by Cadien Clark - 3347 Reviews - 62 List
If you haven't visited any Silver Lake restaurants or bars lately, you may want to rethink your dining and drinking strategy. This creative LA neighborhood is brimming with impressive, diverse foodie spots like Jitlada, Forage and Reservoir and drinking favorites like Barbarella Bar and Red Lion Tavern. So block off some time to visit (and revisit) your favorite Silver Lake restaurants and bars.
Updated: July 20, 2010
From steakhouse fare to Caribbean snacks, palate-pleasing finds abound.
You know you haven't quite reached Echo Park when the cool kids are still this friendly. Sunset Boulevard's tasty resident has a wide-ranging menu that suits both carnivores and herbivores, the lemonade is top-notch, and the patio people-watching is fun, too.
Not only is its aesthetic appealing to almost everyone (picture a rich, dark wood interior offset by white walls), but this sophisticated wine bar/restaurant is also refreshingly unpretentious. Alongside the cheese, charcuterie, salads and small plates is an impressive beer and wine list.
Thai one on (for your stomach anyway) at one of our city's biggest celebrities. (Among fans of the rare, legit Southern Thai food restaurant variety.) This place is the talk of all the foodie blogs, and the curries are spicy enough to make grown men cry, so get over there and make like you're in Bangkok for a night.
This much-buzzed-about coffee haunt draws Angelenos from all corners to Silver Lake's toughest parking district, but with Chef Michael Cimarusti (Providence) setting the food menu, the vittles aren't too shabby, either.
Home gardening's getting even more respect in Silver Lake these days with the addition of Forage--a community-centric, entirely farmer's market-food-sourced cafe and bakery. There's a Home Grower's Circle for Angelenos who wish to participate by bringing bounty from their own backyard. Lucky growers will end up seeing their goods on the menu that day or the next!
Day or night, there's plenty to do in Silver Lake.
One of the most famous music venues in all the land. This crumbling Tudor institution is every indie rock fan's favorite, and it's easy to tell why. The acts are exciting, the location is appealing (apart from the parking situation), and, I mean ... It's SPACELAND.
Everybody's always calling this place "Edendale," which makes sense as its connected to the popular Edendale restaurant, but it's got its own fun name ("Mixville") and very different aesthetic. The bartenders are tops, there's a photo booth, an outdoor patio area and loads of local musician sightings.
Good times for Jane Fonda, good times for you. Silver Lake locals love this retro bar that's got a modern sensibility, not to mention 24 draft microbrews and a daily happy hour from 4pm-7pm. Think snazzy without losing the authentic edge. Kinda like Fonda herself these days.
Fiesta ... Forever: It's cheating just a tad to declare Malo simply a "bar," because the Mex fare here is tasty. (Try the beef-and-pickles or faux-beef-and-pickles tacos. You won't regret it.) But the drinking scene is seriously festive, with special themed events, tequila tastings and random revelry happening all night long.