Shopper & Diner: East LA chile relleno burrito declared best in the U.S.; new Highland Park brewery perfecting its craft; & Glassell Park warehouse shoe sale


By Marni Epstein

The Daily Meal has conducted an exhaustive search of the country’s best burritos. Narrowing the list to just 35, the site has used a thorough metric approach to rate the wrapped sensation from New Orleans to Chicago to  New York and everywhere in between. Nobody, however, does it better than LA, though. #1 on the list is the chile relleno Burrito of La Azteca Tortilleria in East LA. No doubt it’s all in the tortillas they take so much pride in hand-making.

In other Shopper & Diner News:

  • With your mouth sufficiently watering, you may be looking for some suds to wash down that burrito. In that case, the new Highland Park Brewery might be just what you need. The LA Times reports that the fledgling operation is already pouring tasty craft brews, a difficult task for a new operation. Bob Kunz (Father’s Office, Pasadena Craftsman Brewery) is at the helm, using fresh ingredients to brew up to 200 gallons at a time.
  • Though they don’t offer beer, or perhaps more appropriately mead, Echo Park’s Trencher , the medieval-named sandwich shop, is still generating much fanfare. Eating LA raves about the brisket sandwich as being rustic perfection; and the restaurant’s late night hours are equally lauded in an area with limited non-fast food options.
  • Vegan or vegan-friendly? Not to worry. Racked LA says, Glassell Park’s XIX Studios is hosting a warehouse sale this Saturday with LA-based vegan shoe brands Seychelles and BC Footwear up for grabs. Deep discounts can also be had on retro and vintage clothing on-hand from other LA-vendors as well. Food, giveaways, and more will help liven the atmosphere.


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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