Burger diner debuts in Highland Park | Filipino food gang’s NELA crawl | Does a vegan eatery signify gentrification?


Here’s your weekly rundown of Eastside dining and shopping news.

Burgerlords goes diner-style in Highland Park, Eater LA reports. Located in the former Good Girl Dinette space, the company’s second location is an ode to the diners of yesteryear, equipped with throwback booths and vintage signs. The Highland Park concept certainly sets itself apart from company’s original location in Chinatown, which carries more of a sleek and modern look. Opens Sat., March 16. Burgerlords Highland Park is at 100 N. Ave. 56 in Highland Park.

The Sinigang Gang sampled some of the most famous and best kept secrets of Filipino fare in Eagle Rock and Glassell Park, KCRW reports. During the Filipino food crawl, the Sinigang sampled 14 Filipino dishes from restaurants such as Jollibee, Toto’s Lechon Manok, Auntie Dee’s Pan de Manila and Lutong Bahay in about two-and-a-half hours. Named after the classic Filipino dish, the Sinigang Gang is comprised of USC professor Karen Tongson, Natassia Johnson, co-founder of the food truck Manila Machine, Chase Valencia of LASA and additional folks who truly love Filipino food.

Does the presence of a vegan restaurant in a predominately non-hipsterfied neighborhood mean that gentrification will ensue? Not necessarily, says Chef Doomie of NextMex Express in an interview with The Eastsider. When he opened his restaurant in City Terrace, Chef Doomie believes that he “didn’t really bring in something different” to the already saturated Mexican food options in the neighborhood. NextMex Express is at 4140 City Terrace Dr. in City Terrace.

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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