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Jun 5, 2007 11:11 AM

Los Feliz and environs

So I am new to the country, new to the state, new to the city. Interested in any recommendations for culinary highlights in the Los Feliz area. My interests in food range in dodgy (but quality) street Mexican, to sit down, fancy (I could have bought a new pair of designer jeans instead) gastronomy. Places of interest thus far Palermo's on Vermont and Mexico City on Hillhurst. Oh also any deli's or gourmet food wholesalers nearby? And best bakery - selection at the Boulangerie on Vermont is not vast.

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  1. Tam O'Shanter. Great Prime Rib, steaks, chops, roasts, "Olde English/Scottish" atmosphere. (Walt Disney used to go here.)

    1. This and neighboring Silver Lake are among the more discussed locales here. Scroll down through the last several pages (as far as you care to go), and keep an eye out in the future.

      Your question, while valid, is like reading on the NYC board "I just arrived in town. Anybody got any recommendations for the Village?"

      1. The food at Asia is very good, if a little pricey. I guess you'd call it Thai Fusion (


        I also like Tropicalia ( which is less expensive. Blair's in nearby Silverlake is a local fave (

        For cheap burgers and Mexican, check out Yuca's on Hillhurst. They are really good, better than Mexico City. I also like Pho Cafe on Sunset at Silverlake Blvd. (no website). Not authentic, but a great meal for $6. Good Americanized Chinese food at Chi Dynasty, also on Hillhurst.

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        1. re: mojoeater

          I just wen to Tropicalia for the first time on Sunday. I highly recommend it. Get the sangria. I also like Farfalla for good, fresh Italian. Interestingly enough while I love their skirt steak and fish dishes, I find their pasta only OK. They also do a good arugula salad.

          1. re: teach

            Farfalle, Vinotecca, and Tropicalia are all owned by the same folks. All are good, too.

            1. re: mojoeater

              I love Santino, the chef behind the three. I had my first glass of Borolo ever at Vinoteca and he started fervently explaining the tough conditions the grapes endure to make it such hearty wine. In his fantastic Italian accent of course. I also love the bartenders at the wine bar for their lack of pretension.

        2. El Gran Burrito Al Pastor/Asada/Pollo anything try the taquitos Vermont & Santa Monica
          Sahags Basturma for a Basturma or Soujook(Sausage) Sandwich Sunset west of Normandie
          Zankou Chicken Sunset & Normandie
          Nicky D's Pizza Clam & Garlic w/bacon Pizza,Eat In, in Silver Lake
          Palermos for a good delivered Pizza, great cold in the morning
          Burrito King for a Bean & Cheese Burro, Cheese Burger, Hard Shell Taco, Taquitos or Quesadilla
          Som Pun for Thai on Santa Monica near Sunset Junction, food is good but enjoy the patio
          Scoops Gelateria on Heliotrope & Melrose near LACC
          Tam O'Shanter for sandwiches in the bar & Toad in the Hole
          El Rubys for a Cemitas Poblano sandwich San Fernando Road just north of Los Feliz, next to Dinahs fried Chicken
          Yucas for the Conchita Pibil or a Tamale(only on saturday) Hillhurst & south of Ambrose
          Ise Automotive on Hillhurst, most honest mechanic in LA (LA Weekly)
          Golden Fish Deli/Take Out Great Kebobs on Hollywood Blvd west of Normandie
          Trail Cafe in Ferndell part of Griffith Park, just went today, damn! Strawberry Rhubarb Pie with Fosselmans Ice Cream, Baby! and not to sweet. They are redoing some of the menu since the Griffith Park Fires, they where closed and are taking the things off the menu that did not move.
          Ye Rustic Inn for a Beer and some GREAT Hot Wings! Hillhurst south of Franklin
          Los Feliz Pastry for the richest croissants you have ever had flakey hot gooey goodness, get there around 7:30 or 8 for a right out of the oven treat. Hillhurst north of Ambrose.
          Tropical Bakery for a cuban coffee, a guava cream cheese slice, a cuban sandwich or the pasilles(meat, chicken or cheese) on Sunset & Silver Lake.
          The Italian Chees guy at the Silver Lake Farmers Market on Saturday Griffth Park Blvd. & Sunset.
          There are many good places in Downtown / Silver Lake / Chinatown / Gledale / Atwater / Hollywood / Burbank all less than 15 minutes away. 30 minutes away you have Pasadena / San Gabriel Valley / West LA etc etc etc
          As we say, Mangia Mangia ! ! !

