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Here is our guide to local food and drink establishments located in the Northeast Los Angeles area, with forays into Eagle Rock, Highland Park, Pasadena, South Pasadena, Altadena, East LA and beyond. Asterisks indicate that one of our team has been there, tasted the food, and liked it. If you want to get to know our favorite neighborhoods through food, this is the place to start.

*Abby’s Diner 4862 Eagle Rock Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.257.2229 N/A Open now with all the proper permits, this adorable little diner is perfect for reliving those memories of those endless summer days when you could sip a chocolate malt along with your burger and fries for less than $10 (and you wouldn't gain an ounce!) Check out the vintage photo on the wall and find one more jewel in the history of Eagle Rock.
Amara Kitchen 519 N Avenue 64 Garvanza 323.255.2220 amarakitchen.com Gourmet health food restaurant--not just vegan, you can have a very tasty Bison Ragout. The avocado toast with eggs on top is my favorite. Really good coffee.
Antigua Bread 5703 N. Figueroa St. Highland Park 323.259.9345 antiguabread.com Bakery and cafe.
*Antigua Coffee House 3400 N Figueroa St Cypress Park 323.539.2233 N/A Delicious, strong coffee and great service. They grow and roast their own beans. They contribute to the community. This place is truly a gem.
Antojitos Guerrero 5623 York Blvd. Highland Park 323.254.6118 N/A Salvadorean & Mexican, 4-taco special
El Arco Iris 5684 York Blvd Highland Park 323.254.3401 elarcoiris.com Popular with locals, good authentic Mexican food
*Armon’s 5056 Eagle Rock Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.478.1440 N/A Good solid American breakfast and lunch, also some Chinese fare. Nice neighborhood atmosphere, friendly waitresses, good daily lunch specials.
*Auntie Em’s 4616 Eagle Rock Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.255.0800 AuntieEmskitchen.com Great breakfast & lunch, cookies, soups, indoor & outdoor seating, also excellent catering, home delivery & holiday meal pickup options. Vegetarian friendly but they also have really good pulled pork sandwiches. 
*Ba 5100 York Blvd. Highland Park 323.739.6243 restaurantba.com One of 2 French bistros in hip Highland Park. Open for dinners, now brunch on the weekends and lunch during the week. Lovely room, delicious food.
Big Mama's and Papa's Pizzeria 2136 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.255.8500 bigmamaspizza.com Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a large menu sure to have something for everyone.
*The Black Boar 1630 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.258.8800 N/A This is one cool bar, no food served at all. English pub-like interior with great jukebox, good martinis, good selection of beers on tap and bottled, friendly staff.
*The Blue Hen 1743 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.257.5654 eatatbluehen.com Vietnamese food, lunch and dinner. This restaurant supports local farms and sustainable farming practices, and it is good food, too.
*Brownstone Pizza 2108 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.257.4992 N/A Good New York style pizza and you can also buy it by the slice! 
*Bulgarini Gelato 749 E. Altadena Dr. Altadena 626.791.6174 bulgarinigelato.com/ Voted best gelato by LA Weekly, a great write-up by Jonathan Gold, and I have to say I had some of the best peach sorbet in my life there. It’s the real deal, though I would rather be in Rome than Altadena sometimes, just sometimes.
*Cacao Mexicatessen 1576 Colorado Blvd Eagle Rock 323-478-2791 cacaodeli.com Smell the made-on-premises tortillas as you enter the doorway and get ready to be transported to Mexico. Specializing in mole, but there is a variety of styles and flavors from all over the country. Take-out, eat-in, and catering. Really yummy huevos rancheros.
*Café Beaujolais 1712 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.255.5111 N/A Classic French bistro food, wine & beer. Extremely good, fun, boisterous.
*Café de Leche 5000 York Blvd. Highland Park 323-551-6828 cafedeleche.net Remember how the Renaissance of Eagle Rock began with Swork’s Coffee? Here is a great new coffee place in Highland Park, though I’d have to say the tide began to turn here with Marty’s and the York Pub.
*Camilo’s  2128 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.478.2644 N/A California bistro serving tasty breakfast, lunch, dinner. Live music occasionally on the weekends, get on their email list for weekly updates. Atmosphere is lovely, great for any occasion. 
