4939 York Blvd., Highland Park
There’s no shortage of plant-based food options in LA, but we had to pause when we heard about an all-vegan German beer garden on a busy strip of York Boulevard. Even though it sounds like the most LA thing you could imagine, the imported-beer menu and the long picnic tables make it worth spending a sunny afternoon on the front patio. And we’ll happily help ourselves to currywurst and vegan schnitzel and soft pretzels with mustard.
5635 N Figueroa St., Highland Park
Nestled on a hill on the Eastern fringes of Los Angeles, Good Housekeeping is the kind of local bar (hidden behind the excellent Café Birdie) down the main Figueroa drag you always wish you lived closer to. It’s impossibly cool. The tiny Pueblo-style outdoor sun-trap—all smooth terra-cotta walls, red tile, and cushioned seats to curl up in with that umpteenth glass of cold Chenin Blanc—is dreamy in the evening. The booze list is short and confident. The Nature Baby—a muddle of tequila, sage, orange bitters, ginger, and tonic—erases all memory of the traffic it may have taken to get here.
The MIA Project
4628 York Blvd., Highland Park
True to its name (M.I.A. stands for Made in America), every piece of merch stocked in this homey, lovingly curated shop is made in the U.S., as the goal for founders Micha Thomas and Jaime Lawson is to shine a light on local independent makers at a time when so much of production is done overseas. The mostly handmade and small-batch edit includes a little bit of something for everyone: soy wax candles by Venice-based Yoke, delicate linen dresses by Matteo, Minnesota-made handbags by heritage brand J.W. Hulme, and so much more.
Good Girl Dinette
110 N. Ave. 56, Highland Park
Chef-owner Diep Tran—formerly of Blue Hen, and whose family owns the Pho 79 chain—delivers satisfying Vietnamese comfort food at this charismatic American style diner. The menu is a mix of pho, banh mi, rice and noodle dishes, and pot pies. (Tran has become particularly known for her handmade pies, which are gorgeous.) Good Girl Dinette also caters.
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