Shopper & Diner Report

By Beth Zeigler

Alegria has finally caved – the Silver Lake restaurant is now taking credit cards!  No more skimping on a meal and not being able to order one of their yummy desserts or homemade elixirs just because you failed to bring enough cash.  Use that plastic – or cash – to sample a handful of new menu items,  like Camarones en Chipotle (pictured above) and Smoked Wild Salmon and Eggs. Check out all of their new offerings here.

Click on the link below for more details on eco-friendly paint, sweaty yoga workouts and going-out-of-business sales.

  • Frogtown newbie Franky & Johnny’s Seafood Outlet is closing its doors after just one year of business in Elysian Valley, blaming the recession as it says goodbye. The upside? A 30% liquidation sale on all things seafood. Grub Street Los Angeles
  • The tides are also turning over for the folks at Bar Keeper in Silver Lake. Now able to line their shelves with liquor, they’ve invited the best bartenders in town to commission recipes to accompany their gift boxes. Bar Keeper
  • Even though the lights are turned out at Silver Lake’s Mercado, they’ll still be offering their wares online. RackedLA
  • It’s a revolving door of chefs over at Barbarella in Silver Lake. But as long as the new guy, Sean Poplar, can pair the food with the libations, we aren’t counting. EaterLA
  • Thinking about an eco-friendly home paint project? Par Paint in Echo Park has got you covered, now offering loads of green supplies to get you started. Par Paint
  • Yoga gets beefed up at YAS in Silver Lake. Ripped Yoga, a spin on the traditional class where they take out the chanting and throw in weights for a serious work-out. Brand X Daily
  • Support local schools  when you shop at Silver Lake Art Craft & Vintage. A bevvy of artist booths and food trucks to keep you entertained this Saturday, October 23 ( 10 AM- 4 PM), Micheltorena Street Elementary School. The Silver E-News

Send your shopping and store news to Beth Zeigler at hello@theEastsiderLA.com

Top photo courtesy Alegria; bottom photo by TypeFiend


  1. Not that I want to claim it but isn’t Barbarella in Los Feliz?

  2. @ bob. nope, it’s in silver lake.

  3. According to the super official LA Times Mapping LA site, it’s in Los Feliz.

  4. @ Bob. That area along Hyperion is a tricky spot. It’s on the border of Silver Lake, Los Feliz and maybe even Franklin Hills. We are calling that slice of Hyperion Silver Lake. You may not agree with that but we are going to try and be consistent. Also, I do refer and check the L.A. Times Mapping site but don’t always agree with those boundaries.

  5. @Bob & beth-

    Actually, the west side of Hyperion is Los Feliz and the east side is Silver Lake (i.e. Gelson’s = Los Feliz and Trader Joe’s = Silver Lake.)

  6. I’m with you. It was a bit of a joke calling the Mapping Site super official but I’d love to hear more about why it’s tricky. It does feel Franklin Hills, I suppose, but why is that? I love this site and I’ve leaned on it for a graduate paper. Maybe it’s cut and dry along zip code delineations but maybe it’s a broader idea of what neighborhoods represent. It gets dicey but thanks for this place.

  7. That food looks good!

    I had my first mole at Alegria. You never forget your first time!

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