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Los Angeles — By Joannaline C. Young on January 20, 2010 at 3:43 pm

Destination Eagle Rock?

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When thinking about the best spots in Los Angeles, I thought what better place to recommend than my own hometown? I’m clearly biased. However, over time I have traveled to many cities and states and none are quite as comfortable to me as Eagle Rock.  Eagle Rock is a laid back, artistic community not far from the more popular Los Angeles landmarks as downtown/Chinatown or Hollywood.  Eagle Rock is located east of the Los Angeles airport (about 45 minutes) and next to the more widely known cities of Glendale and Pasadena.  Following are some of my favorite things about Eagle Rock:

WHERE THE PRESIDENT WENT TO SCHOOL:

  • OXY: No, Eagle Rock is not the birthplace of the maximum cleansing acne treatment pads. It is the location to one of the oldest liberal arts private college Occidental College or Oxy. I know many of you have never heard of Eagle Rock, but have you heard of Ben Affleck?  What about our President Barack Obama? I thought so. Both attended Occidental College. Although I would like to think of the latter of being more noteworthy, Eagle Rock is where Ben Affleck wrote Good Will Hunting with his soul mate Matt Damon.  Also, many people from Eagle Rock may not know this but Luke Wilson also attended the college before transferring to the Texas Christian University. 1600 Campus Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

“FINE DINERS”

  • The Oinkster:Buddies from all over the city always ask about this place so you know it has to be good. I tried their pulled pork sandwich because I wanted to have something paying homage to the name of the restaurant  .2005 Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock, CA
  • Pete’s Blue Chip: This is where we would go after football games in high school.  Extensive menu full of burgers and Mexican food.  I hear their Breakfast burritos are great and I love their fried zucchini!  1701 Colorado Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90041
  • Auntie Em’s Kitchen: This place was featured in the Food Network when Bobby Flay had a cupcake challenge with the owner.  If you’re like me, you love sweets but prefer to have it in small portions, Auntie Em’s famous cupcakes come in mini sizes! Their specialty is their red velvet cupcakes and I found out why. 4616 Eagle Rock Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

“ARTSY COFFEE/SWEETS SHOPS”

  • Butter Tart: Their Grubby Goose was a nice daytime treat. What a great combination coffee and ice cream! I also had their lemon and raspberry macaroons. I was also pleasantly surprised to taste their white mocha, which was different than any other white mocha I’ve ever had (and with it being my favorite coffee I’ve tried many). Their mascot was a moose possibly because butter tart is a Canadian pastry and when you think of Canada you apparently think of a moose.  However, Butter Tart thought of better ways to show their “moose pride” than putting a generic corny cartoon moose on the front window.  They chose to be a little artsy so as to not outrage the Eagle Rock creatives.  The moose heads on the walls were abstract and made of cardboard, a practice I recommend because taxidermy ruins my appetite. 4126 Verdugo Rd, Los Angeles, 90065
  • Swork: I’ve been coming to this place ever since high school.  This was the Starbucks of the town until the real Starbucks opened up recently across the street from them.  This coffee shop is attractive not only because it has a quirky name, but also because of the photography of local artists that grace their walls. Also, many of their coffee and teas are organic and fair trade.  Last but not least, like my previous article on Café de Leche, they have free wifi and a children’s play area they dub “Sworkland”.  They also have non-caffeine drinks for the kids with fun names like Mint Chocolate Dinosaur (which I must admit I get), Hola Kitty, Slippity Sam, Princess Potion, and Honey Bunny Boo.  Along with the classic coffee drinks, they also have other interesting flavors like Mocha Berry, Coconut Nut Caramel, Vanilla Bean Mint, and the best named coffee drink in the world, Eagle Roca. 2160 Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock, CA 90041
  • Yogurt Haven: Yogurt Haven has moved from Studio City to Eagle Rock. Woohoo for us! They have affordable crepes ($4) and cool flavors like chocolate mint. They accept yogurt flavor requests so go on and be creative. You might just see it in their shop. Also, the entire interior of the store is a mural of Eagle Rock’s landscape! Choose all the yogurt flavors and toppings you want.  They just charge you at the end by the weight of your cup. 2256 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

EAGLE ROCKIN’ MUSIC

  • Eagle Rock Music Festival: This year’s Eagle Rock Music Festival was in October but I can’t mention Eagle Rock without mentioning this great artistic event.  You hear sounds you’ve never heard before and you get to go on their mailing lists if you like what you hear.  I remember one year hearing an artist rap to the violin.  Great combo! Colorado Boulevard, Eagle Rock, CA

PLACES  I HAVE YET TO GO:

These are places that I’ve heard a lot of good things about, but since I travel a lot have been unable to go to them.  However, expect future articles when I finally get to see what they’re all about!

I know this is not an exhaustive list of all the great places in Eagle Rock but these are what I’ve grown fond of over the years. I know more innovative and fun stores will be popping up and as soon as they do get ready for an article on PlanetEye!

Photo credit:  sothebyshomes

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    1 Comment

  • Day says:

    As a fellow eagle rocker, thanks for putting us on the map with this great guide. Makes me excited about going back to my hometown and rediscovering it :)

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