Menudo Dip now serving in Boyle Heights; Matsuri Bowl launches in Glassell Park


Capuyo Café takes over the former Primera Taza space in Boyle Heights, Boyle Heights Beat reports. The announcement comes nearly two months after Primera Taza shuttered and opened as a coffee cart. The new owners are first cousins Beatriz Zaragoza and Daisy Íñiguez. Íñiguez has prior experience with cafés and serves as Capuyo’s principal partner. Expect a July 1 opening. Capuyo Café is at 1850 ½ East 1st St. near State.

The Tolosa family is serving classic Mexican dishes prepared with their distinct culinary style at Tolosa in Boyle Heights, Eater LA reports. In addition to antojitos, the newly launched restaurant presents a Menudo Dip, a torta filled with braised honeycomb tripe, onions and cilantro. There’s also a Sliders Tres Ways made of beef tongue, beef cheek and pork belly; and calabacitas with fresh corn, roasted poblano peppers, queso asadero and crimini mushrooms. Tolosa is at 2635 Whittier Blvd. near Mott.

Matsuri Bowl has opened up shop in Glassell Park. The eatery is a spinoff of Matsuri, a Japanese-American spot in Pasadena, says Eater L.A. Expect teriyaki, poke and udon. Matsuri Bowl in the Rite-Aid shopping center at the corner of Eagle Rock Boulevard and Avenue 40.

Solar Return — a “desert boutique” selling raw vegan cheesecake as well as vintage wear, handmade clothing and “cosmic” gifts — has opened at 1461 1/2 Sunset near Portia  in Echo Park.

Echo Park’s Tamales Alberto on Temple Street has just opened Tamales Alberto No. 2 in a mini mall at 1378 Sunset Blvd. at Allison. Look for the smiling tamale sign.

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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