Best Food in Echo Park: James Beard Finalists on the Eastside

Best Food in Echo Park

It is no secret that Los Angeles is a premier global destination for exclusive restaurants. With a number of landmarks, well-travelled eateries and new establishments popping up all the time, Angelenos can find themselves hitting a new spot on the regular. With so many great restaurants in Los Angeles, though, how do you know, for instance, how to find the best food in Echo Park? Well, at Silverlandia, we always have our fingers on the pulse of the latest gastro happenings. Recently, the first round of James Beard Foundation Award nominees was released, and unsurprisingly, 20 Los Angeles chefs made the cut. The good news is, the restaurants that serve these chefs’ creations are right in our backyard, so you check out these unparalleled dining experiences with just a short jaunt.

When it comes to recognition in the restaurant industry, the James Beard Foundation Awards are sort of like the Oscars. Every year, the James Beard Foundation recognizes restaurateurs, chefs, and even food journalists and authors. This award comes with a fair amount of prestige and having a chef who has won one can serve to put a restaurant on the map. In this latest 2023 round of nominations, there happen to be a couple of chefs who are stationed in the kitchen at some Eastside hot spots. Read on to learn more about these restaurants that you need to check out.

Restaurants and Chefs in Line for James Beard Foundation Awards

Silver Lake has always been on the cutting edge of restaurants and nightlife. This trendy Eastside enclave continues to produce sought-after eateries that garner national attention. With the James Beard Foundation Awards set to be given this summer, a couple of Eastside establishments are in a good position to pick up awards. Pijja Palace, which is a modern, Indian sports bar in Silver Lake could be in line to receive an award for Best New Restaurant. So too could the nearby Yangban Society, a Korean American deli and restaurant in the Arts District.

If you have something of a sweet tooth and are looking to indulge in some potentially award-winning pastries, you may want to check out Family & Friends in Hollywood. This bakery is officially a semi-finalist in a new James Beard Foundation Award category, Best New Bakery. When it comes to drinks, Ototo in Echo Park is nominated as a semifinalist in a category for the wine and other beverages program. Ototo is well known for its sake, and it is no real surprise to see it up for awards.

Get the Latest on the Best Food in Echo Park

If you are looking to map out a weekend on the Eastside, we have got you covered. Silverlandia always has the latest on what’s going on in Echo Park, Silver Lake, Los Feliz, and Atwater Village. Make sure to visit our website to find out what is happening in your corner of Los Angeles.

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