Shopper & Diner: Eastside “Best Taco” spots; Kindness & Mischief perks up Highland Park; DIY döner


  • Five Eastside taco spots were named in Los Angeles Magazine’s “25 Best Tacos in Los Angeles.” Predictably, Boyle Heights reigned as taco masters, with three mentions. First up, Mariscos Jalisco received a nod for its shrimp taco dorados soaked in red pepper sauce. Then the heat turns up a notch with Birrieria Nochistlán’s goat birría taco and its super hot salsa. Rounding up this list of Boyle Heights taco mentions are the Tacos Arabes at Los Originales Tacos Arabes De Puebla, with their pita-tortilla imported from Puebla. Eagle Rock’s Cacao Mexicatessen also won some praise with its sea urchin güero taco, and the Tacos Quetzalcoatl  truck in East L.A. received kudos for a veggie taco with sautéed greens, mushrooms, and fried cheese.
  • More caffeine comes to Highland Park’s up-and-coming Figueroa Street, with the landing of Kindness & Mischief, according to the L.A. Times. Beans are from Take Flight Coffee and Rose Park Roasters. The “Kind Cup” option is available for folks who wish to purchase a cup of coffee for a stranger. There’s also a leave-a-book/take-a-book library. Kindness & Mischief is located in the 5500 block of Figueroa in Highland Park.
  • Build Your Own Döner: Spireworks, an American-style döner restaurant, will be opening up this winter in Eagle Rock, reports The Eastsider. Inspired by the Turkish style of cooking meat on a vertical rotisserie, Spireworks customers will be able to build their own döner, paired with fresh-baked bread, and choose from a wide selection of sauces and toppings.

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.

Deals & Discounts for Eastsider Readers

Get your Eastsider Reader Benefits Card today with the purchase of a Reader Sponsorship and start enjoying the discounts and deals offered by the participating merchants.

Buy your Reader Sponsorship & Benefits Card now!


  1. I tried that Kindness and Mischief the other day and they are the sweetest folks. The coffee is delicious and the decor is comfortable and bright, but I’ll be back because the folks running it are kind, welcoming, and it doesn’t have that snotty coffee house vibe!

  2. Agreed, K&M is all smiles and zero pretension. They make an awesome cortado and they even have sweeteners available! I just wish they doubled up on the food items because they sell out so fast for this late riser.

Post a Comment

Please keep your comments civil and on topic and refrain from personal attacks. The moderator reserves the right to edit or delete any comments. The Eastsider's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy apply to comments submitted by readers. Required fields are marked *