Taco Trucks, Etc.
In L.A., food trucks serve everything from Kogi barbecue to cupcakes. This city is bursting with local and regional cuisine options. Eat like a king on a student budget.
Hole-in-the-wall joints, taco trucks you can follow on Twitter, out-of-the-way gems—everyone in L.A. develops their own list of favorites. Let us be your guide to Eagle Rock and Highland Park’s best-kept secrets and popular hangouts.
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
Café de Leche: President Veitch is a regular at this coffeehouse that anchors York Boulevard.
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?
Leo's Taco Truck: A local institution with a killer al pastor served nightly.
My Taco: “My Taco’s plate of carne asada fries is the Mt. Everest of gabacho cuisine.” L.A. Weekly
The Oinkster: Slow fast food -- an oxymoron? -- with a simple but sophisticated menu of BBQ, hamburgers, chicken, and pastrami.
Panang: "A complete classic Thai dining experience." Pasadena 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 $4.25 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 Interactive Coffee Bar: 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
Tommy's: Since 1946. There are many imitators, but only one Tommy's chili burger. Don’t forget a napkin. Or five.
The York: Gastropub with a relaxed but confident indie-boho personality. Host to the occasional faculty mixer.