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what would you like to see open in silver lake/echo park?

in light of all of the new restaurants that have opened this year, particularly in echo park, what do you think this side of town still needs?

personally, i would kill for a decent italian deli along the lines of bay cities. anywhere i could get a decent sandwich would make me happy, actually. i also think silver lake could use a good taco truck, the lines at taco zone are getting out of control.

and we certainly don't need any more pizza.


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  1. fish, fish, and more fish,,,

    1. i agree about a decent sandwich place, a solid cafe east of alvarado that served good coffee would be nice because the downbeat just isn't what it used to be and chango really just ain't it, oh and tacos arizas on lemoyne? south of sunset is a great taco truck as well if the lines at the taco zone are bumming you out. pizza quota has been met and over shot as well as the vegan quota, in my opinion, any word on whether citysip on sunset is going to have food as well because a wine/tapas bar would be so nice....

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      1. re: tooth

        I know nothing about it other than having walked past it, but next to where 826LA is (where Sea Level used to be) they are supposed to be working on a coffee shop/book store...


        1. re: tooth

          try Mariposa on Sunset, sort of across from Barrigans.

        2. I would like to see some place like "The Stand" from the valley.

          1. I think the paninis at the Cheese Store of Silverlake are pretty darn good. I would say one thing that is missing is a great bagel shop.

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            1. re: aventinus

              I think Brooklyn Bagels on Beverly is pretty good. LA in general does not really have great bagel options. I did not know that cheese store offered up paninis, need to try.
              Thinking about it... there seems to be many good/great options missing!
              Chinese, Indian, a salad place along the lines of Tender Greens, great sit down Mexican, and concur with the good sandwich option...Ohh! I would also add a real good burger option..

              1. re: LaLa Eat

                I enjoyed Cardonnes sandwich shop, they just charged a little to much, IMO. The neighborhood never really got behind them. You do have Eastside Market for that thick saucey italiany kind of place.

                1. re: LaLa Eat

                  Have you tried the burgers at Masa? The Spanish Burger is not half bad.

                  Totally agree that Tender Greens would be awesome!

                2. re: aventinus

                  Oy, but the parking's such a nightmare! I love Cheese Store and Intelligentsia but it always takes SO long to get a cup of coffee and stop for cheese.

                  1. re: Suebee

                    Yes! How about a parking garage? Heh.

                  1. re: bodie

                    there are two starbucks. one in silverlake in glendale blvd in the ralph's strip mall, and one in echo park in the laundromat next door to the firehouse one block west of alvarado on sunset.

                    1. re: bodie

                      Echo Park & Silver Lake do NOT need a Starchuck's, please, gag me with a spoon!

                    2. A good doughnut shop. Is there one closer than Bob's?

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                      1. re: Peripatetic

                        is tang's not considered good? i do not eat many donuts.

                      2. I would like to see a great seafood house. A place with a cold seafood bar w/raw oysters, brasserie style. And I wouldn't mind seeing something open with a chef attached to it, maybe one of Goin's more casual places akin to Hungrycat, or I would like to see Tracht open up something along those lines.

                        Steak, sushi, mexican, ect I get within a 5-10 minute drive from my house in Echo Park.

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                        1. re: lotta_cox

                          I thought Sarget Recruitter was a cold/fish bar?

                          1. re: Burger Boy

                            i have never heard of sarget recruitter.

                            1. re: Burger Boy

                              Sgt. Recruiter (next to Cobras and Matadors on Hollywood Blvd.) does serve platters of raw oysters, but they have a very limited menu and do not specialize in shellfish per se. The oysters are good though.

                          2. Hi.

                            Chowhound's goal is to help people sort through their myriad chow options to find the most delicious food available to them. Speculation about what might improve the food scene in an area and discussions of what's missing in an area don't help anyone eat better now, so they're off topic for our boards. However, since there are some suggestions here of where to find things that posters are looking for, we're going to leave this up. Please help us keep the focus here on existing places, rather than discussing what you wish were in your area.

                            Thank you.

                            1. Good Italian deli sandwich? It's only a mile or two to Eastside Market.

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                              1. re: cls

                                Yes, but it is hard to get if you do not work in the area as they close at 4:00 at and are only open till 2 on Sat.

                              2. Anyone know what's going into this place? It says something like "Local Eats"...before they put up paper covering on the windows I think I saw deli cases...


                                Its next to the old bar that is also being re-done, from what I've read.

