Fantastic flautas in Boyle Heights; celebrate Echo Park’s women-owned businesses; another change for El Chavo Silverlake


Ciro’s in Boyle Heights is legendary for its flautas, Los Angeles Magazine reports. The Ciudad Juarez-style flautas may look like taquitos, but that’s just because the flautas are cut in half due to the size of the frying pan — a Ciro’s tradition. The flautas come in either chicken or beef, are dipped in tomato sauce and are covered with sour cream and thick guacamole. The dish is served with beans, rice and shredded lettuce splashed with a shot of vinegar.

Ciro’s also offers cocido (beef stew), Ciudad Juarez-style machaca mixed with eggs, chile verde and steak picado. Ciro’s is located in the 700 block of N. Evergreen in Boyle Heights.

In other Shopper & Diner News:

  • Echo Park Shop Hop, Wonder Women Edition celebrates the growth of women-owned or co-owned businesses in the neighborhood. Participating shops include Spacedust, Icy Rush Co., Sunday’s Best Thrift, Lot 1 Café, Memento Mori and 22 other local retailers and restaurants. Each business will host its own in-store party with possible discounts, prize drawings and music. The Shop Hop, Wonder Women Edition takes place this Saturday, May 14 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • There’s a change at El Chavo Silverlake once again, reports Eater LA. Former “Top Chef” contestant Phillip Frankland Lee and Mexico native Alejandro Carasco have stepped in. Freddy Vargas of Scarpetta has stepped out. Vargas was a part of the original team that took over the restaurant in October.  The shift moves the dinner menu away from small plates to a-la-carte items that can be made into a meal or a multi-course family-style menu.  El Chavo is located in the 4400 block of Sunset Boulevard in Los Feliz.
  • Café Birdie is taking flight in Highland Park, reports Eater LA. Opening in mid-to-late summer, Café Birdie offers dishes a la California-Mediterranean by Joey Booterbaugh of The Hungry Cat, with al fresco dining and a standalone brick structure that serves as a bar. Café Birdie is located in the 5600 block of Figueroa Street in Highland 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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  1. El Chavo is in Los Feliz, not Silver Lake

    • Correction made. Thanks. The confusion is that, technically, the name of the place is El Chavo Silverlake.

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