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Sep 6, 2007 08:44 PM

15 Restaurant in Echo Park

This is in the old La Paz Salvadoran space on Echo Park Blvd, a block north of Sunset. I loved this place for its pupusas on Sunday morning.

The new owner has really improved the looks, and there is now air conditioning. I like the rock photos (Keith Richards, Slash, Tommy Lee, Lemmy) on the walls. There is an imposing bar, with nobody at it because they don't have their liquor license. There is a TV over it, but the volume is turned down and there is light music playing in the restaurant. You can't hear the TV.

There's a small menu that you can see on their website so I won’t go into it here.

There is also a $15 at 15 deal where you pick an appetizer (calamari, salad or quesadilla), an entrée (braised short ribs, steak with chimichurri sauce, or tonight’s special: Chilean sea bass), and a dessert chosen by the management. 3 courses for $15. A deal if you ask me.

They start you off with sliced pita and a small bowl of decent hummus. We also ordered some virgin mojitos that were very sour. They could have used a little more sugar.

The calamari was quite good and served with Thai sweet pepper sauce.

The salad was also pretty good, with tender greens, baby tomatoes and a vinaigrette dressing.

The sea bass was reportedly very good. However the shortribs were offensively oversalted. It was like they were brined. And to make matters worse, the mashed potatoes had a healthy mix of horseradish (normally I would love this, but I needed something to neutralize the salt in the meat). I was starving, and it’s not a huge portion so I ate it anyway. But I will not order this again.

The winner of the night was the dessert: chocolate croissant bread pudding. This was nothing short of excellent. I will definitely order this when I go back.

And I will be back. I’m sure I can find something I like on the menu. I want to try the hamburger, the steak with chimichurri sauce and the chicken.

EDIT: (It's Echo Park Blvd, not Ave)

1320 Echo Park Blvd (1 block north of Sunset)
Echo Park

15 Restaurant
1320 Echo Park Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90026

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  1. I haven't been to 15, but I was a semi-regular at La Paz. Does anyone know if they moved somewhere else? I loved their desayunos salvadoreno.

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    1. re: hpcat

      Yes, does anyone know whether Café La Paz moved somewhere else? I loved their pupusas, their curtido, their pollo encebollado and pollo guisado, their mojarra frita, and their empanadas de leche....

    2. what is the web address. I cannot seem to find it through Google. Thanks

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      1. re: LLLLL

        I don't think they have a website. Here's a listing from Metromix.

      2. Re-Edit... It's Echo Park AVE... They have it wrong on their menu/cards, etc. GREAT food though. Amazing short ribs. Will go back.

        1. Ugh. Having read previous posts and reviews warning of spotty service/food, I thought I'd give it a shot anyway, seeing as there are few decent local restaurants in echo park. We got there @ around 7:30 on Sat. eve. and there were only a handfull of diners. After being told to sit where we wanted, we waited and waited and waited to place our order. When the server came, he didn't take our orders, but told us of the specials... the fish of the day were 'scallops'... that's all he said; no desrciption on preperation... just the one word. After waiting even longer, we were finally able to order, and then continued to wait for our appetizers; which were ok. Our main courses came out too soon, and my Kobe Burger that I ordered medium-rare was not only practically raw, but refrigerator cold as well.... I sent it back. I was offered no apologies. I was offered no replacement. I got back the same piece of meat, which I only ate a few bites of; that bad. Now, we all know a good server can make up for a shakey kitchen, and vice verse.... but in this case, our server was apathetic. The best way to describe the food was mediocre. Sorry I went and wasted my money.

          1. We've been to 15 twice. Both times we've gotten the $15 meal (which is an insane deal, we thought). We had a sea bass, short ribs, a pumpkin pasta, and the scallops. Plus the calamari, a terrific salad and the quesidilla. We enjoyed almost everything. I can't think of anything that was BAD. I'm particularly sensitive to salt and don't remember the short ribs being salty at all. I think they're getting their "legs," but for a neighborhood without too many restaurant options, we really liked 15 and have recommended it to many. It's just nice having someplace to eat at without driving several miles.