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Los Feliz Food Guide, Two.

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Los Feliz Food Guide - Shannon Did What?

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.

MESSHALL KITCHEN
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.

LITTLE DOM’S
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
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.

COMMUNITY
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.

SAN SUSHI
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 RESTAURANT
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
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

Los Feliz Food Guide

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Los Feliz Food Guide - Shannon Did What?

Before I moved to the Los Feliz area over a year ago, I frankly didn’t even realize that it existed.  And I grew up right down the freeway.  So that’s weird.  When I was figuring out if I wanted to move to Los Feliz all I heard about it was that it was a super hipster area.  While that is definitely true, it’s not just that.  Los Feliz is actually a pretty small area and everything basically exists on two main streets, Vermont and Hillhurst.  I was trying really hard to figure out how to best lay out all of my favorite places to eat in Los Feliz because even I was surprised that there are a ton of great food options.  We’re going to do Vermont vs Hillhurst.  I don’t know which street has the better food.  You can be the judge of that!  So here is round one of my favorite Los Feliz eats on Vermont Ave.  In order of my most favorite to favorite:

THE ROCKWELL

The Rockwell doubles as a great places to get drinks and dinner and also as fun live entertainment venue.  The front part of the building is where you can catch a dinner theater show.  Your waiter may even be part of the show.  I saw the Unauthorized Devil Wears Prada Musical.  I feel like I have a weird connection with the movie Devil Wears Prada because I interned at Vogue during college and literally lived the Devil Wears Prada life.  It did not disappoint.  If you choose to just have dinner or drinks here, the entrance is around the back off the alley.  The ambience is great because its not super sceney or loud.  The food is amazing.  Try the goat cheese and truffle ravioli.  First of all, anything with truffle…sign me up.  The goat cheese ravioli comes on top of a tomato sauce and pesto with the truffle drizzled on top.  Yum.

CHURRO BURROUGH

They serve churro ice cream sandwiches here.  Need I say more?  The first time I ordered one I was like but is the churro going to be too crunchy where it will fall apart or will it be too soft and not be sturdy enough to hold all the ice cream?  But I was worrying about nothing.  The churro was just the right amount of soft with crunch.  They also serve churro fries and fresh fruit paleta popsicles.  Both are delish! A must try.

THE DRESDEN

This is a great spot to grab a drink at night.  It’s an awesome throwback lounge with live music and good drinks.  The two owners get up and sing live jazz music.  They are the cutest old couple.  It makes for a great ambiance.  The Dresden was also featured in the film “Swingers”.

FIGARO CAFE

This little french cafe is a great weekend brunch spot.  They have seating on the sidewalk so it really feels like your sitting in a french cafe in Paris people watching.  Well, maybe not, but just try and imagine it.  Your waiter might even have a french accent as an added plus.  I saw Johnny Drama from Entourage here last year, so you know you may even see a celebrity if you eat here.

SIDEWALK GRILL

I love grabbing lunch or dinner from here or even just picking up take out to bring home.  I feel like maybe its a healthy option than other takeout.  Their mediterranean food is delicious.  You get rice, pita bread and your choice of sides, so you definitely get a well-rounded meal.  They have a cute little outside patio to eat on.

FRED 62

Open 24 hours, you literally can go here whenever you want so All-American diner comfort food. I tend to like it for a good late night snack.  You know after you’ve been to the Dresden for some drinks.  They have a pretty big variety of different foods you can get so you really can’t go wrong.

PUBLIC HOUSE

A great place to grab some food and drinks with friends.  They have a bunch of tv’s so it’s a fun place to catch a sports event or go to meet people.  Not much explaining to do with this place. Beer, drinks, food and tv.  Can't go wrong there.

THE STUDY

Directly next to Public House and actually kind of the same building.  They share bathrooms.  This is a great little spot to go to for a drink if you’re not up to the crowd and noise of Public House.  They have a small food menu too.  As the bartender to play Jenga!  They keep it behind the bar.
 

Stay tuned for my follow-up to this food guide with my Los Feliz Food Guide on Hillhurst!  So many great places to eat on both streets.  

Yours Truly // Shannon