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          1. re: Burger Boy

            That's a great start! I second Yuca's on Hillhurst though haven't been there in ages. I live in EP and tend to find many Silver Lake/Los Feliz establishments too little bang for the buck, but I still have a few suggestions:
            Blair's (on Rowena); the chef used to cook at Water Grill;
            Dusty's on Sunset; the restaurauteurs hail from Montreal - nice salads at lunch especially the Scheherezade;
            Rambutan Thai; also the inexpensive Vietnamese place in the same mini-mall with no sign but great big bowls of steaming pho and nice spring rolls in rice paper.
            Pretty decent daily fare is to be had at Alegria on Sunset (near Michillinda) - they make a nice brothy tortilla soup and serve delicious fresh fruit drinks and limondas. Decor is pleasant; cash only; no alcohol. Their Alegria budin with chicken is good comfort food.
            Tropical also recommended for guava/cream cheese pie and other baked breakfast goods.
            When you are on a budget, don't be embarrassed about hanging out for one dollar taco Monday's at Barragan's; Sunset just east of Echo Park Avenue - they have good margaritas (mango being my favorite) and very friendly staff some of whom have been there for decades; it's an old family-style Mexican place that is reminiscent of the old LA fare I grew up with. You can't beat the dollar beef taco - a mixture ground up with potatoes in a deep fried corn tortilla. Decent fish tacos and an okay chile relleno. The best beans (made with lard) are at the burrito stand next to House of Spirits Liquor Store on Echo Park Ave (just north of Sunset); they also serve up a mean chile verde burrito!

            1. re: Burger Boy

              Isn't Los Feliz Pasry on Los Feliz Blvd. in Atwater across I-5 on the way to Costco, or do they have a second location on Hillhurst?

              1. re: carter

                I think that is the name, Hillhurst & Avocado used to be Le Conversation. Amazing Croissants!

                1. re: Burger Boy

                  I thought you were thinking of La Belle Epoque, and sure enough you were. They went out of business around 4 months ago, and Little Dom's will be taking the space - they also own Dominicks in Weho and 101 Coffee Shop on Franklin - so do not expect any qualitative croissants any longer.
                  La Belle did do a wonderful croissant as well as a bran muffin, both of which were worth the drive from Sherman Oaks!
                  yes, corner was Avocado.

                  1. re: carter

                    There's another pastry place just south of the former Belle Epoque (i.e. a few doors S of Avocado) which sells similar pastries and was, last I checked, still in business. Perhaps BB refers to this?

                    1. re: HPLsauce

                      You are correct, you win the prize! I am gonna tell you about a little gem I went to called Original Bill's Taco House, get down there, it sounds weird, but if you like interesting junk food, this is it, been doing it for 57 years!


                    2. re: carter

                      Nope, never a fan of LaBelle, except for breakfast. It is the place 3 doors south of the corner. La Belle pastries, for me where average and over priced, I used to go to Sarno's for pastries, now I go to Claro's or make my own Cannoli!

                2. Just search for these places: Yuca's, Fred 62, Farfalle, Fatburger, Brooklyn Bagel Bakery, Victor's Deli, Saito, Zankou Chicken, Mayfair Market, Gelson's, Trader Joe's and Costco (become a member if you really mean wholesale). Don't get anything at Palermo's except the pizza. If you really want street stuff, head to the corner of Normandie & Santa Monica in the morning. People on the corner will be selling tamales, pupusas and if it's cool, champurrado. At night they sell bacon wrapped hot dogs. OK, fine.