Food & Drink

Seven under-the-radar spots you need to know about on the Eastside

Published On 05/19/2013 Published On 05/19/2013
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1. The Echo Park Time Travel Mart 1714 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026 (Echo Park)

From writer and all-around-good-dude Dave Eggers comes the Echo Park Time Travel Mart, a bizarre store on Sunset that's stocking everything you could need for your next time-travel adventure. The whole thing is really a fundraising front for Eggers' amazing 826 National, the nonprofit writing and tutoring center for children and teens he began in 2003 that has expanded to cities across the country. So, go ahead and buy a few things you don't need, it's for a good cause.

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2. El Prado 1805 W Sunset Blvd, Echo Park, CA 90026 (Echo Park)

This little unique bar houses a rare, ever-changing beer selection, offers simple snacks, and sets the mood through an old-school record player.

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3. Origami Vinyl 1816 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026 (Echo Park)

This boutique music shop houses a dense collection of new and used records, puts on free shows, and even sells show tickets without the obnoxious service charge.

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4. 1642 Beer And Wine 1642 W Temple, Los Angeles, CA 90026 (Echo Park)

This hidden-away neighborhood joint is a go-to spot for a great Cali micro-brew, some live music, and endless free peanuts. Find yourself there on a Thursday night and you'll be treated to the happy hour special: free tamales!

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5. Machine Project 1200 D North Alvarado St, Los Angeles, CA 90026 (Echo Park)

This wild arts/lecture/random-strange-things space houses an ever-rotating selection of fantastical art projects, many of which are interactive. Past events have included an enormous indoor shipwreck installation, classes on everything from yodeling to miming, and a lecture on Ping vs. Pong whose direction was controlled by the audience playing a legit 1975 Pong machine. Seriously.

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6. Allumette 1320 Echo Park Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90026 (Echo Park)

Located in Echo Park, Allumette is the brainchild of Chef Miles Thompson, with owners Charles Kelly and Bill DiDonna expanding on the idea of "apartment dining". Ignore the lack of decor and focus on the food, which could single-handedly trump just about every Top Chef there ever was.

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