Highland Park’s El Huarache Azteca continues to win praise for its namesake dish

El Huarache

Storefront ReportHIGHLAND PARK — El Huarache Azteca in Highland Park – with its namesake dish of huaraches – is back in the spotlight after LA Weekly food critic Katherine Spiers explores some of the history of the dish. She also recommends ordering the Super Huarache to share.

Back in 2008 Jonathan Gold singled out the huarache in the Weekly when he called El Huarache Azteca one of L.A.’s 99 essential restaurants. The restaurant, with its namesake dish, has been showing up on that list ever since.

A rarity in Los Angeles, the dish is composed of thick masa tortilla, meat, veggies, crema and salsa. Beans may come inside the Super Huarache, but that depends who’s at the helm of the kitchen. Spiers notes that the thick tortilla indicates it may originally have been meant to be eaten on the go.

El Huarache Azteca is located in the 5200 block of York Boulevard in Highland Park.


  1. The quality has gone down in the past few years.

  2. We’ve eaten here several times, and it almost always seems like it takes longer for our food to arrive than it should. Sister restaurant Jugos Azteca, two doors down, has awesome tortas and aguas and isn’t as chaotic.

  3. Their service needs to improve, big time

  4. BERNARDO Torres

    It takes too long for your food to arrive…even when it is not busy….they need to clean up the place…a couple times I’ve gone I grab the broom and start sweeping.,,STOP TAKING YOUR CUSTOMERS FOR GRANTED.

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