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Eastside Sandwich King Dave’s Chillin’ and Grillin’ Makes New Home in Highland Park

And on one of LA’s hottest blocks, no less

Former signage for the old Dave’s Chillin’ and Grillin’
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Eastside sandwich legend Dave’s Chillin’ and Grillin’ is back in action, after a shutter in Eagle Rock left them without a home last year. Now they’re setting up shop in Highland Park, and could reopen as soon as next month.

Dave’s was a staple along Colorado Boulevard for years, and even had plans to expand back in 2015. Indeed the future looked bright for the ten-year-old eatery, but as with many places these days rising rents and changing neighborhoods made business at the long storefront in Eagle Rock ultimately untenable late last year. Owner Dave Evans and his crew transitioned to local farmers markets for occasional setups, but have now found a home inside the former Frank’s Camera building right on Figueroa.

While the space up front is being used by incoming Spanish restaurant Otoño and Blind Barber, Dave’s will snag some counter space around back as part of a joint operation with the new Chops Meat & Fish butcher shop. Diners will actually enter in the space from around the corner, and order from a counter and deli case dedicated to all things Dave’s. The rest of the room will be kitted out with freshly butchered meats and various other takeaway dry goods, and the updated Dave’s menu will pay homage to their meaty digs with a weekly brisket sandwich using meat from Chops.

Otherwise, expect much the same set of offerings as ever before at Dave’s Chillin’ and Grillin’, from the rosemary turkey on down. It’s a great comeback story for a beloved local institution that had survived for a decade before being left without a home, and one whose storybook ending could have them reopening as soon as mid-February.

Dave’s Chillin’ and Grillin’
5715 N. Figueroa
Los Angeles, CA