Eastside’s elevated elote; Flounce Vintage saying goodbye to Virgil Village; HP’s La Abeja keeps its buzz

Jul 13, 2018

Esquites dish| Courtesy Salazar

Shopper & Diner Report


Two Eastside chefs have elevated elote, or Mexican corn-on-the-cob, to become a staple summer dish that goes beyond the traditional street vendor version served with tajin, mayonnaise, butter and Parmesan cheese. Take for instance, Salazar executive chef Johnathan Aviles’ esquites dish, or corn-off-the cob. He grills the corn and adds tajin, epazote, fresno chiles and garlic mascarpone.

Then there’s a fusion version at Mr. Holmes Bakehouse in Highland Park. The elote Danish created by chef and owner Aaron Caddel and executive chef Brit Walling fill what resembles a Danish pastry with cilantro sour cream, grilled corn, tajin and queso fresco. Salazar is at 2490 Fletcher Dr. at Ripple in Elysian Valley. Mr. Holmes Bakehouse is at 111 S. Ave. 59 near Figueroa in Highland Park.

After 15 years, Flounce Vintage in Virgil Village  is closing its doors on Sunday, Aug. 5, owner Lisa Gerstein has announced. But despite the bad news, there’s a few opportunities for folks to bid farewell in the coming weeks. The shop’s Final Fling Soiree offers live music, champagne and “vintage thrills” on Saturday, July 21. A few weeks later on Friday, Aug. 3, the shop, which was once located in Echo Park,  will be at the recently created Virgil Village First Friday event. Flounce Vintage is also open regular hours, from Tuesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Flounce Vintage is at 718 N. Virgil Ave. near Melrose in East Hollywood.

The Guerrilla Tacos truck is making a farewell tour this coming week, making a final stop on Thursday July 19 from 5 pm to 9 pm at Silverlake Wine in Silver Lake, according an Instagram post. “We will be making all of our regularly scheduled stops until then 😢We hope to see you by your favorite stop! We look forward to what our future has to offer.” No reason was given as to why the truck was being retired. Silverlake Wine is at 2395 Glendale Blvd. near Brier.

Old school Mexican eatery La Abeja continues to buzz with business despite it being surrounded by the new vibe of Highland Park, reports the website The story traces the Fonseca family’s move from Mexico City to Highland Park, how they transformed the then grocery store to La Abeja 50 years ago and its current role in the neighborhood. La Abeja is at 3700 N. Figueroa Street in Highland Park.
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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