Could L.A. rival Chicago and New York as a Food City? Only time will tell...
Interesting post from the Foodaism blog at Jewish Journal dot com. “Nine ways to make L.A. the ‘Ultimate Food City‘” is two parts snark, and one part “CYA”. Rob Eshman is rebutting comments from a previous post where he posited that a Saveur magazine article claiming L.A. as “The Ultimate Food City” was a bit overhyped. Apparently the locals got restless, so he decided to give his critique a new spin.
Read it for yourself, but points 2, 3, and 4 jumped off the screen at me, because it’s stuff I’ve been saying since I moved here 22 years ago:
#2. Triple the number of Food AND PROVISION trucks. Hello?! One of my major complaints is that you have to go to some “town” in order to get a particular type of food. Sad. Sad. Sad. The food trucks are the best thing that’s happened to L.A. food, ’cause it’s bringing good stuff to the people! Being a transplanted native, I don’t have the memories of bakery trucks, etc. that he has, but I do remember being able to get Soul Food and Mexican in the same neighborhood, and getting donuts from a corner kiosk, not having to drive to Krispy Kreme. Are they even still around?
# 3. Free up zoning and licensing to mix food businesses and residential areas, and F the NIMBYs. Again, NEVER understood this. Chicago, San Francisco, New York all zone mixed-use neighborhoods. Burbank is catching on and having GREAT success. Wake up, L.A. City Council; opportunity is pounding and you’re asleep on the couch…
# 4. Loosen after hours regulations and encourage more late dining out. Joe and Sharon, my New-Yorker transplant friends share this pain–why does every good restaurant close at 10 pm on a Friday night? What’s up with that?! Some of my best social times have been 2 am dining adventures, and after moving here, those times have been limited to three restaurants: Mel’s Diner, Denny’s (sorry, not quite fine dining, but you know what I’m sayin’) and In-N-Out. That needs to change, and change quickly.
I would add a #10 to this list: Get rid of the Nanny State food regulators in our government who create useless zoning regulations, come up with trans-fat restrictions, and trumpet fictitious causes like obesity. Yes, Governor Schwarzenegger, I’m talkin’ to you!