Maximiliano is Highland Park’s go-to neighborhood Italian restaurant. From a first look around the place, you get the sense that no one drove over 10 minutes to get here. Everybody knows everybody, and everybody is having a great time. Is this the best Italian food you’ve ever had? No. But it also doesn’t matter. The meatballs are solid, the Bianca pizza is a must-order, and you’re a little wine drunk on that back patio.
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Dos Mujeres is a literal grill on the side of the road and our favorite tacos in Highland Park.
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Pace is an LA legend where you go to feel like you’re eating in the Tuscan countryside, even if you’re actually just in Laurel Canyon.
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Bay Cities is a Santa Monica classic that’s been open since 1925. Most importantly, it’s home to The Godmother, Los Angeles’ greatest sandwich.
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Sonny’s Hideaway is an old Hollywood-themed restaurant/bar in Highland Park that’s actually tolerable.
Monte 52 is a fantastic sandwich counter in the back of a convenience store in Highland Park.
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