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Good breakfast or brunch in Silverlake?

spicygal Apr 2, 2010 05:29 PM

Any suggestions for a good place for breakfast or brunch in Silverlake? THANKS.

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    spicygal Apr 5, 2010 12:19 PM

    Thanks for the suggestions. We ended up at LA Mill. We had the butternut squash polenta (YUM, I could've licked the bowl) and eggs in cucotte with Dungeness Crab. They were a little stingy with the crab but overall a good meal. Good coffee, good service. Only wish the portions would've been a bit bigger ;)

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      maxzook Apr 5, 2010 04:42 PM

      Glad you liked it, and thanks for getting back to us with your results.

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        kproq323 Apr 5, 2010 05:25 PM

        Butternut Squash Polenta?! That sounds so good. Nice to know. Going there next weekend to catch up with friends. Do they take reservations?

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        pb201 Apr 2, 2010 08:36 PM

        I agree with a lot of the suggestions. My wife and I are totally hooked on LaMill. The coffee, of course (and I strongly disagree that the espresso needs work), but also their polenta w/ brown sugar and mascarpone (ie, fancy grits) and a great selection of soft scrambled eggs. We also like Mme. Matisse. for more casual -- great pancakes! Square One is really great but not exactly silverlake. Alcove is kinda feh.

        Also wanted to add Canele, just across the 5 in Atwater -- they have one of the best brunches in town. And Reservoir, two doors up from La Mill, does a really great brunch as well, but I think only on Sundays.

        3219 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039

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          cls Apr 15, 2010 08:50 PM

          I did a little more "research" the past couple weeks on this.

          First, although on April 2nd, I had just been served two bad espressos at LA Mill, I have since been back twice and had very good (although pretentiously described: do we have to know exactly how many ounces and the exact bars of pressure?) espressos. So I can agree that LA Mill knows how to pull a good espresso.

          Secondly, this week I went to The Fix and there was a hand written sign on the counter that The Fix now features Intelligentsia coffee. Uh,oh. It's not the quality of coffee I was worried about, but the departure from the small batch, serious hipster barrista, attention to detail, local feel. My fears were confirmed when I received my espresso in a paper cup, and was served a weak, light crema, too tall shot. I haven't had the heart to go back to The Fix since. Hope they work it out...

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          estone888 Apr 2, 2010 06:12 PM

          I'm very fond of Local. Good variety, good portions, good to excellent food, nice people.

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            cls Apr 2, 2010 05:51 PM

            Local, LA Mill, Cliff's Edge, Millie's, Cafe Stella on weekends, Ricks on Riverside.

            Cliff's Edge
            3626 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026

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

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              cls Apr 2, 2010 05:53 PM

              forgot The Alcove just up the street on Hillhurst.

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                Servorg Apr 2, 2010 06:20 PM

                I like Millie's a lot. Have you tried Madame Matisse? I have heard good things about it but haven't been yet.

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

                Madame Matisse
                3536 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

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                  cls Apr 2, 2010 07:25 PM

                  I haven't tried Madame Matisse.
                  Millie's is good for what it is: fresh diner food. Like Rick's is good for what it is: greasy trucker food. Local can be good, but IMO overreaches a bit and some things are sloppy. LA Mill suffers from slow to ridiculously slow service as well as a limited menu, but their coffee is good, the espresso needs work, but for that, go to the Fix in Echo Park.

                  Madame Matisse
                  3536 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

            2. maxzook Apr 2, 2010 05:50 PM

              Square One is imho the best breakfast/.brunch spot in Los Angeles, on Fountain two blocks west of Vermont (arguably "Silver Lake adjacent", but it's very close.) I highly recommend the baked eggs and pancakes, but honestly I've never had anythin g there that wasn't first-rate.

              LA Mill is closer to "real" Silver Lake. I never thought a cup of coffee could possibly be worth what they charge for a cup made with their Clover machine. I was wrong ;) Not a huge breakfast menu, but all good:


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

              LA MILL Coffee
              1636 Silver Lake Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

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