Silver Lake’s Alimento makes Bon Appétit’s final 50 while Black Hogg splits space; flavorful flautas in Boyle Heights; Highland Park’s Plant Food hits the road jackfruit; Atwater’s Common unveils



Heating up Silver Lake’s dining scene is the recent nomination of Italian eatery Alimento in Bon Appétit’s list of America’s Best New Restaurants 2015. Alimento was one of the only four Los Angeles restaurants to make the cut. Restaurant editor Andrew Knowlton and associate restaurant editor Julia Kramer were impressed with Alimento’s chopped salad, pig in a blanket and chicken liver crostone. But what really knocked their socks off was the tortellini in brodo, which they proclaimed was Pollack’s “biggest contribution to modern thought” and described the dish as “a soup-dumpling heist in which broth is tucked inside a delicate pasta dough.”

In other Shopper & Diner news:

  • The transformation of Silver Lake’s Black Hogg into Ohana Poké Co. continues. According to LA Weekly, chef Eric Park plans to divide the Black Hogg space into two: Sopressata is on the westerly side while Ohana sits with the bar in a bigger space. Like Sopressata, Ohana Poké Co. will be only open during the day so that Park can spend some time with his wife and two children in the evenings.
  • Las Magaritas in Boyle Heights is the spot for flautas á la San Juan de Los Lagos-style, Los Angeles Magazine reports. The flauta, which is similar to its Mexican-American cousin, the taquito, comes with ground beef inside the fried flute and is garnished with a mound of shredded lettuce, tomatoes, pickled pork rinds, pork loin and leg cured in adobe. Mexican cream tops off the dish with the option of adding the house chile de árbol for an added kick. La Magaritas is located on the 2900 block of Whittier Boulevard in Boyle Heights.
  • Highland Park couple Genise and Jeremy Castaneda is taking their Plant Food for People concept on the road via food truck, reports Los Angeles Magazine. The Castaneda’s previously served their jackfruit tacos at Highland Park’s Art Walk and on Taco Tuesdays at Organix, a small organic market in Eagle Rock. The couple hopes that the food truck brings them one step closer to their goals of opening the city’s first vegan drive-thru restaurant and making vegan food accessible to the entire country by building a Plant Food for People location in every major city.
  • Common in Atwater Village is hosting a grand opening celebration on Thursday, August 13 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Racked LA reports. Since its soft opening in late June, Common has gradually gained the attention from the”cool neighborhood mom set”  around the hood. Now it’s ready for its prime time celebration with appetizers, libations and a 20 percent discount offered that evening.

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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