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The Food Scene In Mt. Washington

While you’re out and about enjoying the scenery in Mt. Washington and visiting historic and educational sites (like Heritage Square Museum, Southwest Museum, the Lummis House, Judson Studios, Galco’s Soda Pop Stop, and more), you’re bound to get hungry. Mt. Washington is nearby a vibrant food scene. Check out the following cafes, restaurants, and walk-up eateries where you can feed your hunger while exploring Mt. Washington in Los Angeles.

Taco Fiesta

Taco Fiesta is an eatery with a walk-up window in Highland Park and near the Southwest Musuem. This taco stand is known for excellent customer service and delicious food. Neighborhood favorites are the carne asada torta, the avocado fries (french fries covered in avocado stuff), and the crunchy tacos. The menu also includes burgers, carnitas, and el pastor. You’ve been warned though, the fries come in big servings. Ask a friend to split them with you.

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Division 3

Division 3 is another walk-up eatery in Glassell Park and near Mt. Washington. Make Divison 3 a stop on your next walk. Dogs are welcome on the outdoor patio, and the kitchen is open between 7 am and 3 pm. Customers enjoy breakfast all day on the weekends. Popular options on the menu include the corn beef biscuit, chorizo breakfast biscuit, bacon biscuit, french toast, yogurt parfait, and smoked salmon biscuit.

Gloria’s Cafe Highland Park

If Mexican comfort food is something you crave, then you have to stop at Gloria’s Cafe in Highland Park. You’ll find gourmet avocado toast with eggs or bacon, enchiladas suizas, and breakfast tacos with cochinita pibil (pork). The house breakfast is served up with eggs black beans, avocado, and queso fresco. Or try something different with the restaurant’s original churro waffle, salmon toast, and tamale with tomatillo sauce. End the perfect comforting meal with flan or bread pudding to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Parsnip

Seeking more Los Angeles comfort food? Try out Romanian cuisine at Parsnip on York Boulevard in Highland Park. One of the owners of the restaurant is Anca Caliman, who hails from The Lemon Poppy Kitchen team. Taste the Romanian salad, goulash, and polenta. The most popular item is the dumplings. Other items to try include the soup, salads, and wraps.

Lemon Poppy Kitchen

Customers enjoy polenta cakes and eggs, plachinta breakfast, sweet potato hash, and cauliflower hash at Lemon Poppy Kitchen. Sip on cold-brew coffee in mason jars while enjoying fresh sandwiches, salads, or breakfast with homemade apricot jelly.

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The Melt Spot

Hop over to Colorado Boulevard for some crepes and milk tea at The Melt Spot. Whether you want a sweet or a savory breakfast, you’ll find something The Melt Spot. For breakfast, try the smoked salmon crepe, the chick and pesto crepe, the banana and nutella crepe, and more. They make boba for milk tea, offer various gelato flavors, and serve up ice blended coffee drinks. Stp in for lunch for a panini and frappe, or come by to snack on a brownie.

Cafe Birde

Take your dinner on Figueroa Street at Cafe Birde. The gorgeous bar and the beautiful outdoor seating area are both fabulous spots to dine at. Try the Arroyo Cup (mezcal, green chili vodka, cucumber, and lime) or the El Diablito (Tequil, mezcal, creme de cassis, lime, agave, and sparkling rose) cocktails while waiting for your plates of Moroccan-spiced fried chicken, grilled trout, braised meatballs, and more.

Turning Fire

Rotisserie chicken will never get boring as long as Turning Fire plates creative and innovative chicken dishes. Located in the Eagle Rock area, this rotisserie kitchen offers natural, seasonal food. The LA Street Fries (hand-cut fries covered in chile corn, picked red onion, cotija cheese, scallions, and cilantro lime creme) a big crowd pleaser and are on the Nite Bites Menu (offered after 5 pm). Other popular items include the Trenchtown Bowl (arugula, baby spinach, jerked chicken, jicama, red peppers, white yams, pickled carrots, scallions, corn, cashews, Caribbean pepper dressing) and the Grilled Steak Plate. Don’t forget to try some of the creative drink options at Turning Fire like the Pink Palmer (pink lemonade and iced tea), agua frescas, kombucha, and cold-brewed coffee.

