Casual, beautiful, and fragrant, Bar Flores is one of the best new places to drink on the Eastside. Located above the recently opened Lowboy and Adamae, stepping into this Latin cocktail bar is like stepping into a different, much better world. There’s a gorgeous patio in the back, the drinks are strong and taste great (the sangria should win some international award), and we have no clue what’s in the air, but it smells better than an Aesop showroom in here. Sure, you’re dealing with the usual Echo Park crowd of NPR shirts, but all things considered, this is a truly excellent bar.
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From indie rock bands, to Rihanna vs. Beyonce mash-up dance nights, there are few better places to be on a Saturday night than The Echo.
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Guisados has turned into a bonafide chain these days, but it’s Echo Park location remains among the best taco spots in the city.
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Masa of Echo Park Bakery & Cafe
Chicago deep dish vs NYC pizza rivalry aside, Masa is just a restaurant you want to be at.
When you need a last-minute reservation and you don’t want to settle, remember Ostrich Farm - a seasonal American spot in Echo Park.
The food at Triniti in Echo Park is like what you’d find in a fancy restaurant. Except you’re eating it in a coffee shop.
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