Welcome back to The Dish where we rehash recent openings around town. See something debut? The tip line is always open.
PASADENA: Bird Pick Tea & Herb opened last week in Old Town, which isn't too long after we spotted Plywood. The tea house and shop is the first from the family that founded Wing Hop Fung in Chinatown and Monterey Park. According to the website, the company owns their own tea estates in Guangzhou, Zhejian, and Fujian China, including an organic tea garden that produces their own brand of teas, all sold under the Bird Pick brand. There are jars of loose Japanese and Chinese teas, beautifully boxed tea bags, and lovely tea pot sets. But the bonus: getting hot and iced teas and tea infusions at the bar---a delightful pomegranate juice-black iced tea sweetened with just a smidge of honey was perfect for a hot Dena day. This is the first Bird Pick concept store, and it sounds like they plan to do more possibly in West LA and Santa Monica next. (10 South De Lacey, 626.773.4372)
SILVER LAKE: Eating L.A. has it that Fritzie's reopened as Sila Bistro (for Silver Lake, get it?), and we just got a few more details from the owner. It is, in fact, the same owner as Fritzie's, but a few months ago he and his business partners decided to close, revamp and regroup as a California bistro. The whole front of the house team is new, there's a new chef (Steve Brown, recently of Pomme Frites in Palm Springs), and a whole new menu. Sila is open for dinner nightly; closed Mondays. (2630 Hyperion Ave, 323.664.7979)
DOWNTOWN: The froyo ooze isn't stopping. Per Angelenic, the first of two planned downtown Cantaloops opened last week in the lower level of California Plaza’s Water Court. (300 S Grand Ave)