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Mar 6, 2018

Chops Meat and Fish/Dave’s Chillin and Grillin

                                           Ruben Perez     Dave Evan   Jeff Perez                 
Having grown up in Highland Park it’s nice to finally see the resurgence of the neighborhood. The once run down area is going through a restorative transformation that has helped to eradicate crime and strengthen the local economy. There are so many new great establishments that even Vogue did a feature.

Before all this happened I used to be a regular at Figueroa Produce. Unfortunately, a greedy landlord forced the local shop owner out. I was quite sad that my beloved store was gone. However, a few weeks ago I was pleasantly surprised to find that the owner of Figueroa Produce, Ruben Perez, opened a new shop in the hood with his business partner, Jeff Perez, called Chops Meat and Fish – a full service, quality butcher shop and fresh fish market. They also offer a variety of fresh produce and specialty items.

Sharing the same space in the old Frank’s Camera location is Dave’s Chillin and Grillin. Dave Evan and his business partner Ghaz Bazrafshan built a loyal following in Eagle Rock and will no doubt do the same in their new Highland Park home. Dave’s Chillin and Grillin serves up some “wicked good” sandwiches and Dave also makes his own Peppa Spread that is out of this world! I’m telling you this stuff is so good it’s addicting and you can pick up a jar for home. He also sells his own spice rub and vanilla sugar.

                                                    Ghaz Bazrafshan

                                                     Dave's Peppa Spread (aka Crack!)

I was fortunate enough to attend the Friends and Family soft opening. It was a fun evening. Guests were treated to samples of fine cuisine from both establishments in addition to wine and beer courtesy of Highland Park Wine (another new store in the hood) and some custom smoked meat from Highland Hickory.

                                                     Mike of Highland Hickory

                                           Ruben and his lovely family.

The owners and staff of Chops and Dave’s are amazing and they will go the extra mile to make sure every customer is satisfied.

Their Grand Opening is on March 10th so be sure to stop by. 5715 North Figueroa St. L.A. 90042. Ample Parking in the back as is the entrance. Open Monday – Friday 11a.m. - 7 p.m. Saturday 10a.m. - 6 p.m. Closed Sunday.

Narrative and photos: Nikki Neil

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