Mohawk Bend

Mohawk Bend (2141 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, 90026; 213.260.0265) is opening today in an old theater in Echo Park. They divide the menu up with 60% of it vegan, 20% vegetarian and 20% falling to meat and seafood. To prevent contamination in the kitchen preparing vegan and non-vegan fare, two separate cooking stations are used.

Expect thin crust pizzas made from organic California flour (gluten-free potato/corn/rice crust are also available).  Try the Pig Newton, topped with Serrano ham, goat cheese, fig and rosemary tapenade; Five Oh!, with slow-roasted pineapple and smoked pork loin; Fun Guy, with roasted mushrooms, shallots, herbs, Bellwether Farms’ Crescenza cheese and truffle salt; and the Bittersweet Symphony, with radicchio, balsamic roasted sweet peppers and smoked mozzarella. Aside from pizza, other dishes range from fire-roasted artichokes to to a Dork (duck & pork, topped with green-tea-smoked duck bacon) burger to Carlsbad mussels with fennel, vadouvan, garlic, white wine, and butter. Overall, ingredients are sourced locally.

They are offering 70 beers on tap (65 Cali beers, plus 5 out-of-state beers on from a featured brewer every month). Wines are available too, 6 of those, and as for their cocktails, they pour 100 all-California sourced spirits mixed and muddled with whatever fruits and veggies are in season. Whether is for the food or drinks, grab a spot at the communal table, front patio, or by their fire in their backyard, which is technically inside.

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