Another good Food Truck turned Brick N’ Mortar in Los Feliz, and that’s good news for you.
No one asked Gastronomico to reinvent the wheel, and they didn’t…which is, of course, a good thing. Places like that tend to get themselves into trouble, as they try to rewrite the entire history of food and food culture, ensconced in their own brilliance. They also wind up writing themselves out of business.
But like I said, Gastonomico did not do that. They call themselves a “Neighborhood Bistro”, and that’s about right. They’re just offering their spin on things, with fresh ingredients and fresh baked breads, cookies and other sundries.
From what I’ve gathered, Gastronomico started off as (and still remains) a Food Truck, offering their version of comfort food classics all over the Southland. Now, they’ve got themselves a cozy brick and mortar place over in Los Feliz, and its perfect for a nice lunch or a late night hunger pangs.
You walk in, and the first vibe you’re going to get is “college place”. This is the sort of inexpensive eatery I used to live off of when I was an Undergraduate. Steel tables and stools. Napkin dispensaries at the tables. Basically, you walk in, walk up to the counter, place your order and wait for the goodness to arrive. And it’s all good stuff, prepared by someone who knows what they’re doing. It still has the feel of Food Truck fare, and again… not a bad thing. There’s a certain daring to what they’ve cooked up, but at the same time it’s as familiar as what Mom may have cooked up for Monday night dinner.
It’s not going to win any style awards, and maybe this isn’t the place you bring your girl on your first date, or second or third. No, you need a level of comfort to bring her here. This is the sort of place you and your girl turn to after a night of bar hopping or dancing or on your way home from somewhere else. “Let’s go to Gastronomico. I’m in the mood for that.”
Yeah, it’s that kind of place.
WHAT SHOULD I GET?: Well, it happened again. Since I’m a total slut for eggs now, and the Spicy Sausage Sandwich, on fresh bread with a big ol’ fried egg on top did it for me. One incredibly messy bite and I was in heaven. The Pan Roasted 1/2 Free-range Chicken also was pretty good. I was also tempted by the Ecuadorian Pulled Pork Sandwich.
IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: The main warning about the place comes from the Spicy Sausage Sandwich, which…as I said above…is quite messy (but who cares, right?). But really, the main safety tip is about the…
PARKING: Sparse. Gastronomico is located in the back corner of a small strip mall in Los Feliz. The Strip Mall has its own lot, but only of a dozen or so spaces, one of which seems to be taken up by the original Gastronomico Truck. Finding spaces along Hillhurst can be tricky as it’s a fairly busy street. Finding spaces in the neighborhood can be dicey as well. You might have to go a block or two away from the restaurant to park for the restaurant.
1802 Hillhurst Ave.
Los Angeles, CA
Tuesday-Thursday: 11am-4pm, 6pm-9pm
Friday: 11am-4pm, 6pm-10pm