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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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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Ceviche Project

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2524 1/2 Hyperion Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 522-6744
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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.

2. Burgers Never Say Die

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2388 Glendale Blvd Unit A
Los Angeles, CA 90039
(323) 922-6161
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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

3. Ma'am Sir

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4330 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90029
(323) 741-8371
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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.

4. Bowery Bungalow

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4156 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90029
(323) 663-1500
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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.

5. Tacos Delta

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3806 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(323) 664-2848

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.

6. Pine & Crane

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1521 Griffith Park Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(323) 668-1128
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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.

7. Alimento

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1710 Silver Lake Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(323) 928-2888
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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.

8. Mh Zh

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3536 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

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.

9. Millie's Cafe

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3524 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(323) 664-0404
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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.

10. El Cochinito

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3508 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(323) 668-0737
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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.

11. Botanica Restaurant & Market

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1620 Silver Lake Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(323) 522-6106
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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.

12. Night + Market Song

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3322 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(323) 665-5899
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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.

13. Cafe Tropical

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2900 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(323) 426-9442

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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1. Ceviche Project

2524 1/2 Hyperion Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

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.

2524 1/2 Hyperion Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027

2. Burgers Never Say Die

2388 Glendale Blvd Unit A, Los Angeles, CA 90039
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.

2388 Glendale Blvd Unit A
Los Angeles, CA 90039

3. Ma'am Sir

4330 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029

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.

4330 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90029

4. Bowery Bungalow

4156 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029

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.

4156 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90029

5. Tacos Delta

3806 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

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.

3806 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

6. Pine & Crane

1521 Griffith Park Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

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.

1521 Griffith Park Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

7. Alimento

1710 Silver Lake Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

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.

1710 Silver Lake Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

8. Mh Zh

3536 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

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.

3536 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

9. Millie's Cafe

3524 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

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.

3524 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

10. El Cochinito

3508 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

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.

3508 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

11. Botanica Restaurant & Market

1620 Silver Lake Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

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.

1620 Silver Lake Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

12. Night + Market Song

3322 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

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.

3322 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

13. Cafe Tropical

2900 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

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.

2900 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

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