Shopper & Diner: Daily Haggis in Atwater Village; books with a bite in Echo Park; Boyle Heights’ best taco contestant

Atwater Village, restaurants, Tam O'Shanter

Haggis headquarters in Atwater Village | Marni Epstein

By Marni Epstein Tam O’Shanter, the Atwater Village epicurean landmark, will be adding a new dish to its daily menu, reports NBC Los Angeles. Haggis, the Scottish specialty previously served only once a year at the restaurant’s birthday celebration for poet Robert Burns, can now be experienced every day.  Tam O’Shanter’s version combines ground beef and beef liver, herbs, onions, baked into a pie crust and served with a salad.
 In other Shopper & Diner news:

  • Speaking of writers, Mohawk Bend in Echo Park will host an “Authors Worth Celebrating” dinner series on April 8. The event will feature author and chef Tal Ronnen of Crossroads Kitchen (“The Conscious Cook”) with a dinner at 7 pm and a Q&A with the chef between courses and afterwards. Tickets for the event can be purchased through the restaurant at a cost of $35.
  • Next week also brings the opening of Los Feliz’s new cafe and market Stamp Proper Foods, says Eater LA. Doors will be open on April 7 at the old site of The Brown Derby. Menu choices curated by owners include those for the diet conscious – that is,  paleo diet, gluten-free diet, and vegan diet.
  • Silver Lake has had the opportunity to celebrate the opening of one its own new restaurants recently. The long-gestating Night + Market Song had a soft opening last week. LA Magazine says the Thai restaurant opened to lengthy lines of hungry and eager patrons.
  • This Saturday April 5 Taco Madness gets underway. NBC Los Angeles notes the city will pay tribute to that delicious little portable hammock of food, known colloquially of course as, the taco. Boyle Heights’ own Tacos Arabes de Puebla will be competing at Grand Park to for their chance to win the title of LA’s best taco.

Marni Epstein Epstein is an entertainment, music, and lifestyle Journalist and resident of Echo Park. She has previously worked in the film and digital media industries with FOX and Sony Pictures Entertainment. She is currently also pursuing a Masters in Historic Preservation.


  1. locally-sourced, cruelty-free, organic haggis

  2. Hey restaurant people, come start up some healthy cafe on Figueroa in Highland Park!!! There is a huge demand over here and nobody has filled it yet. Amara on Avenue 64 is delicious, but they do not serve dinner. There would be a line out the door if something like FOUR cafe opened on Fig!

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