Bar Moruno brings Spanish cuisine and a scene to Silver Lake | Daily Digest Evening Edition


Welcome to the Daily Digest, featuring the latest content from

We know that restaurant and cooking stories are reader favorites. That’s why we asked seasoned restaurant critic Merrill Shindler to guide you through the Eastside’s bustling bistros, corner cafes and unassuming minimalist eateries. You can find his first review below. If you know of a notable but overlooked neighborhood restaurant, please submit the details here.

Now read on for the latest.

— Jesús Sanchez, editor

Have a story idea or photo to share? Submit it here

Advertise in the Daily Digest

Village of Atwater: Looking for a fishing spot on the LA River. Thanks to Carol Sanchez for the photo.

Go here to share your neighborhood photos or simply reply to this newsletter, attach your photo and include image details. You can also tag your Instagram photos to #theeastsiderla.

Dot Dot Dot


Thanks Thursday Daily Digest Logo 600

A big thank you to Austin M. and two other readers who wish to remain anonymous for their contributions to The Eastsider. I can’t stress enough the importance of financial support from readers like you to fund the work needed to report and write the neighborhood stories that may have been overlooked.

We know we can do more, but we’ll need your help to expand our staff and resources to keep you informed and connected to your community.

Go here to support community news with a contribution.

–Jesus Sanchez

Dot Dot Dot


Weather: Light rain may fall in parts of the Los Angeles area this evening, followed by Santa Ana winds that will warm the weekend. the east side

Transportation: Masks will once again be required on all public transportation in Los Angeles County, including buses, trains, taxis and transit service vehicles, under a new COVID-19 health order that will come into effect. effective Friday. the east side

Dot Dot Dot

bread plate bar moruno 600

Grilled sourdough with cherry tomato confit.

Bar Moruno brings Spanish cuisine and a scene to Silver Lake

By Merrill Shindler

There are streets in Madrid and Barcelona lined with dozens of restaurants, all serving the same menu – and the same salad topped with tuna tossed unceremoniously into a can. In contrast, here in Los Angeles, Spanish restaurants are rare.

Which might change thanks to our newest Iberian – Bar Moruno in Silver Lake, which filled the air enough to wake us from our post-Covid slumber. Thanks to Bar Moruno, terminal fashion is back.

Bar Moruno is at one of the busiest intersections in Silver Lake, with some serious players in charge. Larger-than-life chef Chris Feldmeier is a veteran of mega destinations like Campanile, Osteria Mozza and a previous incarnation of Moruno at the Original Farmers Market. His partner, David Rosoff, bearded, smiling and obsessed with wine, worked with Feldmeier at Campanile before his move to the original Moruno.

Canned fish and bread at Bar Moruno 600

Platter of canned fish and bread

And so, here they are on a crazy Saturday night, with no reservations to be made in the hyper-casual dining room, and every seat in the bar colonized for the evening. But there’s a cramped, standing bar, where those who show up on a whim can stand and drink an extensive selection of gin and tonics, which look like something out of PG Wodehouse. There are 24 gins on the menu – suggesting wine isn’t Rosoff’s only obsession. Me, I like beer, especially since it’s food that calls for beer.

It’s a tapas menu – small dishes, with a penchant for pickled fish, many of which proudly come from the Minerva line of canned seafood. Each dish is narrowly focused; expect a table of many small dishes. Like the gildas, skewers of white anchovies, grilled peppers, manzanilla olives and a marinated egg yolk. There’s an oven-roasted potato salad with lime aioli. Spicy carrot salad with Turkish red pepper called aleppo. And almost a relief, a radicchio salad with manchego.

Bar Moruno is an experience on every level imaginable, but especially on the palate. It made me want a culinary break; Pazzo Gelato’s Vanilla a few blocks away did the trick.

