Spotlight on Salazar’s chef; why is Cowboys & Turbans closed?; best nails in Echo Park


Chef Esdras Ochoa of taco hot spot Salazar in Frogtown started his culinary career from unusual humble beginnings, the Los Angeles Times reports. From cooking at a Mormon mission in Washington’s Cascades, to his taco stand on the corner of Beaudry Avenue and 1st Street, and now as chef and co-owner of Mexicali Taco & Co. in Downtown, Salazar in Frogtown, and his new pop-up Califas, the 34-year-old is a true taquero. Salazar is located in the 2400 block of Fletcher Boulevard.

In other Shopper & Diner News:

  • Is it the cockroaches or a remodel that has temporarily closed Cowboys & Turbans in Silver Lake? Eater LA reports that the Indian-Mex restaurant was temporarily closed due to a cockroach infestation, and shows an image of the notice from the county health department. However, Cowboys & Turbans’ Facebook page says, “We are closed for remodel will open next week.” Cowboys & Turbans is located in the 2800 block of Sunset Boulevard in Silver Lake.
  • Beauty Box in Echo Park was listed by Racked LA as one of the top spots in Los Angeles “for Summer Ready Manis and Pedis.” The salon has been shellac-certified for years and offers a wide selection of designs and colors. Beauty Box is located in a small strip mall in the 1400 block of Sunset Boulevard in Echo Park.
  • Chef Juvenal Rodriguez of El Cid in Silver Lake will be serving his contemporary Spanish fare at the 11th annual East L.A. Meets Napa-World Tour, according to the Silver Lake Star. The fundraiser event, sponsored by AltaMed, celebrates Latino-run restaurants and vineyards, and features 35 food and wine stations. El Cid is located in the 4200 block of W. Sunset 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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One comment

  1. Health Dept. shows Cowboys and Turbans was closed due to major violations and reopened soon after.


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