Category: Los Feliz

Seven Best Restaurants in Los Feliz

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Like so many of Los Angeles’ signature neighborhoods, Los Feliz is a vibrant mix of quirky charm, hip upscale hot spots, and old Hollywood glamour. In this post, we’ll give a list of the seven best restaurants in Los Feliz!

Why not dinner and a show? Read our post about the Rockwell Table and Stage in Los Feliz!

Little Dom’s

As the name insouciantly implies, Little Dom’s is the little brother of gone-but-not-forgotten Dominick’s in West Hollywood. Italian-influenced cuisine with an emphasis on satisfying plates like scrambled eggs bruschetta, meatball sandwiches on soft baguettes, and crisp golden whitefish picatta. If you’re in the mood for a sweet breakfast, the fluffy ricotta and blueberry pancakes are ridiculously delicious. If you’re looking for an affordable prix fixe spread that will leave you stuffed, the three-course Monday-night supper provides you with delicious home cooking at a bargain price.

Alcove Café and Bakery

Don’t let the name fool you – the Alcove’s menu is by no means limited to scones and avocado toast. This cottage-like café serves up heaping plates of gourmet American dishes as well as a long list of lighter fare like salads, wraps, and paninis. If you are hoping to grab a cup of coffee and a bite of pastry, the plethora of baked goods in the pastry window includes raisin-studded scones, buttery croissants, soft danishes, and frosted cinnamon rolls. If your sweet tooth still isn’t satisfied, grab a house-made chocolate bar from the display by the register – flavors include but most definitely are not limited to red velvet, salted caramel, and orange-infused mimosa. If you stop in for an early dinner, the adjacent Big Bar is the perfect spot to stop for an eclectic lineup of cocktails, craft brews, and fine wines alongside an innovative selection of bar bites.

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HomeState

As with most neighborhoods in this SoCal metropolis, you’ll be spoiled for choice if you’re looking for tacos or tortas in and around Los Feliz. If you’re on the hunt for Tex-Mex in particular, however, your options may be slightly more limited so many miles from El Paso. HomeState will cure your homesick yearning for Lone Star-style Mexican food, with an exhaustive menu that is especially heavy on the savory breakfast options: fluffy scrambled eggs, crispy bacon, melted cheese, refried charro beans, spicy chorizo, tender brisket, and more. Migas, chilaquiles, tamales – and if you really want to try an original fusion creation, check out their signature Frito Pie in a Bag, a crunchy bag of Fritos covered with chile con carne, black beans, lettuce, tomato, and Mexican-style giardinera.

In the mood for a picnic in the sun? Check out our post about Griffith Park in Los Feliz!

Stamp Proper Foods

This unique café-market hybrid brings a whole new meaning to “farm to table” – Stamp Proper Foods is designed to serve as your one-stop shop for purchasing healthy ingredients and sampling healthy meals. Breakfast is on offer all day long, including savory Mexican-inspired fare like molé omelets, vegan chilaquiles, and piquant avocado toast. Sandwiches, soups, and salads are also served all day, with an emphasis on fresh, seasonal ingredients in inventive combinations. If you’re gluten-free, vegan, or vegetarian, Stamp Proper Foods is a very welcoming place – try the roasted sweet potato sandwich and or the zoodle salad with lemony vinaigrette dressing. Fill your basket with house-made granola bars, cookies, and other snacks.

Farfalla Trattoria

Traditional Italian fare makes a strong showing throughout Los Feliz, but we like Farfalla’s wholesome yet piquant menu. Portions are hearty, with an emphasis on familiar Italian favorites like chicken marsala, fluffy gnocchi, and homey pasta e fagioli. Crispy thin-crust Italian-style pizzas are also on offer, with toppings like juicy red onions and tender artichoke hearts. If you’re in the mood to split a bottle of authentic Italian vino rosso, Farfalla Trattoria boasts an exhaustive wine list, with flavorful selections starting at under ten dollars.

MessHall

MessHall is a dinette with a difference. Their theme is an original twist on summer camp food, with the mission statement to revive – and riff on – All-American comfort food favorites. Flavor profiles are simple without ever being bland or predictable. Their turkey kale chili is served with a thick slice of fresh golden cornbread, and their smoked corn fritters are garnished with a piquant poblano chili and pumpkin seen romesco. If you’re in the mood for more adult fare, MessHall also has a standout raw bar, including oysters with a variety of fresh dressings, tart ceviche, succulent shrimp cocktails, and delicate tuna tartare.

