My Spirit Animal

In a calorie-counting city like LA, I’m not sure that “Hippo“ is the best name for a restaurant, especially one where you want to ravenously eat every single thing on the menu. But I have no doubt that flocks of famished foodies and hordes of hungry hipsters will be migrating to this wondrous watering hole for many years to come.

Hippo is a small plate joint and the cuisine is largely Italian with a bunch of other things thrown in. I recommend you start your savory safari with the Wax Bean Salad and the incredible Burrata flown in from Lazio, Italy. The complimentary Foccacia imported from sister restaurant Triple Beam Pizza is wildly good.

For mains, I recommend the Sweet Corn Cappellaci Pasta and the very un-Italian Barbecued Pork Country Ribs with Bok Choy, Scallion Salad and Sesame. The Custard Tart with Poached Peaches, Candied Lemon Zest and Crème Fraîche is a great way to end your fabulous adventure.

Hippo is located at 5916 1/2 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles (in Highland Park).

Cool Wax Beans, fresh Serrano Chile, Roasted Hazelnuts and Frenchie Vinaigrette
Burrata di Bufala imported from Lazio, Italy with Fett’unta
Yellowfin Tuna Carpaccio with Onion Soy Vinaigrette, Upland Cress and Chive
Griddle’d Cauliflower with Cauliflower “Tahini” and Walnut Raisin Caper Relish
Focaccia baked at sister-restaurant Triple Beam Pizza
Sweet Corn Cappellacci, Funghi Misti and Fresh Thyme
Tagliolini with Duck Ragú
Custard Tart with Poached Peaches, Candied Lemon Zest and Crème Fraîche
Hippo “Tiramisu” with Almond Olive Oil Cake soaked in Coffee and Spiced Rum and a Espresso Mascarpone Cream
Hippo is actually an acronym for the Highland Park Post Office, which previously resided in the restaurant’s location

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  1. David Stern

    Great place!
    Happy holidays to you and the family.

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