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Vegan Pizzeria ‘Hot Tongue Pizza’ Impresses Silver Lake Locals

Calling all Pizza Fanatics! Hot Tongue Vegan Pizza is here and locals are raving about it. With high tables, checkered flooring, and eccentric artwork inside, this restaurant has a fun fast-casual vibe. Some of the most popular items on the menu are the white pizza (garlic olive oil base, almond ricotta, caramelized onion, mushroom, oregano, almond parm, with an everything bagel crust), sicilian pizza (rectangle, pan baked, thick crust, garlic, red sauce, pesto drizzle, almond ricotta and basil), kale caesar salad, and detroit pizza (gluten-free, baked in a 14" detroit style pan, chunky marinara, mushroom, spinach, garlic, almond ricotta, sesame seed.) Whether you’re vegan or not, locals are saying that this spot is a place for pizza lovers of all kinds. Head to Hot Tongue Pizza in Silver Lake to treat your taste buds to a tasty pizza or a salad packed with flavor.

Branzino
Branzino

Peruvian-Japanese Restaurant ‘Causita’ Opens in Silver Lake

Causita, meaning “best friends” in Peruvian slang, has officially opened its doors to Silver Lake. The restaurant has an artsy and modern interior representing both Peruvian and Japanese artwork and design. Some of the restaurant’s most loved dishes are the grilled octopus, clams, seabass tamale, udon noodles, and branzino (butterbean-artichoke mousse, jalapeño sauce, roasted tomato.) To drink, some of the popular choices are the mamalucha margarita and the panchamama paloma. Grab a friend, and enjoy celebrating the combination of both Peruvian and Japanese cuisine at Causita in Silver Lake.

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Storefront

Italian Indian Food & Sports Bar ‘Pijja Palace’ Opens Up in Silver Lake

Silver Lake’s latest addition to the community is an Indian Pizzeria, Pijja Palace is the intersection of culture and cuisine. Locals are deeming this restaurant as an upscale sports bar with a flavorful (and not your typical bar food!) menu. The spot has multiple TVs inside to catch a game, warm lighting, pastel tones, and a classy 80s-like aesthetic. Some of the must-haves on the menu include malai rigatoni, saag pizza, okra fries, and the aloo tikki sliders. To drink, Pijja Palace has some great options like the mango cream soda, pijja painkiller, and the desi crush soda! This is a fun spot to take a group of friends to watch a game or simply try some amazing food.

Makisupa Storefront
Makisupa Storefront

Calling All Coffee lovers and Beer Aficionados: Makisupa Coffee Bar Set to Open in Silver Lake Early 2022

Makisupa is getting ready to bring you coffee, beer, food, and good vibes. Located on W Silver Lake Dr and Rowena ave, the owners of The Establishment Salon are opening up Makisupa right next door. They are preparing this space with a local artist painting the interior with earthy, neutral colors. The cafe will be open for the prime time coffee drinkers and diners with hours from 7AM - 10PM. With all the preparation in place, Makisupa will be ready to serve you and your coffee date (or your beer drinking buddy) in early 2022.

Bar Restaurant Sign
Bar Restaurant Sign

Grab Dinner & Drinks at French Bistro ‘Bar Restaurant’ in Silver Lake

While the name ‘Bar Restaurant’ may seem normal, this spot in Silver Lake has many compelling aspects that keep locals coming back for more. The unusual yet appetizing combos on the menu, a dimly-lit artsy interior, hand-written menus, and an array of various wines by the bottle and cocktails are what make up the beloved Bar Restaurant. Some of the popular dishes you can expect are the mont rainbow trout with vadouvan rice and salsa verde, lamb tartare, and mussels with curly fries. According to locals, if you’re looking to grab drinks, you will want to try the aperol spritz, the “signature” cocktail, or order a bottle of wine to share (or keep to yourself!) With its walls filled with artwork, and the patio covered with plants, trees, and dangling lights, Bar Restaurant is the perfect place to bring your friends to catch up over an eclectic combination of dinner and drinks.

