Hidden Gems on York and Colorado
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It seems like I will never stop finding new and exciting things in Eagle Rock. Despite it being a relatively quiet part of Los Angeles, it is now considered one of the “hippest neighborhoods” by many Angelinos. This doesn’t come as a surprise to Oxy students, who are spoiled by the multitude of excellent local businesses, many of which are still run by the original owners. The list of restaurants and eateries doesn’t even begin to cover the fantastic food trucks that pepper Colorado, York, & Eagle Rock Blvds., and that often park on Oxy’s quad. Not only is Eagle Rock home to many local gems, but it is also is home to one of the largest Filipino communities in the country, meaning the appearance of Pacific Islander classic fast food joints that are definitely worth a try. In my personal experience exploring Eagle Rock and Highland Park, I have stumbled upon some local gems that deserve much more rep than they currently get. Be sure to pay these favorites a visit next time you find yourself in our little borough of Los Angeles!
Quality Circle Cakes: Donut Friend
If you’ve got a sweet tooth, look no further than Donut Friend on York Blvd. A point of local pride, they’re known for their unique and eclectic flavors ranging from maple bacon to “srirachosin” (peanut butter, strawberry jam, coconut bacon, and a bit of sriracha sauce inside their traditional donut). A cozy and colorful establishment, their name also promises smiling faces and warm company with every visit. I personally recommend the “poppygandhi:” a vanilla cake donut topped with lemon glaze and poppy seeds.
5107 York Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90065
Best Cut: Sunday Morning
Nestled in a hidden alley right next to Four Cafe on Colorado Blvd is a tiny but fantastic salon staffed by eccentric and interesting stylists. When I say tiny, I mean tiny. I’m talking about two chairs in a single room that measures roughly 50 sq. feet. Sunday Morning is no-fuss, humble, and produces exemplary, high quality cuts and styles. The only downside is that due to their size, plan to book early and shell out between $50-80 for a cut. However, if it’s worth it to you to invest in a quality ‘do, look no further than Sunday Morning. (Insider tip: Ask for Michael, he is phenomenal with pixie cuts!)
2120 Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90041
Filipino Community Treasure:
Fun fact: the Philippines is the only country in the world where McDonald’s is not the leading fast-food merchant. The golden arches have been usurped by a very popular chain called Jollibee, an absolute staple that studs every island in the tropical archipelago. Jollibee serves fried chicken and rice (conveniently shaped into a hockey-puck and wrapped like a McDouble), but the real seller is their spaghetti. That’s right, spaghetti. And not just any spaghetti; sweet spaghetti. Filipinos are notorious for sweetening the classic marinara dish. Although it sounds strange at first, it’s actually a delicious twist on the italian classic. Lucky for Oxy students, Eagle Rock is home to one of the few Jollibee in the United States. Visit them in the Eagle Rock Plaza for a spaghetti snack break during your next Target run. 10/10 would recommend to a friend.
2700 Colorado Blvd. #140, Los Angeles, CA 90041
Pho: Veggie Pho
Don’t let the name fool you; this authentic Vietnamese restaurant serves meat and seafood, in addition to vegetarian options. In my opinion, Veggie Pho serves the best quality and tastiest pho (pronounced “fuh”; a type of Vietnamese soup, typically made from beef stock and spices to which noodles and thinly sliced beef or chicken are added). This cozy establishment has excellent customer service, as well as super fresh hand made classic drinks like Thai iced tea and coffee.
1948 Colorado Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90041