Highland Park Restaurants
Bubba’s Cooks Country
6617 Hillcrest Ave., Highland Park
This is just like Grandma used to make—if your grandmother was from West Texas and happened to be famous for her fried chicken. Still in the same art deco converted Texaco Station where it opened in 1981, Bubba’s (the big daddy of the Babe’s Chicken boutique chain) retro diner vibe sets the perfect stage for a Southern comfort food feast with all the trimmings: Green beans, mashed potatoes, and black eyed peas. There's also a drive through.
Dive Coastal Cuisine
304 Rankin St., Highland Park
You’ll find clean-eats with a sunny disposition here. Chef Franchesca Nor keeps her fresh seafood and veggie-forward fare simple but never ever boring at this bright and cheery lunch and dinner destination in Highland Park. Pull up a chair to the communal table inside the super casual, mid-century modern space and share a few salads, ceviches, and tartares or dig into a hearty wrap or sandwich all to yourself. Bonuses: It’s very kid-friendly, and practically gluten-free.
5904 N. Figueroa St., Highland Park
It can be hard to get really excited about vegetarian food (that can easily go vegan), but Kitchen Mouse makes it wildly appealing—both in the form of their cafe and catering (they do a brisk business in both). They're also nut- and soy-free. Must orders: Crispy Gomasio Rice Cakes and the breakfast sandwich.
4514 Travis St., Highland Park
This classic French bistro standby is wonderfully familiar (probably because it’s exactly like the original in New York). You’ll find the same classics, like chicken paillard, steak frites, and saffron-infused mussels—it’s both reassuring and delicious, though the crowd is what makes it fun.
Sissy’s Southern Kitchen & Bar
2929 N. Henderson Ave., Highland Park
You’ll get a taste of modern day Southern hospitality in every sip of vodka-spiked sweet tea. Settle into a seat on the screened-in porch of this cozy spot in Henderson and keep the squash puppies and chili fried oysters (topped with cane vinegar green sauce and Sissy’s spicy mayo) coming. Braised beef short ribs and the smothered T-bone will tempt you, but who are we kidding? One mixed bucket of house spiced, buttermilk soaked, fried chicken for the table, please.
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