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Spitz

Spitz is quickly becoming Los Feliz’s prime location for primo döner kebab. Spitz is part of a chain, and you can find sister locations in nearby Eagle Rock, Little Tokyo, and Studio City. Each location in the franchise offers customers a colorful, comfortable spot to dig into a hearty Meditteranean platter filled with creamy hummus, crunchy falafel, and savory braised meats. If you’re in the mood for a salty snack, try the Street Cart Fries, smothered in feta, green onion, tomato, olives, pepperoncinis, and garlic aioli.

Los Feliz is a thriving neighborhood, and new eateries are hanging out their shingles on a weekly basis. Try these popular Los Feliz restaurants, and see if you find yourself a new local favorite.

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Rockwell Table & Stage (Los Feliz)

Are you a Broadway lover but you aren’t in New York City? Don’t fret, because the Rockwell Table & Stage in the neighborhood of Los Feliz in east Los Angeles features musical performances alongside meals crafted by Chef…If you haven’t been to the Rockwell yet, definitely check it out for a one-of-a-kind experience.

Rockwell Table & Stage is a restaurant mixed with an entertainment venue for musical performances, DJs, comedians, special events, and more. The shows at the Rockwell celebrate Los Angeles’ history as a leader in entertainment and innovation. In addition to excellent dining and craft cocktails, people go to the Rockwell to see musical parodies of their favorite Hollywood movies and cult classics.

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The Return of The Unauthorized Musical Parody of Hocus Pocus this year celebrates the goofy Halloween movie, that you may remember watching every year, starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy. Or take for example the Rockwell’s past product Cruel Intentions the Completely Unauthorized Musical Parody. Actresses Sarah Michelle Gellar, Reese Witherspoon, and Selma Blair (who starred in the 1990s film Cruel Intentions) all met at the Rockwell for a performance of the parody. Gellar also appeared there with the writer and director of the film, Roger Kumble, and actor Sean Patrick Thomas.

The production Romeo & Juliet: Love is a Battlefield was another nostalgic drama performed at the Rockwell. This time the play featured Pat Benatar’s 1980s music about love. Similarly, Rockwell Drops the Mic: Madonna is another celebration of an iconic singer’s music. Other performs and film directors celebrated at the Rockwell include Baz Luhrmann, Martin Scorsese, Tarantino, John Hughes, and Jeff Goldblum.

The Rockwell is about more than musicians though. The venue hosts DJs, special events, parties, and more. Audience members look on at the 360-degree stage while enjoying the amazing ambiance, atmosphere, and comforting food. Back in the 1940s, the site of the Rockwell was an Italian Pastry Shop (Sarno Pastry Shop). Today, Chef Wayne directs the kitchen as well as Crumble Catering.

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Lunch, brunch, dinner, happy hour — you name it — you can enjoy it at the Rockwell. Diners partake of filet mignon tacos, sesame seed crusted Atlantic salmon, crab cakes with saffron aioli and watermelon radish, espresso rub pork chop, grilled cheese with Havarti cheese, truffle butter, and tomato bisque, to mention a few of the items on the current menu. On the menu, you’ll also find an array of flatbreads, salads, and burgers. Don’t forget to try some of the craft cocktails designed and served at the Rockwell, like the Alhambra (grapefruit vodka, elderflower, and jalapeno soda) or the the Rejected Suitor (honey scotch, blackberries, mint, and cointreau). The bottomless mimosas at Brunch are another popular item.

Where:

1714 N. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

When:

-Performances typically begin 8pm-9pm

-Open from 11am-12pm on Sundays through Thursdays and 11am to 2am Fridays through Saturdays

-The restaurant does take reservations

-They deliver!

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Why:

Enjoy the beautiful atmosphere, fun performances, and delicious dishes at the Rockwell. There’s nowhere else you’ll have the unique experience of rocking out to your favorite tunes while enjoying amazing, Californian cuisine.

Los Feliz is a neighborhood in central Los Angeles, just south of the Santa Monica Mountains. Homeowners enjoy close proximity to downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood, and Silverlake in Los Feliz. Los Feliz — named after Jose Vincente Feliz —  is known for its hilly landscape, celebrity homes, and shopping, dining, and nightlife.

