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  • It may look like your average, everyday taco truck, but the Shabazz Good Foods truck is not slinging the usual carnitas. Every Sunday, you can find their truck parked on 43rd and Crenshaw at Leimert Plaza Park. They sell not only the infamous bean pies, but blueberry cream pies, pineapple cream pies, and a few soulful lunches. The red snapper sandwich is the easiest thing to eat in the park, and probably your best...
  • When people think of Leimert Park, they usually focus on Leimert Plaza Park and the one block of Degnan to the north. But the neighborhood of Leimert Park encompasses the eastern side of Crenshaw Boulevard, including Crenshaw and King Blvd all the way north to Rodeo Road. M&M Soul Food sits right beneath one of the blue signs delineating the Leimert Park neighborhood. When you see a soul food restaurant on television, nine times out...
  • I think I have found it. I have found The One. True, I have not eaten at every soul food restaurant in LA (yet), but if I had to pick the one to settle down with, Mama's House would be it. Hidden away in an old-fashioned strip mall on Crenshaw Boulevard, Mama's House has been quietly gaining fans for the last seven years. The room is comfortable, filled with family photos and bric-a-brac. It...
  • A favorite of locals and a darling of restaurant reviewers, Ackee Bamboo on Degnan helps to alleviate LA's need for some good Jamaican food. Kingston-born proprietress Marlene Sinclair and her husband Delroy serve up generous portions to the hungry customers who are often making a special pilgrimage to Leimert Park just to try her jerks and curries. The oxtails may be the best I've ever eaten. Of course, oxtails are kind of like sex....
  • As Lou Reed put it, "The first thing you learn is you always gotta wait." But when you are jonesing, you are always willing to wait. And the catfish at Cafe Soul definitely brings the jones down on me. Cafe Soul opened this past October in the location that was formerly home to the Kitchen on 43rd Place. The changeover was so fast, I'm not sure the restaurant even closed its doors. Cafe Soul...
  • Minju Park is a Korean-American journalist based in Chicago. She’s currently an associate producer for LAist Studios.
  • Three people were killed when an SUV hit a tree and caught fire early Sunday morning in Leimert Park. One man survived the crash and is in serious condition.
  • COVID-19 spelled doom for many businesses in L.A. County, but not in Leimert Park.
  • Black business owners say last year's protests for racial justice brought more people -- and customers -- to the neighborhood.
  • Photo by R. E. ~ via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr This weekend, the movement to serve the Los Angeles region with local food grows in the Valley and in Santa Monica. On Saturday, the group behind The Farmers Kitchen and farmers markets across town--Hollywood, Atwater Village and Leimert Park, to name a few--will open their newest market in Canoga Park. Beginning this Saturday, and every Saturday year-round (rain or shine), the...
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