Must-see restaurants in Silver Lake & Echo Park

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    Young Korean-American chef Jason Kim has created a buzz with his latest venture, a snug, discreet restaurant with a 'deconstructed farmhouse' design,…

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    Kettle Black

    Kettle Black belongs to the new Silver Lake guard, a dark, stylish cocktail bar-restaurant with fashionable diners, communal bar tables and a dizzying…

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    Despite its somewhat-obscure location, this tiny, subway-tiled cafe is forever pumping thanks to its top-notch, out-of-the-box breakfast and lunch…

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    Ostrich Farm

    Flickering tea lights and charming, competent barkeeps crank up the charm at this intimate, convivial space, owned and run by a husband-and-wife team. You…

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    Elf Cafe

    This intimate Echo Park mainstay is one of the best – if not the very best – vegetarian restaurants in LA. The menu has distinct Mediterranean and Middle…

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    Night + Market Song

    After cultivating a cult following in WeHo, this gleefully garish temple to real-deal Thai and Cambodian street food is killing it in the hipster…

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    Located in a renovated auto-repair garage, this hip spot in Frogtown (where Silver Lake meets Atwater Village) feels like a trip to the desert. Look for…

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    Black Cat

    In 1966, two years before New York's Stonewall Riots, LGBT protesters bravely stood up to police harassment at this very site. These days, the Black Cat…

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    Fat Dragon

    Lo-fi, counter-service Fat Dragon pumps out tweaked takes on old-school American Chinese to the sound of hip-hop and woks. Chow down hearty, flavor-packed…

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    In a small, simple, modern space packed with convivial locals, chef Zach Pollack delivers contemporary takes on regional Italian cooking. The pasta – made…

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    Mohawk Bend

    This former vaudeville theater is now a casual, industrial-style bar and eatery packed with skinny jeans and beards. Local produce dominates the vegan…

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    Popular, loft-like Sage dishes out organic vegan fare, from a spicy buffalo-cauliflower salad and tempeh-loaded burger, to tacos stuffed with jackfruit …

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    Café Stella

    Boho-spirited Stella is a cloud of clinking glasses and red wine under a tented patio that rambles into a nostalgic dining room. Service can be a little…

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    L&E Oyster Bar

    Still a neighborhood darling, with hip locals and the odd celeb claiming tables in the intimate dining room and heated porch to feast on raw and grilled…

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    The Silver Lake edition of the Downtown favorite, Blossom serves fragrant pho as well as a handful of curries and stir-fry vermicelli noodles. Seafood…

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    Casita del Campo

    What’s not to love about this '60s-throwback cantina? It’s cozy, it’s fun and it makes a mean, off-the-menu camarones a la diabla (shrimp in spicy sauce)…

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    A proper panaderia (Mexican bakery) is always a beautiful thing, especially when it stubbornly resists the hipsterfication of a neighborhood. The tamales…

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    Silver Lake Ramen

    In a retro strip mall on Sunset is this toasty, super-popular ramen spot. You'll probably have to wait for a table or a seat at the counter, but the wait…

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    A simple, modern, pared-back market cafe that's family owned and a champion of all things fresh, local and seasonal. Scan the counter and the freshly…

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    A kooky mishmash of mismatching furniture, retro objects and hipster staff, Masa sets a nostalgic, neighborly scene for Chicago deep-dish pizza. Locally…