*The Capri 4604 Eagle Rock Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.257.3225 N/A Good solid traditional Italian food, large portions, old-style Italian restaurant atmosphere.
*Casa Bianca 1650 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.256.9617 casabiancapizza.com “The Best Pizza in Southern California.” Try to beat the rush, but they have chairs outside so you can just visit with your friends while you wait. Takeout is a good choice.
*Chez Antoine 5511 N Figueroa St Highland Park 323.982.9480 facebook.com/chezantoine Charming creperie in the heart of Highland Park. Now open for lunch during the week and brunch on the weekends.
El Chile 4017 N. Figueroa St. Highland Park 323.221.5555 N/A The only arepas (baked or fried cornmeal cake of traditional Colombian cuisine) on Figueroa, covered patio dining.
*Cindy's Diner 1500 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.257.7375 cindyseaglerock.com Vintage style with updated southern fare. Now run by the former-Firefly Bistro chef.
*Classic Thai 1708 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.478.0530 N/A Charming atmosphere with outdoor seating, moderate prices, good Thai food.
*The Coffee Gallery 2029 N. Lake Ave. Altadena 626.398.7917 coffeegallery.com Neighborhood coffee house with entertainment in the back room venue. Get on their email list, they have incredible talent performing, especially old folkies, acoustic guitarists and songwriters.
*The Coffee Table 1958 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.255.2200 coffeetablebistro.com Great space, good food, coffee and now beer and wine. Sensitive restoration of the historic building and old photos of Eagle Rock add to the ambiance.
*Colombo’s 1833 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.254.9138 N/A Prime rib, steak, seafood, pasta. Piano music every evening, dimmed lighting, full bar with the strongest drinks around, interesting paintings, old neighborhood feel. Now with some outdoor seating as well.
*The Colorado Wine Co. 2305 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.478.1985 cowineco.com Neighborhood wine bar with tastings Sunday afternoon. Buy a glass or a case. No corkage fee on Wednesdays, which makes for a neighborly evening.
*Dave’s Chillin’ & Grillin’ 2152 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.490.0988 daveschillin.com Dave is passionate about his sandwiches and he has every reason to be. Fresh, tasty, a bargain—the Eagle Rock business model between two halves of a fresh roll.
*Eagle Rock Brewery 3056 Roswell St. Glassell Park 323.257.7866 eaglerockbrewery.com Artisanal beers, the first microbrewery to be licensed in the City of Los Angeles in over 60 years! Beer for the people. Good beer. I like the Revolution, others prefer Manifesto. There's more. There was a big brewhaha (sic) over the name of Eagle Rock for a Brewery in Glassell Park. Get over it and enjoy. Check out the website for a list of all the bars that are pouring this brew--more all the time. Women’s Beer Forum is the 3rd Wednesday of the month.
*Eagle Rock Juice Co. 1565 Colorado Blvd. #B Eagle Rock 323.514.5253 eaglerockjuice.com Delicious, fresh, cold-pressed juices made from fruits and vegetables from California farms.
*Eagle Rock Public House 1627 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.739.0081 eaglerockpublichouse.com Craft beer and progressive dining. This restaurant (in the former Fatty's) location is the second location of Eagle Rock Brewery.
*Elsa's Bakery 5102 York Blvd. Highland Park 323.256.9455 facebook.com/elsaspanycafe Cozy coffee shop with pan dulce, coffee, and now serving lunch and dinner.
*La Estrella #3 6103 N. Figueroa Highland Park 323.982.0179 N/A Colorful house, corner location, great tacos. Served open with shredded carnitas, limes and very inexpensive. Voted one of the top 25 Mexican restaurants in LA in 2004.
*Footsie’s 2640 N Figueroa Street Highland Park 323.221.6900 N/A No food here, but great laid-back bar with a pool table, good tunes, and plenty of colorful characters.
*Four Cafe 2122 1/2 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.550.1988 fourcafe.net Fresh salads, sandwiches, desserts, and more made from local, organic ingredients. The menu changes with the season.
