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 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 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.
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.
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.
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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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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