Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Los Angeles Pizza Company - Just Do It

Between Echo Park and Silver Lake there are so many Pizza Joints, I had to stop counting. 
I've wanted to try Los Angeles Pizza Company and Mama Lena's Kitchen since it opened, and today was the day.
Not only are they Pizza, but a complete menu of Italian goodies, including Italian dishes, desserts and a Deli.

The Pizza is very back east style, in that it's hand thrown and the crust is nice and thin.
I can highly recommend the Pepperoni Pizza, which is loaded with pepperoni!
Next time I go, I will have to try the sandwiches and the pasta, can't wait.
The nice thing is you can eat in, take out or have it delivered. They also offer catering.
If you are in the area, you should definitely check this small place out.
Los Angeles Pizza Company
1498 W. Sunset Boulevard
Echo Park
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 616-5272

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Echo Park - The Good and The Bad

The Good - CitySip, our lovely wine bar that closed may be getting a new owner and reopen as a Wine Bar again. The new name will be Bar Bandini and have indoor and outdoor seating for 80.
There is also talk of live entertainment.

The Bad - The Dodgers plan to re-open the Scott Avenue gate to Dodgers Stadium has residents up in arms. The gate, which hasn't been used in 2 decades will create parking and traffic nightmares for the residents. There is a petition at to stop this.
Please sign this petition:

Friday, February 28, 2014

Baxter Street Echo Park

RidinginLA posted a video of driving on Baxter Street
in Echo Park, Los Angeles, CA
One of the steepest streets in L.A.
Built in the 1920's it's a roller coaster ride.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Barragans to become an English Pub?

Seems that's what may be happening at the original Barragan's Mexican Restaurant. A beer and wine license has been issued to The Lost Knight. Sounds like it would be a great choice, seeing as there is definitely enough Pizza, Mexican and Thai in the neighborhood. The full article appears at

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Latest Echo Park News - December 2013

2 Mexican Restaurants closing this month. Barragan's and El Conquistador. Barragan's has been in Echo Park for over 50 years and El Conquistador in Silverlake for over 40.
Full article at TheEastiderLa: Goodbye to 2 Restaurants

Villany General Store Closing. Sad to see it go.
Full article at EchoParkNow: Villany Closing for good

Postal Clerk injured in Angeleno Heights after accident with a 13 year old driving a truck
Full article at TheEastsiderLa: Postal carrier injured in Angeleno Heights

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Best Chinese Food in Chinatown - Friends

On North Broadway at the end of Chinatown, Los Angeles, is a little gem of a restaurant called Chinese Friends. They have been in business since 1972, in the same location.
Not only is the food special, but the wait staff is the friendliest in Chinatown. One waitress told us she has worked there for 31 years.
We first ate at this restaurant 20 years ago, and recently went back to discover that the food here is excellent.
From the Sweet and Sour soup to the Moo Shu, all are excellent dishes. This was the restaurant I was introduced to Beef with Black Bean Sauce, and it is really wonderful.
I highly recommend if you are in the area, to try this once. You will be hooked!
Chinese Friends Restaurant
984 N. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Closed Tuesdays

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Echo Park Lake - The Return of a Cafe and Pedal Boats

Today was the opening of the new Cafe in the Boat House at the lake. It is being operated by Square One Dining.
Square One Dining also has a cafe at 4854 Fountain Avenue in Los Angeles. 
They use organic, local and small farm produce.
It's definitely nice to have a cafe in the park, 
since the remodel has made the park a lovely venue.

Here's a couple of the new Pedal Boats on the lake