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Tintorera Promises a Prime All-Patio Seafood Experience in Silver Lake

Mexico City chef Maycoll Calderon plans to open by month’s end

Tintorera, Silver Lake
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Silver Lake is set to receive a whole new patio restaurant soon, as Tintorera looks to come to life before the end of the month. Mexico City chef Maycoll Calderon of La Roma neighborhood restaurant Huset has been on site for weeks ensuring a smooth opening, and says the plan is to turn on the outdoor lights in a matter of weeks.

And boy, that illumination are going to come in handy here. The former Cowboys & Turbans patio has been completely opened up and pulled back, meaning there’s not much but sky and some string lights overhead. The rest of the big, square space is covered in casual wooden tables with a dark stain, and lots and lots of native greenery. An aqua-colored mural oversees all from a neighboring brick wall, while inside there’s a smallish L-shaped bar and tight run of cafe tables.

All told, Tintorera will offer seating for around 120 people at a clip, of which a cool 100 or more is outdoors. Calderon doesn’t seem too concerned about the rain given LA’s drought history (his restaurant Huset is also very exposed), and is instead leaning into the new spot’s easygoing outdoor nature.

Tintorera will offer a full bar — Calderon is bringing in a friend from Mexico to run things — to go along with a seafood-focused menu that includes aguachiles, tostadas, ceviches, and the like. As for now the chef says he won’t actually be putting a taco on the menu, which is more of a masa issue than anything, but don’t count one or two out down the line. Look for Tintorera to open up to the world in a matter of weeks.

2815 Sunset Blvd.
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