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. If you want to get to know our favorite neighborhoods through food, this is the place to start.
|a bloc LA||5025 York Blvd||Highland Park||323.739.0351||.abloc.la||Family owned, cycling-inspired cafe with the best chocolate chip cookies in the land. Seriously, go try them.|
|All About Poke||1916 Colorado Blvd||Eagle Rock||323.739.6869||www.allaboutpoke.com|
|AltaEats||1860 Allen Avenue||Altadena||626.794.1162||altaeats.com||
Meet the real Altadena locals here and enjoy fabulous drinks & food. Come to his wine tasting 2 doors down 5-7 Thursdays—$15 gets you 4 wines (or beer or cocktails depending) and wonderful appetizer samples of what this chef is capable of. or just go to the restaurant—you won’t be disappointed.
|Amara Kitchen||519 N Avenue 64||Garvanza||323.255.2220||amarakitchen.com||
Gourmet health food but not just vegan, you can have a very tasty Bison ragout. Good coffee and the avocado toast with egg is my favorite.
|Antigua Coffee House||3400 N Figueroa St||Cypress Park||323.539.2233||N/A||
Homegrown business with dedication to the community and delicious coffee! Plus more.
|Armon’s||5056 Eagle Rock Blvd.||Eagle Rock||323.478.1440||
Good solid American breakfast & lunch, along with some Chinese fare. Nice neighborhood atmosphere, lots of regulars.
|Barcade||5684 Figueroa Street||Highland Park||
|Belle's Bagels||5022 York Blvd||Highland Park||323.739.6336||bellesbagels.com||Real bagels done right. They can sell out pretty quickly!|
|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.|
|BokBok||2146 Colorado Blvd.||Eagle Rock||
A chain, but good. Competition to Zankou.
|The Bucket||4145 Eagle Rock Blvd.||Eagle Rock||
Great burgers, here in various forms since 1935.
|Bulgarini Gelato||749 E. Altadena Dr.||Altadena||626.791.6174||bulgarinigelato.com||
Made the top 15 dishes in LA 12.27.19. Go there for the best gelato outside of Rome and now great pasta dishes, too.
|Burgerlords||110 N Avenue 56||Highland Park||323.405.4012||burgerlords.com||Family owned and operated burger shop, with plenty of vegan options!|
|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. They now have a full liquor license as well!|
|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. + 2477 N Lake||Highland Park + Altadena||323-551-6828||cafedeleche.net||
The groundbreaking coffee house from Highland Park expands to Altadena—check it out!
|Carmela's Ice Cream||
2495 E. Washington Blvd
Made in Pasadena, sold also in farmer’s markets at Altadena, South pasadena.
|Chateau Lemongrass||1952 Colorado Blvd.||Eagle Rock||323.258.8050||
|Simple, good Vietnamese food with beer and wine served. Featured dishes include banh mi (sandwiches), pho (soup), spring rolls. Inexpensive, fresh, delicious food.|
100 N Avenue 50
Good Mexican food
|Chifa||4374 Eagle Rock Blvd||Eagle Rock||323.561.3084||chifa-la.com||A family-run operation with a Peruvian-Chinese menu. Great back patio for al fresco 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||
Charming atmosphere in a cottage with outdoor seating as well. Prices are moderate and the food is good.
|The Coffee Gallery||2029 N. Lake Ave.||Altadena||626.398.7917||coffeegallery.com||
Neighborhood coffee house with food, in the back is an entertainment venue. Get on their mailing list, they have incredible talent—lots of old folkies, acoustic guitarists, songwriters.
|Colombo’s||1833 Colorado Blvd.||Eagle Rock||323.254.9138||
Pasta, pizza, steak and the strongest drinks ever. Live jazz every night. A nightclub for everyone.
|The Colorado Wine Co.||2305 Colorado Blvd.||Eagle Rock||323.478.1985||cowineco.com||
Neighborhood wine bar (beer on tap, too).Buy a glass or a case. Adult bar, good soft music, nice staff and clientele.
|Dave’s Chillin’ & Grillin’||Pop Up||NELA||323.490.0988||daveschillin.com||Dave is passionate about his sandwiches and he has every reason to be. Fresh, tasty, a bargain! Now operating as a pop up - check them out at the Fable - and for catering until they get a new space.|
|Delia's||4501 York Blvd||Eagle Rock||323.256.7841|
|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 Italian Bakery||1726 Colorado Blvd.||Eagle Rock||323.255.8224||eaglerockitalianbakeryanddeli.com||Bakery and deli counter with delicious Italian-style cakes, cookies, and sandwiches.|
|Eagle Rock Kabob||4917 Eagle Rock Blvd||Eagle Rock||323.274.4306||Tucked inside a strip mall, this kabob shop is not one to be missed.|
|Eagle Rock Poke||2152 Colorado Blvd.||Eagle Rock||323.739.6321||eaglerockpoke.com||Modern Hawaiian poke shop with fusion-inspired seafood options.|
|Eagles Tacos||Varies||Eagle Rock||Lalo and Chuy are Eagle Rock staples. They started at Jim's Burgers (now Oinkster), worked at Pete's Blue Chip, and then opened their own taco truck.|
119 W. Green St
The French guys have left Cafe Beaujolais in ER and had a hand in creating this lighter bistro in Old Town Pasadena. The menu is different but still French, lighter, cleaner taste, very tasty!