Other entertainment venues in Los Feliz:

-Greek Theatre

-Vista Theater

-The Dresden Room

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Greek Theatre (Los Feliz)

Music-lovers, get ready for the September lineup at the Greek Theatre in Los Feliz, including Mary J. Blige, Classic Quadrophenia, Future Islands, Nickelback, Harry Styles, Kenny G, Lifehouse, Goo Goo Dolls, George Benson, Switchfoot, and Explosions in the Sky. Located at 2700 North Vermont Avenue, the Greek Theatre of Los Angeles is one of the most beloved outdoor theatres of the nation.

The architect Samuel Tilden Norton designed the original plans for the Greek Theatre, which seats up to 5,870 viewers. This September marks the 87th-year-anniversary of the music and event venue. The theatre’s tagline, “To Play, See and Be Among the Stars” expresses the wondrous experience waiting to be had there.

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Colonel Griffith J. Griffith was a journalist and a gold mining expert who purchased Los Feliz Rancho, started an ostrich farm, and later donated 3,000 acres of land to the city of Los Angeles. Griffith specifically stated that the land was meant for a city park and “made a place of recreation and rest for the masses, a resort for the rank and file, for the plain people.” The land became what is now known as Griffith Park. In addition to donating the park land, Griffith also allocated funds (up to one-million dollars) for the construction of the Greek Theatre, as well as the Griffith Observatory. While in or near Griffith Park, be sure to visit the Autry National Center, the heritage tree, the Hollywood Sign, Travel Town Museum, Bronson Canyon, the picnic areas, and the hiking trails. You’ll also find a merry-go-round, baseball fields, soccer fields, and the Griffith Park Zoo.

The Ancient Greeks gathered around outdoor theatres to view the dramas and tragedies of their day. In 1931, the first performance in the venue was held for an audience. Fifty years later, the seating was renovated to fit a larger crowd. Now, famous entertainers, musicians, and comedians perform at the Greek Theatre in Los Feliz. Bruce Springsteen, Sir Elton John, and Frank Sinatra are a few of the legends to play there. The venue has also been used over the years for motion picture filming, high school graduations, and other public events.

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Thinking about visiting the Greek Theatre? The theatre offers off-site parking for visitors and the Pony Ride Train shuttles patrons to the venue. You can also purchase food and drink on site. Enjoy music and fun at the Greek!

About Los Feliz

Los Feliz is a neighborhood in the city of Los Angeles near Hollywood, the Santa Monica Mountains, Silver Lake, and the Los Angeles River. Los Feliz was once a part of Rancho Los Feliz. Today, Los Feliz Hills, Los Feliz Estates, Los Feliz Square, and more are communities in the neighborhood.

Other historic destinations in Los Angeles include:

-Griffith Park

-Getty Center

-Ennis House designed by Frank Lloyd Wright

-Hollyhock House designed by Frank Lloyd Wright

-Santa Monica Pier

-Sunset Boulevard

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Griffith Park (Los Feliz)

Need some time away from the city? Head over to Griffith Park in Los Feliz, a neighborhood in Los Angeles. Owned by the city, this recreational land is enjoyed by Californians who escape there to go swimming, play golf, picnic, rent bicycles, camp, ride horses, and hike the trails. Known as the “Central Park of Los Angeles,” Griffith Park is home to the Heritage Tree, the Autry National Center, the Los Angeles Zoo, the Travel Town Museum, and the Friendship Auditorium. Read on to learn more.

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Colonel Griffith J. Griffith, originally from Wales, traveled to America during the 19th century. With the wealth he accumulated through gold mines, he purchased land in Los Angeles known as Rancho Los Feliz that would become the Griffith Park. After purchasing the land, he started an ostrich farm. Later, Griffith donated the park to the city of Los Angeles for the purpose of serving as a city park that would provide “recreation and rest for the masses” (website).

As time went on, the park continued to expand, including the addition of 100 acres named after Cahuenga Peak. Today, the park covers five-square miles (4,310 acres). When you visit Griffith Park, be sure to include all of the sites in your visit.

-Greek Theatre (funded by Griffith)

-Griffith Observatory (funded by Griffith)

-Friendship Auditorium

-Los Angeles River

-Los Angeles Zoo

-Heritage Tree

-Feliz Adobe

-Travel Town Museum

-Autry National Center

-Hollywood Sign

-Visitors Center Auditorium

-site of the Griffith Park Zoo (now serves as a picnic area)

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Autry National Center

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Dogs are welcome on leashes and cyclists enjoy specific trails. Griffith Park is the perfect family destination for barbecues, birthday parties, cultural events, tennis, soccer, and baseball . Located at 4730 Crystal Springs Drive from 5 am to 10:30 pm.

