Ostrich Farm turns up the heat on Echo Park’s dining scene; new Lincoln Heights shoe shop; the Lucky Duck was not so lucky

Owner Jaime Turrey of Ostrich Farm

Owner Jaime Turrey of Ostrich Farm

Storefront ReportECHO PARK — With a red-hot, wood-fire grill in the kitchen and a cool, long marble bar in the dining room, Ostrich Farm welcomed its first patrons this past weekend to try out an “American Heritage” menu that ranges from salads of Dungeness crab, radish and grapefruit to plates of grilled salmon and potpie with braised beef.

Chef owner Jaime Turrey said the wood-fire grill can be challenging but the result is more flavorful food. That long marble bar out front will allow patrons to enjoy a casual meal and drink next to a more formal dining room. “We want to be a great neighborhood restaurant,” said Turrey of his Sunset Boulevard restaurant. “I don’t feel pressure to be more more than that.”

And for those who are wondering, Ostrich Farm, named after 19th century tourist attractions, has no plans to put that bird on the menu, Turrey said.

In other Shopper & Diner News:

  • Silver Lake’s Lucky Duck announced it was closing down less than a year after it opened. Eater L.A.
  • The WSS footwear store chain held a grand opening this past weekend for its new Lincoln Heights store. WSS


  1. Yeah when you walk by the place it smells like a bbq gone wrong and it makes me choke. Doesn’t help that im allergic to crab…keep your smells in your kitchen!

    • Nicole – this place looks awesome and just what Echo Park needs! get over it.

    • Sorry that you are allergic to crab, I’m allergic to tomatoes. Should I say death to masa because they serve deep dish pizza?

    • HI Nicole, I drove past there the other day and for the life of me I cannot figure out how they got into that small space. I choke from the smoke too and that is why I don’t patronize these small spaces. 🙂

    • About 90% of BBQ in Los Angeles is done wrong…..

      • @wiggly say whatever you want about masa, they keep their smells in their restaurant, and have been great neighbors in Echo Park for some years. Not like these newbs. Anyhow, you missed the point entirely. I wish this place success, I just hope they can do it without killing its neighbors with bad smelling smoke.

    • Opening a restaurant is one of the hardest business to open (Building permits,city bureaucracy, health department, local councils etc….), . I’m so sick of reading comments from people who have no idea the amount of time and effort goes into opening even the smallest restaurant. Haters who are jealous that someone has the balls to do something they never dare take on.. Welcome Ostrich Farms and I look forward to come in and try your food.

  2. Welcome Ostrich People! Looking forward to dining there.. More please please!

  3. Looks beautiful! Welcome to the neighborhood!

  4. I ate there on Sunday and it was really nice. The food was simple but tasty, and the room itself is beautifully designed and has a great vibe. I’ll definitely go back. Also, I live nearby and have no idea what the smoke smell complainers are talking about.

  5. Yes but why don’t they serve ostrich??

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