Spoke Bicycle Cafe

It’s easy to feel lost as a cyclist or a pedestrian in a big city. Swing by the Spoke Bicycle Cafe on the Los Angeles River Bike Path in Elysian Valley (also known as “Frogtown”). Laurie Winston and Rich Latronica wanted to open a community spot where people can enjoy being active and enjoy delicious, healthy food. You can get your bicycle fixed, rent a bicycle, buy accessories, records, and t-shirts, and enjoy community events, all in one spot. The Spoke Bicycle Cafe cooks up banana peanut butter toast, breakfast scramble, California chopped salad (greens, cucumber, tomatoes, avocado, beets, corn, etc.), burgers, avocado toast on sesame sourdough), smashed blackberry and goat cheese toast, and more. There are gluten-free and vegan versions of most dishes. Breakfast is available all day, including bagels from Maury’s. If thirst is what you’re feeling, then choose an espresso drink, fresh lemonade, wine, beer, and kombucha.

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Kitchen Mouse

If gluten is a problem for you, then you have go by the Kitchen Mouse in Highland Park. Erica Daking started by catering out of her home kitchen. Today she serves up her food at Kitchen Mouse. Everything in Daking’s kitchen is vegan and is free of gluten and refined sugar. Additionally, her menu marks items that are soy free and nut free. Check out breakfast, lunch, dinner, and brunch on the weekends at Kitchen Mouse. The Moro’s cakes are the most popular item (black bean and brown rice vegetarian patties). Vegans will appreciate the tempeh ruben, Avocado TLT (avocado, tomato, and tempeh on millet and flax toast), and the House Pancakes (oat, buckwheat, and corn flour with fruit, coconut, and maple with coconut whip). If a traditional breakfast is what you’re craving, then try the huevos rancheros, french toast, breakfast tacos with cilantro serrano slaw and organic corn tortillas, and the chilaquiles. Kids will love the gluten-free, vegan mac, the grilled cheese, and the snickerdoodle pancakes.

For lunch, order the dal bowl (brown rice, red lentil dal, cucumber mint salad, and chutney) or the buffalo bowl (brown rice, black beans, collards, yams, and buffalo sauce).

Let your taste buds guide you, and enjoy the food scene in Mt. Washington!

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Southwest Museum

Explore the culture and the history of Mt. Washington in Los Angeles. Mt. Washington is a historic neighborhood located to the west of South Pasadena and north of Cypress Park. It’s known as the home of the Self-Realization Fellowship, Heritage Square Museum, Eldred Street, and the Lummis House. All of these are lovely destinations, but museum lovers can’t afford to miss visiting the Southwest Museum in Mt. Washington.

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The Southwest Museum of the American Indian Collection is the first museum of Los Angeles and is located at 234 Museum Drive, Los Angeles, 90065. It specializes in exhibiting and preserving artifact­s and artwork from native American and Latino communities. It was founded in 1907 by the Southwest Society of the Archaeological Institute of America and journalist Charles Fletcher Lummis. Charles Lummis was the same Lummis of the Lummis House built in 1897. He was known for his photography of American landscapes and portraits of Native American Indians. Lummis was an outspoken activist for Native American rights and throughout his life he collected Native American artwork. The museum building was erected in 1912. Today, the museum is the Southwest Museum Mt. Washington Campus, and in 2003, the museum merged with the Gene Autry Western Heritage Museum of the American West.

Museum hours are between 10 am and 5 pm on Saturdays, and admission and parking are  free.Visitors may inquire about tours, programming, special events, and lectures. Exhibits and features at the Southwest Museum include:

-Ethnobotanical Community Garden

-Four Centuries of Pueblo Pottery (featuring over one hundred pieces going as far back as the sixteenth-century)

-American Indians of the Great Plains

-Tunnel Entrance (contemporary artwork is on exhibit in the pedestrian tunnel entrance that is accessible from Museum Drive)

-Kaufman Collection

-Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale

-California Impressionism: The Gardena High School Collection

-Western Frontiers: Stories of Fact and Fiction

-Archive and Braun Research Library

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Currently, the collections at the Southwest Museum are being moved to the Resources Center of the Autry, a new building in Burbank, California. The Autry is also dedicated to the preservation of the Southwest Museum building and work on that project is underway.

As of January, 2015, the Southwest Museum was recognized as a National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. It is also recognized on the National Register of Historic Places. The Friends of the Southwest Museum is an advocacy group that formed in 2003 when the merger between the Autry and the Southwest Museum began. The goal of the Friends of the Southwest Museum is to see the Southwest Museum continue to show exhibitions and provide education and culture to schools and communities in northeastern Los Angeles.

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Other historic sites to visit in Los Angeles include:

-Historic Route US 66

-Casa de Adobe (Missions)

-Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

-Griffith Observatory

-Los Angeles County Museum of Art

-Getty Center

-La Brea Tar Pits

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Smith Estate – Mt. Washington

The Northeast neighborhood Mt. Washington in the city of Los Angeles is a hidden gem that is situated near downtown Los Angeles and various historic sites. Start your exploration of L.A. with the historic architecture and homes near Mt. Washington. You may have heard of Heritage Square Museum, but don’t forget Smith Estate in Highland Park.

