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A Foodie’s Guide to Silver Lake Restaurants

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Silver Lake has quickly become a dining destination for Angelenos from all over town. But it’s these neighborhood favorites where you won’t leave disappointed or disillusioned with the Silver Lake restaurant scene. And, trust me, it can certainly be scene-y. Here all the best Silver Lake Restaurants for breakfast, brunch, and dinner. Cheers!

Alimento
1710 Silver Lake Blvd
This Italian bistro boasts an extensive wine list, laid-back atmosphere, & a gorgeous outdoor patio. And the food ain’t too bad either. Alimento’s signature dish is their Chicken Liver Crostine (pictured above), and for good reason: it’s unique, inventive, and delectable. But chef and owner Zach Pollack’s pasta dishes that deserve just as much word of mouth buzz around the neighborhood and more. Alimento uses c
arefully sourced ingredients from local artisans and growers and all dishes are perfect for sharing. Start with the Cracked Farro Salad with raw vegetables, dried tomatos, and young pecorino and the Pig in a Blanket – yes, it’s a refreshing spin on a childhood classic. The spelt pastry is made in-house and is as fresh and buttery a pastry as they come. Next up get two or three pasta dishes. Maybe the Fusilli with clams, arugula, serranos, and smoked butter and the Squid Ink Strozzapreti. Or perhaps the Spelt Maccheroncini? Or maybe save that for next time. That’s the best thing about Alimento – it’s the kind of restaurant where you’re already planning your next visit as you’re walking out the door.

Barbrix
2442 Hyperion Ave
By now a Silver Lake institution, Barbix is an intimate eatery with an airy patio and boasts creative Mediterranean small plates and a curated wine list. It has the ambience and feel of a dark and romantic wine bar and, well, sometimes that’s exactly what it seems to be. Barbrix has recently began offering wine flights for $14 dollars and beer flights for $8, an excellent deal and a great opportunity to try three different wines or beers on a list that rotates weekly. The 
grilled 8oz flat iron steak chimichuri, shoestring french fries is a favorite of many. You’ll want to take a bottle of the chimichuri sauce home with you. The Barbrix Clamback is a fun and interesting dish to share. It’s served with clams, mussells, lobster, fingerling potatoes, corn cobette, chorizo, drawn butter, and rudy’s garlic bread. It’s the closest thing to an authentic New England-style clambake in the 90026.

Blair’s Restaurant
2901 Rowena Ave
Blair’s is an old school hideaway tucked away on Rowena Avenue. The cozy restaurant is dimly lit and upscale. It may not be the buzziest restaurant or of the moment but there’s good reason Blair’s has been serving the community for 10+ years. First, the building is charming and the terra cotta-hued dining rooms are intimate and lovely. Second, the food is no frills New American comfort. Start with the 24-month aged prosciutto di Parma & stracciatella and the Burrata with pomodoro sauce, roasted pine nuts, and basil oil. For entrees, ​the Pan roasted salmon with Caponata in agrodolce is a must. And the Mac and cheese with Parmesan, fontina and truffle oil is a local favorite.

Botanica
1620 Silver Lake Blvd
The new kid on the block. Botanica is a fabulous Instagram-ready restaurant in the same space where Silver Lake Liquor used to be – near L&E Oyster Bar and LAMILL Coffee Boutique. It’s a hip, happening block to be sure. But does Botanica’s food live up to it’s hype? You will be relieved to find out that yes, it does. This a
ll-day café features a seasonal menu inspired by California cuisine. It’s vegetable-heavy, which is a good thing. Entree highlights include the Cassoulet Verde – heirloom beans, fire-roasted chile verde, tomatillos, sweet corn, cilantro pistou, & fresh summer veg – and the Shaved Roots & Fruit – all the root vegetables, orchard fruit, citrus-almond-pumpkin seed aillade & manouri cheese. Botanica is perhaps a bit pricey and until that changes it will remain on the destination dining only list for many.

Cafe Stella
3932 Sunset Blvd
For brunch lovers theres no better restaurant in Silver Lake than Cafe Stella. The open air restaurant is located in the heart of Sunset Junction. Stella also has the best Bloody Mary on this list. Start with one or two of those. And then order the Avocado Toast for the table and a pastry or two. The Moroccan Eggs are a standout, a unique and tasty concoction of sweet and spicy. Pomme Frites with Truffle Oil is a must for the table it should go without saying. If you’re more of a sandwich for brunch type of person Stella has a fantastic BLT. The Veggie is a refreshing savory take on the boring vegetable sandwich and the perfect remedy after a night of fun.

Flore Vegan
3818 Sunset Blvd
This casual eatery is the perfect quick stop for lunch during the work week. Whether you’re dining in or taking your meal to go the service is fast and friendly. Flore’s all vegan menu features salads, sandwiches, and tacos. So it’s a healthy option for whatever you’re in the mood for. The Grapefruit, Avocado & Fennel Salad is a raw and gluten-free favorite. Your body seems to be saying thank you as you eat it. For sandwiches, keep seems simple with the Club Sandwich, with a side of their potato salad. Vegan doesn’t mean boring.

