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Apr 2, 2010 05:29 PM

Good breakfast or brunch in Silverlake?

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

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  1. 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

    1. 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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      1. re: cls

        forgot The Alcove just up the street on Hillhurst.

        1. re: cls

          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

          1. re: Servorg

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

        1. 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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          1. re: pb201

            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...

          2. 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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            1. re: spicygal

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

              1. re: spicygal

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