A guide to local favorites in Atwater Village
- By Mia Nakaji Monnier
- Photos by Lisa Corson
Atwater Village has been called L.A.’s most underrated neighborhood, which basically means you can find a parking spot here without losing your mind. The down-to-earth stretch along Glendale Boulevard, from the L.A. River to the Glendale border, has a warm, small-town feel (evidenced by a yearly block party to light the scraggly Grinchesque Christmas tree on the median of Glendale, across from a bank) and some of the best pastries and breakfast burritos in the city.
Meet Mia Nakaji Monnier
Mia was born in Pasadena and moved seven times across the country before finishing high school in L.A.’s South Bay. After going to college in Vermont, she came back to L.A. in 2010 and has lived here since. Before going freelance, she worked on staff at the Rafu Shimpo, the local Japanese American community newspaper, based in Little Tokyo.
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