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The Los Feliz neighborhood is one of the most vibrant and culturally diverse in Los Angeles. As a result, residents are spoiled for choice when it comes to finding a place to eat. In this post, we’ll share some of our very favorite dining options in the area, so you’ve got a shortlist when you plan your next visit!
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Like most parts of Los Angeles, traditional and fusion Mexican-inspired cuisine makes a strong showing in Los Feliz. One standout venue is Yuca’s, whose original location opened here in Los Feliz just over thirty year ago. The owner won a James Beard Award for her superlative cookery, and the resulting media buzz allowed her to open a glossy second location on Hollywood. We prefer the original location, whose cozy, intimate interior is the perfect place to enjoy Mexican cuisine from Socorro Herrera’s kitchen. You can find a long list of traditional favorites on Yuca’s simple yet splendid menu, and we recommend Yuca’s burrito: satisfying comfort food in an unassuming package.
If you’re planning a romantic evening, you can’t choose a better restaurant than Figaro Bistrot, a little slice of Paris in the heart of Los Feliz. Mirrored walls in gold lettering, spindly ironwork chairs, and elegant menus for the patrons: you’ll think you’re in Montmartre. The pastry case near the front entrance is filled with scrumptious creations of delicate pastry and rich cream, including eclairs, profiteroles, and a gleaming selection of fresh fruit tarts according to the season. If you’d like to sit outside and watch the people strolling by in traditional flaneur style, grab one of the wicker chairs out front and sample a noisette or a café au lait. If you’d like a more substantial lunch, try the onion soup covered with a toasty golden-brown layer of molten gruyere, or the veal entrecote with tangy green pepper sauce.
Looking for a music and cocktail venue to round out your evening? Check out the Dresden in Los Feliz!
Named for the Italian word for “hope,” this family-friendly restaurant concentrates on fresh, unpretentious Italian fare. Tender, homemade pasta and tasty homemade sauce makes up the bulk of the menu, and every single combination – especially the ones that come paired with succulent seafood – is worth trying. We like the carbonara and the creamy alfredo on a platter of linguine, but we can’t honestly say that any of Speranza’s pasta dishes are anything but sublime. Perfect for an extended-family visit or a quiet Sunday night meal – just bring a hearty appetite.
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O Banh Mi
O Banh Mi is one of Los Feliz’ best kept secrets – and one of its most precious. This little Vietnamese sandwich shop is hard to suss out, with the only signage being a neon O shining in the window. O Banh Mi is devoted to banh mi, the traditional Vietnamese sandwiches comprised of pate, honey, meat, cilantro, and crunchy cucumber and carrots on a fresh baguette. Opening hours are restricted from noon to 4 p.m., and residents in the know show up at noon on Friday, when a whole roasted pig is brought in to furnish the afternoon’s batch of sandwiches. If you’re interested in trying another variety of banh mi, you can choose from pork, chicken, or tofu. More adventurous snackers may want to try the pungent anchovies or salty squid version. Whatever you choose, you’re sure to enjoy an authentic Vietnamese treat. Just remember to get there by four – and don’t forget to bring cash.
Okay, maybe it’s cheating for us to put an ice cream parlor on the list – but you won’t blame us for making an exception when you see what McConnell’s has to offer. This small chain of ice cream parlors originates in Santa Barbara. The Los Feliz branch opened just last year, and it’s safe to say that it’s a neighborhood hit. (Proximity to another Los Feliz crowd-pleaser, HomeState, definitely isn’t hurting McConnell’s chances of becoming a neighborhood fixture.) The parlor includes a rotating selection of seasonal flavors as well as several permanent options. We like the chocolate almond brittle and the cool peppermint stick. Fruit flavors tend to be seasonal, but they’re always fresh, inventive, and delicious.
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Go Get Em Tiger
As the name implies, this restaurant is a great place to refuel – breakfast, lunch, and sandwich options are among the most unique – and delicious – in Los Angeles. Their coffee and espresso drink menu is inventive and consistently delicious – try the almond-macadamia latte for a sugary pick me up – but sandwiches and homemade baked goods are not to be missed. If you’re a blintz fan, try the L.A. Baby, a baked pancake served with crème fraiche and fruity preserves. If you’re in the mood for a savory breakfast option, try the toasted pan de sel breakfast sandwich with egg, bacon, onion jelly, and spicy arugula. The chicken salad sandwich on a baguette is our favorite for a fortifying lunch, but don’t be afraid to explore the daily and weekly specials, which are rotated frequently. Just don’t forget to grab a cookie for dessert!
Planning a weekend trip to the neighborhood? Don’t forget the Greek Theatre in Los Feliz!
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