Los Feliz Specialty
1866 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz
This coffee place sits right where Franklin Village and Los Feliz collide, serving pour-over from single origin beans in a part of town that's slim on decent coffee bars. The staff are super knowledgeable, thanks to weekly in-house tastings and direct trade relationships with the coffee farmers. The space—all bare walls and exposed pipes—isn’t exactly cozy, but the excellent coffee and freshly baked sweet treats more than make up for it.
1954 Hillhurst Ave., Los Feliz
This is the kind of ice cream shop that excels at flavors the tare out-of-the-ordinary (though not too outlandish): brambleberry crisp, churro, ylang ylang and fennel, Riesling poached pear sorbet, and pink grapefruit buttermilk frozen yogurt, to name a few. Jeni's started in Ohio, founded by Jeni Britton Bauer—James Beard award-winning author of Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home, and has since expanded to other cities. The sole West Coast location is a bright and airy (though tiny) shop in Los Feliz that has a communal wooden bar to perch with your cone, as well as a couple of benches. There are also two shops in Chicago (Lakeview and Wicker Park).
The Best Fish Taco in Enseneda
1650 N. Hillhurst Ave., Los Feliz
You'll find seriously amazing fish and shrimp tacos here (about $2 a pop), with an above-average condiment bar, complete with avocado salsa and radish relish. It's a charming hole-in-the-wall, and the outdoor seating is especially pleasant on a nice day.
The Trails Cafe
2333 Fern Dell Dr., Los Feliz
While The Trails Café in Griffith Park is a bit out of the way, it's the perfect pit stop before a hike up to the Art Deco observatory (and its sweeping views of LA). The avocado sandwich is epic, particularly when enjoyed at a picnic table among the trees and string lights.
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