Los Feliz may not be considered one of L.A.'s prime destinations for dining, but that doesn't mean there isn't great food within its streets. Italian restaurants decked out in red and white tablecloths, taco stands offering fresh fish tacos and cafes with a vegetarian and gluten-free slant abound, making it easy to cave into any craving that hits while walking around the nabe. We've rounded up our favorite Los Feliz restaurants for breakfast, lunch and dinner—and if you're looking for a drink or two, consider one of our go-to Los Feliz bars.
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Since opening in 2008, this popular neighborhood joint—a younger sibling to the now-defunct Dominick's in West Hollywood—has stayed bustling with hipsters, young families and celebs alike. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Little Dom's offers everything from scrambled eggs bruschetta to meatball sandwiches to whitefish picatta. The ricotta and blueberry pancakes are absurdly good, while the three-course Monday-night supper for $18 is a steal.
Housed in two historic bungalows, this cottage-like cafe serves up large plates of gourmet American classics (breakfast items served until 5pm, salads, wraps, paninis and more) loved by health-conscious locals. A popular brunch spot, expect to wait in a long, curvy line around the large garden patio during peak morning hours with homemade iced tea and lemonade poured for guests waiting in line. Be sure to grab Alcove's very own chocolate bars by the register (mimosa, red velvet, salted caramel are just a few flavors) as well as the plethora of baked goods in the pastry window. The adjacent Big Bar at Alcove offers hand-crafted cocktails, craft beers and fine wines alongside reinvented upscale bar food. Check the website for upcoming events such as live music and outdoor screenings.
Texans living in L.A. can find sweet Tex-Mex relief at HomeState, where the queso flows freely and the breakfast taco selection is tops. When it comes to the breakfast tacos selection, choose either a corn or flour tortilla then opt for eggs, bacon, cheese, refried charro beans, chorizo, shredded brisket and more. There are migas, too: crispy corn strips with scrambled eggs, onions and cheese. Oh, and then there's the Frito Pie in a Bag—a heartwarming (and heart attack-inducing) bag of Fritos slathered in chile con carne, black beans, lettuce, tomato and pickled veggies.
When the cravings for comfort food strike, Palermo's is a necessary stop for pizza, pasta and veal parmigiana. Regulars—and there are a lot of 'em—are fanatics about the pizzarosa, thick slices of bread topped with melted feta, mozzarella, parmigiano cheese and fresh tomatoes. It's both a cozy spot for dates and a family-friendly joint; just make sure that you come hungry and prepared to leave stuffed to the gills.
If the name doesn't tip you off, Best Fish Tacos in Ensanada serves some pretty damn fine fish tacos. Are they the best? That's up to your own discretion, but we know people who will defend that statement to the death. The small, colorful eatery with a thatched patio feels like a tropical break from the busy streets of nearby Hollywood and Hillhurst, one where the menu is simple and to the point: fish tacos for $1.95, shrimp tacos for $2 and drinks for $1.
A local favorite, this tiny restaurant offers affordable Mexican eats—from burritos and tacos to tortas and nachos, as well as classic American grub (burgers, hotdogs and fries) that draws in crowds looking for comfort food. We're serious fans of their double cheeseburger, a hefty thing of beauty made with two expertly seared patties. Check out Yuca's Hut just a few blocks away on Hillhurst Avenue for the same offerings in a casual to-go atmosphere.
When you're feeling like it's a carbo-load kind of night, Farfalla's comes through with pastas, pizzas and thick slices of bruschetta. The tried-and-true Los Feliz eatery is rife with old-school Italian favorites, like pasta e fagioli, chicken marsala and gnocchi di patate. There's a sizeable wine list as well, with house selections starting at $7.
Bringing Turkish street food to the city of L.A., Spitz has swiftly become the go-to place for killer döner kebab. The chain is located in Los Feliz, Little Tokyo, Eagle Rock and Studio City and boasts a casual, colorful environment where you can tuck into a hefty Mediterranean place with döner, hummus, falafel and more. Make sure to order their famed Street Cart Fries, topped with garlic aioli, feta, green onion, tomato, olives and pepperoncinis.
The theme at MessHall? Glorified summer camp food, with the intention to improve upon All-American comfort food favorites—turkey kale chili is served with fresh cornbread, smoked corn fritters are garnished with a poblano and pumpkin seed romesco, and the fried chicken sandwich does justice to the recent dish of the moment. Oyster fanatics will be happy to know that MessHall has an excellent raw bar, stocked with plenty of bivalves, ceviche, shrimp cocktails and tuna tartare.
Part market, part cafe, Stamp Proper Foods is a one-stop shop for both picking up and eating healthy meals. Breakfast is served all day—think molé omelets, vegan chilaquiles and avocado toast—and there are sandwiches, soups and salads offered throughout the rest of the day. Gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian diners have plenty to choose from here, whether it's a roasted sweet potato sandwich or a raw zucchini linguini salad. The market serves healthy chips, granola bars, teas and other snacks.