You may recognize Griffith Park as the background scenery in Hollywood productions. It has been used as a filming location for the music video “Gun and Horses” (by Ellie Goulding), Criminal Minds, The Closer, “If I Had You” music video (by Adam Lambert), Full House, and the feature films Birth of a Nation (directed by D.W. Griffith in 1915), Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Back to the Future and its sequel, and La La Land.

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Griffith Observatory

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About Los Feliz: Los Feliz is a historic neighborhood in Los Angeles and is bordered by the Santa Monica Mountains, the Hollywood Hills, the Hollywood Sign, Silver Lake, and Atwater Village. Los Feliz developed from a portion of what was previously the Rancho Los Feliz land grant. Eventually, the land grant became the neighborhoods of Los Feliz and Silver Lake. Today, 35,000 residents call Los Feliz home.

Other destinations in Los Feliz include:

-Barnsdall Art Park

-Los Feliz Heights Steps

-first Walt Disney Animation Studio.Walt Disney first drew Mickey Mouse in his uncle’s garage,

-Vista Theater

-Lovell Health House by Richard Neutra,

-Hollyhock House

-Franklin Avenue Bridge (also known as the Shakespeare Bridge)

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Barnsdall Art Park (Los Feliz)

Where can you enjoy beautiful views, visit art exhibits featuring Los Angeles artists and creators, and view architecture by Frank Lloyd Wright? If you haven’t been there, you definitely need to take a day to check out the Barnsdall Art Park in Los Feliz (near the Vista Theatre in Los Feliz).

The Barnsdall Art Park was the creation and home of Aline Barnsdall. Barnsdall was an experimental theatre director with wealth from the oil industry. In Chicago, she met the world-famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Once she experienced sunny Los Angeles, she decided to commission an experimental theater and arts community on Olive Hill. The community included the Barnsdall Residence (Hollyhock House) as well as two smaller buildings.

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Ultimately, Barnsdall decided to gift the park to the city. Located at 4800 Hollywood Blvd in East Hollywood, the park overlooks Hollywood from the top of Olive Hill and covers 36 acres of Southern California land. This Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument near Hollywood and Vermont is bordered by the Hollywood Hills, Thai Town, Little Armenia, and Griffith Park. Barnsdall Art Park is known for its educational art programs, dedication to exhibiting contemporary and multicultural artwork of Los Angeles, and its beautiful views of the Los Angeles landscape and cityscape.

At Barnsdall Art Park, you will find and enjoy the following sites and experiences:

Barnsdall Gallery Theatre

This theatre venue seats 299 and hosts the Independent Shakespeare Company, the Artwallah Dance, the Thai Festival, and the Silverlake Conservatory of Music. Visit the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre to see dance performance, films, lectures, and special events. It is also available to rent for events like wedding and photo locations.

Junior Arts Center Gallery

More than eight-thousand children (in both local and outreach programs) are exposed to art through the Junior Arts Center Gallery. Three-years-old to eighteen-years-old can enjoy art classes for both children and their parents at the center. At the Junior Arts Center Gallery, you have the unique opportunity to view the students’ exhibits, where the diverse artwork of children is displayed and celebrated.

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Exterior of Hollyhock House

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Hollyhock House

This National Historic Landmark, also known as the Aline Barnsdall Residence, has been restored and preserved over the years. At the Hollyhock House, you will find images of hollyhocks mixed into the decor and the architecture. If you love historic homes, do not miss the chance to tour the house. It was designed by Wright in 1919, and Wright’s son Lloyd and Wright’s assistant Rudolph Schindler. The home housed the meetings of the California Art Club when it was first donated to the city by Barnsdall. Wright’s work on the Hollyhock House features the Mayan Revival style, a central courtyard surrounded by roof terraces, art glass windows, an entertainment room, and a built-in moat that empties into a fountain. Wright also designed two smaller homes that are today used for artists in residency.

