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Jan 27, 2009 04:30 PM

LA loves: the best bites for a short stay

I'm in town for just a few days and dying to eat some tasty food. Staying in Silver Lake and West Hollywood mostly but willing to move for food if its worth it.

I'll keep it short with what I'm looking for:
-Best tacos and a damn good breakfast burrito (I tend to like things with Chorizo if that's any guide and have found Tacos Por Favor to be quite delectable though far)

-Good salads (something healthy, organic would be nice)

-Really delicious cupcakes, brownies and other sweets (if there's a vegan spot that's notable please advise. Some of my favorite baked goods were made with agave and spelt flour.)

-Reasonably priced dinner joint that uses local produce, feels homey, and tastes amazing.

-Juice bar that has sugar cane juice.

-Great sorbet and ice cream spot.

-Any other must eats in LA for an adventurer on a budget.

Thanks for your guidance!

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  1. Near Silver Lake, you might like Canele for dinner, which feels homey and tastes very good. (I don't use the word amazing lightly.)
    Silver Lake is also a good ice cream location -- try Pazzo Gelato on Sunset more classic Italian-style gelato and sorbet, or Scoops on Heliotrope for really wacky and vegan flavors.

    3219 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039

    Pazzo Gelateria
    3827 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

    712 N Heliotrope Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90029

    1. For tacos and that breakfast burrito, My Taco in Highland Park is a bit closer to Silver Lake than TPF in Santa Monica. They have a great breakfast burrito for around $5 (and yes, chorizo).

      Your salad requirement will be met quite nicely by Tender Greens - it's in Culver City, but IMO the best salads in town, and nothing on the menu is over $10.50.

      Tender Greens
      9523 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

      My Taco
      6300 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042

      1. If you'll be in town over the weekend there's a fresh cane juice cart at both the Echo Park farmer's Market on Friday eves and the much bigger Sunday morning Hollywood farmer's market.

        1. The very best breakfast burrito in existence are only 10 minutes from Silverlake... at the Corner Cottage in Burbank. Oh. My. God.

          For sweets and things, go to Urth Caffe. At least some of the items are vegan -- and if you do want vegan things, there's a small but tasty selection at M Cafe de Chaya (which is not a vegan restaurant, but macrobiotic -- the desserts are all vegan, though spelt flour and agave are not necessarily hallmarks of vegan items).

          If you're going between Silverlake and WeHo, stop between the two at Jitlada and have their Thai specialities. Holy crap are they good.

          Urth Caffe
          8565 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069

          Corner Cottage
          310 S Victory Blvd, Burbank, CA 91502

          M Cafe De Chaya
          7119 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

          Jitalda Restaurant
          5233 1/2 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

          1. Scoops has a good vegan selection. Sugar cane juice is rather hard to find in SoCal. I suggest a bahn mi place in San Gabriel Valley, or going to Westminster.

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            1. re: J.L.

              A good suggestion -- Vietnamese areas are where you will find that; it is called "nuoc mia" in Vietnamese.