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A bagel lineup at Belle’s on York in Highland Park.
A bagel lineup at Belle’s on York in Highland Park.
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12 Restaurants to Taste in Happening Highland Park

Satisfying sandwiches, Mexican “sandals,” Peruvian fare, and more

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A bagel lineup at Belle’s on York in Highland Park.
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Strolling along York Boulevard and Figueroa Street, there’s no denying that Highland Park is undergoing some tremendous changes. While the city’s restaurant scene has steadily transformed over the past decade, the recent uptick in new tenants has left some local residents and business owners feeling uneasy. It is a complicated matter for certain — one that will continue to face many of Los Angeles’s neighborhoods in the coming years. For better or worse, Highland Park is one of the most exciting places to grab a bite in the city. From excellent Peruvian to smash burgers and more, here now are the 12 restaurants to taste in happening Highland Park.

Removed: Go Get Em Tiger, Kitchen Mouse, HomeState, Monte 52, Cafe Birdie, Hinterhof Vegan German Kitchen and Beer Garden

Added: Belle’s Bagels, Holdaak, Ichijiku Sushi

A number of LA restaurants have resumed dine-in service. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the Los Angeles Public Health website. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Belle's Bagels

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5022 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90042
(323) 739-6336
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Belle’s Bagels is slinging its wares in the former Côté Est Bistro and Bar space on York Boulevard in Highland Park. The shop opens at 7 a.m. on weekdays, 8 a.m. on weekends, and is closed on Tuesdays. Open for takeout and delivery.

2. Holdaak

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5054 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90042
(323) 507-2196
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This simple Korean fried chicken spot makes very good wings at affordable prices — $20 buys 18 pieces which is enough to feed two or three people. Choose from three flavors — original, caramel soy, and spicy — and ranch or comeback sauce for dipping. Side items include fries, coleslaw, and a salad but sadly no pickled daikon cubes.

5100 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90042
(323) 999-7642
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Pine and Crane founder Vivian Ku’s sophomore effort delivers on all fronts from food to service and ambiance. The menu of Taiwan’s greatest hits includes shrimp wontons, mapo tofu, dan dan noodles, and minced pork over rice. Wash it all down with milk tea drinks made with housemade puddings and tapioca balls.

The interior at Joy in Highland Park
Joy, Highland Park
Wonho Frank Lee

4. El Huarache Azteca

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5225 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90042
(323) 478-9572
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The Mexico City-style antojitos or little whims served at this neighborhood gem are perfect for any meal of the day. The namesake huraches, deep-fried “sandals” made of masa dough and topped with things like huitlacoche (corn smut), head cheese, and chorizo, never fail to satisfy.

5. Goldburger

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5623 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90042

Fans of Goldburger know owner Allen Yelent from a variety of coffee and bar pop-ups across the city, including days at Smorgasburg in Downtown. For this new run in Highland Park, Yelent is serving grass-fed smash burgers, fries, and pie Wednesday through Monday from noon to 8 p.m. for takeout and delivery. Be sure to order ahead.

Cheeseburger at Goldburger in Highland Park.
Goldburger
Cathy Chaplin

6. Pocha LA

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6101 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90042
(323) 739-0533
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The debut restaurant from Michelle Serafin and Claire Risoli is serving its brand of healthful Mexican fare daily for takeout, delivery, and outdoor dining.

Vegan chile relleno at Pocha in Highland Park.
Vegan chile relleno at Pocha in Highland Park.
Wonho Frank Lee

7. Parsnip

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3324 Verdugo Rd
Los Angeles, CA 90065
(323) 739-0012
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Anca Caliman’s Romanian cooking is now popping up permanently in the Lemon Poppy Kitchen space in nearby Glassell Park. Drawing from childhood memories and family recipes, the menu includes house-made flatbreads called plachintas that are filled with potato or feta and dill. There are also dumplings called bulz stuffed with potato and sauerkraut or cheese and green onion.

Parsnip Highland Park
Parsnip
Cathy Chaplin

8. Mason's Dumpling Shop

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5803 N Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90042
(323) 999-7187
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Mason’s Dumpling Shop comes from the same family behind Monrovia’s Luscious Dumplings. The shop along Figueroa serves the family’s signature fried pork dumplings, as well as xiao long bao (soup dumplings). Open daily except on Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. for takeout and delivery.

9. Hippo

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5916 1/2, N Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90042
(323) 545-3536
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Housed in the former Highland Park Post Office, Hippo comes from Mozza alum Matt Molina. The plates, which run big and small, are smartly composed with seasonal influences and well-sourced ingredients. The handmade pastas are particularly excellent. Open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily for reservations-only outdoor dining, as well as takeout and delivery.

10. Jeff's Table

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5900 N Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90042
(323) 381-5553
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Jewish deli sandwich lovers will get a kick out of Jeff’s Table, a semi-hidden shop inside Flask Fine Wines & Whisky, with new-school takes on roast beef, hot pastrami, and more that draw from owner Jeff Strauss’s global influences. The Jeff’s Special is a showstopper with hand-sliced pastrami, sauerkraut, Russian dressing, and comte cheese on rye. Open for takeout and delivery.

Reuben sandwich from Jeff’s Table.
The Jeff’s Special from Jeff’s Table.
Cathy Chaplin

11. Ichijiku Sushi

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5629, 1/2 N Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90042
(323) 739-6232
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The small, deep Ichijiku space sits right on Fig in the busy part of Highland Park, next door to Civil Coffee and Cafe Birdie. Behind the counter are chefs Takafumi Kosaka (formerly of Tamon Sushi inside at the Miyako Hotel Little Tokyo) and Kazuhiro Yamada (formerly of Yu/mu Sushi in Beverly Hills), who are both working a truncated menu of nigiri and hand rolls through the pademic. 