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Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery

Managed by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery features artwork from local and international artists. The gallery focuses on the cultural diversity of the city and the state. Every year, the space hosts the exhibit for the DCA’s City of Los Angeles Individual Artist Fellowships. The 10,000-square-foot large gallery displays nine exhibits every year to share the contemporary work in California. The gallery also includes space large enough for installations, performance art, and sculpture. Other medias shown at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery include video, photography, electronic art, architecture, and paintings.

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The upcoming exhibition Condemned to Be Modern, curated by Clara Kim, features pieces that explore and inspire discussion about Modernist architecture in Latin America. You can check it out between September 10th and January 28th.

To visit Barnsdall Art Park, you can get off on the Sunset and Vermont Metro Red Line stop. We hope you have a unique experience and learn something new about the landscape, architecture, and culture of Los Angeles.

About Los Feliz

You have more than likely heard of Walt Disney and Disneyland in Southern California, but you may not know that he first drew Mickey Mouse in his uncle’s garage in Los Feliz. Los Feliz is a neighborhood in central Los Angeles and is the home of approximately 35,500 Californians. Disney isn’t the only celebrity to work and live in Los Feliz; it has also been home to Brad Pitt, Beck, Adam Levine, Geena Davis, Val Kilmer, Katherine Heigl, Spike Jonze, Jenji Kohan, James Cameron, and more beloved Hollywood celebrities.

Los Feliz spans two-and-half acres, but it wasn’t always home to Hollywood’s artists and actors. It was originally a part of the Rancho Los Feliz Land Grant that was passed on to Corporal Jose Vicente Feliz. The grant eventually became what is known today as Los Feliz and Silver Lake. The adobe home built by Feliz’s family is still standing and available to visit in Griffith Park.

Los Feliz is known for its excellent shopping, vintage shopping, dining, and nightlife. The neighborhood is bordered by Hollywood, Silver Lake, the Santa Monica Mountains, Griffith Park, and the Los Angeles River. To get a sense of the area, visit Los Feliz Hills, Laughlin Park, Los Feliz Estates, Los Feliz Knolls, Los Feliz Square, and Franklin Hills.

If the Hollyhock House and the creations of Frank Lloyd Wright draw you to the area, then you have to stop by the Ennis House and the Sowden House. Other historic sites to visit in Los Feliz include the Feliz Adobe in Griffith Park, the Lovell health House by Richard Neutra, the Franklin Avenue Bridge (also known as the Shakespeare Bridge), and the first Walt Disney Animation Studio.

Enjoy your time in Los Feliz!

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Vista Theater

The historic Vista Theater in Los Feliz is a cultural landmark and artifact of life in Los Angeles. Located at 4473 Sunset Drive, this antique movie theater features a 50-foot movie screen, vintage architecture, and cement handprints from famous actors, actresses, and directors.

Spend a night out and go see a movie or the occasional concert at the Vista. It’s also available for special events, birthdays, and weddings. Many filmmakers have used the Vista as a shooting location and have premiered their films on its screen.

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This famous silver screen was opened in October of 1923, which means that it is almost one-hundred-years-old. Back in the roaring twenties, the theater went by the name Lou Bard Playhouse and it hosted vaudeville shows before it screened the film Tips, starring actress Baby Peggy.

Today, the Vista Theater projects films on both a Sony Digital projector as well as a 35 mm film projector. For example, Interstellar (directed by Christopher Nolan) was screened on 35 mm film at the Vista a week before its national premiere. Contemporary films are screened on a regular basis at the Visa now. The Secret Movie Club Film Festival of 2017 features movies screened every weekend of the month of August. It’s not every day you get the opportunity to see classics (like Freaks, Blue Velvet, Dr. Strangelove, and Roadhouse) on the big screen. Find out more here.

The Egyptian aesthetic in the building’s décor was popular in America in the twenties, and this historic building was designed by Lewis A. Smith. Think of Intolerance (1916) by D.W. Griffith. Ronald Wright later added etchings of hieroglyphics to the design. The original layout of the theater space contained 838 seats, but half of the seating was removed later to increase legroom for audience members. Now the Vista is known for “the most legroom in Hollywood.”

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Check out this YouTube video by American Public Media to learn more. Thomas Theaters renovated the Vista Theater during the eighties, and it is currently owned by Lance Alspaugh.