La Bomba Platter at De Buena Planta
La Bomba Platter at De Buena Planta

Plant-Based, Mexican Food ‘De Buena Planta’ Heads to Silver Lake

While LA locals may have heard this name before in Venice, De Buena Planta now plans to take its plant-based mexican dishes to Silver Lake. The restaurant’s original location has gained popularity for its instagrammable, beachy patio, Mexican cocktails, and vegetarian-friendly meals. Some of the food menu favorites include the gringa tacos created with impossible asada, grilled cauliflower tacos, buena burrito with spiced lentil asada, and the rajas roasted polanas pepper & cheese tamales. With a large drink list, some of the noteworthy cocktails are the mezcal negroni, de bloody maria, and the manzanita margarita (served as a pitcher on draft!) Locals can anticipate an aesthetically-pleasing and colorful design, refreshing cocktails, and mouthwatering, plant-based mexican dishes at De Buena Planta’s upcoming Silver Lake spot in 2022.

Breadblok Storefront
Breadblok Storefront

Curb Your Sweet (and Savory!) Tooth at Gluten-Free Bakery ‘Breadblok’

The newest bakery on the block is here - Breadblok Silver Lake. After much success in their Santa Monica location, they are taking their talents to East LA. Locals are already enjoying some favorites like the almond croissant, vanilla brioche french toast, croque madame, and baguette sandwiches. The design of breadblok was “inspired by the raw, natural materials found all around Provence, France.” With its neutral, earth tones and wooden shelves, Breadblok is all about honoring France with a touch of cool and casual California. This is a perfect place to meet up with a friend and grab a bite.


Moruno
Moruno

Favored Spanish Restaurant ‘Bar Moruno’ Previously in Grand Central Market Reopening in Silver Lake

Bar Moruno is back. You may have known them from the beloved Grand Central Market, but now they are moving their Spanish Mediterranean cuisine to Silver Lake. The inspiration for the restaurant’s name comes from the dish - moruno. “It is skewered meat with spices popular in Spain like paprika, turmeric and chilies but influenced by North African explorers and traders” This light snack became very popular at the restaurant as well as dishes like the tortilla española, lamb bowl, and the array of european wines to choose from. Be ready to grab a friend and head over to Bar Moruno for happy hour this spring.

Spring Fling Pudding
Spring Fling Pudding

Gourmet Pudding Shop ‘Pudu Pudu’ Opens in Silver Lake

Say bye bye to ice cream and hello to Pudu Pudu! This spot is serving up gourmet pudding like you’ve never seen before. Pudu Pudu creates a very soft and creamy texture poured into a bowl from an icing tube by hand and covered with healthy toppings. Although there are 7 pudding flavors, a few of the favorites are Spring Fling (strawberry pudding), Wow in the Wild (blueberry pudding), and Midnight Mischief (milk chocolate & calamansi orange pudding). This dessert concept is popping up all over the city with spots in Venice, Century City, and Silver Lake! If you’re looking for a creative alternative for your sweet tooth, make a stop at Silver Lake’s Pudu Pudu on Sunset Blvd and Hyperion Ave.

Yakiniku Osen Storefront
Yakiniku Osen Storefront

Yakiniku Osen: A Japanese Barbecue Concept in the Heart of Silver Lake

Calling all meat lovers, you are in for a treat at the new Japanese Barbecue Restaurant - Yakiniku Osen in Silver Lake! When dining at this restaurant, you will have the opportunity to choose from an array of mouthwatering wagyu steaks imported from Japan. Guests can order raw ingredients which will be brought to the table for them to cook on a grill built into the table. The Japanese term “Yakiniku” can be broken up into two parts: Yaki meaning grill and Niku meaning meat. Outside of the food menu, their drink list includes sake, wine, and imported Japanese craft beers. The interior of this restaurant is highly instagrammable with its golden utensils, minimalistic design, and built-in grill on every table. Sitting on the corner of Sunset Blvd and Golden Gate Ave, Yakiniku Osen is the spot you will want to try.

