Going on a lunch field trip to Ang. Hts (Echo Park)
My co-worker and I usually eat iat our respective desks, but once a month or so like to venture out to visit (and appreciate) the sights and flavors of LA. (Last time we went to "MILK." I "needed" molasses cookies and got a great lunch to boot.)
I recently got lost going home and found the coolest area I've seen in ages -- Angelino Heights in Echo Park. It looked like a scene from the Music Man or Mary Poppins in the middle of nowhere. (Well, not nowhere -- it can be pretty crazy in Echo Park.) I've since read up on this "pocket's" history and it is fascinating. So, my question for you experts is: If you were going there on a "lunch field trip," where would you have lunch?!!
Thanks to all -- and by the way, I heartily recommend field trips!
I'm not sure about Lunch but I'd go to the churro truck afterwards and pick up 8 churros for $3.
Do you want to specifically eat in Angelino Heights, or do you want surrounding areas like Echo Park?
The Park would be a good choice. Rodeo Grill for informal Mexican.
Rodeo Mexican Grill
1721 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
1400 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Masa in Echo Park is always amazing!
2063 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107
And now I'll tell you the proverbial Rest of the Story!
We went on our field trip to Angelino Heights (which is definitely worth a visit! Caroll Street is unbelievable!) and ended up driving down Sunset. We wound up having lunch at a popular place in Silverlake called "LOCAL." It was bustling, had lots of breezy and pretty outdoor seating, and the service was charming. (The man who seemed like the manager or owner was really nice.) We had a terrific lunch! It was basically sandwiches -- but very big ones and chock-full of very fresh ingredients (LOCAl-ly gown, get it?) .
My co-worker had a turkey burger (I forgot to ask if it was dry, as I think turkey burgers can be, but she ate it all!) and I was "bad" (as in not-so-healthy)!) and had a BLT w/ Niman Ranch bacon, cheddar cheese, avocado, toasted bread and a side salad. (I don't care for chipotle and the salad dressing seemed to be chipotle, so I'd change that if I were to change anything. I'd also add a wine list, but I liked the lemonade. I understand it's BYOB w/ no corkage, fyi.)
Anyway, the meals were really big and very filling, the place was exceptionally friendly and it was also (as it happens) a beautiful day. Strange manniquin in the bathroom, but let it surprise you..!
Thank you all for your tips and don't forget to check out the homes in Angelino Heights!