You may have been to Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, but don’t forget to visit the forecourt at the Vista Theater, where you’ll see the cement handprints of famous Hollywood actors and directors. Are you a Spike Jonze fan? Love laughing at John C. Reily? Or are you more into John Landis films? See the mark left by the cast and crew of famous pictures like Ed Wood, Swingers, Show Girls, Poltergeist, and more. Baby Peggy herself was featured in a handprint ceremony at the Vista when she was 91-years-old to celebrate the theater’s history. Other celebrated artists include Tenacious D, Ray Harryhausen, Forrest J. Ackerman, Penelope Spheeris, Vilmos Zsigmond, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and more.

About Los Feliz:

Los Feliz is a neighborhood in central Los Angeles known for its history as a California land grant and as the home of various Hollywood celebrities. Los Feliz was the neighborhood where Walt Disney first drew Mickey Mouse in his uncle’s garage, and it was home to his first animation studio. Today, Los Feliz covers two-and-a-half acres of land and is home to approximately 35,500 citizens. The borders of Los Feliz touch the Santa Monica Mountains, Hollywood, Griffith Park, Atwater Village, Silver Lake, the Los Angeles River, and the Hollywood Hills.

The Rancho Los Feliz land grant was a parcel of land covering six-and-a-half acres. It was granted to Corporal Jose Vicente Feliz (the neighborhood’s namesake). In Griffith Park, you’ll see the adobe home his children built, which still exists. Now, the same land is what we know as Los Feliz and Silver Lake.

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Visit Los Feliz Village for excellent shopping, dining, nightlife, and vintage stores. Drive by Laughlin Park, Los Feliz Estates, Los Feliz Hills, Franklin Hills, Los Feliz Square, and Los Feliz Knolls to get to know the neighborhood better. Celebrities like Adam Levine, James Cameron, Jenji Kohan, Geena Davis, Lily Tomlin, Val Kilmer, Beck, Spike Jonze, Katherine Heigl, Brad Pitt and more have lived in Los Feliz.

Other historic sites to visit in Los Feliz include:

-The Franklin Avenue Bridge (“The Shakespeare Bridge”)

-The Ennis House, the Sowden House, and the Hollyhock House, designed by famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright

-The Los Feliz Heights Steps

-The Lovell Health House, designed by Richard Neutra

-The First Walt Disney Animation Studio and the Animation School for the Walt Disney Studios

-The original Feliz Adobe in Griffith Park

Enjoy your time in Los Feliz and the great city of Los Angeles.

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Los Angeles Zoo

Los Feliz is a Los Angeles neighborhood that is home to Griffith Park, Griffith Observatory, and the modern architecture like the famous Ennis House. One of the community’s most loved landmarks is the Los Angeles Zoo. Before it opened, the Griffith Park Zoo (built in 1912) was open to the public. In 1963, the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA), a nonprofit organization, was formed to fund the building of the new zoo. The Los Angeles Zoo opened in 1966, covers 133 acres, and houses 1,100 animals.

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The Los Angeles Zoo is located at 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027 and is owned by the City of Los Angeles. It is open every day from 10 am until 5 pm. Note that the zoo stops selling tickets at 4 pm and starts putting the animals to sleep at 4 pm. Free parking is available to visitors. You may want to look into combo tickets that are also for the Aquarium of the Pacific and the Natural History Museum, into military discounts, and into group discounts.

Since 2002, the zoo is also home to a Botanical Gardens that includes 7,400 plants. Wildlife conservation is practiced at the zoo, where California condors are taken care of as well as mountain tapirs. Animals are given medical care at the Gottlieb Animal Health and Conservation Center.

While at the zoo, be sure to stop by the following exhibits:

-Dinosaur Unextinct at the LA Zoo (where you can do a fossil dig and enjoy educational content with the purchase of a separate ticket)

-Chimpanzees of Mahale Mountains

-Campo Gorilla Reserve

-Rainforest of the Americas (where animals from tropical areas live, including howler monkeys, toucans, piranhas, bird-eating spiders, and a jaguar)

-Elephants of Asia

-The LAIR (Living Amphibians, Invertebrates, and Reptiles)

-Red Ape Rain Forest

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In addition to the exhibits, you can view the Worlds of Birds Show, in which endangered birds perform acts at show times throughout the day. (Shows are not held on Tuesdays.) At the Neil Papiano Play Park, children can play on the climbing playground and families can enjoy picnics.  At the Winnick Family Children’s Zoo, families can watch presentations and visit the Muriel’s Ranch, the petting zoo where kids can pet animals and brush them.

