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Oct 22, 2007 08:45 PM

Big foodie new to LA from NYC- Need suggestions!

Hey Guys,
I know you get this all the time, so I appreciate your time. I just moved to Silverlake from Manhattan and I would love some good everyday food/restaurant suggestions nearby. I eat give me what you've got!
Thank you so much!
P.S. Don't want to spend too much ($25/entree at most)

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  1. Tropical Bakery for a Cuban Sandwich and a Cafe con Leche.
    Astro Coffee Shop for good american breakfast.
    Gingergrass fo Viet Asian Fusion.
    The Red Lion Tavern for Beer & Sausage.

    Cafe Stella, Alegria, Scoops Gelato (not Silver Lake but close, very unique flavors), Cha Cha Cha on Virgil at Melrose, Millie's for breakfast. The Taco trucks off Sunset in Echo Park.

    Ciao Baby!

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    1. re: Burger Boy

      I second Millie's! I just moved to Silverlake from San Francisco (another big food place!) and am on the same search as famccollough. Thanks for brining up the topic. I can't wait to go to Cha Cha Cha, It will feel like home!!! Try that pho place on Sunset with no name. Head toward Echo Park on Sunset and just after you pass Resevoir you'll see this strip mall on the left with a small parking lot in front and there is this long, narrow, and overly well lit restaruant that is always busy with people standing out front. I went to check it out the other day, not knowing what it was, and was delighted to find it is this fabulous pho place. Enjoy!!!

      1. re: SFGourmande

        The pho place is called Pho Cafe, and is just past Parkman in the same minimall as Rambutan Thai.

        Pho Cafe
        2841 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

    2. Canele in Atwater for a nice dinner (you'll be getting close to your $25/entree max, but it's worth it)

      SoyCafe on Hyperion-very small menu, but they do it all well. In-house made soy milk, tofu dishes and great vietnamese sandwiches.

      Square One Dining on Fountain in Los Feliz - breakfast and lunch joint. Very, very good. If the line there is too long, I second the recommendation for Millie's.

      El Cochinito on Sunset for Cuban, in the same mini-mall there is also Allegria (Mexican), which I like, but not everyone does. Yucca's on Hillhurst in Los Feliz for great cochinita pibil tacos-the carne asada is also very good.
      Speaking of pibil, I have only been to their location near USC, but Chichen Itza has opened a new restaurant on 6th St near Alvarado (pretty close to Silver Lake).

      If you like wine, the Sunday, Monday and Thursday night tastings at Silver Lake Wine is a fun way to spend part of your evening with your new neighbors!

      1. I like Farfalla (Italian) and Tropicalia (Brazilian) on Hillhurst in Los Feliz. I also second Red Lion.

        1. I love the Silverlake area. Lots of good suggestions here from your fellow chowhounds. Here are mine: (Sorry if I mention some already mentioned)
          1. Dusty's (3200 W. Sunset Blvd.) - nice French menu, not classic French
          2. Cobras & Matadors (4655 Hollywood Blvd.) - Spanish tapas - Yum Yum!!
          3. Farfalla (1978 Hillhurst Ave.) - good thin crust pizza
          4. Malo (4326 Sunset Blvd.) - chips&salsa, tacos, margaritas - what else do you need??
          5. Vermont (1714 N. Vermont Ave.) - the bar next door has an excellent appetizer menu


          1. Staying within budget, my list with some duplications, focusing on bang for the buck with good food:
            Gingergrass on Glendale (walk to Red Lion for a beer too, but skip the sausage),
            Taix on Sunset (good food, great bar), ditto other comments re Tropical, Farfalla.
            Rick's on Fletcher for the cheapest regular, plain breakfast around.
            Skip Cha, very average in an unkempt place.