Silver Lake Restaurants
Blossom Silver Lake
4019 W. Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake
Owner Duc Pham, who was born in Vietnam but raised in Anaheim, obsesses over the quality of every detail in his restaurants, from the Scandinavian-inspired furniture to wine list to the bread on his banh mi, which is baked fresh daily. While the classic dishes are excellent at all three locations—anything on the menu with pork belly is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser—we love the Silver Lake location, which has a secret wine bar downstairs. They also have locations in Downtown and Chinatown.
Trois Familia (Closed)
3510 Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake
This walk- in-only spot from the guys behind Animal, Son of a Gun, Animal, Trois Mec, and Jon & Vinny's is located in a Silver Lake strip mall, which is kind of how they like to play it: Under-promise on the exterior, over-deliver on the food. The hours aren't the only exceptional thing about this spot, either, as the focus is on French-Mexican fare, like chilaquiles, crepes, and churro french toast.
3932 Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake
Cafe Stella is fun and low-key, and just the ticket when you want some cozy French bistro food and a glass of good wine.
3823 W. Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake
Local, sustainable, and fresh ingredients are the focus at this rustic-meets-modern spot, so much so that if you bring your own home-grown produce, they'll exchange it for credit. And the credit is worth it: The roasted salmon bowl is particularly excellent, though there are very few misses on Forage's constantly changing chalkboard menu.
720 N. Virgil Ave., Silver Lake
What started out as a toast and jam pop-up now commands long weekend lines: A quick scan of the outdoor tables reveals that most people are digging into their signature Kokuho Rose Brown Rice Bowl, complete with nut-free pesto, preserved Meyer lemon, feta, black radish, and a poached egg. Don’t leave without picking up a bottle of the jam that made Sqirl famous.
2927 Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake
You'll find the best ramen on the east side at this extremely well-priced strip mall-esque spot. Silverlake Ramen boils their broth for 16 hours, and you can tell. Get the pork buns, too—they are similarly out of this world. (Side note: they serve beer and sake until 10pm.)
Pine & Crane
1521 Griffith Park Blvd., Silver Lake
What’s really special about this Taiwanese-Chinese food spot is that for the most part, the ingredients come from Chef Vivian Ku family’s Asian produce farm. The pared-down menu is pretty heavy on the noodles (the wanton noodle soup is hearty and delicious) as well as traditional small plates like potstickers and dumplings. They also make a mean three-cup chicken and serve it in an individual pot with lots of garlic and ginger. The space is small and cheerful, with cement walls, two-tops, and communal tables—these tend to fill up fast, but it’s a quick turnaround, so stick it out. The tea menu is really impressive, too, with several kinds of oolong and milk teas (boba optional).
Night + Market Song
3322 W. Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake
Chef Kris Yenbamroong may not have any formal culinary training, but no matter: He learned how to cook in Bangkok, and in the kitchen of his parents' long-standing Thai mainstay, Talésai, which is now the (sort of) home of Night + Market. Tucked away behind a curtain in the back, you won’t find the white tablecloths that mark the former. Instead, you’re met by a stark white space where the only décor is a handful of Christmas lights and a Singha beer sign. Here, the hype continues to mount: Maybe it’s the low-slung and crowded communal tables (this place is loud), or maybe it’s the exquisite and (very) spicy street food, like pad Thai, grilled fatty pig collar, and fried chicken wings bathed in rooster sauce. The fried chicken sandwich is among LA's best.
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