It’s tough to find perfect-seasoned french fries, but at Penny’s you can find just that. Often, locals will order a bag of french fries and pair it with thick and sweet house-made thousand island dressing. The menu includes burgers, menudo, french toast, teriyaki, burritos and much more. For fast, tasty variety, Penny’s has got you covered.
‘Authentic Mexican Food and Catering,’ the subheading of My Taco, couldn’t be more honest. Any Mexican food craving can be satisfied here right here. My Taco is unique in that you can get all the meats offered at a taco truck without hunting down the truck. From lengua (beef tongue) to barbacoa (slow-cooked, barbecued meat), carne asada (steak) and even seafood, My Taco serves up Mexican food with all of its authenticity and variety.
Hidden on the side streets of Highland Park is La Tropicana Market, a grocery, mini mart and liquor store. At the back of this market is Monte 52, a counter space where sandwiches, both hot and cold, are plenty. This is a deli sandwich place with variety, seeing as they also have tortas on the menu (beans, spicy salsa and your choice of meat in a Spanish baguette) alongside the classic BLT and Italian sub. To go along with the sandwiches they have soups, salads and french fries made to order.
A popular meeting spot for studying and a great place to grab takeout, Antigua Bread offers breakfast, lunch, dessert and snacks for the in-between. Whether you have a craving for pancakes or nachos, Antigua can help fill it. They also have a variety of cakes that you can purchase by the slice, as well as bread to take home. All bread and pastries are made in-house, and they have an assortment of coffee to pair with them.
Maximiliano is a full-service Italian kitchen. With a quiet, artsy atmosphere and full sit-down service, it differs from the many dives around Highland Park. Dinner is available all week long, with brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. With a well-sized menu consisting of pastas, pizza and salad, Maximiliano does Italian beautifully. A colorful selection of wine and beer is available to pair with your meal. All dishes are shareable, which makes it easy to save room for dessert.
Highland Park has a great street food scene after dark. Corn-on-the-cob, taco trucks and other food trucks can be found all around Highland Park. Someone having trouble deciding what to eat can cruise down York Blvd. or Figueroa St. to find a food cart or truck that appeals to them.