Japanese style grilling in Highland Park; the best pork ribs in Echo Park; elevated avocado toast in Eagle Rock



Can’t get enough of Highland Park eats and drinks? RBTA is the Eastside’s newest restaurant that features Robata style cuisine (essentially Japanese BBQ) alongside small eats like pickled veggies and other small eats. Eater LA notes the flavors aren’t all entirely Japanese as there are “elements of Peru, Thailand, Japan, and ‘Los Angeles'”.

RBTA is a collaboration between chef Justin Baey, Allen Wong from Fat Dragon and David Tewasart of Sticky Rice. The restaurant is grilling up skewers now, with hours running Tuesday to Sunday from 5pm to midnight.

In other Shopper & Diner News:

  • Zach Pollack at the new Echo Park restaurant Cosa Buona has done all the heavy lifting when it comes to cooking the perfect mozzarella sticks. Read all his tips over at Food & Wine.
  • Looking for rare, flavorful ingredients to cook with at home? Chef Michael Bryant of Cliff’s Edge in Silver Lake has some tips on where to shop, plus more food and drink goodies from Eater LA.
  • The 4th of July may be over but BBQ season sure isn’t. The LA Times has named Park’s Finest BBQ in Echo Park one of the best places in the city for pork ribs, where owner Johneric Concordia churns out Filipino style BBQ with his two meat smokers nicknamed Lucy and Ricky.
  • Beat the heat after a hike at the Griffith Park Roosevelt Cafe for a local craft beer, weekend food specials and people watching. The LA Times names this patio and four other great LA hot spots to enjoy a cold brew outside.
  • A new popup in Eagle Rock has a tasty take on Avocado Toast, including a grilled sourdough with avocado, charred corn, queso fresco, cilantro, Fresno chili and smoked paprika. LA Weekly has all the deets, but head over to Found Coffee in Eagle Rock on Thursdays from 7am to 11am for your own.

Kelly Erickson is a writer, photographer and graphic designer living in Echo Park. She holds a degree Political Journalism and writes primarily about beer and all things Echo Park.

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