Kettle Black
3705 Sunset Blvd
Kettle Black’s pizza pies rivals the pizza at Garage Pizza up the street, but Kettle Black’s lounge-y atmosphere, and cocktails, give it the edge. Kettle Black also has one of the east side’s best happy hours. The rustic Italian eatery offers $4 Perronis, $6 glasses of wine, and $8 Manhattans, Negronis, and Aperol Spritz from 5 to 7pm daily. The Happy Hour menu includes a meatball sandwich, Tri Colore Salad, Wood Fired Cauliflower, Charcuterie plate, and pizza all for half price. Get one of each.

L & E Oyster Bar
1637 Silver Lake Blvd
People come from all over the city to enjoy oysters and more at L&E Oyster Bar.
Each day oyster farmers harvest, pack, and ship L&E the best oysters available in North America. They showcase the oysterman and the fisherman, the rancher and the farmer, the brewmaster and the winemaker, and of course, the magnificent oyster! But L&E also serves other amazing seafood, like their creamy & hearty clam chowder and the refreshing smoked trout salad. Another secret is that L&E also does an incredible classic burger. Another major plus is that L&E’s servers are extraordinarily knowledge with their curated wine list and won’t steer you in the wrong direction.

Leela Thai
1737 Silver Lake Blvd
This well kept Silver Lake secret is a quaint spot offering a mix of curries, noodles, meat & vegetarian options. Plus their cozy outdoor patio is one of the most relaxing in Los Angeles. You will adore the thought and care that goes into their seemingly effortless dishes. The River Panang is a favorite – Thai herbs and spices blended in chili paste with kaffir leaves, bell peppers, & string beans. Pineapple Fried Rice is great for the table. Thai Kung Pao Chicken and a Chili Basil Stir-Fry are also excellent. And for vegans Leela Thai has become a favorite. Their Pad Thai and Pad Kee Mao are refreshing, healthy, and delicious.

Millie’s
3524 Sunset Blvd
And this is where you have breakfast, lunch, or dinner if cocktails are not on the menu for your day. Millie’s has allegedly been around since 1926, nearly 100 years. And they show no sign of slowing down. Recently expanding to include the structure next door, Millie’s is bigger and badder than ever. And by “badder” I mean better. Breakfast is served all day. One must always try the Eggs Benedict at least once at a restaurant right? Try the Salmon Benedict. Follow that with a stack of pancakes. Millie’s also has many options to make your meal healthier that won’t set back your bank account. For lunch get Millie’s Sizzling Fajitas.

Mh Zh
3536 Sunset Blvd
Next door to Millie’s is this new hotspot and the less you know about it the better. It will surprise you. Go.

Night + Market Song
3322 Sunset Blvd
“Don’t forget to order sticky rice!” the menu tells us, and after trying it once, you won’t need the reminder again. Night + Market Song offers thai with a twist, and cocktails with a twist. It’s a fun, lively environment you’ll want to return to again and again. Which is great, because each time you visit you’ll be able to order something new. The menu is that large. I’d like to see a bit more beers and sake options on their drinks menu, but their selections of red and white wines more than makes up for it.

Silver Lake Ramen
2927 Sunset Blvd
Silver Lake Ramen expanded into Highland Park last year, which is a godsend for many NELA residents who would trek over to Silver Lake for a quick dinner here. Could it be the best ramen in town? Many seem to think so. All the ramens are, of course, amazing, but it’s their side dishes, bowls, and rolls that are the unsung heroes. Get the Spicy tuna bowl and the Soboro bowl, follow that with California Rolls and Lemon Rolls. 

Trois Familia
3510 Sunset Blvd
Trois Familia is the third restaurant collaboration between celebrity chefs Ludo Lefebvre, Jon Shook & Vinny Dotolo. If you’ve been to Jon & Vinny’s on Fairfax you know they know what they’re doing. Trois Familia is a small daytime only restaurant and sometimes the lines can snake out the door but if you get your name on the waiting list by 2pm you’re guaranteed to be seated. Trois Familia 
is a convergence of partnership,family, friendship and good food that is inspired by French, Mexican & California cooking. You’ll love the Crispy hash brown chilaquiles, sunny side up egg, cotija, salsa macho and the churro French toast with salt & straw vanilla ice cream and Mexican chocolate. And a neighborhood favorite is the potato tacos with lime, creme fraiche, carrot pico, and jack cheese. 

Wolfdown
2764 Rowena Ave
Wolfdown recently opened in the old Nicky D’s Pizza location which had been vacant for several years since pNicky retired. On the Northern end of Silver Lake, Wolfdown caters to a more laid back and relaxed crowd but make no mistake: they’re serving some of the best food this side of the 101. From the team behind Forage, would you expect anything less? Request a seat on the patio and settle in for a lovely evening. 
Start with the chilled avocado soup. Especially on a warm summer evening it’s just the thing you need. Follow that with Wolfdown’s delicious seafood entrees: Fried Oyster Bossam with Market Lettuce, Ssamjang Aioli, Daikon Kimchi, Scallion, and Sesame or the Laksa Mussels with Laksa Broth, Shallot, Fresno Chili, Coconut, and Fresh Herbs. A particular favorite of mine is the Grilled Prawns & Rice Cakes with Blue prawns, cherry tomatoes, scallion, and kimchi bisque. Wolfdown also serves fresh vegetable dishes, and the old hangar steak and roasted chicken standards. Oh, and definitely get a bottle of the St. Reginald Parish “The Marginary” Pinot Noir Rosé for the table.

 

What Silver Lake restaurant is your favorite to spend a night out at? Who has the best drinks? The best food? What restaurant have I missed?

Happy dining!

Jacqui

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