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famccollough Oct 22, 2007 08:45 PM

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 everything...so 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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    Burger Boy RE: famccollough Oct 22, 2007 09:05 PM

    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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      SFGourmande RE: Burger Boy Oct 22, 2007 10:44 PM

      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!!!

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        Chowpatty RE: SFGourmande Oct 23, 2007 05:55 PM

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

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

    2. L nrs RE: famccollough Oct 22, 2007 09:29 PM

      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!

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        teach RE: famccollough Oct 22, 2007 09:30 PM

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

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          omakase RE: famccollough Oct 23, 2007 12:24 AM

          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

          Enjoy!!!

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            jaket RE: famccollough Oct 23, 2007 10:12 AM

            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.

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              jlrobe RE: famccollough Oct 23, 2007 12:50 PM

              15 in echo park
              blair's
              canele are good places that relatively near by.

              You New Yorkers and SF expats will have to spread your wings a little and unfortunately drive if you want to have a true LA dining experience. If you stick to just silverlake you might miss out on quite a bit.

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                jlrobe RE: famccollough Oct 23, 2007 01:14 PM

                I hate to give you more than you asked for, but sometimes I feel compelled to be a tour guide for new expats from SF/NYC (I am an SF emmigrant).

                If you are interested in greater LA area here are my favorite lists

                http://www.chowhound.com/topics/313050
                http://www.chowhound.com/topics/357211
                http://www.laweekly.com/eat+drink/din...

                I think out of towners should get a feel for LA dining, since it is a very odd beast, just like the rest of our city.

                Japanese, Korean, and Chinese are the best ethnic food one can get in LA
                Indian and NY style Pizza are LA's achilles heel, but it isnt horrible if you search hard for the good places and lower your expectations a bit.
                European/Western styled fancy food is weaker than NYC and SF, but still quite respectable.

                Explore a lot and have a lot of fun here. The LA weekly is the bible, so learn to use it well. It is more important than SF's and Manhattan's weekly since "the city" can be hard to find in this town.

                If you are between 20-35 and not too high brow you might enjoy spaceland, the echo, the sunset junction festival, and the upright citizens brigade.

                Also, you should use the yelp forums to ask general questions about food, culture, etc in LA. A lot of yelpers live on your side of town, so they will give great advice as well.

                Welcome to Los Angeles.

                It takes time to get used to LA, so give it time, and enjoy Silverlake.

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                  Jerome RE: famccollough Oct 23, 2007 05:46 PM

                  is aroma still around - across the street from the tropical on sunset?

                  as well - la parilla and the adjacent los 7 mares are both quite good. on susnet.

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                    TailbackU RE: famccollough Oct 23, 2007 05:49 PM

                    Welcome to LA!

                    My favorites in your area (and mine as well, i live in Los Feliz) are:

                    Blairs (probably one of my favorite restaurants in all of LA)
                    Farfalla and il Capriccio (both excellent italian)
                    Gingergrass (americanized vietnamese food)
                    Canele
                    Palermos (only for the pizza)
                    Alcove (good brunch/people watching)

                    Enjoy!

                    1. maxzook RE: famccollough Oct 23, 2007 06:29 PM

                      The Kitchen is great for relatively simple comfort food; the Belgian beef stew is heaven on a cold day.

                      Il Capriccio on Vermont is good solid Italian, and its companion pizzeria on Hollywood may be the best pies in the neighborhood (along with Palermo)

                      No one would accuse it of bring haute cuisine, but Fred 62 on Vermont is one of the best 24-hour joints around.

                      A block south, Cafe Figaro has a pretty authentic French bistro vibe, and the food is stabilizing after a recent ownership change.

                      Welcome to the neighborhood! Linking ...

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                      Il Capriccio di Carlo (was Il Capriccio Pizzeria)
                      4518 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

                      Yuca's
                      2056 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

                      Canele
                      3219 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039

                      Blair's Restaurant
                      2903 Rowena Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039

                      Square One Dining
                      4854 Fountain Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029

                      Figaro Cafe Restaurant
                      1802 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

                      Alcove Cafe & Bakery
                      1929 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

                      Chichen Itza
                      2501 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90057

                      Millie's Restaurant
                      3524 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

                      Red Lion Tavern
                      2366 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039

                      Taix French Restaurant
                      1911 W Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026

                      Scoops
                      712 N Heliotrope Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90029

                      Gingergrass Silverlake
                      2396 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039

                      Malo
                      4326 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029

                      Vinoteca Farfalla
                      1968 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

                      Vermont Restaurant
                      1714 N. Vermont, Los Angeles, CA 90027

                      The Kitchen
                      4348 Fountain Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029

                      Palermo Italian Restaurant
                      1858 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

                      Cha Cha Cha
                      656 N Virgil Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90004

                      El Cochinito
                      3508 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

                      Alegria On Sunset
                      3510 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

                      Cobras & Matadors
                      4655 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

                      Il Capriccio On Vermont
                      1757 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

                      Cafe Tropical
                      2900 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

                      Astro Family Restaurant
                      2300 Fletcher Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90039

                      Cafe Stella
                      3932 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029

                      SoyCafe
                      1997 Hyperion Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90026

                      Silverlake Wine
                      2395 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

                      Tropicalia
                      1966 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA

                      Dusty's
                      3200 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

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                        herculesmulligan RE: famccollough Oct 23, 2007 06:56 PM

                        Lou in Hancock Park;
                        Village Idiot on Melrose;
                        Blair in your back yard;
                        Wilson in Culver City.

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                          Rosawan RE: famccollough Nov 19, 2007 08:07 AM

                          Hi and welcome to LA. I am an expat too so I understand your needs. Jlrobe said it right about Korean, Chinese and Japanese out here. I do believe those cuisines are far superior to what we could have gotten back home. Thai also rocks here, just search the board for popular Chowhound recs for those cuisines. San Gabriel Valley is not far for you, neither is Korea Town nor Thai Town.

                          As for local eats around us, you can get NY pizza at a place call Hard Times Pizza, right in that whole Gelson's/Trader Joe's area. For NY bagels, the best I found out here is at Sam's Bagels in Larchmont Village. I too loved Cobras & Matadors (and their corkage policy), but I was not impressed with Malo's. Never been to Cafe Stella, but heard very nice things about the place. I am sure their food will be much better than Taix.

                          Eagle Rock is not far from you either and Casa Bianca there sells good pizza. The other Italian dishes there are very basic Brooklyn pizza-places-that-also-sell-other-Italian-stuff style stuff. There is also a very decent French place called Cafe Beaujolais in Eagle Rock too.

                          Pasadena is also not too far from you, you can search the board for suggestions of where to eat there. My current favorite in Pasadena is Shaab for sushi and shabu and I just went to Vertical last Friday and liked it much though I still like Cobras & Matadors more for food and budget.

                          Welcome!

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                            kazhound RE: famccollough Nov 19, 2007 08:14 AM

                            i love brunch at madame matisse, next to millie's!

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