This afternoon, the heroic Big Blue Wrecking Crew takes on the despicable San Francisco Giants in the season opener at Dodger Stadium. Along with a fresh new team to cheer on, a spate of new eating and drinking options have opened both in and nearby the stadium recently, available to help you get your swerve on and keep your stomach satiated before, during, and after the game. Join us as we take a peak into some of your best new options in and around Dodger Stadium in our Grub Guide to what's new to eat and drink in the Echo Park, Silver Lake, Atwater, and Los Feliz areas.
To Get a Buzz On: Chances are, you're planning on downing Dodger Dogs once you get to the game, so you're going to need a base of booze to break it all down. Start building your swerve at new Los Feliz, Atwater, and Silver Lake restaurants with strong bar programs like MessHall, where food, beer, and wine discounts run from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M. on weekdays, L&E; Oyster Bar, which starts serving its bivalves with a solid craft beer and wine list at 5:00 P.M. daily, and The Morrison Scottish Pub, which pairs haggis sliders and fish and chips with $5 draft beers during happy hour, from 3:00 to 6:00 P.M. daily.
Little Joy: In closer (much closer) drinking news for Dodger fans, Little Joy is reopening today, providing a cleaned-up appearance at this local dive bar staple along with a new selection of beer, wine, and cocktails. The best part? You can stumble into the stadium by foot it's so darned close. 1477 W Sunset Blvd. Echo Park; 213-250-3417.
Pre-Game Menus: Though it's yet to open, Chego, Roy Choi's rice bowl restaurant is on its way to the region, Food GPS reminds us in a look at several new restaurants currently serving the area surrounding Dodger Stadium like Park's Finest BBQ, Allumette, Guisados, Red Hill, and Cortez. [Food GPS]
Storefront: Going to a day-game with the intent to sneak in sandwiches without a visit to Eastside Deli? Just a reminder that Storefront, the carefully cultivated deli from the chefs at Salt's Cure, is busy serving Los Feliz with acclaimed burgers and sandwiches using house-cured meats from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. daily. 624 Hollywood Blvd. Los Feliz.
New Concessions: In addition to a few new general items, like a garlic-spiced Brooklyn Dodger Dog, grilled cheese sandwiches, and a "classic" cheeseburger, the team's new additions to our bellies include the promise of street-style carne asada, fish, and pork tacos, served in "warm tortillas" with onions, cilantro, and a squeeze of lime. [MLB]
Craft Beer and Tacos: Squid Ink catches wind over Twitter that Golden Road, Angel City, and Fireman's Brew are both making inroads into Chavez Ravine, with plans to serve a few of their beers at the stadium, including Golden Road's Point the Way IPA, Fireman's Brunette, and Angel City's Eureka Wit. [SI]
Mexicali Tacos & Co.: Let's say the Dodgers' new "street-style" asada somehow weren't up to your strict standards. No better way to wash that dry steak out of your mouth than a trip around the corner from Elysian Park to Mexicali tacos, which opened last year just north of Chinatown at the foot of Dodger Stadium, still serving some of the town's best carne asada (and chicken and chorizo) in tacos, cachetadas, and quesadillas vampiros. Open weekdays until 10:00 P.M. and Fridays and Saturdays until midnight. 702 N. Figueroa St. Downtown; 213-613-0416.
Cliff's Edge: With Vartan Abgaryan now in the kitchen, this Silver Lake restaurant on Sunset is now strapped with an engaging market-sourced menu and cocktail program, perfect for unwinding in its explorer's club climes. If you happen to be in the area on a Wednesday night, you'll find Hollywood bar star Matt Biancaniello serving some of his latest wild cocktails. Bar open daily until midnight. 3626 W. Sunset Blvd. Silver Lake; 323-666-6116.
Brite Spot: Last year Dana Hollister revamped her iconic space on Sunset, giving the place a refreshed look, along with creative new diner cuisine (including Louisiana eel sausage and handmade pies) from former Animal chef Darby Aldaco. Fortunately, the late hours are still in effect here, open until midnight on weekdays and until 3:00 A.M. Thursday through Sunday. 1918 W Sunset Blvd. Echo Park; 213-484-9800.
What about you? Do you have a great suggestion for a new place to eat before, during, or after the game. Please let our readers know in the comments!