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Nov 4, 2005 02:11 PM

Masa in Echo Park?

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Has anyone been to Masa in Echo Park? I heard it's got a Patina-bred background, but at the same time cheap. What's it like? Any particularly good dishes? Anything to watch out for? Thanks for the help!

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  1. I've only been to Masa once and was very disappointed. The servers were extremely friendly, but everything took forever. I had a crepe that was not good at all and my friend had a similarly unfulfilling egg dish. We also had a couple of pastries that were rather dry and flavorless.

    I really wanted to love this place and this experience was at least g months ago, so it may have gotten better. They do have really good coffee.

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      1. re: Gary

        they're pretty good.

    1. Truly, the worst experience is to be had at Masa.

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      1. re: Hank Staten

        Kind of in the Patina mold.

        1. re: Griller141

          Ummm, no. Patina is one of the best restaurants in the country, so no, it's actually NOTHING like Patina.

      2. I bought a couple of scones there (blueberry and rasberry IIRC) and they were full of those weird fake fruit chips! They were truly some of the worst baked goods I've had in a long time.

        1. I agree with all of the other comments on Masa. The best that can be said of it is that it's easy to get a table! For great bakery items, I like Cafe Los Feliz on Hillhurst. Wonderful croissants, cookies and cakes, and good soups and mediterranean lunch dishes. It's a little gem.

          1. Sorry, but Ithe worst food in Silverlake/Echo Park; I want to love this place as aI live in EP, but I've been here at least 6-8 times and well, like I said, I WANNA like it. Quite hinestly, the food is terrible (worst crepes I've had in LA) and ambience is S-A-D.

            I keep hearing how the people that own/cook there are french trained, Patina pedigree, but maybe they were line cooks? Garde manger? I don't see any ingenuity here.

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            1. re: echo eater

              Speaking of Echo Park, I would love a little list of good places for lunch, since I will be working in the area. Thanks!!!!!

              1. re: echo eater

                NO NO NO! Worst food = Crest Coffee Shop. Embarrassing that it's even in business. Makes Masa seem like French Laundry.