Bar Moruno Rating: ⭐⭐


Bar Moruno

  • 3705 W. Sunset Blvd.
  • 323-546-0505
  • Dinner only, Tuesday to Sunday.
  • Reservations essential
  • Moderately expensive

Dot Dot Dot


A roundup of Eastside restaurant and food news

Interior Causita 600

“Peruvian Nikkei” Restaurant Causita open at Silver Lake tuesday. Sunset Boulevard Restaurant serves dishes with Peruvian ingredients and Japanese techniques inspired by the arrival of Japanese migrants to Peru in the 1800s.

Dishes will include everything from Nigiri Causita Nikkei, which includes sushi selections of tuna and salmon alongside potato, udon noodles and sea bass tamales. Their beverage program will feature Japanese whiskey and pisco, a type of brandy that originated in Latin America.

West Hollywood Cafe Opens New Coffee Space in the former Clark Street Bread outlet at the foot of The Elysian apartment tower in Victor Heightsjust east of Echo Park. Farm Coffee Mug, which also distributes single-source coffee beans, will open to the public on April 28 at 1115 W. Sunset Blvd at White Knoll Drive. The owners of Farm Cup have also rented the former Winsome restaurant next door, says District Realty Group. The unnamed restaurant will offer a “menu made up of influences from Peru to Indonesia”.

Fodors Tourist attractions featured the Boyle Heights restaurant scene with local artist Robert Vargas. His selections include Teresitas, Otomisan, La Parrilla, Yeya’s and Brooklyn Avenue Pizza.

Read more

Dot Dot Dot


Daily Digest 600 calendar logo

An overview of what’s happening this weekend and your Eastside weather forecast. Keep reading to find out more!

friday april 22

Silver Lake: The 2000s are back! Browse your closet for slogan tees, low rise jeans and trucker caps to dress up on the theme. Night of the 2000s in Los Globos. Dance to throwbacks from your favorite artists.

Heights of Montecito: Grab your gardening gloves and volunteer at Debs Parks for some Habitat restoration.

Saturday April 23

Eagle Rock: Celebrate Earth Day at the Arts Center to learn about wildlife protection and make prints in an open-air workshop! The event is family friendly and free.

Echo Park: Catch a fashion show, listen to live music, and see a pizza pan art exhibit at the Mohawk sunset and block party.

Historic Philippine City: Discover the latest creations from Amy Russell and Vesta at Council_St.

Elysian Park: Continue the Earth Day celebrations by pick up trash in Elysian Park.

sunday april 24

Highland Park: Head to Sycamore Grove Park to hear music, poetry, arts and more at the Lummis Days Festival.

Many locations: Keep the appetite for Taste of the Eastside and help support Rose Scharlin Cooperative Nursery School and Friends Of the LA River.

More things to do in our events calendar

Dot Dot Dot


Bubble notebook 600

Police funding: the Los Angeles Times spotlights some candidates for Eastside City Council who have called for defunding the police, or at least reducing funding. But the approaches seem to vary according to the candidates. On the relatively moderate side, Kate Pynoos has pledged not to hire new police officers and wants to remove traffic enforcement from the LAPD. At the most extreme end, Albert Corado wrote last year, “I hope one day to make s’mores while the LAPD headquarters downtown burns.”

Dot Dot Dot


Eastsider screen 600 centered

Bad buzz: Find out what you can do to avoid being bitten during Mosquito Awareness Week.

That’s it! Thanks for reading.

–Jesus Sanchez

We have more newsletters for you

Submit a tip, story idea or suggestion

Advertise in the Daily Digest

Dot Dot Dot


The Eastsider offers free access to its latest neighborhood news and features, including extensive coverage of COVID-19, as a community service. To keep our stories accessible to everyone during these difficult times, we need your support.

Go here to contribute

Dot Dot Dot

News that hits home

The Eastsider needs your support!

The Eastsider is committed to providing free news and information to everyone as a community service. But reporting and writing neighborhood news takes time and money. Join other Eastsider readers whose one-time contributions and monthly sponsorships help pay our bills and allow us to provide you with the news and information that keeps you connected to your community. — Jesus Sanchez, editor


Comments are closed.