Los Angeles Openings: Sweet Crush Ice Bar, Diablo

Over in Brentwood, Sweet Crush Ice Bar has opened its doors with an Americanized version of a traditional Asian shaved ice shop, serving water- and milk-based desserts in flavors like Earl Grey, peanut butter, espresso, blood orange, lychee, and more. It’s one of those self-serving joints where you spoon on six different toppings and still go back for more.

And there are some things to be said for five- and six-dollar tacos. "Eff that," quickly comes to mind. Luckily, there are places where you can get three decent fish tacos all over this city for that same price. The tacos at Diablo in Silver Lake aren’t your six-inch tilapia dealios; they’re large tacos stuffed with things like maple fried chicken, braised pork belly and caramelized bananas, grilled octopus and marble potatoes, and butter-roasted Maine lobster and fried brioche – to name a few. If that doesn’t entice you, then perhaps Diablo’s take on the michelada will get you at their long communal table: It’s a popsicle you dip in a pitcher of beer. Trust us. It works.

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