Where ramen is a delicacy and mac and cheese a work of art.
If Los Angeles is a culinary universe dotted with every delicious cuisine imaginable, then Eagle Rock and Highland Park are shining stars. Our little corner of the cosmos is home to several eateries that are so delicious, Angelenos are known to travel long distances to visit them. Local highlights include:
Auntie Em’s: “The very best homemade dishes this side of Kansas.” Pasadena Weekly
Cacao Mexicatessen: “A duck carnitas taco is about as much happiness as $3 can be expected to buy.” L.A. Weekly
Casa Bianca: An Eagle Rock institution since 1955 (and an Obama favorite). “Some claim it makes the best pizza west of Brooklyn.” Los Angeles Times
The Coffee Table: Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late hours in an Art Deco landmark.
El Huarache Azteca #1: “As close as it gets to the simple cooking found deep in Mexico.” Los Angeles Times
Galco’s Soda Pop Stop: Choose from 500 hard-to-find sodas and a huge inventory of retro candy. Goo Goo Cluster, anyone?
Highland Cafe: Just because a restaurant has named a breakfast dish after Oxy doesn’t mean we have to love it, but we do! It’s also one of L.A.’s best spots for a tuna melt.
Lemongrass: A great bowl of pho (at a great price).
My Taco: “My Taco’s plate of carne asada fries is the Mt. Everest of gabacho cuisine.” L.A. Weekly
The Oinkster: "Oinkster stands out, even in a city full of fantastic burger shacks." L.A. Weekly
Pat and Lorraine's Coffee Shop: Location for opening scene in Reservoir Dogs. Breakfast and lunch at your own risk.
Pete's Blue Chip Burgers: A great $5.95 garden burger basket.
Señor Fish: Mexican seafood, famous for fish and scallop tacos.
Spitz: Doner kebab by two young Oxy alums: “Sublime.” Los Angeles magazine
Swörk : Late-night studying, Internet access, live entertainment, outdoor tables in the heart of Eagle Rock.
Taco La Estrella Truck: “A pretty damn delicious taco.” The Great Taco Hunt
The York: "On weekends, the L-shaped bar is often five deep with floppy-haired students from Occidental College nearby, local women in short skirts and high heels and artist types from Silver Lake with shaggy beards and trucker hats." New York Times
Schodorf’s Luncheonette: They don’t just serve sandwiches. Schodorf’s serves delectable works of art.
Food on Wheels
Whether you’re in the mood for bibimbap, beefy burgers or barbequed tofu, the best way to get a sampling of L.A.’s culinary culture is by catching one of the city’s many food trucks either close to campus or anywhere around town. While these restaurants on wheels have taken the country by storm, they originated here and can be found all over the city. Zagat has compiled a comprehensive Twitter list of the best food trucks L.A. has to offer.