Put the name “Hollywood” in a neighborhood’s name and you’re just asking for drama. Six miles up from tinseltown, North Hollywood quickly grew as a suburban development in the 1920’s, took an economic downturn in the late 1950’s, started to swing back up in the early 2000’s, and in 2014, was declared “the best neighborhood in L.A.” by L.A. Weekly.
With its own subway stop, commuters happily travel underground to Downtown LA in under 30 minutes. Above ground, North Hollywood’s 87K denizens are known to hang around the NoHo Arts District for artisan pizza, craft cocktails, cutting edge theater, and cool vintage shops.
GRV LOCAL EATS
BLAQHAUS (11671 VICTORY BLVD)
This seemingly Traditional American eatery has one unique trick up their sleeve. Their ‘I’m Feeling Lucky’ option lets the chef surprise the customers with his own random creations, and never disappoints. It’s the perfect spot for adventurous eaters.
LA MARIA (10516 VICTORY BLVD)
With the surplus of Mexican restaurants in LA, the cuisine of other Hispanic cultures is often overshadowed. That’s not the case for this lively Columbian spot. Authentic food and enthusiastic service will give your favorite Mexican place a run for its money.
EL TAURO TACOS (3100 W. SUNSET BLVD)
This food truck serves tacos as affordable as they are delicious. These tacos are the real deal, and surpass the standards of even the best sit-down restaurants.
North Hollywood is good for a young crowd and those on a budget. It’s also in a good location relative to the rest of the SFV, but has seen better days in terms of safety and value.