Masa in Echo Park?
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.