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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!

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    1. I'm not sure about Lunch but I'd go to the churro truck afterwards and pick up 8 churros for $3.

      1. Do you want to specifically eat in Angelino Heights, or do you want surrounding areas like Echo Park?

        1. The Park would be a good choice. Rodeo Grill for informal Mexican.

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          Rodeo Mexican Grill
          1721 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

          The Park
          1400 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

          1. Not sure how current this is???
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            1. If you're getting into your car, Tigeorges Chicken is close by. Hard to 'talk' about it without salivating profusely.

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              TiGeorges' Chicken
              307 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

              4 Replies
              1. re: DiveFan

                Has Tigeorges reopoened since the fire?

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  no.

                2. re: DiveFan

                  Oh, cr**! When was this fire?

                  1. re: DiveFan

                    They had a fire about a month ago. It looked like they would stay open while undergoing repairs (they were open for about a week after) and then they boarded up and closed. They have a sign that they're reopening soon, but I have never seen anyone working on the place.

                3. Masa in Echo Park is always amazing!

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                  Masa Restaurant
                  2063 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107

                  1. Well, we are planning our field trip tomorrow (and I hope we can go!) Will let you all know how our journey to "Red Hill" (who knew it was a haven for 'lefties"!?) goes. (Sounds like fun!)

                    2 Replies
                    1. re: susiequeue

                      Riding by today, The Park looked boarded up and permanently closed.

                      1. re: redrover

                        The Park took an Easter break, but definitely not permanently closed. They have reopened.

                    2. 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!