Silverlake advice for tonight.
Only lived in L.A. for my whole life- - -and I know zip about Silverlake dining. The other morning I went to the Beverly Soon Tofu restaurant for lunch and then explored the Silverlake area. Landed at the Gelato spot at Sunset and Hyperion- - -WOW, incredible. This is the impetus for tonights dinner. I want to have an enjoyable and tasty meal- - -and then head over for Gelato. Looking forward to hearing some tips.
Blair's in Silverlake is a fanatastic bistro. A little spendy, but well worth it.
Alegria has great Mexican food. BYOB. Super casual.
Il Capriccio on Vermont (Los Feliz, technically) offers delicious Italian food.
Saito sushi is good, but spendy.
Stay away from that sushi place near the gelato one..it's terrible (used to be Cirxa).
You can park once and walk to Pazzo Gelato from:
- Malo, for casual Mexican and good drinks.
- Nadpob, for very authentic Thai food.
- Saito for good but not cheap sushi.
- El Cochinito for Cuban, where we recently had a nice meal.
- Cliff's Edge for ok food, nice patio and good drinks.
Just a bit farther on Sunset are Dusty's, which I haven't tried, and Aroma, which is solid Italian but not as reasonable some of the others I've mentioned.
I like Gingergrass, but it's not walking distance from Pazzo, and it tends to get very crowded.
For various reasons, I'm not a fan of Tantra, Alegria, El Chavo, El Conquistador, Agra, or Cafe Stella.
Well depends on what you're looking for. Since the weather's near perfect, I'd probably recommend a spot in the garden at Cliff's Edge where you can enjoy a range of possibilities and it is kinda the quintessential Silver Lake experience. Since the restaurant is across the street from Pazzo you can walk off your dinner on your way to get gelato. Fair warning: the place is unmarked but next to the 99 Cents store on Sunset and Edgecliff.
Yes, it is called Cafe Stella. I won't recommend it because the prices have gone way up and the quality down somewhat (last time that I was there no one [4 people] liked what they ordered). But it is a lovely space and I always enjoy myself when I'm there but for French I would rather go to Mimosa.
Of all the placees mentoined, El Conchinito, is the cheapest and most divey. It's okay, the fried chicken is good. They do take plastic and have a parking lot.
Alegria, next door is more fun but it's cash only.
I would stop in Cliff's edge just to have a look inside -- it's pretty... pretty.
Gingergrass (Vietnamese) on Glendale Blvd. is a Silver Lake favorite as is Pho Cafe on Sunset & Parkman.
Aroma (Italian) just west of Pho Cafe has gotten great write-ups and was listed as one of the top 10 restaurants in Los Angeles Magazine.
And let us not forget the Red Lion (German pub food) on Glendale Blvd which has been a Silver Lake favorite since I was a little girl.
FYI - Alegria and Pho Cafe are cash only.
for more exploring, i'd try canele (new) in atwater, then jump over the hill to pazzo gelato (it's ice cream really).
or, in los feliz, i'd go to farfalla or vinoteca farfalla (if you want a decent list by the glass [but the staff is not that knowledgable] and then try SCOOPS on heliotrope and melrose, then try pazzo again.
it's all within a 3.5 mi. radius or so.