Sunday, May 28, 2017

Food Bites

Gourmet burger truck rolls into Glassell Park

GLASSELL PARK — “VaKA is going places by thinking out of the box,” says Aaron J. Perez, a Boyle Heights native and the chef behind VaKA Burger. The new restaurant pops up a few times a week at Tested L.A., a house-turned-experimental-kitchen in a residential neighborhood ... Read More »

A veggie stack that satisfies now serving in Cypress Park

Cypress Park’s Antigua Coffee House, with its friendly, familiar vibe, vibrant decor and strong brew, is an easy place to love. Owner Yancey Quiñones treats every customer like he’s known them forever, setting a communal tone for the daily crowd of laptop-pounding and just-hanging patrons, which ... Read More »

Pierogi & Gulasz: Polka plays up Old World favorites

Polka has been on my culinary to-do list for a while, but for some reason, I just couldn’t get there. Maybe it the location—the Glassell Park restaurant is hidden in one of those only-in-LA strip malls where parking kerfuffles run rampant, and every other space is ... Read More »

Breakfast and lunch now serving at Echo Park Lake

The overhaul of Echo Park Lake was a seemingly endless one, but now that it’s finally up and running, I find myself strolling its picturesque path often. The long walk brings a combination of sights, including neighborhood joggers (of varying fitness levels), dogs galore, picnickers, and ... Read More »

The humble hot dog goes gourmet in Eagle Rock

With gourmet burgers having reached the point of utter ubiquity in L.A., the humble hot dog is now set to be exploited. Thank goodness. Meea’s in Eagle Rock is one of the first wiener meccas to hit Northeast L.A., and it’s a nice start. You’ll miss ... Read More »

A taste of Vietnam with your potato taco

I love potato tacos. A lot of people don’t, and I blame the overwhelming amount of bad potato tacos (soggy, bland, and uninspired) for misrepresenting the entire category. Perhaps my appreciation comes from the fact that I usually make mine at home, giving them an Indian ... Read More »