Ford on the Road Neighborhood Guide: East Hollywood

A lovely view of the city from Barnsdall Art Park. (Photo courtesy of Yelp)
A lovely view of the city from Barnsdall Art Park. (Photo courtesy of Yelp)

Ford on the Road‘s next stop is the Angel City Jazz Festival to experience the sonic wizardry of Motoko Honda and Vanessa Vo at Bransdall Art Park in Hollywood. To prepare for this leg of our journey, we asked Angel City Jazz Fest’s Rocco Somazzi to recommend some fun things to do before and after the show!

What do you love most about the neighborhood?
Rocco Somazzi:
There is a very exciting confluence of different cultures in East Hollywood. Immigrants from Thailand, Korea, Armenia and Iran, among many others, live in the area and you can find interesting shops and restaurants representing them all on any given block.

Sanamluang Cafe offers a fun late-night dining experience. (Photo Courtesy of Yelp)
Sanamluang Cafe offers a fun late-night dining experience. (Photo Courtesy of Yelp)

What’s your favorite place for late-night fun?
Rocco Somazzi: I love Sanamluang Cafe. This hole-in-the-wall Thai cafe is known for staying open late. On Saturdays and Sundays, it fills up with all kinds of revelers. This eclectic scene is the perfect way to wind down after a night of partying.

What’s the best spot to sit and watch the world go by?
Rocco Somazzi: Barnsdall Art Park is perfectly located atop its own hill and allows for 360 degree views of the hustle and bustle of LA. Watching the world go by from up there is quite magical, especially at night.

Sqirl's hip and healthy breakfast fare is a local favorite. (Photo courtesy of Yelp)
Sqirl’s hip and healthy breakfast fare is a local favorite. (Photo courtesy of Yelp)

What is your favorite area to walk around?
Rocco Somazzi: Vermont in between Hollywood and Franklin is my favorite area for a stroll. The street is lined with funky businesses and cool cafes with patio seating. You always see lots of people out and about and whenever I walk up and and down the street, I run into someone I know.

Are there any other local businesses we should check out?
Rocco Somazzi: Sqirl is a fantastic little breakfast and lunch spot focusing on very high quality ingredients and creative preparations. They offer some of the best beverages I’ve ever had, like fresh pressed blood orange juice, a turmeric tonic and rhubarb lemonade. Everything there is so fresh and full of flavor!

Motoko Honda & Vanessa Vo perform as part of the Angel City Jazz Festival on October 3 at 8:00 PM at Barnsdall Gallery Theatre. The evening will also include performances by Jen Shyu & Jade Tongue with Ambrose Akinmusire and Mat Maneri. Tickets are $15-$20.

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