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Jan 18, 2007 08:14 PM

Looking for reccomendation eateries in Silverlake

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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  1. 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.

    1. 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.

      1. 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

        2 Replies
        1. re: Chowpatty

          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

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

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

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