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Best New Places in Echo Park/Silverlake Since 2009?

echoparkdirt Mar 9, 2013 10:13 PM

Just moved back! Very excited to be closer to SGV and Pa Ord and My Taco and Casa Bianca.

Anything new you guys should send me to?

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    ronsilverado Mar 10, 2013 04:34 PM

    In Silver Lake, L&E Oyster Bar and Barbrix are probably serving the best food IMHO. Have heard a lot of mixed things about both Black Hogg and Black Cat, and have not yet been to either. I think Garage Pizza is as good as pizza by the slice gets around here. Wat Dong Moon Lek is good for Thai, Boo's for cheese steaks. Storefront Deli is not in Silver Lake proper, but good enough that I will throw it in the mix. People seem to enjoy SQRL though I have my reservations after accidentally spending $12 on a small jar of jam.

    A lot more new stuff in Echo Park (Cortez and Alumette off the top of my head) that I have not tried. Guisados just opened in EP too.

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    1. re: ronsilverado
      kevin Mar 10, 2013 08:51 PM

      Yeah, Cortez is new.

      I hate and like Sqrl kind of at the same time. If you just grab a grab a cup of their third wave, single origin coffee sourced by the old intelligentsia guys, you may leave happy.

      But if you order a toast spread with jam for $9, you may leave deeply despondent. It's that type of place. And it's filled with hipsters jeek to jowl on the weekends, which may be a good or bad thing.

      1. re: kevin
        linus Mar 11, 2013 09:01 AM

        "it's filled with hipsters jeek to jowl"

        y'know, i read this complaint a lot here. reminds me of a joke:

        what do you call a person that hangs out in a restaurant full of "hipsters"?

        1. re: linus
          kevin Mar 11, 2013 10:16 AM

          You are right.

          Guilty as charged.

          I guess I would be a hipster by default. Damn, you got me there.

          1. re: kevin
            Servorg Mar 11, 2013 10:18 AM

            However, I'm a "hip replacementer" so no getting me anything other than my cane...

            1. re: Servorg
              kevin Mar 11, 2013 10:20 AM


              You with the puns and me with my fucking "foul" language.

              1. re: kevin
                Servorg Mar 11, 2013 10:41 AM

                Sqirl menu here http://sqirlla.com/wp-content/uploads...

                1. re: Servorg
                  kevin Mar 11, 2013 10:46 AM

                  Wow, how did you find a link to their menu ? I could never seem to find it on their website no matter how hard I tried.

                  I did like that duck egg with homemade hot sauce on top of greens on top of bread dish too.

                  But I did not like the chocolate and almond butter dish. That may stem from my aversion to almond butter. (However, the cashew butter or salsa at tacos chupa cabras is beyond compare even though i'm still not quite the chupa cabras fan).

                  1. re: kevin
                    Servorg Mar 11, 2013 10:48 AM

                    I found that on someones blog who was kind enough to photograph the menu and then post the photo as part of their review - see it here http://www.tastingtable.com/entry_det...

                    1. re: Servorg
                      kevin Mar 11, 2013 10:50 AM

                      Oh, I see.

                      Because if that was from their website, it would be helpful before heading out there.

                      I think I'm in the minority of people that don't find it to be truly fantastic.

        2. re: kevin
          Servorg Mar 11, 2013 09:40 AM

          On the other hand I loved my "open faced" sandwich that I had, and look forward to trying more of their offerings in the future http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/803030#7828793

          I heard a rumor that they may be relocating to a real space in the Larchmont Village area, but don't know if that has become fact, or not.


          And just for future reference the name is "Sqirl" not Sqrl.

          1. re: Servorg
            kevin Mar 11, 2013 10:18 AM

            Yeah, I have no clue on the spelling.

            Most of these joints employ fancy, highfalutin takes on standard English.

            Ok, no I feel like a dick for using the word highfalutin.

            1. re: Servorg
              kevin Mar 11, 2013 10:19 AM

              But I have already gone more than a few times so may be I do in fact enjoy it.

              1. re: kevin
                Servorg Mar 11, 2013 10:22 AM

                My issue is with the space, too damn small and when it's cold in the AM when I go that outside patio is just not conducive to lingering (and my coffee cooled off way, way too fast). I hope that they do find a real space over on Larchmont soon.

                1. re: kevin
                  Servorg Mar 11, 2013 10:24 AM

                  Try Cafe Stella at Sunset Junction (Sanborn and Sunset in Silver Lake). I loved my merguez sausage and Moroccan eggs and their crispy breakfast potatoes yesterday, and now I hear they have a great burger. Next time the burger.

            2. re: ronsilverado
              kevin Mar 10, 2013 08:53 PM

              I have to stay that Storefront Deli in really good, and worth the price.

              Here you can grab a sandwich, a breakfast sandwich and a cup of shitty coffee (I believe that it's noted as such on the menu), and a cookie and you'll be out of there for essentially under 10 bucks, which is not half bad. And the egg sandwich is really really really good. A bright yellow runny egg yolk running all over the place. Napkins may be in order.

              1. re: ronsilverado
                ns1 Mar 11, 2013 10:29 AM

                had a great meal @ Black Hogg. Love the popcorn bacon and pork fries (in the style of carne asada fries). Menu seems to change pretty often.

                Tomato Pie > Garage Pizza by a mile IMHO.

                1. re: ns1
                  kevin Mar 11, 2013 10:44 AM

                  I still have to get back to Bollini's pizza one of these days that reminds me.

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