I really can’t decide which street I prefer to eat on when it comes to Vermont Avenue versus Hillhurst Avenue in Los Feliz. And yes, there are plenty of other streets to eat on in Los Feliz, but these two stand out as the main ones that make up the small city. For dessert there is the epic battle between Jeni’s Ice Cream and Churro Burrough. Or Sidewalk Grill versus Spitz when craving something from the Mediterranean.
This local gastropub is a great places to stop at anytime of day. They have a killer weekend brunch and delicious choices for dinner. Tuesdays they have $1 Oysters and tacos and $5 draft beers. The décor and theme is awesome as well. Its like your transported back to summer camp all over again, this time with a great cocktail in hand. I’m a sucker for their charcuterie and cheese board and the black kale salad.
This place always seems to be booming with business. A lot of people grab drinks here after work. It’s a great place for date night or just if you’re craving some good Italian. Get the grilled provoleta (who can say no to grilled cheese with chimichurri?) and rice balls to start.
Yen Sushi is a tiny restaurant at the far end of the Albertson’s parking lot. I’m pretty sure its tiny shoebox size only has like 10-15 tables, but oh is it delicious. Everything that you order is so pretty when it arrives on your table. Also they keep the chopsticks in a drawer on the side of the table. I don’t know why I found this so cool.
I ate here the very first day I moved to Los Feliz. Maybe it was that we were extremely tired and hungry after moving tons of boxes into my new apartment, but the lunch here was absolutely to die for. Community is a tiny little restaurant with communal tables, which really just gives it that homey, friendly vibe. Get the double bacon grilled cheese. Yes, it’s as heavenly as it sounds. They also have a great looking dinner menu.
I ate here after eating at Yen Sushi across the street. They could not be more opposite in the best way possible. San Sushi is more minimalist, traditional and pure. Yen was more like the modern, elaborate take on Sushi. Both were delicious and ties in my book.
JENI'S SPLENDID ICE CREAM
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams are all indeed splendid. Scratch that, superb. The second you walk through the door, you will be hit by the delicious smell of freshly baked cookies. What you’re actually smelling is their freshly made, on-the-spot, waffle cones. When you ask for samples, and you should ask for multiple, they give you an actual tiny metal spoon with your tasting. Get the brambleberry crisp. Don’t ask me what a brambleberry is, just trust me and get it. You won’t regret it.
ALCOVE CAFE & BAKERY
You literally could come to Alcove any time of day and you would leave completely happy and full. They offer a full brunch menu, as well as, lunch, dinner and drinks. You get to sit outside on their patio that literally wraps around the building. So come for weekend brunch (breakfast is served til 5pm) or grab a weeknight drink here. Also, try as you might, but their cakes, pies, cookies and other baked goods are almost impossible to resist.
Home is a cute little place to eat like Alcove. Great for weekend brunch. You could really not go wrong eating at either. You will also get to sit outside on their patio. It is indeed very homey.
Spitz is the resident Mediterranean food place on Hillhurst. It's more street food than its rival, Sidewalk Grill, on Vermont. Come for the street cart fries! Garlic aioli and feta cheese, yes please. They won’t disappoint.
There are so many delicious options to eat at on Hillhurst. You can grab everything from breakfast to dessert or Italian to Japanese. Check out my other Los Feliz Food Guide for Vermont Avenue, here. You can decide for yourself which street has the better food!
Yours Truly // Shannon