One Star for Moby’s Little Pine in Silver Lake; Echo Park chef releases memoir; rare lonche in Boyle Heights; Winsome’s Tribute to Echo Park


The vegan fare at Moby’s Little Pine in Silver Lake received a not-so-flattering review from Besha Rodell of the LA Weekly — only one star. All around, the dishes fell short of any distinction, particularly in a city with such high standards for vegan cuisine. Rodell specifically blasted the pasta dishes, fruit plate and sausage sandwich, and attributed their shortcomings to the restaurant operating without a chef. However, when it came to the ambiance, staff, wine list and chocolate cream pie, Little Pine shined. Little Pine Restaurant is located on the 2800 block of Rowena Avenue in Silver Lake.

In other Shopper & Diner News:

  • TiGeorge Laguerre of the legendary TiGeorge’s Chicken in Echo Park has released “No Man is an Island: A Memoir of Family and Haitian Cuisine.” Co-authored by fellow Echo Park resident Jeremy Rosenberg, the book spills into Laguerre’s life in Haiti, his journey from the Caribbean to New York and Los Angeles, and the secrets of his one-of-a-kind cuisine. Catch Laguerre and Rosenberg, and taste a sample of Laguerre’s famous Haitian chicken, at Stories Books and Café on Wednesday, February 17 at 7:30 p.m. TiGeorge’s Chicken is on the 300 block of Glendale Boulevard in Echo Park. Stories Books and Café is on the 1700 block of Sunset Boulevard in Echo Park.
  • Boyle Heights could be the home to the rarest sandwich in Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles Times. Made only once a month, the two lonches at Primera Taza Coffee House are made with a specific bread flown in from Guadalajara. One lonche uses thick slabs of pan-seared pork loin, Mexican crema, tomato slices, red onions and red salsa. The cheese lonche is layered with avocado, crema, pickled jalepeños and a soft and creamy panela cheese that is exclusively made for co-owner Chuy Tovar and his wife, Rosalinda Hernandez. Call ahead or check Primera Taza’s Instagram for availability. Primera Taza Coffee House is located on the 1800 block of 1st Street in Boyle Heights.
  • After much anticipation, Winsome is now open on the ground level of the historic Elysian building in Echo Park adjacent in Victor Heights, reports the Los Angeles Times. Owners Marc Rose and Med Abrous (The Spare Room) hope Winsome becomes a neighborhood restaurant, and have appointed it with sprinkles of Echo Park throughout. Take the custom wallpaper, which depicts Phil Dike’s 1938 watercolor, “Sunshine in Echo Park.” Apparently, it took three and a half months for Rose to secure the rights to the painting and have the wallpaper made. Then there’s Winsome’s peacock logo. Designed by Claire Oswalt, the logo pays tribute to the wild peacocks that roamed the surrounding Victor Heights neighborhood. Winsome is currently open for breakfast, lunch and coffee service, with dinner and drinks to follow. Chef Jeremy Strubel (Rustic Canyon) and pastry chef Leslie Mialma (République) are at the helm. Winsome is located at the 1100 block of Sunset Boulevard in Echo Park adjacent.

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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  1. Peacocks still do roam the neighborhood! Or at least they did when I lived at the top of Marview 7 years ago. The sounds they made were frightening before we figured out what it was.

  2. The Little Pine should serve roast peacock. Or, perhaps, whale (Moby)

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