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Silver Lake’s El Cochinito wins 1st place price for Cuban sandwich; Treehaus reopens in Atwater Village; Spice Station fundraiser

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BY CECILIA PADILLA-BRILL

Longtime Silver Lake restaurant El Cochinito won first place in the Cuban sandwich category at the International Cuban Sandwich Festival held earlier this month in Florida, the Los Angeles magazine reports. That’s excellent news for a third generation, family run restaurant that quietly sits between neighborhood newbies Fat Dragon and Trois Familia. Only Cuban bread, sweet ham, mojo-marinated pork, Swiss cheese, kosher pickles and mustard were allowed.  Co-owner Daniel Navarro said that the win was “super overwhelming.” El Cochinito is at 3508 Sunset Blvd. near Golden Gate Ave. in Silver Lake.

In other Shopper & Diner news:

It’s grand reopening time for Treehaus in Atwater Village. Enjoy tacos, frozen treats and portraits from local artist Jane Gotts. Ten percent of proceeds go to Los Angeles Neurodiversity in honor of Autism Acceptance Month. Treehaus is at 3153 Glendale Blvd. near Edenhurst Avenue in Atwater Village.

Two popup restaurants are now operating out of Abby’s Diner in Eagle Rock.  Vegan Hooligans, which operates out of the corner diner on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, opened in February. Now, a decidedly meat and dairy loving popup, called Dinner at Abby’s,  has taken over the diner on the remaining weeknights.  The menu includes fried cauliflower, meatloaf patty melts and portabella mushroom paninis. Dinner at Abby’s, Vegan Hooligans and Abby’s Diner are at  4862 Eagle Rock Blvd. at Addison Way.

The co-founder of The Spice Station is holding an online fundraiser to reopen a shop in Silver Lake.The acclaimed Sunset Boulevard purveyor of fine and unique spices and spice blends was forced to close up shop last year because of a rent increase, said Bronwen Tawse. Now, Taswe has found a space on Hoover Street but needs a financial boost to secure the deal and open what will be know as Spice Station on Hoover. There’s about a month left in the fundraiser.

All Day Baby is heading to Silver Lake, Eater LA reports. Taking over the Samosa House space on Sunset Boulevard, the concept comes from partners Jonathan Whitener and Lien Ta of the super popular restaurant, Here’s Looking at You in Koreatown. There’ll be enough choices to go around for all appetites – from takeaway coffee and pastries to full lunch and dinners with cocktails to boot. All of this served in a modern dinette vibe. Expect a fall to early winter opening. All Day Baby is located at 3200 Sunset Blvd. at Descanso Drive in Silver Lake.

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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One comment

  1. I always end up getting the lechon asado (which will feed me for a few days) rather than just a sandwich. But I guess I should change that!

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