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Peruvian scallop on the half-shell at Ceviche Project in Silverlake.
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Jakob N. Layman

13 Essential Silver Lake Restaurants, 2019 Edition

Get hip to these heralded hotspots and charming standbys

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| Jakob N. Layman

Silver Lake is in the throes of a dining bonanza, with more great restaurants to enjoy than ever before. Most nights, locals traffic the same places that folks from across town drive an hour to experience. From nationally-heralded hotspots like Mh Zh to wonderfully charming staples like Pine & Crane and Alimento, here now are the 13 essential restaurants in Silver Lake.

Removed: Wolfdown, Daw Yee Myanmar Corner, Trois Familia

Added: Ma’am Sir, Burgers Never Say Die, Ceviche Project, Cafe Tropical

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Ceviche Project

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After years of popping up at hotels and food festivals, Ceviche Project chef and owner Octavio Olivas now has a home all his own. The compact room is mostly meant for bar dining, where Olivas works his ceviches and tostadas with more than a little bit of flash and flair.

Burgers Never Say Die

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After two years of selling burgers from his backyard and popping up around town, Shawn Nee has an actual restaurant at the edge of Silver Lake where the smash burgers are as good as ever, and so is the CVT soft-serve for dessert.

Smash burger with cheese in a to-go box.
Burgers Never Say Die
Wonho Frank Lee

Ma'am Sir

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Is there a hotter Filipino restaurant in Los Angeles than Ma’am Sir? The place is both a critical darling and a financial success for chef Charles Olalia and partners Wade McElroy and Russell Malixi, thanks entirely to Olalia’s thoughtful and modern comfort fare.

Bowery Bungalow

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George Abou-Daoud’s modern Middle Eastern restaurant has a strong local following and one of the best sunny patios in the neighborhood. Best of all are the outstanding mezze plates, Istanbul-style lamb sandwiches, and plenty of beer and wine.

Tacos Delta

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Silver Lake residents gather at Tacos Delta for just about everything, from quiet chats with fellow neighbors to quick and inexpensive meals on-the-go. There are fewer and fewer places like this left in the neighborhood, making it all the more important.

Pine & Crane

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Pine & Crane has been serving its tight menu of Taiwanese and Chinese classics since 2014. Seasonal produce is sourced from the owner’s family farm, while the cooking is dependable, skilled, and fresh.

Alimento

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Alimento offers inviting northern Italian fare that is great for sharing. Zach Pollack’s signature tortellini in brodo and chicken Milanese sandwich can be washed down with $9 grüner veltliner all night long.

Here at Mh Zh, the menu is handwritten daily on brown paper bags, the majority of seating is on a sloped sidewalk, and throngs of effortlessly trendy diners congregate at the front door. The largely Israeli dishes are undeniably delicious and extremely affordable.

Millie's Cafe

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Every Silver Laker has strong opinions on Millie’s, the enduringly popular breakfast option that’s been on Sunset Boulevard since before the Great Depression. This is a pancakes, bacon, and coffee sort of place — no frills, just good food.

El Cochinito

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Established in 1988, El Cochinito is one of Silver Lake’s true success stories. The longstanding staple has been slowly modernizing over time, and even won a coveted national award for its Cubano sandwich, but the focus is still on family and lots of delicious porky flavor.

Botanica Restaurant & Market

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Opened by food journalists Heather Sperling and Emily Fiffer, Botanica has quickly become an essential addition to the neighborhood. There’s no doubt that the restaurant and marketplace’s healthy-living ethos and sunny vibes is resonating with the local set.

Night + Market Song

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Kris Yenbamroong’s followup to his successful flagship restaurant in West Hollywood, Night + Market Song feels right at home in Silver Lake with its cheerful pink exterior. Dine on blazing hot Thai street fare with a few frosty Singhas.

Cafe Tropical

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Cafe Tropical, Silver Lake’s indomitable Cuban corner restaurant, setup shop next to the Silverlake Lounge in 1975. Even after four decades, the beloved bakery and restaurant continues to crank out dependably good guava pasteles, Cubanos, medianoche sandwiches, and cafes con leche.

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Ceviche Project

After years of popping up at hotels and food festivals, Ceviche Project chef and owner Octavio Olivas now has a home all his own. The compact room is mostly meant for bar dining, where Olivas works his ceviches and tostadas with more than a little bit of flash and flair.

Burgers Never Say Die

Smash burger with cheese in a to-go box.
Burgers Never Say Die
Wonho Frank Lee

After two years of selling burgers from his backyard and popping up around town, Shawn Nee has an actual restaurant at the edge of Silver Lake where the smash burgers are as good as ever, and so is the CVT soft-serve for dessert.

Smash burger with cheese in a to-go box.
Burgers Never Say Die
Wonho Frank Lee

Ma'am Sir

Is there a hotter Filipino restaurant in Los Angeles than Ma’am Sir? The place is both a critical darling and a financial success for chef Charles Olalia and partners Wade McElroy and Russell Malixi, thanks entirely to Olalia’s thoughtful and modern comfort fare.

Bowery Bungalow

George Abou-Daoud’s modern Middle Eastern restaurant has a strong local following and one of the best sunny patios in the neighborhood. Best of all are the outstanding mezze plates, Istanbul-style lamb sandwiches, and plenty of beer and wine.

Tacos Delta

Silver Lake residents gather at Tacos Delta for just about everything, from quiet chats with fellow neighbors to quick and inexpensive meals on-the-go. There are fewer and fewer places like this left in the neighborhood, making it all the more important.

Pine & Crane

Pine & Crane has been serving its tight menu of Taiwanese and Chinese classics since 2014. Seasonal produce is sourced from the owner’s family farm, while the cooking is dependable, skilled, and fresh.

Alimento

Alimento offers inviting northern Italian fare that is great for sharing. Zach Pollack’s signature tortellini in brodo and chicken Milanese sandwich can be washed down with $9 grüner veltliner all night long.

Mh Zh

Here at Mh Zh, the menu is handwritten daily on brown paper bags, the majority of seating is on a sloped sidewalk, and throngs of effortlessly trendy diners congregate at the front door. The largely Israeli dishes are undeniably delicious and extremely affordable.

Millie's Cafe

Every Silver Laker has strong opinions on Millie’s, the enduringly popular breakfast option that’s been on Sunset Boulevard since before the Great Depression. This is a pancakes, bacon, and coffee sort of place — no frills, just good food.

El Cochinito

Established in 1988, El Cochinito is one of Silver Lake’s true success stories. The longstanding staple has been slowly modernizing over time, and even won a coveted national award for its Cubano sandwich, but the focus is still on family and lots of delicious porky flavor.

Botanica Restaurant & Market

Opened by food journalists Heather Sperling and Emily Fiffer, Botanica has quickly become an essential addition to the neighborhood. There’s no doubt that the restaurant and marketplace’s healthy-living ethos and sunny vibes is resonating with the local set.

Night + Market Song

Kris Yenbamroong’s followup to his successful flagship restaurant in West Hollywood, Night + Market Song feels right at home in Silver Lake with its cheerful pink exterior. Dine on blazing hot Thai street fare with a few frosty Singhas.

Cafe Tropical

Cafe Tropical, Silver Lake’s indomitable Cuban corner restaurant, setup shop next to the Silverlake Lounge in 1975. Even after four decades, the beloved bakery and restaurant continues to crank out dependably good guava pasteles, Cubanos, medianoche sandwiches, and cafes con leche.

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