Vegan ice cream at $3.99 a scoop? $14 for a glass of wine? Rack of Lamb for $29.95? Yes, dining and drinking and Echo Park these days can be a costly affair. But there are still plenty of less expensive options, including Patra Burgers. The spartan burger stand at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Laveta Terrace offers “Bang For Your Burger Buck,” according to a review by the L.A. Taco. Of course, you get what your pay for. “The beef delivers in terms of texture but falls short in terms of juiciness and overall flavor,” said L.A. Taco of the charbroiled, double cheeseburger with Iceberg lettuce, Thousand Island dressing, pickle, tomato and American cheese .
However, at $4.39, the Patra double cheeseburger is an economical way to fill up and sober up after a round of drinks at the Gold Room. Says L.A. Taco: “Food when you’re drunk is a very very good thing.”
In other Shopper & Diner news:
Silver Lake’s Black Hogg is preparing to introduce a lunch menu later this month featuring sandwiches and a more casual atmosphere that allows customers to order at the counter. “Most of our ingredients are imported directly from Italy (the cheeses, tuna, artichokes, coppa ham, mortadella),” said an email from General Manager Jonathan Kim of the “Sopressata at Black Hogg” lunchtime menu. “The rest of the stuff is from the best artisan purveyors here in the states. And our bread will be awesome!”
The sandwiches debut on August 13. A few days later on Saturday, August 17, residents of the 90026 Zip Code can pick up a sandwich for free. “We want to be known as just a neighborhood sandwich spot to the Silver Lake/Echo Park neighborhood and so we want to show our appreciation and dedication to the locals,” Kim said.
Elephant Ayurveda and Wellness Center opened in Eagle Rock this week offering yoga classes as well as organic beauty products, teas and other products and services, reports Eagle Rock Patch.
Echo Park’s Allumette restaurant is among Bon Appétite magazine’s 50 nominees for best new restaurants. “Stellar experimental cuisine with heady Asian influences comes courtesy of 25-year-old up-and-comer Miles Thompson,” said the magazine. The final selections will be announced later this month.
After about a week-long delay, the new cafe at the Echo Park Lake Boathouse opened on Wednesday with a “simple, moderately priced menu” developed by Square One Dinging, according to Daily Dish. In addition to coffee drinks and lemonade, the menu at Square One at Echo Park Lake ranges from a grass-fed-beef burger on an English muffin for $5.75 to potato taquitos with guacamole and salsa verde for $4.