New chef revives El Cid menu in Silver Lake; sweets and meats land in Highland Park; falafel and waffle combo arrives at Atwater pop-up



Spanish restaurant El Cid in Silver Lake is undergoing a menu rehab, with former Elf Café executive chef Juvenal Rodriguez at the helm, reports Eater LA. Expect less meat and more local produce on the plate at the 52 year-old Los Angeles staple. Rodriguez is already on-site during the Sunday paella dinner and patio-only evening happy hour. Despite the menu shift, El Cid’s beloved flamenco shows will still go on.

In other Shopper & Diner news:

  • Sweets and meats come together at Sugar & Bone, a more-than-just-a-bakery concept devised by Eastside chef Andre Guerrero and pastry chef Jan Purdy, Eater LA reports. Guerrero’s attention will be spent on curating a fine selection of smoked meats, salumi and other carnivorous items. Purdy’s focus is on the pastry side and includes cookies, tarts and rustic breads. Maximiliano pasta, a variety of cheeses topped off with Intelligentsia coffee offers a distinct twist to Sugar & Bone, which is located on the 5900 block of York Boulevard.
  • Highland Park’s sweet tooth just got sweeter with the soft landing of La Monarca, reports Eater LA. Located on the corner of Figueroa and Avenue 59, the bakery is the seventh location to open in and around the City of Los Angeles in just a few years. Behind its success is owner and Monterey, Mexico native Ricardo Cervantes, who after earning his Stanford MBA, sought out ways to enter the Latino market. Perhaps Cervantes’ growing empire stems in its ability to attract both Latinos and non-Latinos alike. After all, how many bakeries have quiche, conchas, lattés and free wifi all under one roof?
  • Wild at Canelé’s Falafel Waffle is truly a mouthful, Los Angeles Magazine reports. Chefs Ria and Matt Wilson combined the phonetically rhythmic name with chickpea batter pressed into a waffle iron and topped it with a summer soaked rainbow of fruits and veggies to create the special dish that is also completely vegan and gluten-free. The Wilsons initially toyed with the concept at Squirl, but once they made the move to Canelé to run the Wild Wednesday through Friday lunchtime pop-up, the couple perfected the Falafel Waffe. Wild at Canelé is located at Canelé on the 3200 block of Glendale Boulevard in Atwater Village.

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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