If needed, you can rent a wheelchair at the zoo or a stroller (both single and double strollers are available).

If you get hungry, there is plenty of food and dining at the zoo. Reggie’s Bistro, named after the North American alligator Reggie, serves a full menu, craft beer, and wine. You can also stop by the Zoo Grill, Sweet Treats, Cafe Pico (offering beer, aguas frescas, and Mexican food), Mahale Cafe, La Casita, and Gorilla Grill. The Churro Factory serves delicious churros filled with caramel, cream, or strawberry and sundaes, pretzels, and popcorn. There’s something for every taste.

You can shop at the International Marketplace for books, stuffed animals, and gifts (including dinosaur items). If you need things on the go, like hats, sunscreen, and cameras, you can shop at the Safari Station.

Los Feliz is a historic neighborhood in Los Angeles that is bordered by Hollywood and the Santa Monica Mountains. Los Feliz is made up of what originally was Rancho Los Feliz. It is known as the home of many celebrities and is the site of two original designs by Frank Lloyd Wright, including the Hollyhock Home and the Ennis House.

Other landmarks in Los Feliz include:

-Griffith Park

-Berendo Stairs

-Griffith Observatory

-Greek Theatre

If you get a chance to visit the Los Angeles Zoo, we hope you enjoy it!

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The Greek Theatre

The Greek Theatre is an outdoor venue where professional concerts, high school graduations, and community events take place. Located in Los Feliz at 2700 North Vermont Ave, The Greek was designed by Samuel Tilden Norton and constructed in 1929.

The idea for the theatre is credited to Griffith J. Griffith (1850-1919), an American mining industrialist (born in Wales). He purchased the Rancho Los Feliz Mexican land grant in the late 1800s. Griffith donated the land (approximately 3,000 acres) to the city of Los Angeles in 1896, which became Griffith Park, and he funded the building of The Greek Theatre and the Griffith Observatory. Griffith stipulated that the theatre should be crafted in the style of Greek theatres. Traditionally, Greek theatres were outdoor structures where tragedies and comedies were performed to honor the gods. The chorus narrated the action with musical accompaniment. Orchestras were also common in these theatres (an area in the middle of the theatre where the scenes were performed).

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The Greek in Los Feliz, located in Griffith Park, has almost six thousand seats. It was upgraded during the 50’s, it was used as barracks during the second world war, and it was renovated in 1995. SMG has been managing the theatre since 2015. It’s home to many concerts and the graduation site for John Marshall High School and Thomas Starr King Middle School. The venue was featured in the film Get Him to the Greek (2010), starring Jonah Hill and Russell Brand.

The Greek has hosted artists like Bruce Springsteen, Frank Sinatra, Sir Elton John, Carlos Santana, and more. It’s also been the location of television shows and films. You can also enjoy food and libations at The Greek at the north and south concession stands, the Agora Coffee Bar, the Plaza Bar, and the Mercedes-Benz Star Lounge.

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The Ennis House – A Temple to Modern Architecture in Los Feliz

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Falling Water may be the most famous Frank Lloyd Wright home, but this prolific architect created memorable buildings throughout America, including several in California. The Los Angeles neighborhood of Los Feliz is home to the Ennis House, a Frank Lloyd Wright design meant to invoke the surrounding desert and the region’s ancient history. In this post, we’ll take a virtual tour of this Southern California original.

If you’d like to learn about another Los Angeles landmark, check out this blog post about the Holyland Exhibition in Silver Lake!

The Ennis House was commissioned by Charles and Mabel Ennis in 1923 and built in 1924. The house is the fourth and largest of Frank Lloyd Wright’s textile block designs, constructed primarily of molded concrete blocks in a unique graphic pattern meant to invoke ancient Mayan temples. The Ennis House complex is constructed of over 27,000 of these handmade concrete blocks. Frank Lloyd Wright was fascinated by innovative textures and building materials throughout his career, and this quartet of homes comprise a historic experiment in creative use of building materials.

The Ennis House is sometimes referred to as an example of “Mayan Revival” architecture. Bas-relief designs on the concrete blocks are patterned after symmetrical bas-relief sculptures in the ancient temple city of Uxmal in Mexico. The design also features an exterior gate made of wrought iron bent into a striking geometric pattern.

