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Shopper & Diner: Unwrap these Echo Park tamales; Filipino sweets come to Silver Lake; must-try pancakes on the Eastside

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BY CECILIA PADILLA-BRILL

The holiday season, for many, means tamale time. Here’s LA Weekly’s rundown for the best of this filling, Mesoamerican treat being served in the Echo Park area.

Gigi’s Bakery’s of Historic Filipinotown made the list, with its Salvadoran tamales winning special praise. However, the Cuban bakery’s sans-potato Guatemalan and hefty Mexican tamales are also top notch. If you are into chile verde, or green chile tamales, head a few blocks east on Temple Street to try Tamales Alberto  in Echo Park. This being Echo Park, there’s also a  vegan chipotle version, too. On Sunset Boulevard, Celaya Bakery serves up traditional green chile chicken  tamales but also offers “secret” vegan and tofu tamales that are “well spiced and moist.”

In other Shopper & Diner News:

  • Silver Lake just got a bit sweeter with the coming of FrankieLucy Bakeshop, a Filipino-inspired bakery, according to Eater LA. The sweet spot is situated near the former location of Knuckle & Claw. The concept is the brainchild of Kristine de la Cruz of Crème Caramel LA, and Annie Choi, founder of Found Coffee in Eagle Rock. FrankieLucy Bakeshop is located in the 3100 block of Sunset Boulevard.
  • Two Eastside breakfast spots made Los Angeles Magazine’s list of “12 Pancakes in L.A. to Try Before You Die.” Try the gluten-free pancakes at Kitchen Mouse in Highland Park, which also won the magazine’s Best of L.A. award for gluten-free pancakes. Then there’s the pancakes at Modern Eats, which are served with a house-made Fiji apple capote. Kitchen Mouse is located in the 5900 block of Figueroa Street in Highland Park. Modern Eats is located in the 2500 block of Glendale Boulevard in Silver Lake.
  • French bistro Revo Café in Atwater Village on the 3100 block of Glendale Boulevard has officially shuttered. No statement was announced on its Facebook page, but work is underway for what’s to come.

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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