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Looking for reccomendation eateries in Silverlake

krassner Jan 18, 2007 08:14 PM

Just moved into the area and I was looking for some advice. I've tried Michaelangelos, Zen, the Kitchen and the Edendale Grill. I like pretty much all different types of food, but would love some hints about small cafes in the area.


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    mrpullings Jan 19, 2007 01:31 AM

    Cafe Stella at Sunset Junction - good French bistro (sometimes annoying service & pretentious crowd) Canele in Atwater - new French mediterranean. - Both slightly pricey, but nice for special occasions.

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      rs0916 Jan 18, 2007 11:16 PM

      Millie's for Breakfast
      3524 W. Sunset Blvd - - phone: (323) 664-0404
      Delicious rosemary potatoes and fresh biscuits.

      1. Tom P Jan 18, 2007 09:44 PM

        Also, CLIFF'S EDGE on Sunset is terrific, lovely outdoor dining space, casual, romantic and very good food.

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          Obessed Jan 18, 2007 09:14 PM

          Madame Matisse for lunch (I don't think they are open for dinner anymore).

          1. Chowpatty Jan 18, 2007 09:12 PM

            Since neither of the above-mentioned restaurants really qualifies as a "small cafe," and both will run you upwards of $100 for two, here's a few to try:
            KP's Vietnamese Cafe on Hyperion for Vietnamese and American sandwiches
            Comfort Cafe on Hyperion for healthy breakfast and lunch dishes
            Gingergrass, also not a small cafe, but a tasty, albeit Americanized Vietnamese restaurant on Glendale
            Indochine in Atwater for Vietnamese without the long wait at Gingergrass
            Nadpob, Rambutan and Mae Ploy for Thai, all on Sunset
            Alegria on Sunset for updated Mexican food with service that bears "the Silverlake touch" -- i.e., slow and sometimes unhelpful
            El Cochinito next to Alegria for decent Cuban
            Malo on Sunset, not a small cafe, but fun Mexican with good drinks
            Nicky D's for pizza -- can be very inconsistent, Silverlake service to the max, but sometimes has good pizza
            Square One Dining, Millie's and Madame Matisse for good breakfasts
            India Sweets and Spices on Los Feliz for super-cheap vegetarian Indian
            El Siete Mares on Sunset for cheap tacos and ceviche
            La Parrilla on Sunset for some good Mexican dishes

            I'm NOT a fan of:
            Backdoor Bakery -- dirty, service problems
            Pho Cafe -- their pho doesn't taste like anything to me
            Da Giovanni/Aroma -- too expensive for not very interesting Italian food, I prefer La Buca and Il Capriccio
            Agra -- used to be good Indian, but has fallen off

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            1. re: Chowpatty
              Bon Vivant Jan 19, 2007 01:19 AM

              With the exception of the taco stand to the West, I would avoid El Siete Mares. The last two times that I went the fish and other seafoods were far from fresh. I had a big dinner there and was embarrassed by how bad most of the food was (my deep fried Tilapia was the only fresh thing that night.)


              1. re: Bon Vivant
                Chowpatty Jan 19, 2007 01:24 AM

                That was what I meant, the taco stand. I've never actually eaten in the restaurant part.

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              L.A.Hound Jan 18, 2007 08:31 PM

              Oh, and if you head out of Silverlake to Atwater Village, you'll find Canele, which is new and also good. It's on Glendale Blvd.

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                L.A.Hound Jan 18, 2007 08:29 PM

                Then you have to try Blair's, a small, bistro-type restaurant. It's a little pricier than a cafe, but not any more so than Edendale, and the food is better.

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