at the New Beverly Cinema site here). Code Red’s excellent Special Edition Blu-ray offer a 2K restoration and numerous extras, including commentary tracks featuring McNichol, producer/writer Steven Breimer and co-writer Alan Jay Glueckman; interviews with McNichol, Tyrell, Breimer, and makeup artist Allan A. Apone (“Faces of Death,” the MCU) round out the set.

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The Haunted Hayride Returns to Griffith Park!

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The Haunted Hayride is back! One of LA’s most iconic Halloween attractions, the Haunted Hayride returns to Griffith Park after a 2020 detour to San Dimas, where it was an in-vehicle, drive-through experience.

Beginning September 24 and continuing on select nights through October 31, the 2021 Los Angeles Haunted Hayride is a return to form — on foot– with traditional hayrides, mazes, trick or treating, and more.

The 2021 edition of the Haunted Hayride features a visit to Midnight Falls, where it’s eternally 1985 and always Halloween. Creepy members of the Midnight Falls community wander around the town square, both interacting with guests and engaging in their day-to-day activities.

Meanwhile, in the foothills of Midnight Falls, a horrifying portal spews out hideous creatures and the witch of the woods has summoned underworld spirits to cross over, assimilate, and exact revenge on the townspeople who drove her away. Will you be brave enough to embark on the hayride? Continue reading

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We Will Miss You, Greenblatt’s

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watt’s picture of the week – monday, august 16, 2021

inside the boat from outside the boat near timm’s landing today in my pedro town at the crack of dawn…

photo by mike watt

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Movies Till Dawn: Horror Business (Blood in Black and White)

Dr. X” (1932, Warner Archives Collection) As I mentioned in a 2016 write-up, this absolutely out-to-lunch thriller, from “Casablanca” director Michael Curtiz, “folds cannibalism, serial murder, deranged scientific experiments, artificial flesh, and unseemly obsessions into its 76-minute running time.” The new Warner Archives Blu-ray doubles down on its previous DVD release by bundling both versions of the film – one in restored two-strip Technicolor (which lends a hallucinatory quality to the already bizarre proceedings) and another in black-and-white (and long unavailable) – with commentary tracks by historian Scott MacQueen (who covers the film’s  production) and Curtiz biographer Alan K. Rode. A lengthy featurette on Curtiz’s horror output (which included 1933’s “The Mystery of the Wax Museum,” another two-strip chiller for Warner that featured “X” stars Lionel Atwill and Fay Wray, and 1936’s “The Walking Dead,” with Boris Karloff) and a brief look at the film’s restoration for Blu-ray are also included.

Thank you to Warner Archives Collection for providing a free Blu-ray for this review.

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