Time Out Los Angeles


Why the long-running King’s Hawaiian restaurant is a beloved South Bay family favorite

From the moment you walk in the door, the aloha vibes are strong at King's Hawaiian Bakery & Restaurant in Torrance. Mochi doughnuts, rainbow-hued paradise cakes and more variations of the international company's signature bread than one could dream of grace the bakery section at the entrance. A giant pineapple statue welcomes patrons to the cavernous dining room, where servers in Hawaiian shirts navigate around a floor-to-ceiling tropical aquarium to serve island staples like loco moco and spam musubi, plus French toast made with King's Hawaiian sweet rolls.

Iconic L.A. hot dog stand Tail o’ the Pup reopens in West Hollywood

In yet another retro-cool comeback for the area, the Tail o’ the Pup is back up and running at 8512 Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood. After years of back and forth, the quirkily shaped hot dog stand made its grand debut today at its new address, located right next to Shake Shack. The new Pup comes complete with indoor-outdoor seating, menu additions that include beer and wine and an extra dose of plaque-commemorated history: In 1971, the Doors recorded their hit song “L.A. Woman” in the same building the expanded eatery now occupies.

Conrad Los Angeles and the Grand are bringing Bunker Hill closer to its pedestrian-friendly potential

Making plans atop Bunker Hill almost always involves an “…and then what?” You’ve scored reservations for the Broad… but then where can you walk to afterwards that doesn’t involve hoofing it all the way downhill toward Pershing Square? You have tickets to a show at the Walt Disney Concert… but then where can you grab a drink?

Los Angeles—Inglewood, really—will be one of the cities to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup

Two years before it hosts the Summer Olympics, Los Angeles will host yet another major international sports competition: the 2026 FIFA World Cup. Or rather, it’ll cohost the soccer competition along with 15 other cities in North America. And technically, it won’t even be within the City of Los Angeles but rather in Inglewood at the massive SoFi Stadium, which just hosted this year’s Super Bowl and is set to make an appearance in the 2028 Olympics, too.

There’s a Mario Kart ride coming to Universal Studios Hollywood

Get ready to bombard Bowser and his Koopalings with a bunch of shells, because a real-life Mario Kart ride is coming to Universal Studios Hollywood. “Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge” will be the centerpiece attraction at the upcoming Super Nintendo World, which is now due to open in early 2023 (the last update from the theme park had targeted a broader 2023 window).

Amazon’s creepy palm recognition service is coming to two L.A. area Whole Foods

Paying for groceries with your phone or watch might already be easy, but Amazon now wants you to pay with a swipe of your palm. In another round of potential privacy-encroaching convenience, the tech giant has rolled out its palm recognition payment service, Amazon One, in two Southern California Whole Foods locations (Silver Lake and Irvine), with plans to add capability to the organic grocery store’s Playa Vista location in the weeks to come. The device creates a unique palm signature for each user, which is then saved for future purchases.

Filipino fast food giant Jollibee opens in Downtown L.A.

Pure, unbridled Chickenjoy has come to Downtown L.A., where a brand new Jollibee location has just opened. Located at 729 Seventh Street across from the Bloc outdoor shopping center, the international Filipino fast food chain will offer Angelenos a more centrally located outpost to get their fried chicken and sweet spaghetti fix. The brand already has seven L.A. County locations in East Hollywood, Eagle Rock, Alhambra, Panorama City, Torrance, Carson and Artesia. The Downtown location will also offer delivery through DoorDash.

World-famous dumpling spot Din Tai Fung is coming to Downtown Disney

Two iconic SoCal purveyors of long waits and best-in-class hospitality are joining forces: Disneyland and Din Tai Fung. Though there’s no official opening date, the Downtown Disney shopping district (situated just outside the actual theme park) will soon reveal a new Anaheim outpost of the Taiwanese restaurant group. The arrival of the xiaolongbao specialist is easily the splashiest addition to the Disneyland food scene in ages.

Street Art Alive has splashed colorful, digital murals inside a Downtown L.A. art space

You’re probably getting a little wary of all of the “immersive” art shows that’ve swept through Los Angeles, and the organizers of “Street Art Alive” feel it too. “We come from the art world and every time I see these [immersive shows], they’re these commercial things,” says Wayne Fernandez, general manager at Magic Box L.A., the event space at Downtown’s the Reef. “You get there and it’s like, I feel my soul being sucked out of me. But you know, we were very careful to make this more than just that.”