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The Top Restaurants In Northeast Los Angeles
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The Top Restaurants In Northeast Los Angeles

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Far from the 405 and the glitz of Hollywood lies a quaint little town northeast of it all. Nestled between Pasadena and Glendale, the towns of Highland Park and Eagle Rock are home to some of the finest culinary venues in Los Angeles. The developing enclave is growing each day with new cafes, coffee shops, and restaurants, which offer comfortable environments, friendly service, and unique menus that exemplify the integrity of the creative and relaxed neighborhood.
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Blue Hen

Blue Hen serves a variety of Vietnamese fare while using only organic, sustainable and local ingredients, which are extremely fresh, healthy, and tasty. A perfect restaurant to experience new cuisines, their food is a great value. The shrimp spring rolls and sesame chicken are a must.

Blue Hen, 1743 Colorado Boulevard, California, USA +1 323 982 9900

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Four Cafe

Perhaps the most popular restaurant in Eagle Rock, Four Cafe serves fresh soups, sandwiches and salads from their seasonal menu, which boasts a wide variety of local and sustainable ingredients. The veggie burger is freshly made in-house and can be served on a bun or wrapped in sweet butter lettuce. All of the salads are creative and healthy, so you never leave Four Cafe feeling hungry, or guilty. The desserts are freshly baked each day.

Four Café, 2122 Colorado Boulevard, California, USA +1 323 550 1988

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Little Beast

With its seasonal, modern range and desire to serve food that is comforting and absolutely delicious, Little Beast offers both a refined menu and a gorgeous atmosphere. One of the more upscale restaurants in the area, this eatery is all about sophistication and class – it is a perfect date spot. The menu is always changing and evolving, so you’ll never have the same dinner twice. Sample the braised organic chicken main, served with cauliflower, heirloom carrots, saffron cilantro couscous and toasted almonds.

Little Beast, 1496 Colorado Boulevard, California, USA +1 323 341 5899

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The Oinkster

Serving the best pastrami sandwich in town, The Oinkster is an establishment that produces hearty, comforting portions. With its homemade pastrami and rotisserie chicken, served all day long, it has built a following of carnivores from all around Los Angeles. Get the classic Reuben and take time to enjoy the slow-cooked goodness.

The Oinkster, 2005 Colorado Boulevard, California, USA +1 323 255 6465

(Hollywood location: 776 Vine Street, Los Angeles, CA, 90038)


Elsa’s is one of the oldest establishments in Highland Park, and the best coffee shop to work at on York Boulevard. Aside from being a full service panaderia, Elsa’s recently added a full breakfast and lunch menu, serving up fresh, homemade and authentic Mexican favorites such as enchiladas, tacos, and sopas. All of the pastries are delicious and fresh, especially when paired with one of their signature Mayan mochas.

Elsa’s, 5102 York Boulevard, California, USA +1 323 256 9455

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Max City BBQ

One of the newest additions to the Eagle Rock food scene, Max City BBQ has become an instant local favorite by serving up some of the best BBQ in town. With the most delicious, slow-cooked range of food, the menu is extremely appetizing. Try the pulled pork sandwich or rotisserie chicken with a side of their insanely delicious mac and cheese.

Max City BBQ, 4729 Eagle Rock Boulevard, California, USA +1 323 254 4227

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Casa Bianca

Serving the best pizza in Eagle Rock, Casa Bianca’s recipes find their origins in the Italian tradition and have been handed down through the owners’ generations. The restaurant offers a vintage atmosphere with homemade, high quality food. Try your pizza with sausage, onions, olives, and bell peppers, or sample the ravioli and meatballs – which are served with your choice of cheese, beef, chicken or spinach.

Casa Bianca, 1650 Colorado Boulevard, California, USA +1 323 256 9617

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Cacao Mexicattessen

Cacao serves creative twists on Mexican favorites, including mushroom and roasted corn-filled chili rellenos, duck carnitas, and fig molé: Cacao’s dishes are always fresh and far from greasy. Happy Hour is a must for some great drink deals.

Cacao Mexicattessen, 1576 Colorado Boulevard, California, USA +1 323 478 2791

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The York

The York is Highland Park’s neighborhood gastro pub, and is one of the best on York Boulevard. Particularly popular on Fridays and Saturadays, The York offers a wide selection of breakfast, lunch, dinner, and bar food items, all at affordable prices. Their signature dishes include truffle grilled cheese, mac and cheese, a pulled pork Cuban sandwich, and shrimp bruschetta.

The York, 5018 York Boulevard, California, USA +1 323 255 9672

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Sonny’s Hideaway

A recent addition to York Boulevard, Sonny’s Hideaway is a full service cocktail bar and American bistro that serves up an eclectic menu in a vintage atmosphere. The restaurant takes on traditional American fare in an updated fashion. Must-try dishes include marinated flank steak featuring a smoked egg yolk carpaccio. On Tuesdays the restaurant features a signature cocktail menu as a part of their ‘Tiki Tuesday’ celebration: the entire staff sports Hawaiian shirts for good measure.

Sonny’s Hideaway, 5137 York Blvd, California, USA +1 323 255 2000