                                (Its next to the Silversun strip mall where there used to be an "antiques" store with the tractor on the roof).

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                                1. re: psvidler

                                  I've heard that they are putting in an organic salad bar/ grab and go concept.

                                  1. re: tooth

                                    That would be nice to have within walking distance.

                                  2. re: psvidler

                                    The bar used to be Johnnie's Bar, one of my favorites. DO you know anything about what bar is going to replace it?

                                    1. re: oro3030

                                      Can't seem to find the right link. I think I read it on la.eater.com. The owner of Bigfoot Lodge was supposed to open up something...and then some guy who owns a Tiki Bar was supposed to open something (but not a Tiki Bar on account of the distance to Tiki Ti)...

                                      Sorry I can't be of more help.

                                      1. re: psvidler

                                        psvidler has it correct - Bobby Green and pals that own Bigfoot and Little Cave were going to open Little Tiki, a placed they operated in Mission Hills, yet now are going to call it Stinkers - why not?!

                                        1. re: carter

                                          this is precisely what is happening...from the ears of one of their friends. should open in fall 08.

                                          1. re: lotta_cox

                                            something like NY's Prune - a reliably good brunch & dinner spot with heavy-hitting foodie dishes at a reasonable price.

                                            1. re: risottoman

                                              Maybe Canele could fill the Prune spot?

                                              1. re: Chowpatty

                                                you're right, canele could be that spot, but it's a bit small and they don't do brunch do they? but at least for dinner, that's why canele is one of my favs. btw, josh from foodgps speaks highly of you. i'm matt k who comments on your blog (mattatouille.blogspot.com)

                                                1. re: risottoman

                                                  Canele does indeed have brunch. I believe both Saturday and Sunday. Hot and crowded!

                                              2. re: risottoman

                                                how do the new places in echo park (lot 1, 15, the park, etc) stack up to prune?

                                                1. re: ronsilverado

                                                  None of the three you mentioned come close to the creativity and sophistication of Prune...and Lot 1 is closed. I haven't had brunch at The Park, but I've had a few dinners there. I like it very much, but the food is very good, not great or inspired. I think it is a great addition to the neighborhood and it has become part of our rotation, but it isn't what you are looking for. 15's most notable feature is the value of the prix-fixe dinner there. The food is what you'd expect at a higher-end wedding.

                                                  The food at Palate rivals Prune, but has none of the homey funk that Prune does. Canele comes closest - they do indeed have an excellent, super high-quality brunch, but it still isn't as varied and seasonal as Prune. Their menu stays pretty constant and simple.

                                                  I would love to have a place like Prune in the area..or similar casual, but exceptional places like Canteen and SPQR in SF. I'd also vote for Clementine Eastside.

                                                  1. re: scurvy

                                                    Lot 1 is closed? It was just open two nights ago. 15 is closed or closing for sure, per EaterLA.

                                                    1. re: lotta_cox

                                                      Lot 1 closed for a short while when Josef Centeno left. It's apparently back open now... not sure who is cooking though.

                                                      15 is definitely closed or closing and has new owners. Some kind of goofball "Yacht Club" will replace it. I've always thought Echo Park really needed a yacht club.

                                      2. Has any one else noticed, been to, the NEW taco place on Sunset Blvd, a bit south (if going west on the right hand side) of Micheltorena?
                                        At one point I am pretty sure it was an evangelical (?) latino church that served up food only for it's parishoners.
                                        There is now a big banner there announcing "Tacos". Gonna try to make it out there soon to see if SL indeed has a new taco spot...

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                                        1. re: LaLa Eat

                                          Yes, just went there on Friday night! i think it's newly open to the public! they have fresh made tortillas for their tacos that they roll out in front of you! The bf ordered chicken and carne asada tacos and I had the veggie burrito. The burrito was nice and large, but not super flavorful.
                                          We both agree that Taco Zone is still the best for tacos, but would probably try this place again and order other menu items. It certainly was better than the overrated Kogi Korean taco truck that we sampled earlier, which we were excited about, but thought was only ok...certainly not worth hunting down the truck for (it seemed that the overpowering sauce made everything taste the same), and the portions are kind of small-ish.

                                          1. re: cakers

                                            Have yet to stop by there, thanks for the report. Good to hear they're rolling out their own tortillas. The last time I went to taco zone I was very disappointed with their carne asada tacos. Been thinking of hunting the Kogi truck down..what is the sauce they use?