Silver Lake Restaurants
1710 Silver Lake Blvd., Silver Lake
LA local Zach Pollack split his culinary education between Italy—he fell in love with Italian food while studying (architecture) abroad—and the west coast, eventually teaming up with Chef Steve Samson to open the Italian restaurant Sotto in LA. And then in 2014, Pollack opened his own: Alimento in Silver Lake, which serves outstanding pastas (including a most notable tortellini), good wine, and a chopped salad that GP loves. It is small—and busy—so make a reservation or go early/late to avoid a long wait.
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.
3932 Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake
Cafe Stella is a great choice for those nights when you want to be in the company of a lot of other people: It's always bustling, you'll always have to wait for a table, and you'll always be elbowing your way up to the bar for a cocktail while you bide your time. That said, it's fun and low-key, and just the ticket when you want some cozy French bistro food and a glass of good wine.
3626 W. Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake
This quirky little spot near Sunset junction opened in 2004 meaning that the owners were early East Side dining adopters. The menu is classically good Californian cuisine, but locals really come here for the ambience, which is epitomized by the magical back patio. It's lush, open-air, and definitely a good for a romantic date-night in Silver Lake.
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.
2870 Rowena Ave., Silver Lake
At the end of 2015, Moby opened an organic vegan restaurant in Silver Lake that features Mediterranean inspired and California-esque cuisine. They serve lunch and dinner daily; wine, beer, smoothies, and kombucha; and do a weekend brunch. To make it even better, a few months after Little Pine's opening, Moby announced that all of the restaurant's profits will be going to animal welfare organizations.
3536 Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake
Despite being the most unannounced restaurant in LA, with no sign, no website and menus written on strips on brown paper, Mh Zh (pronounced Mah Zeh) on Sunset is packed seven nights a week.
2141 Sunset Blvd., Echo Park
Though it calls a former Vaudeville theater home, we like to sit outside, near the giant, wood-burning fire. Here, you’ll find locally sourced ingredients, and a host of craft beers and wines from small California producers. Though vegans can rejoice in their dairy-free pizzas (they do lactose-dependent iterations as well), the real pull here is the beer.
Night + Market Song
3322 W. Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake
30-something 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.
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).
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