Killer aguachile and RBTA hits the spot in Highland Park; of-the-moment Eastside eateries



Need a dose of aguachile? Try Highland Park’s Mariscos El Faro. Named by the Los Angeles Times as one of the “four L.A.-area restaurants with great versions of the ‘chili water’ dish,” the eatery is actually a food truck parked at the Highland Park Recreation Center. The spicy dish comes with ground chiltepin chile powder, avocado, cucumber, onion and shrimp. Mariscos El Faro is at 6139 Figueroa St. in Highland Park.

And in more dining and shopping news:

Highland Park’s RBTA was included in Food & Wine’s top five list of restaurants that “Prove That L.A.’s Asian Food is Getting Even Better.” The vibe mirrors that of a small back-alley Tokyo eatery where folks eat around the robata. Although Japanese flavors dominate, there is a subtle influence of Peru and Thailand interwoven in the menu. Opened in July 2017, RBTA recently added lunch in addition to its already burgeoning dinner scene, Eater LA reports. RBTA is at 5629 Figueroa St. in Highland Park.

Four Eastside eateries were named in Eater LA’s monthly rundown of “The 16 Hottest Restaurants in LA Right Now.” In Silver Lake, both Melody and Freeman’s received a mention. Melody for its modern French dinner dishes and brunch. Freedman’s for bringing some “new school” touches to classic Jewish cuisine. Echo Park’s Triniti received a nod for its “innovative seasonal plates.” Triple Beam Pizza, a Roman-style pizzeria in Highland Park, was named for its simple concept and reasonably priced menu. Melody is at 751 Virgil Ave. Freedman’s is at 2916 Sunset Blvd. Both are in Silver Lake. Triniti is at 1814 Sunset Blvd. in Echo Park. Triple Beam Pizza is at 5918 N. Figueroa St. in Highland Park.

Butter Cake Shoppe has come a long way from when Sasha Gustafson worked out of her kitchen and dining room. Now, Gustafson is preparing to move her bakery from a small space into a larger storefront in Virgil Village, reports The Eastsider. This will allow Gustafson to finally work in a kitchen large enough to give her clients more options to select among the cupcakes, cookies, and custom cakes she now bakes. Butter Cake Shoppe will be located at 717 N. Virgil Ave.

The first Echo Park Food Truck Rodeo has been postponed! The first event was to be held on Friday, March 2 but was cancelled because of a forecast for rain. Now, the event will kick off on Friday, April 6, and every first Friday of the month thereafter.  Held at Liberty and Reservoir streets, behind Taix restaurant and near Vons.

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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