Highland Park Kitchen on York Blvd. had been open for only about ten days in early March before a front page L.A. Times article declared Highland Park a soon-to-be "outpost of hipster cool" with York Blvd. its "ground zero." In recent years, the northeast L.A. neighborhood has seen an influx of hip, trendy businesses in an area dominated by long-standing, largely immigrant-run mom-and-pop shops.
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Among Highland Park Kitchen's York Blvd. neighbors are a pawn shop, tattoo parlor, contractor's office, party-supply business and several liquor stores. Plus an art gallery, and shops with records, vintage clothes, and artsy home design accessories. As for food? There's The York gastropub, Cafe de Leche with gourmet joe, sandwich shop Schodorf's Luncheonette, and Italiano's, the neighborhood pizza standby. The La Estrella taco truck and El Huarache Azteca are down the street too. And Andre Guerrero's Italian restaurant Maximiliano's opened just a few months ago.More »