In the mid-20th century, Echo Park was dubbed Red Hill for its leftist, freethinking society. Now the new Red Hill Restaurant takes its cues (and name) from that time.
Here, its manifesto.
To serve all taste buds. Veg head owner Jason Michaud (Local) and meat maestro chef Trevor Rocco meet in the middle with omnivorous dishes (halibut with bunapi-shimeji mushrooms, Brussels sprouts croquettes with bacon).
To use quality ingredients. Namely, local, organic produce; fresh-made pasta; and fair trade coffee (Cafecito Organico).
To revolt against capitalist hegemony. Low prices reign with no entree over $20.
To maintain a welcoming vibe. Customized metalwork, cheerful yellow walls, and shelves full of preserves make the atmosphere homey and rustic.
To treat all meals equally. Breakfast (sous vide eggs, yam biscuits) and lunch (pork belly with oatmeal stout jus, butternut squash agnolotti) are no second-class citizens. (Both start January 31.)
We like the way this place thinks.
Red Hill Restaurant, 1325 Echo Park Avenue, at Montana Street, Echo Park (213-482-0886 or redhillrestaurant.com).
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