Feel like eating breakfast in a spot that made movie history? How about shopping for a hip new outfit and discovering why craft IPA isn’t just for beer geeks? It’s all waiting for you just past the 2, so leave now and beat the rest of the traffic to Eagle Rock.
Hike the Eagle Rock Canyon Trail
Work up an appetite pre-breakfast on a one-mile hike that takes you around the stone outcropping that resembles a bird with outstretched wings and gives the area its name. Fun fact: In the ’80s, a community group successfully put the kibosh on a proposal to build a two-story building and 43-space parking lot next to the rock. (Thanks, New Wavers!)
End of Eagle Rock View Dr., off Patrician Way; cerb.us
Have an Old-School Breakfast at Pat & Lorraine’s
You might think the old-fashioned coffee shops in town have all been supplanted by Starbucks. This delightful greasy spoon, known for its super-fluffy omelets with everything from cheese and avocado to chile verde, is hanging tough. (Plus, it was featured in the opening scene of Reservoir Dogs.)
4720 Eagle Rock Blvd.; 323-257-7926 or Facebook/PatLorrainesCoffeeShop
Pick Up Desert-Chic Threads at Native
Browse this boutique’s selection of affordable fashion and jewelry that skews toward the bohemian (think rich prints and flowing silhouettes). Be sure to check out the always-plentiful sale rack.
2036 Colorado Blvd.; 323-256-2036 or @nativeboutique
Eat All the Cheese at Milkfarm
This sweet storefront with a striped awning is an oasis of gourmet taste, from the wide selection of sandwiches with not only every cheese you can think of but also sophisticated fixings such as sauteed kale, black garlic aioli and fried tomato jam. Don’t leave without taking some fresh mozzarella for next-day sammies of your own.
2106 Colorado Blvd.; 323-892-1068 or milkfarmla.com
Get Schooled in Craft Beer at Eagle Rock Brewery
This combination restaurant/tasting room/brewery serves and sells a range of colorfully canned brews with names like Manifesto (Belgian-style) and Populist (American IPA). And once a month, the spot holds a Women’s Beer Forum, where you can sample a short flight of beers without any distraction from the know-it-alls.
1627 Colorado Blvd.; 323-739-0081 or eaglerockpublichouse.com
Feast on Stylish Comfort Food at Red Herring
End your day with a fancy dinner at Red Herring, the restaurant that serves impeccably prepared versions of traditional comfort food (buttermilk fried chicken and waffles) as well as cheffy dishes (local catch with rapini leaves and gnocchi) in a dining room that’s oozing with charm. And be sure to remember to raise your glass of sparkling cava in a toast to your new favorite neighborhood.
1661 Colorado Blvd.; 323-729-0004 or redherringla.com