Where to Eat in Highland Park Los Angeles || December 2019

This is our list of restaurants you should check out this month. Can you try them all?

This is our list of restaurants you should check out this month. Can you try them all?

Finding a new spot to eat is hard. Too many options, too little time. That’s why we take care of all the research, so you don’t have to!

Here are our picks for spots you should try out this month:

Amara Kitchen

Located a few blocks off Figueroa on 64th Street, Amara Kitchen perfected the balance between delicious and health-conscious food.

Click here to view Amara’s Menu

Open since 2013, this small, quaint eatery is known for their alternative takes on classic dishes.They’ve got a large menu of breakfast and lunch items, each is served all day.

We think you give the Amara burrito a try for breakfast. A hearty bowl of their healing bone broth is perfect for the cold weather. If you have more of a sweet tooth, the buckwheat pancakes are a must.

Click here to visit Amara Kitchen

Cacao Mexicatessen

Truly authentic food is rare. Cacao Mexicatessen is one of those rarities and delivers top-notch dishes in a welcoming environment.

Click here to view Cacao’s menu

Located on Colorado Boulevard in Eagle Rock, Cacao is the best version of a rustic Mexican deli. Owned and operated by the Lujan family, they boast a large menu with options for both the deli and sit-down portions of the restaurant.

The staple of Cacao is the Carnitas de Pato taco. Made with duck confit, which is cooked in its own fat at a low temperature. The taco is topped with radishes, sliced avocado, vinegar onions, and salsa macha on a handmade tortilla. 

Click here to visit Cacao Mexicatessen

Rosty Peruvian Food

While having been open for nearly two years, Rosty has somehow remained under the radar. This family-run establishment specializes in traditionally prepared Peruvian fare in an area where it’s food from that country is scarce. 

Click here to view Rosty’s menu

The robust menu is highlighted by classic Peruvian plates of ceviche, fried rice or arroz chaufa, lomo saltado, sandwiches, and fried yucca. You’ll even find some Peruvian grocery items you can take home after the meal.

We can’t have you try this place without ordering the lomo saltado and the mixed seafood ceviche. Thank us later.

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Mason’s Dumpling Shop

There’s only a few things more LA-esque than strip-mall dumplings. When the line goes out the door – and there’s almost always a line – then you know you have some good food coming your way. At Mason’s Dumpling Shop their handmade dumplings check off all the boxes you look for in an over-the-counter spot.

Click here to view Mason’s menu

They offer options for boiled, steamed, and pan-fried dumplings, as well as vegetable sides, beef and pork buns, and smaller rice bowls.

We suggest you try their signature fried cabbage, pork, and shrimp dumplings, or the classic steam soup dumplings with pork.

Click here to visit Mason’s Dumpling Shop

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