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May 6, 2007 09:15 AM

If you had to pick one restaurant to try in Silverlake...

What would it be?

(Prefer just very good food, relaxed nice atmosphere... open-air ambiance a plus but nothing really really expensive or at all stuffy/pretentious. If it's naturally hip, that's OK, but not if it just tries hard with a painful result.) :D

We like most cuisines.

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  1. I live in Los Feliz/Silverlake. I find myself eating at both Alcove and Tropicalia over and over. The food is consistantly good. Nice atmosphere, great service and reasonably priced. Each has their own vibe. Alcove is fantastic for outdoor dining. And while Tropicalia only offers sidewalk dining, eating indoors can be cozy (in a good way) and, I highly recommend sharing a glass of their sangria over a Salad Brasiliera (with filet mignon). Alcove make awesome barista drinks, serves a nice wine selection but, it's the pastry counters (yes, plural) that will blow you away!

    1. If hip and outdoor is what you seek, Cliff's Edge would suffice.

      I'd also suggest Blair's and Canele, though neither has outdoor seating, but the food is superior to Cliff's Edge.

      Stay away from Dusty's.

      Good luck!

      1. I like Gingergrass.... fresh and really yummy vietnamese cuisine, not too expensive either.... followed up with some drinks at Red Lion Tavern down the street for a nice evening out...

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        1. re: Zorran

          I had a really bad experience at Gingergrass. The chicken looked dodgy, but I stupidly ate some of it anyway and oh, how I regretted it. This was a couple of years ago and perhaps I just went on a very off night, but it was memorable for how terrible the experience was, so I felt compelled to comment!

        2. I'd pick Cliff's Edge. Sit in the patio for the relaxing ambiance, under the stars. Nice service, delicious food.

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          1. re: chica

            Ditto this, esp. in weather like today.

          2. Blair's is the place to go for excellent food.

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            1. re: TailbackU

              Canale is my favorite-technicaly Loz Feliz.
              I second and third Blairs.
              I second Gingergrass.
              Dustys is awful.
              Cliffs Edge has great ambiance(cool outdoor patio, dark and relaxing indoor seating and bar, but really lacks in the food department.

              1. re: sambrown3

                I had deliciously seared scallops that were ever so slightly tinged with pear and basil last time, at Cliff's Edge. The chocolate pot and poached pear w/ marscapone ice cream was heavenly, too. Coupled with the patio, I love it there.

                1. re: chica

                  I found the food barely passable..But the ambiance was nice.

                  1. re: Diana

                    I wholeheartedly disagree. Perhaps you had an off-night.

                    1. re: chica

                      I concur with Diana. The food at Cliff's Edge is mediocre at best, especially for the price. It's only worth a visit for the patio. Blair's and even Gingergrass are much better bets.

                      1. re: nimo

                        We can agree to disagree. The food's not phenomenal - there are definitely better places food-wise in LA for that price, but with the patio to boot, the food could be "mediocre," but certainly more than barely passable. :)

                        1. re: chica

                          I think it's sort of like Yamashiro. A ood patio or view and people forgive the chef much. For the price, though one can find the same ambiance with much, much better food.

                          it all depends upon what a person values most in a dining experience.

                          Me, when I pay someone else to cook, it has to be really good.

                  1. re: eatdrinknbmerry

                    Dusty's food is French, but unfortunately their service is a bit TOO French. You will literally wait 40 minutes before a waiter bothers to come over and take a drink order, no joke. I have seen people walk out of Dusty's on more than one occasion.

                    Clare K.