Located inside a tiny strip mall off Beverly Boulevard, this father-son operation makes some of the chewiest New York-style bagels you’ll find on this side of the Mississippi and at a great price point, too. With over a dozen varieties of freshly boiled bagels to choose from, you can fetch a quick $5 egg, ham and cheese or a loaded bagel sandwich with lox and all the usual fixins. Parking in the tight lot and the Sunday morning line out the door might make the experience initially daunting, but the final outcome is definitely worth the wait.
The Fairfax District—or just Fairfax for short—is a highly urbanized and historical 3.2-square-mile block where you’ll typically see a revolving door of tenants rather than new real-estate developments. It’s this mixture of old and new that makes it one of Los Angeles’s most eclectic neighborhoods, which often attracts diverse crowds and age groups as one of the city’s top shopping, dining and entertainment destinations.
Traditionally considered to be the heart of L.A.’s Jewish community, you’ll still find plenty of kosher supermarkets and halal eateries scattered around the neighborhood. However, many of these businesses now coexist alongside popular streetwear brands, major tourist attractions like the Grove, and some of the most Instagrammed restaurants in town (if not the country.) Fairfax Avenue’s palm-lined sidewalks are also usually packed with locals and tourists alike queuing in line for a bagel, the latest sneaker drop or whatever celebrity pop-up is currently on display. In other words, it’s not somewhere you’d go to avoid crowds.
But there’s still always something to do in the hustle and bustle, and chances are, you’ll at the very least transverse Fairfax on your way to other popular L.A. neighborhoods. As you might’ve assumed, the area gets its name from Fairfax Avenue, the epicenter of the neighborhood's fashion and food scene that also bleeds into Melrose’s buzzing traffic. Its substantial distance from major freeways and prime positioning between West Hollywood and Beverly Grove also makes it a commonly explored part of town, whether you’re watching a taping at Television City or stuck in traffic on your way to lunch. With so much going on at once, it might take some time to find the spots that appeal to you, and that’s even before you factor in street parking. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite restaurants, attractions and L.A. landmarks that we still frequently visit, even as seasoned Angelenos.