El Huarache Azteca

5225 York Blvd.
Highland Park, CA 90042
El Huarache Azteca +

Anne Fishbein


  • Daily, 8 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
  • $
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • No Alcohol
  • Catering, Takeout
  • Parking Lot Available, Street Parking
  • Reservations Accepted, Reservations Not Necessary
Have you been inside the venerable Highland Park antojitos shack since its recent remodel? The dining room is a bit bigger, the chairs are no longer the folding variety, there’s a sweet new emblem on the wall, and the black-and-white menu looks like something you’d see at a gastropub that serves its burgers with truffle fries. But fear not, preservationists, because the food at El Huarache Azteca is as good as it’s been at any point in its 25 years of history (or at least the ones we can recall). On weekends there is killer barbacoa served with bowls of rich consommé, and every other day there are those famous huaraches, crispy ovals of masa the size of Blake Griffin’s sneaker, layered with velvety beans, Mexican crema, a handful of grated cheese and shredded lettuce, and tender shreds of beef suadero if you so desire. There are saucer-sized sopes, gorditas and thick quesadillas shaped by hand, too, and if you decide to pass on the usual stable of meats, you’ll find stellar vegetarian fillings such as sauteed squash blossoms, potatoes mixed with peppers and the earthy corn fungus known as huitlacoche. Never mind the glossier digs; El Huarache Azteca is still the real deal. —Garrett Snyder
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