11.08.18

EAST SIDE LA TOUR!

east side LA | food tour

you could probably argue that los angeles is one of the most exciting food cities in the world right now and there is no shortage of fun new places popping up all the time. i live on the east side of the city, (i consider the east anything from east hollywood to south pasadena) which is FULL of cool places to explore, new cocktail bars to try, lunch spots, farmer’s markets and casual dinner joints. i love to cook at home but i also like to get inspired and try new places. transportation issues are real in the city, getting places, parking, etc so we partnered with uber to create this east side food guide. i’ve used uber for years and really appreciate how accessible it makes traversing los angeles. i get really anxious thinking about parking logistics and i appreciate not having to worry about that. they also have a new feature that lets you request a ride for a friend which is awesome because sometimes an LAX pick up isn’t the easiest but i don’t want someone visiting me having to pay for their own airport ride.

east side LA | food tour
east side LA | food tour
east side LA | food tour

here are some highlights from our food day and i am adding a few faves in as well!

walt’s: a new-ish local spot in our neighborhood where we easily grab a beer and a pretzel on the weekends. it has a cute, laid back retro vibe.

cacao mexicatessen: we love this authentic mexican restaruant in eagle rock. we eat at the bar on a friday nights and order the tacos, elote, and a few modelos. their food is really delicious!

east side LA | food tour
east side LA | food tour
east side LA | food tour
east side LA | food tour

a few minutes down the road we stopped at Joy, the sister restaurant to pine and crane in silver lake. the minced pork rice bowl and the shrimp wontons are my favorite!

also, bonus of riding in an uber is getting to look out the window and take in the scene. we drove through the cutest neighborhoods by occidental college with tons of pretty craftsman homes that i’d never noticed before.

east side LA | food tour
east side LA | food tour
east side LA | food tour
east side LA | food tour

a quick pick me up coffee from collage coffee, basically a walk up coffee window on york street. love their tiles too!

and if it’s happy hour, check out sonny’s hideaway across the street. it’s a good date spot.

and then took a ride over to the thursday night pasadena farmer’s market which is a nice treat in the fall. it’s from 4-7pm so the weather is great, the vibe is chill and you can grab a bunch of snacks for dinner. i highly recommend taking an uber there because the parking can be tricky in that neighborhood. 

east side LA | food tour
east side LA | food tour
east side LA | food tour
east side LA | food tour
east side LA | food tour
east side LA | food tour
east side LA | food tour
east side LA | food tour
east side LA | food tour

we tried the gourmet rice balls from a stand there and wow they were so good!

when in south pasadena try out Gus’s bbq. love the diner vibe in there and they make great classic cocktails! we always share a bbq plate and sit at the counter!

east side LA | food tour
east side LA | food tour
east side LA | food tour
east side LA | food tour
east side LA | food tour

and then a short 10 minute ride to check out some new and old faves in highland park. there is SO many new spots opening on figeuroa, it’s exciting. we’ve been spending a lot of weekends just strolling from place to place.

homestate for queso and classic texan cuisine!!

cookbook is somewhere i go at least once a week, it makes me so happy. i love getting meats and cheese there, along with other specialty foods when i’m entertaining. it’s really the perfect little grocery shop.

east side LA | food tour
east side LA | food tour
east side LA | food tour

then we tried the new vinyl bar, gold line. we ordered manhattans and played a few songs on the jukebox before dinner. i like it in there!

kitchen mouse is also a great breakfast and lunch spot, i love the breakfast tacos and the moros cakes! definitely check it out.

east side LA | food tour
east side LA | food tour
east side LA | food tour
east side LA | food tour

triple beam pizza is definitely a new favorite, we loveee their pizza! we tried out the new restaurant hippo in the back and the ambiance was super nice, we loved the wine but didn’t love our food as much as the pizza in the front…just gotta be honest here. but it’s a nice patio and the food is pretty good.

and grab a bottle of wine from highland park wine on your way home!!! they also have tastings there and it’s nice to feel a part of the community and enjoy wine and cheese.

east side LA | food tour
east side LA | food tour

it was a very cool day exploring for joanie’s birthday! do you have any east side spots i gotta try out?! xx bri

photos by: designlovefest + ivan solis

(this post was sponsored by Uber)

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    Stunning shots – love all of them – the colours are beautiful!!

    Rebecca | http://www.peppermintdolly.com

    How fun! Definitely have to check out some of these spots!

    x
    StephC

    https://sstephcc.blogspot.com/

    Carla says:

    The Cub House Bike and Plant store on the San Marino, South Pas border! Bikes, cactus, coffee and fun!

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