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Joy in Highland Park over new Taiwanese restaurant, Burgers Never Say Die is revived in Silver Lake; best fish tacos

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BY CECILIA PADILLA-BRILL

Pine & Crane’s Vivian Ku has opened a second Taiwanese style restaurant, Eater LA reports. Named Joy, the eatery serves some of the favorite dishes from Pine & Crane in Silver Lake as well as a few that are exclusive to the Highland Park newbie. Joy takes over the former restaurant Ba and Elsa Bakery’s bakery space.  Joy is at 5100 York Blvd. in Highland Park.

Burgers Never Say Die is not dead. It turns out that the underground East Hollywood weekend pop-up has found a permanent home in Silver Lake after it was shut down in January, Eater LA reports. Expect a summer opening. Burgers Never Say Die will open at 2388 Glendale Blvd. in Silver Lake.

The Eastsider reported in January that Bar Keeper was leaving Sunset Junction behind for a new home on Hoover Street.  Now, Eater LA has more details about the barware store’s new space, which is double that of its original location and allows for a tasting room. A rent increase and owner Joe Keeper’s desire to expand prompted the move. Expect a July opening. Bar Keeper will be at 614 North Hoover St. in Silver Lake.

Two Eastside street vendors are making some of Los Angeles’ best fish tacos, Los Angeles Magazine reports.  Distinct flavors set Ricky’s Fish Tacos and L Fish Tacos apart from the rest of the pack when it comes to sourcing the fish, batter, cremas and salsas. Ricky’s Fish Tacos is usually between Los Feliz and Hyperion boulevards. L Fish Tacos is at 3205 E. 4th St. in Boyle Heights.

A banker turned traveling pizza maker is opening his first-brick-and-mortar pizzeria in El Sereno. Five years after driving around a portable pizza oven to catering jobs and farmers’ markets, John McLellan will soon be serving up Neapolitan-inspired pizza at Fahrenheit LA, reports The Eastsider. Fahrenheit LA will open at 4726 Huntington Dr. S.

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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7 comments

  1. The Eater article refers to an “ordering counter” at Joy. I hate this trend, which seems quite popular these days, especially at bar/restaurants (though to be fair maybe it works at this place). Except for fast food, I prefer being waited on when I go out for a meal. This is a reason I’ve never been wild about Cacao on Colorado, even though I really like their food. And how much are you supposed to tip at these places?

    • Yes, how much ARE you supposed to tip at a counter? I never know!

    • And then on top of it, after ordering at the counter and sitting down, Cacao sends an employee to your table to verbally confirm that they have your order correct. At that point, I’m kinda like “what was the point of ordering at the counter?”

  2. When is Burgers Never… going to open on Glendale Blvd? I’m hungry!

  3. Am I the only one who the name Burgers Never Say Die should refer to to a veggie burger? A real meat burger does say die, and that is why I would never eat a real burger from a dead cow.

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