*Folliero’s 5566 N Figueroa St Highland Park 323.254.0505 Follieros.com Established in 1968, Tony Folliero still makes his own pizza dough every morning. Friendly staff, great thin-crust pizza, other yummy Italian dishes you will love as much as do the generations of Highland Parkers who still go there. Cash only! But beer and wine are served. Really reasonable prices.
*La Fuente 2256 W. Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.344.3796 N/A "Reliable Mexican food with a full bar. Known for a local custom called ""Strip Mall Margaritas,"" for obvious reasons."
La Fuente 5530 Monte Vista St. Highland Park 323.258.6109 N/A See above
La Fuente 5552 N Figueroa St Highland Park 323.257.3564 N/A One door south of Future Studio.
*Found Coffee 1355 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.206.5154 foundcoffeela.com Bright, open space and fantastic coffee. 
*Fusion Burger 5953 York Blvd. Highland Park 323.257.8705 N/A New burger joint with much the same flavor as Umami Burger because the owner used to cook there! Friendly service, always improving menu and it was good to start with!
*Good Girl Dinette 110 N. Avenue 56 Highland Park 323.257.8980 goodgirldinette.com American diner meets Vietnamese comfort food.
*Green Dragon 1733 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.255.8889 eaglerockgreendragon.com Opened by a local family who decided we needed a good Chinese restaurant--and they were right! This has been an instant success with its good fresh food, local delivery, friendly service.
*Habitat 3708 Eagle Rock Blvd. Glassell Park 323.739.0222 habitatcoffeela.com Friendly coffee shop with a variety of breakfast and lunch food.
*Hermosillo 5125 York Blvd. Highland Park 323.739.6459 hpb.la This neighborhood beer and wine bar houses the Highland Park Brewery. Craft beer, bar snacks, entrees, and cheese plates.
*Highland Cafe 5010 York Blvd. Highland Park 323.259.1000 thehighlandcafela.com Serving breakfast and lunch, along with a full coffee-bar with coffee from Downtown’s Handsome Coffee Roasters.
El Huarache Azteca 5225 York Blvd. Highland Park 323.478.9572 N/A A hotspot for locals and visiting foodies. See if you agree with Jonathan Gold.
Italiano’s 5101 York Blvd. Highland Park 323.255.0016 N/A Pizza. Free delivery with minimum order.
Italiano’s 6500 N. Figueroa Highland Park 323.255.6155 N/A See above.
*Jamba Juice 5053 Eagle Rock Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.349.0670 jambajuice.com One of the many signs that Eagle Rock has arrived. Healthy, quick juiced drinks. This is in a building that was not torn down by the Walgreen’s next door.
*Johnny’s Bar 5006 York Blvd. Highland Park 323.551-6959 N/A Evilly good martinis. No food. Eat at the nearby York Pub and stop in here as part of your Highland Park Pub crawl.
The Kitchen for Exploring Foods 1434 W. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena 626.793.7234 thekitchen.net Offering catering, gourmet take-out and assorted gift items.
*Kitchen Mouse 5904 Figueroa St. Highland Park 323.259.9555 kitchenmousela.com Many vegan and gluten free options at this charming cafe.
KnowRealityPie 1740 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.434.7925 knowrealitypie.com The Colorado Blvd. location is open on weekends, although she travels around to different events. Follow her on Facebook or her website to see where the pies will show up next!
*La Cuevita 5922 N. Figueroa St. Highland Park 323.255.6871 littlecavebar.com A new, Old-World Mexican grotto set in the heart of the Highland Park, featuring traditional agave spirits. Formerly the Little Cave.
*Little Beast 1496 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.341.5899 littlebeastrestaurant.com Seasonal modern comfort food in a charming Craftsman bungalow. 
*Lemon Poppy 3324 Verdugo Rd. Glassell Park 323.739.0012 lemonpoppykitchen.net Pastries, breakfast, coffee, and lunch - specializing in a Romanian dish called plachinta. Delicious!
*Little Flower Candy Company 1424 W. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena 626.304.4800 littleflowercandyco.com/ Adorable spot with a cafe (fantastic quiches) and a store with delicious handmade candies. The best egg salad sandwich I’ve ever had.
