Highland Park is the Los Angeles neighborhood of the moment thanks to a recent renaissance that has bolstered its community of small, local businesses. Long standing, family-run shops have been joined by new-to-the-neighborhood restaurants, bars and retailers. Enjoying superb accessibility from other parts of L.A. thanks to the Metro Gold Line, Highland Park has become a dining and libational destination with a diverse set of choices thanks to longtime resident families, as well as artists, musicians and designers.
With so many choices, it might be hard know which food and drink stops are the highlights. Read on for a cross-section of Highland Park restaurants and bars that reflects the richness of the area’s diversity.
There are many tales about the origin of the Margarita, but what is known are the basic ingredients: tequila, triple sec, lime juice, and salt on the glass rim. These days, the Margarita can be found in many creative variations using tequila, mezcal, and other agave spirits, along with fresh fruit, herbs, and spices—shaken, stirred, or blended and served in a variety of glassware.
No matter what ingredients are used and how it’s prepared, what can be agreed upon is that the Margarita is a most celebratory drink—in a "party" kind of way. So, cheers to good times and to the best places to find Margaritas in Los Angeles.
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Founded in Baldwin Park in 1948, In-N-Out Burger became a cult favorite in Southern California and has grown to more than 300 locations across the West Coast and Southwest. Celebrity fans include Tom Hanks, who told Conan O'Brien on The Tonight Show that In-N-Out is "one of the true great things about Los Angeles." With locations across L.A. County, there's always something to do within a few miles of an In-N-Out. From world-famous attractions to hidden gems, here are the best things to do near In-N-Out-Burger locations in L.A.
Middle Eastern cuisine has recently expanded from "mom and pops" and into James Beard Award-winning mainstream restaurants. Hummus and pita were the first crossovers to appear on menus at large chains; kabobs and falafels are becoming as familiar as spaghetti and meatballs; and a popular Middle Eastern breakfast dish, shakshuka - eggs baked in a spicy tomato/pepper sauce - now appears on menus alongside pancakes and French toast.
Spices such as sumac, za’atar, dukkah and harissa are now listed in menus. Other notable ingredients include freekah, an ancient whole-wheat grain poised to be the new quinoa; labneh (yogurt cheese) is featured as a topping, creamy mix-in, or dessert base; and pomegranates are used for its seeds and molasses.
Middle Eastern restaurants have been part of the Los Angeles dining scene for decades. Some of the best eateries in L.A. are located in mini malls and owned by families from Israel, Lebanon, Egypt, Turkey, Armenia, Morocco, Greece, Iran and other countries in the eastern Mediterranean. Meet the chefs and learn about the restaurants at the forefront of the new wave of modern Middle Eastern cuisine in Los Angeles.
Premium ice cream has become readily available in Los Angeles, meaning most neighborhoods can now claim a viable option within - gasp - walking distance, or at least a short drive. The increasingly dynamic L.A. ice cream scene capitalizes on unshackled culinary creativity and seasonal ingredients, two of our strengths. Ice cream artisans have been both homegrown and drawn to the city’s rising star from points north and east. Discover 11 frozen favorites, most of which have debuted since 2015 and follow in the sweet footsteps of beloved businesses like Fosselman’s, Scoops and Sweet Rose Creamery.
Soft serve has come a long way from Fosters Freeze and Dairy Queen — combining creativity, whimsy, and decadence with a certain amount of health and environmental consciousness. Along with all that, it tastes better than ever. With four trendsetting shops in a two-mile radius, Koreatown seems to be the hub of some of the most innovative soft serve around. From the classic cone to artisanal chef-driven creations with amusing toppings and quirky names, here are ten of the best soft serve places in L.A.
Los Angeles County features hundreds of miles of trails with views of the city and ocean, and while it can be an adrenaline rush to kick up some dust and build up a sweat, life certainly becomes sweeter (and more savory) with a post-hike reward. Discover 10 places to enjoy a meal after spending time on foot.
Noodle awareness is at an all-time high in L.A. People can now debate the relative merits of different styles of ramen, pho, Chinese and Thai noodle soups. Of course, not every plate or bowl falls into easy categorization. Local chefs (not all of them Asian) are creating noodle dishes that incorporate untraditional ingredients or take on new forms. Discover 10 of L.A.’s most compelling untraditional Asian noodle dishes.