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Here Is Poet Gardens, Whittier’s New Gigantic Beer and Food Hall Destination

Poet Gardens isn’t fully operational yet, but the Uptown spot is selling beer and tacos

A bunch of diners eat at long communal tables inside a tall building.
Poet Gardens
Farley Elliott
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.

Whittier’s long-awaited Poet Gardens food hall and craft beer brewery is now open for limited hours. The sprawling Uptown project offers soaring ceilings and lots of communal tables — with more to come on an attached patio — but, so far, not everything is up and running just yet.

Poet Gardens is the work and vision of chef Ricardo Diaz, long a booster for the Whittier food scene. He and his partners have been working on the Nixon Plaza space for years, and announced plans this fall to drop seven different food stalls inside. There’s Faustino doing pizzas, a dumpling spot called Xiao, Rue Dauphin for dessert, vegetarian tacos at Tepezcohuite, a wine bar area called the Wine Library, and more, per LA Taco. As of late last week, only the tacos, wine bar, and Whittier Brewing Company stall were up and running.

A brewery setup for Whittier Brewing Co, including tanks.
The brewing area
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A tall old building hides a big food hall inside.
Poet Gardens front door
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Whittier Brewing is acting as the main anchor attraction to the place. Diaz is working with head brewer Ed Hernandez on a variety of beers, including a pale ale, pilsner, and more. Meanwhile, the city of Whittier has already approved plans for a second nearby Uptown brewery called La Bodega to open in 2020.

Expect longer hours in the new year, but for now Poet Gardens is keeping limited afternoon and evening hours. Check their Facebook page for the most recent updates on timing.

Poet Gardens. 13006 Philadelphia St., Whittier.