Behold Eagle Rock’s “Burger Taco”; phat fried chicken in ELA; Highland Park’s newest Joy

BY CECILIA PADILLA-BRILL

For a limited time, taco and burger lovers can enjoy their favorite meals in one sitting with the arrival of The Oinkster’s LA Taco Burger, Eater LA reports. The dish is comprised of two garnished carne asada tacos resting on top of a hamburger patty with hamburger buns holding it all together. The LA Taco Burger is only available during the month of May. The Oinkster is at 2005 Colorado Blvd. at Shearin Avenue in Eagle Rock.

Phat Birds in East Los Angeles is one of the city’s newest hot spots for some tasty fried chicken, the L.A. Times reports. If you’re into fried chicken, then perhaps chef Max Henriquez’s trio of fried chicken flavors will tempt you to head to his tiny eatery where the 710 and 60 intersect. He offers “scorching-hot chicken and honey,” Nashville hot chicken or plain fried chicken. Phat Birds is at 4701 E. 3rd St. at Arizona Avenue in East Los Angeles.

Joy is a must try, Los Angeles Magazine reports. The Taiwanese restaurant in Highland Park is a simpler version of its sister restaurant, Pine & Crane in Silver Lake. However, Vivian Ku has “expanded her repertoire here with schmaltzy chicken rice and scallion bread filled with five-spice beef.” Joy is at 5100 York Blvd. at Avenue 51 in Highland Park.

Looks like the food hall concept expected to debut in Highland Park has been shelved, Eater LA reports. Apparently, the space on York Boulevard is being offered as a sole eatery with a new layout.

Chango, one of  Echo Park’s first coffee houses, has closed its doors for good, with the owners blaming the closure on rising operating expenses, increased competition and the need to make costly repairs, The Eastsider reported. The cafe at the corner of Echo Park and Delta opened in 2004 became a hipster hot spot as neighborhood gentrification prepared to shift into higher gear.

The Lost Knight celebrated its last night last month. As we had mentioned earlier, the new owners of the sprawling, English-style pub (formerly Barragan’s Mexican restaurant) on Sunset Boulevard in Echo Park are going to close for several months for an extensive renovation of the interior and exterior. The restaurant is expected to reopen this fall. But there’s No word yet on whether there will be a new name of concept once the place reopens.

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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