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Nov 13, 2008 06:45 AM

Breakfast in Highland Park

Hi Hounds

Looking for a good place to meet my Girlfriend for Breakfast in Highland Park. She has a 4mo old so places that can handle a stroller would be good. Just need a place with decent food good coffee so we can hang out and catch up.


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  1. I get confused with some of the neighborhood names in SoCal, though I've lived on the westside for decades. (e.g. Baldwin Hills vs. Baldwin Park -- completely different places.) If you are looking for a place north of downtown, try Nick's diner, on North Spring N/E of downtown and east of Chinatown. Very casual, order anything with ham (they do great ham, dense and flavorful, none of that processed stuff), go after the pre-office rush and before lunch. Very good food, laid back, and extremely safe -- it is a food spot for cops, other law enforcement, and a lot of court personnel.

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    1. re: nosh

      Highland Park in around fig and york. Closer to south pas. But we were hoping to stay within walking distance of fig and york. Any opinions on Antigua Bread or La Casa Blue

      1. re: PurpleTeeth

        La Casa Blue is now Juanita's -- I haven't tried it yet but the menu looks pretty good.

        Antigua Bread would be fine for your purposes, plenty of room for the baby, the food is ok but not spectacular.

        My Taco opens at 8 am I think -- I'll bet their breakfasts are good.

        My Taco
        6300 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042

        Antigua Bread
        5703 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90042

        Juanitas Restaurant
        5930 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042

        1. re: PurpleTeeth

          Antigua has gotten good reviews here, but I'm not sure if it's really in walking distance to York - at least not with a 4 mo old. Haven't been to Casa Blue/Juanita's since the changeover. The space is great, there's free wi-fi, but I wasn't all that wild about their food in the Casa Blue days.

          A couple of suggestions:

          The coffee shop at the Arroyo Seco Golf Course. It's a couple of minutes from the Fig/York intersection (closer than Antigua), and it's a comfortable, fun space with a nice vibe. You mentioned breakfast (which they do okay), but they have great burgers there. When my son was an infant/toddler, it was a great destination place.

          Otherwise - Auntie Em's on Eagle Rock Blvd, north of York. Probably the best breakfast in the area. Not sure how easy it would be with kids on weekends.

          1. re: Briggs

            It does seem like Antigua might be our best bet. It's not too far we have done similar walks before and we are looking for a quiet place to talk. I will report back on the food as I know places are always developing.

      2. Don't remember the name but it is the burger place on York around 48th or 50th St on the south side of the street. (Athens burger?) Good inexpensive breakfasts. Great specials - french toast, 3 eggs, 2 sausage links and 2 bacons for $4 and change. Lots of cops there in the morning.

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        1. re: Raymondo

          also, penny's is right on fig and york. haven't had their breakfast, but burgers aren't bad.

        2. I second Auntie Em's, but there's also The York which serves Sunday brunch and it's pretty kid friendly and delicious. I've taken my kids to happy hour and no problem.

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          1. re: Echo27

            The York has Brunch? That seems very cool. Love Auntie Em's but the place is a madhouse on Sat AM

          2. Ok Reporting back. On two differnt days we tried Antigua and My Taco. Antigua is a nice space and the coffee is very good. The food in fine but kinda blah. I had huevos rancheros and she had a Breakfast Burrito. Both were fine just boring. Tried the same things at My Taco. SOOO much better. The Chorizo burrito is my friends new fav and the huveos were perfect. Salsa was excellent as well. And I like the cheerful space there that you wouln't expect from the outside. I aslo noticed they have Buche taco on the lunch menu. I will be back for that!

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            1. re: PurpleTeeth

              I'm glad you liked My Taco, your question inspired my blog post :

              In the comments, people also recommended Pete's Blue Chip, El Arco Iris, Penny's and Taco Spot.

              1. re: Chowpatty

                I will try those others as well. I too love taco spot but they open at 11. It's strange to me that they open that late yet serve breakfast.