Departures is researching its next installment exploring neighborhoods in Highland Park and the Arroyo Seco. Contributions like seen below will enrich this next installment as they help identify points of interest, personal anecdotes, and places that are culturally or historically significant.
Huarache Azteca Restaurante
5225 York Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90042
I love El Huarache, really great food, completely unexpected and hard to find. Go for (obviously) the Huaraches, a cross between a pizza and an empanada, with really wonderful taste and texture. You have to look hard when you drive by--it is literally a hole in the wall. You have to fend for yourself at the front, ordering and filling up salsas usually with no place to sit because it is packed--I haven't eaten there, I always get the food to go. But it is so good. And crazy cheap.Figueroa Produce Market
6312 North Figueroa Street
This is a great, non-chain, old-fashioned grocery with the modern twist of organic and local produce. Distribution point for farm subscription boxes from the South Central Farmers (now in outside of Bakersfield, but still.) Really a neat little place, and an antidote to the big chain supermarkets.