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The Ennis House faced significant setbacks during construction, mostly owing to its unusual makeup. Concrete blocks at the lower levels buckled under the weight above, causing unevenness and structural instability. The concrete was mixed with local granite in order to create a special color and texture. Unfortunately, this admixture created impurities in the final product, weakening the concrete blocks further.

Once construction reached the upper levels, Mabel and Charles Ennis took over, announcing several changes to the original design. Although these changes were intended to limit the structural instability and cost overruns of the building, they didn’t altogether succeed. Always vulnerable, the Ennis House was damaged during the Northridge Earthquake of 1994, suffering further damage during record rains in 2004 and 2005. With over fifteen million dollars in estimated repairs, the future of the Ennis House was uncertain. In 2005, the house was added to the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s list of “11 Most Endangered Historic Places.”

In 2006, a FEMA grant was issued to begin restoration on the house, and more funds were made available by a construction loan through First Republic Bank. Reconstruction included a new structural support system and a new roof. In 2009, the Ennis House was placed on the market, eventually selling in 2011 to its current owner, billionaire Ron Burkle. A condition of the sale was that Ennis House be open to visitors twelve days each year.

To take a virtual tour of another iconic local home, click here to read our blog post about Silver Lake’s Chandelier Tree!

The Ennis House has inspired Hollywood for decades, beginning its cinematic career back in 1933 when it became a shooting location. Its unearthly façade has appeared in classics like The Haunting of Hill House, The Day of the Locust, and Blade Runner. Its interior, which reminds many visitors of a cathedral, has appeared in still more films, including The Replacement Killers and The Thirteenth Floor. Many filmmakers have used the Ennis House as an exotic setting – in Rush Hour, it was transformed into a penthouse apartment in a futuristic Hong Kong skyscraper.

Today, the Ennis House is a pilgrimage site for cinema buffs and architecture enthusiasts alike. If you’re planning to visit Los Angeles, why not plan a side trip to Los Feliz so you can pay tribute to this one-of-a-kind urban temple?

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Berendo Stairs to Griffith Observatory in Los Feliz

Looking for some adventure in Los Feliz? Try finding all of the hidden staircases in Los Angeles, starting with the Berendo Stairs that lead to the Griffith Observatory. Spending a day on a walk looking for a hidden staircase is a great opportunity to get some exercise and mix up your daily routine.

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Los Feliz is a neighborhood in Los Angeles that covers approximately two and half square miles. It is bordered by the Santa Monica Mountains and Hollywood. It was originally Rancho Los Feliz, and it eventually became the birthplace of Mickey Mouse when Walt Disney drew the famous character in his uncle’s garage. Los Feliz is also the home to Disney’s first animation studio and many celebrities who live there. You can view two of Frank Lloyd Wright’s original designs in Los Feliz: the Ennis House and the Hollyhock House.

The entrance to the Berendo Stairs (created in 1924) is located at Berendo Street and Cromwell Avenue. The stairs are recognized by the city as having historical status. There is a resting stop at the midpoint of the stairs (there are 181 steps in total) where there are two benches to sit on. This is a beautiful and romantic spot in the summer, covered by bougainvillea flowers.

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To get to the Griffith Observatory, make your way up the Berendo Stairs, go up a second set of stairs, and eventually you’ll come across a dirt path that will take you to the observatory. From the Griffith Observatory, you’ll be able to see the Hollywood Sign and Downtown L.A. Eat-n-Explore has some detailed directions here.

The Griffith Observatory, which opened in 1935 and was renovated in 2002, is named after Colonel Griffith J. Griffith. It covers about 3,000 acres of land and features an art deco interior and educational displays on astronomy. Admission to the observatory is free. You can also view the Ennis House from here, which was built in 1924 and was featured in the film Blade Runner.

If you haven’t done so already, spend some visiting Griffith Park. It covers about 4,000 acres, and it has a lot to offer for those with different activities and interests in mind. People go to the park to play tennis, hike the trails, use the equestrian trails, have picnics, ride the train, and go golfing. You can also see the Hollywood Sign from the park, visit the Los Angeles Zoo, and see the Autry National Center. The park is open between 5:00 pm and 10:30 pm.

Here are some other “secret” staircases to put on your list as you explore L.A.:

-Music Box Steps

-Baxter Stairways

-Santa Monica Stairs

-Beachwood Canyon Stairs (This one is 800 steps!)

Have fun exploring the stairs in Los Angeles!

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