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Neighborhood Guide: Hillcrest

Where to eat, drink, and play in the diverse 'hood


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University and Fifth avenues

Hillcrest This Month

Havana Nights
Live salsa music 
#1 Fifth Avenue bar
March 25  

Farmers Market 
Normal Street 
Sundays

Bo-Beau Kitchen + Caché

The former 100 Wines space will host a fourth Bo-Beau outpost, with Libertad Tacos next door and Caché, a craft cocktail bar tucked behind the taqueria.

 

Cody’s Home + Gift

Pick up cute, colorful home decor items, as well as stationery and gifts. Or let the pros do the work with in‑house interior design services. codyshome

 

Refill

Mod design is matched with a warm, inviting interior at this café. Coffee and tea drinks are served in handmade mugs, and the all-day food menu includes sweet and savory crepes, as well as a delicious avocado toast.refillsd

Refill

 

Trust

The American bistro has style without pretense. The menu is divided by farm-, ocean-, and ranch-sourced dishes, with standouts like wood-grilled cauliflower. And don’t skimp on the cocktails or desserts.trustrestaurantsd

 

Saigon on Fifth

The Vietnamese spot mixes wallet-friendly traditional dishes, like pho noodle soup and shrimp baked in a whole coconut, with sophisticated surroundings.

 

India Palace

India Palace

Don’t let its strip-mall locale fool you. The restaurant opens into an elegant, romantic space serving North Indian specialties, like chicken tikka masala and lamb with saffron basmati rice.

 

Snooze

There are long waits for a reason. This breakfast spot is famous for their pineapple upside-down pancakes, Benedicts, and boozy a.m. drinks, as well as the colorful retro design.snoozeameatery

 

Concept 278

After working in New York and San Francisco, Executive Chef Jessica Fisher and Chef de Cuisine Rachel Snyder are making responsibly sourced dishes, like cacio e pepe and chimichurri steak, in the former Tractor Room space.twoseveneighthillcrest

 

Footnote Books

Footnote Books

This bookstore is filled with stacks upon stacks of gently used books from celebrated authors like Joan Didion. You can also sell your own, though the owner prefers science and philosophy books.
1627 University Avenue

 

Amarin Thai

Next to the famous “Before I die…” chalkboard wall is this intimate spot with curries, fried rice, and stir-frys, plus an attentive waitstaff. Their weekday, dine-in lunch special includes an entrée, soup, salad, and egg roll from $8.

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