Mariscos Estilo D.F. Truck 4702 N. Figueroa St. at Sycamore Grove Park Highland Park N/A N/A Blue truck, seafood tostadas, eat in park. Made to order.
*Maximiliano 5930 York Blvd. Highland Park 323.739.6125 maximilianohp.com A great Italian addition to Highland Park. The pizza is great, especially with the meatballs as an appetizer. Make sure to try the olive oil ice cream for dessert.
*Meea's 1734 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.258.4850 N/A Beef, turkey, or veggie dogs with a variety of fixings, and a great patio to enjoy your hot dogs!
El Metate 5305 N. Figueroa St. Highland Park 323.478.8383 N/A Homemade tortillas, cart often in front after dark with huge sizzling fresh meat spit.
*Mia Sushi 4741 Eagle Rock Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.256.2562 mia-sushi.com Eagle Rock’s first sushi restaurant. Great food, decor, valet parking. For you no raw fish die-hards, there is a selection of cooked non-fish Japanese-style items that is very good as well.
*My Taco 6300 York Blvd Highland Park 323.256.2698 N/A Potato tacos, carne asada fries. Good huevos rancheros as well.
*Oinkster 2005 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.257.3892 theoinkster.com “Slow fast food” is their motto. It’s really good and it’s really, really slow—the service, that is. House cured pastrami, slow roasted pork and chicken, fresh good food. Now serving craft beers. This has become a friendly neighborhood gathering spot.
*Organix 1731 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.254.0284 organix-la.com A small grocery store providing organic and wholesome food to the community. Great vegan deli and juice bar as well.
*Panang 1801 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.344.3796 N/A If you’re feeling like you might be coming down with a cold, go have a nice big bowl of Thai noodles, a tall frosty beer and be happy.
*Pat & Lorraine’s 4720 Eagle Rock Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.257.7926 N/A Local breakfast and lunch joint—it closes at 2:30 pm!
*Patio Burgers & Beer 4541 Eagle Rock Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.739.0013 N/A Burgers and beer, what more could you want? These juicy burgers are served on fresh-baked buns, and the hand-cut fries are delicious. Add in a craft beer and you're set!
El Pescador 5230 N. Figueroa St. Highland Park 323.255.8164 N/A Popular for after church brunching
*Polka 4112 Verdugo Road Eagle Rock 323.255.7887 polkacatering.com "Jonathan Gold says, ""Polka, a sweet Polish restaurant near where Eagle Rock fades into Glendale, is that rarity in Los Angeles, an authentic, home-style Eastern European restaurant of the kind so common in Cleveland and Chicago...”"
*Purgatory Pizza 1326 E. 1st St. East LA 323-262-5310 eatpurgatorypizza.com New York-style pizza traditional style or hip with peperoni, or goat chees and pesto, or vegan. And Carmela's ice cream which is amazing. Seasonal flavors harvested from local farmer's markets vary daily. We tried cardamom, strawberry sorbet, and cranberry-orange-thyme. Oh yum! Right off the eastside Gold Line.
*Santa Maria Barbecue N/A N/A 626.963.3935 santamariagrill.com All you can eat barbecues, parties, events. Simple fare and really tasty. Tri-tip top sirloin, chicken, beef ribs, beans, hot dogs or hamburgers, and that’s about it. They only cater.
*Scoops 712 N. Heliotrope Dr. Los Angeles 323.906.2649 N/A Gelato, vegan ice cream & sorbet. You can have a taste of whatever they have available that day. Wild tastes like Jack Daniels & Cream, Blackberries and mango. Worth the drive out of Eagle Rock!
*Scoops 5105 York Blvd. Highland Park N/A N/A New Highland Park location! Cash only.
*Senor Fish 4803 Eagle Rock Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.257.7167 senorfish.net/ Great fish tacos and other Mexican food. Good outdoor seating.
Sonny's Hideaway 5137 York Blvd. Highland Park 323.255.2000 sonnyshideaway.com New American cuisine and handcrafted cocktails.
Spring Street Smokehouse 640 N. Spring St Downtown 213.626.0535 sssmokehouse.com The LA BBQ Guy is the Truck, and you can follow him on Twitter.
