Taco Fest says adios to Boyle Heights; Silver Lake’s The Kitchen and Sqirl Kitchen makes the lists; Eagle Rock Jollibee reopens



Boyle Heights is no longer home to the L.A. Taco Festival, Boyle Heights Beat reports. The free annual fundraiser for the nonprofit that helps homeless youth, Jóvenes, Inc., originally sprouted four years ago in and around Mariachi Plaza. This year, event organizers headed to downtown Los Angeles’ Grand Park to accommodate the anticipated increase of taco enthusiasts coming to the taco fest. Boyle Heights is still represented, though, with a dozen or so eateries and vendors such as Un Solo Sol, Yeyva’s Restaurant and Viva Los Cupcakes at the event. The L.A. Taco Festival is held this Saturday, August 22 from noon to 7 p.m.

In other Shopper & Diner news:

  • The Kitchen in Silver Lake was the only Eastside eatery that made LA Weekly’s list of “10 Best Restaurants for Brunch in Los Angeles.” No-nonsense menu items such as eggs-in-the-hole, pear pancakes in caramel sauce, fried chicken with garlic mashed potatoes and eggs smothered with gravy plus $5 cocktails to top it all off are what made the grade.
  • Jessica Koslow’s Malvah pudding cake at Sqirl Kitchen in Silver Lake was named one of the “19 Mind-Blowing Signature Desserts in Los Angeles,” by Eater LA. Buttery richness with a slightly gooey texture is what took the cake. Here’s a handy tip: folks can skip the line if only coffee and pasties are ordered.
  • Jollibee, the Filipino fast-food chain, reopened its Eagle Rock Plaza outlet earlier this month after it was remodeled.

Cecilia Padilla-Brill is a communications writer and journalist. She writes news, health, education and feature stories. Cecilia is currently working on her first novel. She has lived in Echo Park since 1999



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