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The Best Brunch Spots In Highland Park, California

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Updated: 20 November 2016
Located between Downtown Los Angeles and Pasadena, Highland Park knows how to brunch. Keep this list handy to satisfy that morning hankering.

The Kitchen Mouse

Vegans and vegetarians can rejoice at The Kitchen Mouse and enjoy a Reuben sandwich that is vegan and loaded with vinegary sauerkraut. But a true Californian will probably get the the Avocado TLT – tempeh, lettuce, tomato. Although the menu is primarily vegetarian and gluten-free, the cafe’s breakfast, containing lots of egg options, is served all day.


Everything is better topped with an egg, and no place sings this motto better than the Italian restaurant Maximilliano. The breakfast pizza comes baked with a sunny egg. Even the pasta carbonara is topped with a poached egg. Some other favorites, like salmon Benedict and beef short rib hash, make the trip to Maximiliano this weekend every bit worth it. If you’re in the mood for something sweet, indulge in their brioche French toast with Nutella, caramelized bananas, and pecans.

Maximiliano, 5930 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 323 739 6125

Brioche French Toast | © Courtesy of Maxmiliano

Brioche French Toast | © Courtesy of Maxmiliano

Good Girl Dinette

To munch on some Vietnamese flavor, Good Girl Dinette will hook you up with some amazing Galangal chicken banh mi and a hot bowl of Grandma’s Pho. You cannot go wrong if you start the fare with fresh spring rolls that comes accompanied with a chunky peanut sauce.

Good Girl Dinette, 110 N Ave 56, Highland Park, CA, USA, +1 323 257 8980

My Taco

No neighborhood would be complete without a hole-in-the-wall taco joint. With sunny yellow walls, colored chairs, kindergarten-esque decor, My Taco has been around since the ’90s. My Taco is even cheaper than many taco spots. Their carne asada fries are made for those Sunday morning hangovers.

My Taco, 6300 York Blvd #4, Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 323 256 2698


Two simple letters in the alphabet bring delicious French fare to the neighborhood. The chefs at Ba ensure a more wholesome dining experience by using local, sustainable produce. The gravlax scramble prepared with French goat cheese is a favorite, as is the duck confit hash. The brunch menu includes several egg dishes and wine options for a relaxing weekend.

Ba, 5100 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 323 739-6243

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Huarache Azteca

If tacos are too soft, bite into the crispy huaraches at Huarache Azteca. This is authentic Mexican cuisine at its best. From nachos, to the Popeye Quesadilla stuffed with a white cream sauce, to the house special fajita platters, the options are endless. All it needs is a large appetite to devour this goodness. Be sure to finish the brunch right with a serving of their deep-fried ice cream.

Huarache Azteca, 5225 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 323 478 9572

Las Cazuelas Pupuseria

For fat rounds of cheesy pupusas, head out to the family-owned restaurant Las Cazuelas Pupuseria. With booths covered in vinyl upholstery, this place resembles a diner. So expect big platters, meatier options, and a happy hour every Thursday on draft beer.

Monte 52

You can’t go wrong at Monte 52 especially when you can have the Monte Cristo sandwich all day. It’s a classic deli that prepares a ginormous panko-breaded fried chicken, the ultimate grilled cheese sandwich oozing with swiss cheese and caramelized onions.

Monte 52, 5200 Monte Vista St, Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 818 626 0822

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