|Eszett||3510 W Sunset||Silver Lake||323.522.6323||eszettla.com||A beautiful intimate bar and restaurant with experimental and seasonal food and natural wines.|
|ETA||5630 N Figueroa St||Highland Park||323.274.4755||etahlp.com||Cocktail bar with oyster platters and rotating food options, plus live music!|
|Folliero’s||5566 N Figueroa St||Highland Park||323.254.0505||
Friendly staff, great pizza, CASH ONLY.
|Footsie’s||2640 N Figueroa Street||Highland Park||323.221.6900||
Dive bar. What else do you need to know, eh?
|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.|
|Found Coffee||1355 Colorado Blvd.||Eagle Rock||323.206.5154||foundcoffeela.com||Bright, open space and fantastic coffee.|
2352 Lake Avenue
Same owners as Cindy’s Eagle Rock. serving breakfast, lunch & dinner, Southern-style menu, really tasty! Beer & wine too!
|La Fuente||2256 W. Colorado Blvd.||Eagle Rock||323.344.3796||lafuentebarandgrill.com||
Solid Mexican food, full bar, good place to watch sports.
230 N Avenue 50
Really good Latin food with a flair.
|Green Dragon||1733 Colorado Blvd.||Eagle Rock||323.255.8889||eaglerockgreendragon.com||
Szechuan Chinese food owned and run by a local family. Really fresh, really good food.
|Goldburger||5623 York Blvd||Highland Park||goldburgerla.com||Grass-fed smash burgers, fries, and pie.|
|Habitat||3708 Eagle Rock Blvd.||Glassell Park||323.739.0222||habitatcoffeela.com||
Friendly busy coffee shop with food. A great addition to Glassell Park. Hard to park near, but worth it.
|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||
Breakfast & lunch, also a full coffee-bar with coffee from Downtown’s Handsome Coffee Roasters.
|Hippo||5916 1/2 Figueroa Street||Highland Park||
|Handmade pastas and dishes with seasonal influences and well-sourced ingredients, plus cocktails, wine, and beer.|
5611 Figueroa #1
Texas food: breakfast tacos, queso, brisket.
|El Huarache Azteca||5225 York Blvd.||Highland Park||323.478.9572||A hotspot for locals and visiting foodies. See if you agree with Jonathan Gold.|
|Italiano’s||5101 York Blvd.||Highland Park||323.255.0016||Pizza. Free delivery with minimum order.|
|Italiano’s||6500 N. Figueroa||Highland Park||323.255.6155||See above.|
|Jamba Juice||5053 Eagle Rock Blvd.||Eagle Rock||323.349.0670||jambajuice.com||Healthy, quick juiced drinks. This is in a building that was not torn down by the Walgreen’s next door.|
|Jeff's Table||5900 N Figueroa Street||Highland Park||323.381.5553||jeffstablela.com||Semi-hidden shop inside Flask Fine Wines & Whisky, this is a new-school take on classic Jewish deli sandwiches.|
|Johnny’s Bar||5006 York Blvd.||Highland Park||323.551-6959||No food. Eat at the nearby York Pub and stop in here as part of your Highland Park Pub crawl.|
5100 York Blvd
Casual regional Taiwanese street food, fresh and seasonal. Very popular. Fast service, delicious food, also serves beer & wine. Come here for great wonton soup, rice or noodles with pork belly, tofu.
|The Kitchen for Exploring Foods||1434 W. Colorado Blvd.||Pasadena||626.793.7234||thekitchen.net||
Offering catering, gourmet take-out & 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||An bar set in the heart of the Highland Park, featuring traditional agave spirits and live music sometimes. Formerly the Little Cave.|
|little barn coffee house||3329 Division Street||Glassell Park||323.612.6000||instagram.com/littlebarncoffeehouse||100% vegan cafe, specializing in vegan buttermilk biscut sandwiches.|
|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||
Plachinta! Go order some if you don’t know this dish. Plus pastries, breakfast, lunch…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.|
|Magpies||5049 York Blvd||Highland Park||magpiessoftserve.com||A Silverlake soft serve staple with a location now in Highland Park, Magpies has a rotating range of flavors that include dairy-free and vegan options.|
|Malbec Market||1632 Colorado Blvd.||Eagle Rock||323.274.4504||malbecmarket.com||Authentic Argentinean cuisine, and a great build-your-own salad bar. Excellent empenadas!|
|Mariscos Estilo D.F. Truck||4702 N. Figueroa St. at Sycamore Grove Park||Highland Park||Blue truck, seafood tostadas, eat in park. Made to order.|
|Mason's Dumpling Shop||5803 N Figueroa Street||Highland Park||323.999.7187||instagram.com/masonsdumplingshop||Family owned, serving up fried pork dumplings and xiao long bao.|
|Max City BBQ||4729 Eagle Rock Blvd||Eagle Rock||323.254.4227||maxcitybbq.com||Solid BBQ spot with all the classic and great ribs. Also great to pick up for a party!|
|Meea's||1734 Colorado Blvd.||Eagle Rock||323.258.4850||meeashotdogs.com||
Many kinds of dogs with a variety of fillings, and a great patio!
