Saturday, October 22, 2016

Mystery solved on Silver Lake’s Secret Chinese Delivery; Boyle Heights’ supreme tortas; LA Weekly names ten best Silver Lake eateries

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Secret Chinese Delivery is less of a secret nowadays. For about a year, the covert operation has delivered Americanized Chinese fare to the doorsteps of folks living in Los Feliz, Silver Lake and Echo Park. But the mystery of where the food was prepared was unknown until now. According to LA Eater, Food GPS detected deliveries from a small space adjacent to Silver Lake’s Gingergrass Vietnamese restaurant on Glendale Boulevard, the same location where Secret Chinese Delivery permanently set up shop about a month ago. Although the cat is out of the bag, Secret Chinese Delivery has maintained its delivery status and has added a take-out and small-scale eat-in option.

In other Shopper & Diner news:

  • Tortas are making a mark on Los Angeles’ food scene, with some of the best found in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles Magazine reports. That may not come as a surprise to many folks but who cares? Boyle Heights itself is in the midst of change while it holds strong to being known as a landing spot for diners hungry for authentic Mexican food. Tortas a la Pueblan cemita poblana can be found at Los Poblanos food truck on Whittier Boulevard and Spence Street, Los Originales Tacos Arabes de Puebla on East Olympic Boulevard and Esperanza Street or Cemitero Poblano on Lorena Street. Tortas ahogados is another version of the savory sandwich best served in Boyle Heights with Tony’s Tortas Ahogadas on East 4th Street leading the pack.
  • LA Weekly recently released its list of “Ten Best Restaurants in Silver Lake.” The paper reports that the list was a challenge to compile a few years ago when dining choices in the area were few and far between. This year’s list posed a different sort of challenge – Silver Lake now has too many restaurants to choose from. Half of the eateries that made the cut are located on Sunset Boulevard, including Knuckle & Claw with its simple menu; the authentic Cuban cuisine of El Conchito; Silver Lake Ramen and its tasty bowls; the French-influenced fare of Cliff’s Edge; and Night + Market Song’s tasty Thai.
  • Modan Artisanal Ramen is roaming into Eagle Rock this August, LA Eater reports. Originally opened in South Pasadena, the eatery has relocated to the former Cafecito Organico space on the 1700 block of Colorado Boulevard.

Cecilia Padilla Brill is a communications writer and journalist. She writes news, health, education and feature stories. Cecilia is currently working on her first novel. She has lived in Echo Park since 1999

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