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Silver Lake’s Filipino Star Spoon and Pork Expanding to Sawtelle Japantown

Plus, more Mr Fries Man and a specialty heirloom masa maker in West LA

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A bowl with rice, pork, fried egg, and vegetables at Spoon & Pork in Los Angeles.
Spoon & Pork
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Mona Holmes is a reporter for Eater Los Angeles and a regular contributor to KCRW radio. She has covered restaurants, dining, and food culture since 2016. In 2022, the James Beard Foundation nominated her for a Jonathan Gold Local Voice Award.

Silver Lake’s popular restaurant Spoon and Pork heads to the Westside in two weeks. A tipster spotted signage over the weekend, and co-owner Ray Yaptinchay tells Eater the new location will open in the former Kimikatsu, which is only blocks away from the busy Sawtelle Japantown strip.

Yaptinchay and partner Jay Tugas will operate Tuesday through Sunday and keep lunch hours from noon until 3 p.m., with dinner from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m.. The duo became a Silver Lake staple by serving its adobo belly nigiri, slow-cooked pork belly with an adobo glaze served over rice, and the signature patita, where a 15-hour braised pork shank is then air-dried for 24 hours before being placed in the fryer.

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