|El Metate||5305 N. Figueroa St.||Highland Park||323.478.8383||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||
ER’s first sushi restaurant. Also cooked Japanese items, all good.
|Milkfarm||2106 Colorado Blvd.||Eagle Rock||323.892.1068||milkfarmla.com||Perfect place to stop in for a cheese plate, or to get the supplies to build your own at home. Also a great spot for gifts!|
|Modan||1757 Colorado Blvd||Eagle Rock||323.739.0411||modanramen.com|
|My Taco||6300 York Blvd||Highland Park||323.256.2698||N/A||
Great tacos, good huevos rancheros,carne asada fries, and classic soup for a cold day!
|Nativo||5137 York Blvd||Highland Park||323.561.3050||nativohlp.com||Great backyard hangout with fun cocktails and tasty snacks.|
|Oinkster||2005 Colorado Blvd.||Eagle Rock||323.257.3892||theoinkster.com||
Slow fast food, real slow, but generally worth it. plus it’s friendly and a real neighborhood gathering spot.
|Organix||1731 Colorado Blvd.||Eagle Rock||323.254.0284||organix-la.com||
Small grocery store with a super vegan deli & juice bar.
|Otono||5715 N Figueroa Street||Highland Park||323.474.6624||otonorestaurant.com||Lovely Spanish restaurant with signature paellas, and a variety of tapas and small bites.|
|Pat & Lorraine’s||4720 Eagle Rock Blvd.||Eagle Rock||323.257.7926||Local breakfast and lunch joint—it closes at 2:30 pm!|
|Penny Oven||2131 Colorado Blvd.||Eagle Rock||323.739.0091||pennyoven.com||Fresh and tasty breakfast and lunch spot with a Mediterranean flair.|
|Penny's Burgers||6300 N Figueroa Street||Highland Park||323.254.7223||Corner burger and breakfast burrito spot that's been around since 1969! A great span of comfort food from fries, sandwiches, burgers, to tacos and burritos.|
|El Pescador||5230 N. Figueroa St.||Highland Park||323.255.8164||Excellent lunch spot, with buckets of beer, ceviche, and great chips and salsa.|
|Pete's Blue Chip||1701 Colorado Blvd.||Eagle Rock||323.478.9022||Another old-school Eagle Rock spot. The Pete's Blue Chip Special burger or Bacon Avocado Cheeseburger are top menu items, along with the chili cheese fries. Cash only, but they have an ATM inside.|
|Pie 'n' Cone||1958 Colorado Blvd.||Eagle Rock||323.274.4728||pienconepizza.com||Pizzeria with a separate bar, and a perfect patio for hanging out. They also do homemade ice cream!|
|Polka||4112 Verdugo Road||Eagle Rock||323.255.7887||polkacatering.com||
Be very hungry when you eat here—it’s a lot of delicious Polish food.
|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.|
|Ramen of York||5051 York Blvd||Highland Park||323.999.7988||ramenofyork.com||Silver Lake Ramen's second location with a near identical menu serving up tonkotsu ramen and rice bowls.|
|Rosty||5511 N Figueroa St||Highland Park||323.568.1220||instagram.com/rostyperuvianfood||Traditional Peruvian fare inspired by the owner's mother's restaurants in Lima.|
|Ruby Bakery||5042 Eagle Rock Blvd||Eagle Rock||323.259.9052||An old-school Eagle Rock spot, specializing in cakes.|
|Scoops||712 N. Heliotrope Dr.||Los Angeles||323.906.2649||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||New Highland Park location!|
|Senor Fish||4803 Eagle Rock Blvd.||Eagle Rock||323.257.7167||senorfish.net||Great fish tacos and other Mexican food. Good outdoor seating.|
|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.|
|Stoney Point||1450 W. Colorado Blvd.||Pasadena||626.449.9715||stoneypointrestaurant.com||Classic old-school Italian restaurant with excellent service, the perfect martini, and a piano player some nights!|
|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||Authentic excellent Michoacan made from scratch|
|Tamales Liliana's||4629 E. Cesar Chavez Ave||East LA||323-780-0989||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 Coconut||1801 Colorado Blvd.||Eagle Rock||323.344.3796||thaicoconuteaglerock.com||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.|
|Thai Spirit||2617 Colorado Blvd.||Eagle Rock||323.256.1644||Free delivery with minimum order.|
|Tommy’s Burgers||1717 Colorado Blvd.||Eagle Rock||323.982.1746||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.|
|Triple Beam Pizza||5918 N Figueroa Street||Highland Park||323.545.3534||triplebeampizza.com||Roman pizzeria with rectangular pieces you can order to size, plus beer and wine.|
|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.|
|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.|
|Wolfie's||4939 York Blvd||Highland Park||323.739.0209||wolfieshotla.com||Plant-based fried hot chicken in the heart of the York Blvd restaurant scene.|
|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.|
|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.|