Romanian-Inspired Lemon Poppy Kitchen Now Open For Dinner

Plachintas in Glassell Park’s culinary desert

Whereas Highland Park’s dining scene has already moved on to things like mole pizza over at Town Pizza, you could say fellow neighbors Cypress Park and Glassell Park are lagging in the culinary race.

One diamond in the rough, however, is Glassell Park’s Lemon Poppy Kitchen, run by Transylvanian native Anca Caliman, Jack Wilson, and Katie Kildow. The breakfast-lunch bakery spot offers homemade pastries and jams as well as plachintas, Romanian flatbreads that stuffed with a variety of fillings, including the classic feta and dill combination.

Caliman, who you may recognize from the Anca’s Romanian stall at the Echo Park farmers market, recently announced on the Lemon Poppy facebook page that the restaurant would be adding dinner service Thursday through Saturday, 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

“We actually have a lot of foodies here in Glassell Park,” says Wilson. “But there aren’t many dinner options available. The area is appealing because it’s affordable, and you have the ability to start something from scratch. And that’s what we’re trying to do here too; to build a sense of community.”

So far, they’re offering dishes such as vegan walnut pate, the LPK Burger with onion bacon marmalade, a plachizza (potato, red chili plachinta with pepper jack, parmesan, house tomato sauce, and basil), a seared bone-in pork chop with mashed chipotle sweet potato, chicken legs braised in mustard cream sauce, and a summer ratatouille. Lemon Poppy Kitchen, 3324 Verdugo Rd., Glassell Park, 323-739-0012