Shopper & Diner: Boyle Heights beverage bonanza; new brunch options in Highland Park; and Glassell Park’s Goodwill made-to-order lunches now served

Photo by Marni Epstein

Photo by Marni Epstein

By Marni Epstein

Boyle Heights is taking aim at the craft beer and rare liquor market with the recently-opened Ramirez Beverage Center. The Glutster notes that this virtual mecca of mezcal and other liquors is a 12,000 square foot space brought to you by the same folks of the neighborhood staple, Ramirez Liquor. The store features 450 tequilas, 100 mezcals, 100 wines, and over 1,300 beers from around the world.

In other Shopper & Diner news:

  • Looking for a drink that requires less decision making? Head to Sonny’s Hideaway in Highland Park for their Bloody Mary’s and Mimosas. The usual dinner and cocktail spot recently celebrated its one year anniversary and is now offering brunch on Sundays from 11 am-3 pm. Hide away an order of Sonny’s Brioche French Toast or Chickpea Pancakes … in your stomach.
  • Lunch options now abound at Glassell Park’s Goodwill at Cafe G. The cafe is part of Goodwill’s community initiative providing employees a foray into the culinary world and offers everything from burgers and  mahi-mahi tacos  to smoothies, writes LA Weekly. Though it has a cafeteria feel, everything is cooked fresh, made-to-order at Cafe G, and the daily specials are a feast for the price for weary shoppers.
  • If you’re shopping for that truly unique L.A, gift, Conde Nast Traveler says Silver Lake’s Los Angeles County Store is the place to go for locals and tourists, alike. The  somewhat hard-to-spot boutique is offering a finely curated collection of locally-crafted jewelry, bags, gourmet food, and more – all made by artisans throughout Los Angeles County’s 4,752 square miles.

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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