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The Hermosillo brings craft beer and wine to Highland Park

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The team behind cozy Bar Covell in Los Feliz has opened a new craft beer-and-wine bar in Highland Park called the Hermosillo. The new addition to the neighborhood, which is located in the former Hermosillo Club and is just a stone's throw from York Boulevard's other trendy bars, the York and Johnny's, makes for a trifecta of gentrified cool in the area. (I know, I know ... it just keeps spreading.)

The new Hermosillo kept the old Hermosillo's sign, which features a smokin' hottie in minimal clothing. It's a canny decision that adds a bit of grit to the bar, which is otherwise pretty sleek with polished concrete floors; mustard-colored banquettes; a flat screen TV turned to sports; a sparse bar and a smattering of old Mexican movie posters.

The bartenders are friendly and knowledgeable and happy to dole out a few tastes from the list of 18 red wines (mostly from Mexico, South America, Spain and California) and a comparable amount of white varieties.

The beer list is small but good (Eagle Rock, Stone and North Coast Brewing Co.'s are all represented) and projected behind the bar by a blurry old-school projector.

There's no food at this point, but when I was there (with my mom -- yes, you can!) the Grilled Cheese Truck was parked beside the wide-open windows out front and the bartenders circulated menus to every customer.

The Hermosillo, 5125 York Blvd., Highland Park. (323) 739-6459; www.facebook.com/thehermosillo.

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--Jessica Gelt

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Dino's Burgers avocado fries are a sure-fire cure for what ails you

Photo There's nothing like consuming a monstrous plate of avocado fries to cure what ails you, especially if it's heartache. Avocados naturally possess a large amount of folate, a nutrient important for heart health. And French fries naturally possess a large amount of fat, an ingredient important for psychological soothing.

Which is why, if you've recently been through emotional turmoil of any sort, you should immediately head to Dino's Burgers on Main Street in Lincoln Heights, where you can indulge in the most freakishly large plate of avocado fries that you have ever set eyes on.

Now, I'm not saying that I've been through emotional turmoil, or that I would necessarily indulge in more than my daily recommended serving of fat and calories in one sitting if I had. I'm just saying that recent events have caused me to head to Dino's Burgers for fatty relief, followed by a melodramatic visit to my bathroom scale and a heaping serving of self-recrimination.

But that's not all Dino's Burgers is good for. It's a greasy gem of a roadside shack that serves up some of the finest melty-cheese burgers, towering pastrami sandwiches and iceberg lettuce "green" salads dripping in creamy ranch dressing that restaurants of its ilk have to offer.

Just ask regulars like Ernesto de la Loza, a muralist who says Dino's Burgers is part of his regular routine whenever he is in Lincoln Heights. I ran into him with friends when I was running reconnaissance on the restaurant based on the tarnished awesomeness of its sign. 

That was weeks ago. Things may have changed in my life since then, but thankfully Dino's hasn't. A girl may go through some trauma, but there's always Dino's avocado fries to help her pick up the pieces.

Dino's Burgers, 2817 N Main St., Los Angeles. (323) 223-1843.

-- Jessica Gelt

Photo: Deanna deVries

Eating along the Gold Line Eastside Extension: What didn't we include?

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After eating our way from Little Tokyo to Atlantic Boulevard (and beyond) in East L.A., we had the difficult task of deciding which restaurants to include in an article about the many, many places to dine along the Gold Line Eastside Extension. (Trains are scheduled to start running on Sunday.)

The Little Tokyo stop presented some particularly difficult choices, because the area is packed with so many restaurants, without even including the Arts District. In this case, an editorial decision was made: The story focuses on those restaurants that are closest, within about a block or so of the stop at 1st and Alameda streets. So it doesn't include anything south of 2nd Street or much further west of Central Avenue. Unfortunately, that omits a lot of great restaurants.

And we heard about it from readers. Please let us know what else you would have wanted included. 

Here, a few additions from readers: 

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Dave's Deli makes sandwiches king on the Eastside

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Now that we know that L.A. may very well be the deli capital of the U.S., it's time to stop a moment to shine the spotlight on a little-known Eastside deli called Dave's Deli. Opened late last year, Dave's is owned by George Shalaby (and named after his year-old son).

Shalaby has been a deli aficionado since he was a child. He grew up down the street from Factor's and his grandfather opened up a deli called King Deli on South Robertson in the 1970s. It was there, at the impressionable age of 10, that Shalaby began making sandwiches. He also put in time at his father's restaurant, Mikey's Pizzeria. When he grew up, he worked in the insurance industry, serving as a liability claims adjuster. Still, his heart remained in the sandwich business.

When he finally reimagined his life and opened Dave's he decided to do it on the Eastside because he thought it was underrepresented in deli-land. Especially considering that the area was home to a number of classic delis in the '30s and '40s, including Canter's, which opened its first L.A. location in Boyle Heights in 1931.

"Some of the old-time residents are so happy that I'm here," Shalaby says. "And a few really old-timers say they remember when Canter's was here and that it had the best French dip, and now they can get one here."

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Small Bites: Lemonade opens at MOCA, Surly Goat to open in West Hollywood, Cafe con Leche to open in East L.A.

Adolfo Suaya Lemonade at MOCA: Expanding local mini-chain Lemonade opened its latest location a week and a half ago as the new eatery at MOCA in downtown L.A. This "new school cafeteria" offers an assortment of freshly prepared soups, salads, sandwiches, veggies and pasta as well as house-made lemonade and desserts that include $1 mini-cupcakes. 250 S. Grand Ave., L.A. (213) 628-0200, www.lemonadela.com.

Surly Goat: Ryan Sweeney and Brandon Bradford of Verdugo bar have partnered with Adolfo Suaya of BoHo, Osaka Hollywood and Gaucho Grill to open the Surly Goat in West Hollywood. Located on Santa Monica Blvd near Baby Blues BBQ, the beer-focused bar is slated to open by late December.

Cafe con Leche: Brett Schoenhals, the owner of Silver Lake's Coffee Table, plans to open Cafe con Leche inside Self Help Graphics & Art in East Los Angeles. He hopes to open by early next year with a light menu of soups, salads and sandwiches. 3802 Cesar E. Chavez Ave. (323) 881-6444, www.selfhelpgraphics.com

-- Elina Shatkin

Photo: Adolfo Suaya photographed in the Lodge in January 2006. Credit: Los Angeles Times

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