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Oaxaca meets Lebanon in Boyle Heights; Silver Lake’s Tintorera falls short , cycling-inspired cafe rides into Highland Park

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BY CECILIA PADILLA-BRILL

The flavors of Oaxaca meet Lebanon at X’tiosu in Boyle Heights, LA Weekly reports. Owned by Zapotec-born brothers Felipe and Ignacio Santiago, X’tiosu’s fusion menus is representative of two distinct influencers that have shaped their lives – the dishes of their native Oaxaca and experiences working at a Lebanese restaurant. The restaurant’s name X’tiosu, also carries a personal touch. It means thank you in their native Zapotec language. On the menu, think falafel with black beans instead of garbanzo beans and Mexican spices in the rub for their shawarma. X’tiosu is located in the 900 block of Forest Avenue in Boyle Heights.

In other Shopper & Diner News:

  • After about two months since the opening of Tintorera in Silver Lake, the Mexican seafood restaurant is still not ready for its close up, LA Weekly reports.  Reviewer Karen Palmer commended Tintorera for its ambiance, drinks and desserts, but said the restaurant missed the mark on its main and side dishes and needs to go easy on the  avocado, which appears on way too many dishes. Tintorera is located in the 2500 block of Sunset Boulevard.
  • There’s a new ride bar for cycling enthusiasts named À Bloc in Highland Park, Eater LA reports. Coffee, community and conversation is at the heart of the new concept. Located on the 5000 block of York Boulevard.

That’s it for this week’s Shopper & Diner Report!

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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4 comments

  1. I’m gonna go ahead and correct the “LA Weekly” here- there’s no such thing as too much avocado.

    Also, why do these food blog snobs have to try and take a dump on a brand new restaurant? It’s takes a long time to get a new place off the ground and this guy’s plan seemed pretty ambitious. I’m gonna give it a go just to support new shops, dude deserves a break.

  2. We love À Bloc! Great food and the best coffee served with joy and no pretensions. You don’t need to be a cyclist to make this place a regular stop.

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