Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Shopper & Diner: New Chinese restaurant dots Silver Lake’s main strip; Argentine eatery to tango with Los Feliz; & praise for a Boyle Heights tamale maker

Silver Lake, restaurants

Pine & Crane prepares to open | Marni Epstein

By Marni Epstein

Pine & Crane Noodle Co. will soon be serving up Chinese food in Silver Lake , notes  Eater LA. The open and airy locale on Polka Dot Plaza will offer a succinct Chinese and Taiwanese menu. It remains to be seen, however, if this location at 1521 Griffith Park Boulevard can sustain an establishment based primarily on foot traffic given the plaza’s car-free zone.

In other Shopper & Diner news:

  • Foot traffic happens to be a mainstay for Highland Park’s El Mar Azul. The food truck has made a stretch next to Sycamore Grove Park their own, says Food GPS. There they are dishing up delicious Mexican seafood that’s also easy on the wallet. Their Tostada de Camaron serves as is a flavorful Trojan Horse for dish’s plump shrimp.
  • Traveling further south on the gastronomical world map to Argentina, Los Feliz prepares for the arrival of Cordoba.  Argentine-influenced menu will be featured in the restaurant that will take over the former spot of Skylight Theater on Vermont Avenue, reports Eater LA. The restaurant will be run by Joshua Drew of FarmShop.
  • La Mascota Bakery in Boyle Heights isn’t anything new. In fact it’s been a neighborhood staple since 1952, but Food GPS still can’t believe the value that their deliciously cheesy pork tamales serve up day after day. At just $1.50 each, it’s like we’re still living in 1952.
  • In Atwater Village, Eater LA notes that Canele will be welcoming cookbook writer David Tanis for an exclusive dinner on March 31. Guests reserving a spot for the special evening will receive a signed copy of the book.

Marni Epstein Epstein is an entertainment, music, and lifestyle Journalist and resident of Echo Park. She has previously worked in the film and digital media industries with FOX and Sony Pictures Entertainment. She is currently also pursuing a Masters in Historic Preservation.

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  1. Only in Los Angeles can a short-block-long wedge on concrete be called a “car-free zone”. There’s parking on Sunset fifty feet away (if you get lucky). Otherwise, think about walking, biking, or taking the bus once in a while.

    • I think it would be interesting to do an actual survey of customers at each of these restaurants on some random day and see how many customers got there by each travel mode. Business does seem to be slower on days like the Marathon, which suggests that some significant fraction of people drive (especially the people that are trapped up on top of the hills with no sidewalks), but I would guess that a very substantial fraction walk or bike.

  2. “Car-free zone,” really? That’s a laughable description. As Mr Rollers already pointed out, there’s ample street parking within a few feet of the front door of this restaurant. If anything, it’s a much nicer location to eat than it would be without the plaza. The strip of Griffith Park Blvd was so unpleasant and really dangerous to walk across before it was turned into a plaza.

    I think the city removed all of five curb parking spaces for the plaza, which is now host to summertime movies, weekend concerts, and still hosts the two-days-a-week Silverlake Farmer’s Market. I’m not sure how any of this is a detraction from the location. Frankly, I’d say it’s an ideal location for a restaurant.

  3. All of the establishments in that location have failed, even when there was parking. El Conquistador just steps away lasted 40 years without one parking space to its name and was packed on average with a wait every nite.

  4. It can’t be said enough The phrase “car free zone” is preposterous. If its a good restaurant people will go end of story.

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