Ask 100 people to define the borders of Los Feliz and you’ll get 100 different answers. So while this neighborhood may technically include the majority of Thai Town, Little Armenia, East Hollywood, and strips of Hyperion that are absolutely Silver Lake, we’re defining “Los Feliz” as anything between Vermont and Hillhurst.
And while you may disagree with our definition, you can’t disagree with the fact that for such a small area, there are a ton of excellent restaurants to choose from. Here are our favorites.
You know an Italian spot is good when actual Italians eat there. You know it’s great when the cast of The Sopranos eats there. Little Dom’s is that spot. Get the pancakes and breakfast pizza in the morning, or share some pastas and pies for dinner. This place will never disappoint you.
With its light wood, pretty food, and general kind-of-healthy-ness, Kismet looks like a place your out-of-town friends have seen all over Instagram. But it turns out it’s much, much better. This is an all-day Mediterranean restaurant where you can eat an amazing broccoli toast at lunch or a whole rabbit for two at night. We like it best for a laid-back but still excellent dinner.
You spent today running around LA trying to find “that one dry cleaner” your boss needed you to pick up her shirt from, so tonight you need to at least feel like someone is catering to you. Go to Bar Covell, the wine bar/restaurant where all you have to do is give the servers a few adjectives about wine you like, and they’ll have you covered for the rest of the night. The food menu is small, but solid (especially the charcuterie plate). Bring a few friends, get some wine that magically fits all your taste preferences, and try to stop thinking about why your boss insists on getting her jackets cleaned in Arcadia.
Texas Forever. Or at least until 3pm, when this Tex-Mex spot closes it doors every day to everyone’s disappointment. Regardless of that massive error in business judgment, the migas, brisket tacos, and queso make this a can’t-miss spot in the neighborhood. There will be a line, but it moves quickly.
There’s a big sign greeting you as you enter this restaurant that says “there’s no place like Home.” We get the sentiment, but it’s also not entirely true: Home looks like pretty much every other nice neighborhood restaurant in LA. There’s a good patio with lots of foliage and twinkly lights, the food is Italian-ish and affordable, and it’s always full of locals. But these are all positive things, and despite the fact that Home is not a totally unique concept, it’s a solid choice for a casual date or dinner with friends. Also, they do a good brunch.
All your friends are in Cabo this weekend, and you couldn’t get the time off. Stop hate-watching their social media posts and head to Best Fish Taco in Ensenada for your own mini-vacation. The spot on Hillhurst would fit right in in a small beach town somewhere - the space is small, with a dried-grass roofed patio, and friendly servers behind the counter. The fish tacos are indeed very good, and while they seem simple at first, just turn around and head to the salsa bar.
Yuca’s is a classic - it’s been around since the 70s. Everyone agrees this tiny Mexican place is great, but good luck getting any consensus on what you should be ordering. Our favorite is the carne asada, but then we remember the cochinita pibil, the machaca, and the carnitas. There’s no bad order at this 10-seat little shack on the side of the road.
The go-to spot for group meals in the neighborhood, Messhall does comfort food with a summer camp feel. Solid brunch and dinner offerings, paired with some tasty and often inventive cocktails, mean everyone in your group will be happy. Yes, even Vegan Karen.
Cafe Figaro looks a lot like the million sidewalk cafes around Paris, complete with servers who occasionally ignore you. But if you’re in no hurry, this is one of the more enjoyable places to have brunch (get the croissant breakfast sandwich) in the neighborhood. It also works well for a casual date night.
The ultimate neighborhood bar. Dark, dingy, and serving the best wings in the city, especially at the price point (read: very low). Don’t expect service with a smile. Or anything but The Cure on the jukebox. But do expect some amazing bar food.
Farfalla is the neighborhood Italian joint beloved by Los Feliz locals and unknown to every other human in LA. Little Dom’s tends to get all spotlight, but for a more low-key Italian experience (we’ve yet to see anyone resembling a celebrity here), Farfalla is your spot. The ravioli and/or gnocchi need to be in your order.
Alcove is an all-day cafe with the kind of leafy patio you might find at a spa. Except the fact that it’s filled with somewhere around 2% of LA’s entire population (and all their friends from out of town). Pretty much everyone in Los Feliz knows about this place, and uses it frequently, primarily for brunch, but also dinner, and also in the middle of the day, since no one around here has a real job. The food is good, but you’re really here for the patio.
Voted the “Spot Most Likely to See That One Guy Who Was In That Thing And Oh Man, What’s His Name?,” Mustard Seed Cafe is a simple sidewalk cafe that serves a variety of breakfast and lunch options to the neighborhood’s cable TV stars, of which there are many. The menu includes lots of healthy options, if you need to lose that last three pounds before filming starts.
Greetings from our favorite Eastside drunk food diner. Admittedly, Fred’s food is just fine while you’re sober, but after a few too many beers it reaches levels of spectacular. Breakfast sandwich? Jucy Lucy? Peanut Butter Malt Shake? You’ll take all of them. The atmosphere is retro and not in the Mel’s Diner type way that makes you die inside. Fred’s your friend who always has your back – 24/7.
It’s ice cream and churros. We’re going to assume you’re on your way now, so it’s time to decide between the tastiest order (a shake and churro fries) or the Instagrammiest order (the classic churro ice cream sandwich). We can’t make these decisions for you, but either way you’ll feel full, happy, and maybe even validated (FINALLY) on social media.