Shopper & Diner: Salazar almost ready in Frogtown; Highland Park’s new eateries; Eastside wedding spots


Salazar, Frogtown’s long-awaited taco spot, is almost ready to go, Eater LA reports. A top-to-bottom overhaul was made to the former auto body shop by owners Billy Silverman and Mexicali Taco vet Esdras Ochoa, who is also the restaurant’s grill master.

The modestly sized, industrial-inspired interior was doused with concrete while colors similar to a Mexican blanket accent the bar. The exterior is a different story. It comes with seating for more than 100 diners, a massive pergola for shade and a tranquil setting that echoes the sounds of the Los Angeles River.

Expect Sonoran-style barbecue, tacos galore, beer, wine and cocktails when and if it debuts on its projected opening date of April 15. Salazar is located on the 2400 block of Fletcher Drive in Frogtown.

In other Shopper & Diner News:

  • Two new restaurants have sprouted in Highland Park, Eater LA reports. First up is Mexican health-conscience restaurant Taco Fix, with its signature Priscela’s Insane Nachos, sopes and carne asada burritos. There’s also gluten free and vegan options. Next up is the all-day eatery Charlie’s Café serving breakfast burritos, tacos and burgers. Taco Fix is located on the 5300 block of N. Figueroa. Charlie’s Café is located on the 4600 block of York Boulevard.
  • Just when a new skate park is being planned in Echo Park, Angeleno Skate Shop is gearing up to roll into the neighborhood. Located in a small shopping center on the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Douglas Street, the shop owner is Michael A. Cardenas and the façade dons an “Opening Soon” sign across the front of the property. No other details are available at this time. Angeleno Skate Shop is located on the 1300 block of Sunset Boulevard in Echo Park.
  • Looking for that perfect wedding spot but tight on a budget? Racked LA compiled a list of some of the best venues in the city and two of them are located in northeast Los Angeles. Center for the Arts in Eagle Rock made it onto the list, with its Mission revival interiors, 125-seating capacity, ample dance floor space and $3,200-per-hour price tag. Another Mission-style space, the Los Angeles River Center & Gardens in Cypress Park, also made the cut. It seats up to 450 guests and comes with a price tag from $4,500 to $5,500. Center for the Arts is located on the 2200 block of Colorado Boulevard in Eagle Rock. The Los Angeles River Center & Gardens is located on the 500 block of Avenue 26 in Cypress Park.

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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