*Spitz 2505 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.257.5600 eatatspitz.com Home of the Doner Kebab: lean meat, chilies, tzatziki, tomatoes & cucumbers in grilled focaccia, sweet potato fries. Good fast food plus gelato! Two Oxy grads went to Europe, loved it, and brought it back to Eagle Rock.
*The Spot 1936 W. Glenoaks Glendale 818.861.7335 thespotgourmet.com Now a catering business only, and really good.
*Starbucks 4430 York Blvd Highland Park 323-340-8059 Starbucks.com Practically in Highland Park, this Starbucks has a drive through.
*Stoney Point 1450 W. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena 626.449.9715 stoneypointrestaurant.com Italian-style cuisine, great atmosphere.
*Sunset Beer Company 1498 West Sunset Blvd. Silver Lake 213.481.2337 sunsetbeerco.com LA's first all-beer retail shop and tasting bar. Gluten Free, Cider, and Wine.
*Swork 2160 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.258.5600 swork.com Good coffee, Free—note, Free wireless internet, kid-friendly hangout, a great community hangout, the first of the “cool factor” beginning of Eagle Rock’s commercial core.
*The Taco Spot 2005 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.257.4727 taco-spot.com Really tasty, fresh Mexican food. Reasonably priced, good service, very convenient.
Tacos El Michoacoano 5933 York Blvd. Highland Park 323.258.0794 N/A Authentic excellent Michoacan made from scratch
*Tamales Liliana's 4629 E. Cesar Chavez Ave East LA 323-780-0989 N/A Everyone says have the tamales or the pozole, so that's what we did, and we loved it. Really exceptionally fluffy and yummy tamales. 2 blocks from the Indiana Gold Line stop.
*Thai Spirit 2617 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.256.1644 N/A Free delivery with minimum order.
*Tommy’s Burgers 1717 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.982.1746 N/A Some people in my family love Tommy’s. If you want a heart attack on a bun, you can start here.
*Town Pizza 5101 York Blvd. Highland Park 323.344.8696 townla.com Stop in for a slice or have a pizza delivered, either way it's great pizza. Step outside your normal pepperoni and try the mole pizza, or The Pig and The Fig.
*Two Guys from Italy 405 N. Verdugo Rd. Glendale 323.254.0404 glendaletwoguysfromitaly.com Free delivery with minimum order. I think their pizza rivals that of Casa Bianca, plus they have really good sub-sandwiches.
*Veggie Pho 1952 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.258.8050 veggiepho.com Simple, good Vietnamese food with beer and wine served. Featured dishes include banh mi (sandwiches), pho (soup), spring rolls. Inexpensive, fresh, delicious food. Sit outside and enjoy life in the heart of Eagle Rock.
*Verdugo Bar 3408 Verdugo Rd. Glassell Park 323.257.3408 VerdugoBar.com Open 8 pm-2 am. A large selection of custom beers including Crown City Brewery. Art Deco interior. Look for the small “Cocktails” sign or you’ll miss it.
*Villa Sombrero 6101 York Blvd. Highland Park 323.256.9784 N/A Formerly Villa Sombrero and now formerly Felipe. We are back to the good solid Mexican food, guacamole made at your table, beer and amazing Margaritas. Hooray!
*The York 5018 York Blvd. Highland Park 323.255.9675 theyorkonyork.com Another of the new bars along York Blvd, part of the renaissance of Highland Park and the birth of the cool. Lots of good beers, good food, good times, and now even open for brunch on the weekends. Even beer from the Craftsman Brewery in Pasadena is served, a major treat.
*Yum Me Baguette 1916 Colorado Blvd Ste B Eagle Rock 323.259.6499 N/A Fresh banh mi sandwiches, a Vietnamese treat made with a good baguette filled with freshly sliced vegetables and your choice of meat. The smoothies are delicious, too.
*Zankou Chicken 1415 E. Colorado Blvd. Glendale 818.244.1937 zankouchicken.com Some of the best fast food in the world. Garlic sauce, hummus, pita bread, rotisserie chicken, shwarma, it’s actually addictive.