12. Rosty

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4119, 5511 N Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90042
(323) 568-1220
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Opened by Maritza Gomez, Rosty serves traditional Peruvian fare inspired by her mother’s restaurants in Lima. On the menu are traditional dishes like ceviche, fried rice, and lomo saltado, as well as a smattering of vegetarian options. Available for takeout and delivery.

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1. Belle's Bagels

5022 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042

Belle’s Bagels is slinging its wares in the former Côté Est Bistro and Bar space on York Boulevard in Highland Park. The shop opens at 7 a.m. on weekdays, 8 a.m. on weekends, and is closed on Tuesdays. Open for takeout and delivery.

5022 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90042

2. Holdaak

5054 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042

This simple Korean fried chicken spot makes very good wings at affordable prices — $20 buys 18 pieces which is enough to feed two or three people. Choose from three flavors — original, caramel soy, and spicy — and ranch or comeback sauce for dipping. Side items include fries, coleslaw, and a salad but sadly no pickled daikon cubes.

5054 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90042

3. Joy

5100 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042
The interior at Joy in Highland Park
Joy, Highland Park
Wonho Frank Lee

Pine and Crane founder Vivian Ku’s sophomore effort delivers on all fronts from food to service and ambiance. The menu of Taiwan’s greatest hits includes shrimp wontons, mapo tofu, dan dan noodles, and minced pork over rice. Wash it all down with milk tea drinks made with housemade puddings and tapioca balls.

5100 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90042

4. El Huarache Azteca

5225 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042

The Mexico City-style antojitos or little whims served at this neighborhood gem are perfect for any meal of the day. The namesake huraches, deep-fried “sandals” made of masa dough and topped with things like huitlacoche (corn smut), head cheese, and chorizo, never fail to satisfy.

5225 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90042

5. Goldburger

5623 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042
Cheeseburger at Goldburger in Highland Park.
Goldburger
Cathy Chaplin

Fans of Goldburger know owner Allen Yelent from a variety of coffee and bar pop-ups across the city, including days at Smorgasburg in Downtown. For this new run in Highland Park, Yelent is serving grass-fed smash burgers, fries, and pie Wednesday through Monday from noon to 8 p.m. for takeout and delivery. Be sure to order ahead.

5623 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90042

6. Pocha LA

6101 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042
Vegan chile relleno at Pocha in Highland Park.
Vegan chile relleno at Pocha in Highland Park.
Wonho Frank Lee

The debut restaurant from Michelle Serafin and Claire Risoli is serving its brand of healthful Mexican fare daily for takeout, delivery, and outdoor dining.

6101 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90042

7. Parsnip

3324 Verdugo Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90065
Parsnip Highland Park
Parsnip
Cathy Chaplin

Anca Caliman’s Romanian cooking is now popping up permanently in the Lemon Poppy Kitchen space in nearby Glassell Park. Drawing from childhood memories and family recipes, the menu includes house-made flatbreads called plachintas that are filled with potato or feta and dill. There are also dumplings called bulz stuffed with potato and sauerkraut or cheese and green onion.

3324 Verdugo Rd
Los Angeles, CA 90065

8. Mason's Dumpling Shop

5803 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90042

Mason’s Dumpling Shop comes from the same family behind Monrovia’s Luscious Dumplings. The shop along Figueroa serves the family’s signature fried pork dumplings, as well as xiao long bao (soup dumplings). Open daily except on Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. for takeout and delivery.

5803 N Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90042

9. Hippo

5916 1/2, N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90042

Housed in the former Highland Park Post Office, Hippo comes from Mozza alum Matt Molina. The plates, which run big and small, are smartly composed with seasonal influences and well-sourced ingredients. The handmade pastas are particularly excellent. Open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily for reservations-only outdoor dining, as well as takeout and delivery.

5916 1/2, N Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90042

10. Jeff's Table

5900 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90042
Reuben sandwich from Jeff’s Table.
The Jeff’s Special from Jeff’s Table.
Cathy Chaplin

Jewish deli sandwich lovers will get a kick out of Jeff’s Table, a semi-hidden shop inside Flask Fine Wines & Whisky, with new-school takes on roast beef, hot pastrami, and more that draw from owner Jeff Strauss’s global influences. The Jeff’s Special is a showstopper with hand-sliced pastrami, sauerkraut, Russian dressing, and comte cheese on rye. Open for takeout and delivery.

5900 N Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90042

11. Ichijiku Sushi

5629, 1/2 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90042

The small, deep Ichijiku space sits right on Fig in the busy part of Highland Park, next door to Civil Coffee and Cafe Birdie. Behind the counter are chefs Takafumi Kosaka (formerly of Tamon Sushi inside at the Miyako Hotel Little Tokyo) and Kazuhiro Yamada (formerly of Yu/mu Sushi in Beverly Hills), who are both working a truncated menu of nigiri and hand rolls through the pademic. 

5629, 1/2 N Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90042

12. Rosty

4119, 5511 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90042

Opened by Maritza Gomez, Rosty serves traditional Peruvian fare inspired by her mother’s restaurants in Lima. On the menu are traditional dishes like ceviche, fried rice, and lomo saltado, as well as a smattering of vegetarian options. Available for takeout and delivery.

4119, 5511 N Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90042

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