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The Smith Estate is a pristine Victorian home on El Mio. It was built in 1887 for Judge David Patterson Hatch, and today it stands at 5905 El Mio Dr. Originally built for $10,000 with four bedrooms and servants’ quarters, the home value is estimated at almost two million dollars today. The four-and-half thousand square foot home contains six bedrooms and three bathrooms.

The next family to call this Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument home was the Smiths. Charles Warren Smith was a railroad man who bought the home. He worked with the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway, the Pasadena Railway Company, the Los Angeles Electric Railway Company, and the Los Angeles Railway streetcar system. Charles was also known for the uncommon pursuit of writing publications on the occult. The Smiths were popular for their legendary parties involving dancing, decorations, and fundraising.

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Following the Smith Family, Michael Gage moved into the home during the 80’s. He commuted to City Hall for his position as the Los Angeles Deputy Mayor. The current owners are Tim Parker and Mari Parker.

Even if you haven’t seen the Smith Estate — or even if you’ve never heard of it — you may recognize it from some movies. The house was used as the setting for director James Wan’s horror film Insidious Chapter 2 (2013), starring Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne. It was also the setting for the cult horror movie Spider Baby (1967).

If visiting the Smith Estate isn’t enough to feed your interest in historic L.A., check out historic homes at the Hale House, the Heritage Square Museum, the Ziegler Estate, and the Garbutt House.

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About Mt. Washington: Mt. Washington is a hilly neighborhood surrounded by Eagle Rock, Highland Park, Montecito Heights, Silver Lake, and Echo Park. It’s just close enough to the heart of L.A. and the surrounding neighborhoods.

Check out more destinations in and near Mt. Washington:

-Southwest Museum: Learn about and celebrate Native American culture at this historic museum.

-Self-Realization Fellowship Headquarters: Explore meditation and yoga at this local organization.

-Heritage Square Museum: Walk into the past as you tour historic home museums.

-Lummis House: See the river rock and craftsmen style of this iconic castle-shaped home.

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Lummis House (aka El Alisal) in Mt. Washington

There’s never a boring moment in Los Angeles, California with all of the historic homes and architecture to discover and visit. Among the many Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments, the Lummis House is one of the great historic house museums of Southern California.

Located at 200 East Avenue 43, the Lummis House and Gardens is open on the weekends to visitors, and the museum is run by the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks. Charles Fletcher Lummis built the house in 1897, covering four thousand square feet on a property of three acres. The project lasted thirteen years, and the exterior of the home is made of river rock.

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The Lummis House, also known as El Alisal, stands nearby the Arroyo Seco, the San Gabriel Mountains, and the Los Angeles River. Lummis chose the spot for the project because of a sycamore tree on the property. El Alisal actually means alder grove, another word for sycamores.

Unfortunately, the original sycamore Lummis was drawn to is gone, but four new sycamores are growing on the site. The Lummis House looks like a castle fit for a king. The structure appears medieval and ancient, but it adds to the rustic atmosphere for this craftsman home. Railroad pole, carved woods

Today, this beautiful home is overseen by the Recreation and Parks Department of the City of Los Angeles. Lummis’ original wishes involved the estate turning into a theater for the community and a supper room influenced by Spanish architecture and culture. The home does include a concrete floor in the exhibition hall intended for concerts and art exhibitions. Until 2015, the property was used for the Historical Society of Southern California (beginning in the 1960s).

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You may recognize the name Lummis from the Lummis Day Festival, featuring celebration and activities for the community that promote art, music, and history. The festival was inspired by Charles Fletcher Lummis himself. He is known for advocating for the preservation of Native American and Spanish culture. As a part of that mission, he founded the Southwest Museum, which eventually merged with the Autry National Center. It is still the goal of the museum to this day to conserve collections of Native American and Spanish artwork.

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Lummis was employed as a journalist, but he was also an avid photographer and a collector of folklore and artifacts. An interesting history chronicles Lummis’ life. He went to Harvard with Theodore Roosevelt before eventually dropping out, and he walked from Cincinnati to Los Angeles to work at the Los Angeles Times. During his journey, Lummis crossed 3,500 miles and became interested in Native American Indians; he went on to become an outspoken activist for their rights. In 1905, took the position of the City Librarian at the Los Angeles Public Library, and he founded the Arroyo Seco Foundation in the same year.

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