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Mar 9, 2013 10:13 PM

Best New Places in Echo Park/Silverlake Since 2009?

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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  1. 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.

    17 Replies
    1. re: ronsilverado

      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

        "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

          You are right.

          Guilty as charged.

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

          1. re: kevin

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

            1. re: Servorg


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

                1. re: Servorg

                  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

                    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

                    1. re: Servorg

                      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

          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

          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

            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

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

              1. re: kevin

                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

                  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

              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

                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

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