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The Best Eats In Boyle Heights, California

The Best Eats In Boyle Heights, California

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Updated: 7 December 2016
Primarily residential, the LA neighborhood of Boyle Heights, California has a range of food as unique and exciting as its history. From traditional Japanese to more modern Mexican, here are some fantastic spots in Boyle Heights to seek out when you’re here.
Otomisan | © Natalie Mirsky
Otomisan | © Natalie Mirsky

Otomisan Restaurant

Otomisan has been a staple of Boyle Heights since 1956, and has remained largely unchanged in an ever-changing neighborhood. A charming hole-in-the-wall spot with the ambiance of an American diner, the décor includes traditional Japanese masks, and vintage booths dating back to the restaurant’s inception. The restaurant feels familiar, with the worn seats and regular customers.

Vaka Burger Express | © Natalie Mirsky
Vaka Burger Express | © Natalie Mirsky

VaKA Burger Express

Located in the back of a liquor store, VaKA Burger is easy to miss, but you’ll be glad you didn’t. The fries are crisp and incredibly flavorful, cooked to perfection; the gourmet burgers come out in that sought-after sweet spot between medium rare and medium; the patties are sourced from organic, grass-fed beef.

Vees Café | © Natalie Mirsky
Vees Café | © Natalie Mirsky

Vees Café

This organic café located on the busy corner of Whittier Blvd and Soto St may be small, but what it lacks in size, it makes up for in flavor. Salads, sandwiches, and a variety of coffee drinks make the cozy spot a favorite for hot afternoons.

La Mascota Bakery | © Natalie Mirsky
La Mascota Bakery | © Natalie Mirsky

La Mascota Bakery

You’d be hard pressed to find a more beloved bakery than neighborhood staple, La Mascota. Boasting a wide array of delicious pan dulce, the cherry on top is the price. The pork and chicken tamales are so good, they have residents from all over Boyle Heights queuing up for them.

Guisados Tacos

The line into the small joint might be out the door, but the sign at Guisados says ‘In Tacos We Trust,’ so you’ll soon understand why. Try the sampler to get things going; with an ever-changing selection, you’ll find it’s never boring. Highlights include the chicharron taco, with pork rinds delicately smothered in chile verde, and the tinga de pollo, a mouth-watering shredded chicken taco served with chorizo and chipotle. Go wild and order a cool melon agua fresca or sweet horchata to wash down their incredibly spicy habanero sauce.