The WinDow Pickup Line
The WinDow Pickup Line

Grab a Burger and a Shake at The WinDow’s Newest Location in Silver Lake

Located on the corner of Griffith Park Blvd and Edgecliffe Drive is a new burger spot named The WinDow. Although very new to Silver Lake, The WinDow launched their first location in Venice during Summer last year and quickly became a favorite on the boardwalk. The most common items that patrons are lining up for are the double cheeseburger, the crispy fried chicken sandwich and with french fries to pair. The burgers are crafted by using the smash burger technique, soft potato bun, cheese, pickles, and a special sauce made in-house. For those with a sweet tooth, they also have milkshakes (chocolate s’mores, strawberry, vanilla bean) and ice cream (mint cookies + cream, salted caramel, peanut buddy) on the menu to curb your cravings. If you’re on the run and in the mood for a savory meal with a sweet dessert, The WinDow is open and ready to serve.

Storefront of Playita Mariscos
Storefront of Playita Mariscos

The Family of LA’s Guisados Opens ‘Playita Mariscos’ in Silver Lake

From the family that brought Guisados to LA, brings a new Mexican Seafood restaurant ‘Playita Mariscos’ to Sunset and Silver Lake Blvd. The restaurant honors their family Summer vacations to the beach in Mexico - and the food they would eat in small fishing towns. This Mexican seafood shop has a casual feel to it with its walk-up window, strictly outdoor seating, and its reasonably-priced, concise menu. Locals are giving high remarks to the fish and shrimp tacos, as well as the fish ceviche. To be specific, the tacos are described as perfectly crisp with airy batter and tender fish/shrimp and salsa to top it off with a nice kick. Playita Mariscos is making a name for itself in the neighborhood for itself as a quick trip to the “little beach” on Sunset.

Front Patio Entrance
Front Patio Entrance

Intimate Wine Bar ‘Eszett’ Becomes a Local Favorite in Silver Lake

Sitting between Sunset Blvd and Maltman Ave is an intimate restaurant named Eszett. Created by Husband and Wife duo, Spencer and Sabrina, this spot is recognized for its variety on the menu and its list of wines from all over the world. Some of Eszett’s popular items on the menu include the Fish Filet Sandwich, Mushroom French Dip, Steak Tartare, Swordfish “Au Poivre.” If you would like to pair your meal with a glass of wine, they have wines from 10 different countries on the list. This restaurant’s style is modern yet romantic and quiet, making it a perfect recipe for your next date night.

Freedman's Storefront
Freedman's Storefront

Take Your Tastebuds On a “World Tour” at Freedman’s in Silver Lake

Freedman’s is known as a Jewish-American restaurant, but they’ve decided to stir things up by taking all guests on a “World Tour.” As of late, Freedman’s has rebranded as Greekman’s for a limited time. We like to think of it as Freedman’s is heading to Greece for the Summer…and Winter (the demand is that high!) The menu consists of Souvlaki, Marinated Olives & Feta, Greek Panzanella Salad, and Grilled Octopus & Lemon to name a few. Since this restaurant has already taken their tour to Rome, Tel Aviv, Odessa, and currently Greece, we cannot wait for what’s next to come for this creative restaurant.

Kenbey Sushi Entrance
Kenbey Sushi Entrance

New Sushi Restaurant ‘Kenbey’ Rolls into Silver Lake December 2021

After opening its doors on Sunset Blvd and Fountain Ave, Kenbey Sushi quickly began receiving positive remarks from their customers. Locals may have known this spot as a ramen restaurant previously but their surprise was met with satisfaction when Kenbey Sushi had their opening. Chef Kenji Koyama is known for his work at Japanese restaurant Necco in Westwood. The menu at Kenbey consists of various types of sushi rolls and seafood dishes like the crunchy jellyfish. Omakase, which roughly translates to “leave it to me”, encourages guests to leave their dinner choices in the hands of Chef Koyama. Kenbey Sushi is still new, and already proving itself to be your new Sushi spot in Silver Lake.

Front of Daybird
Front of Daybird

Breaking Barriers in the World of Hot Chicken, ‘Daybird’ Arrives to Silver Lake

Here in LA, there are abundant options for Hot Chicken restaurants, but nobody does spice quite like Daybird. Recently opened on Silver Lake Blvd and Virgil Ave, Daybird is serving up Taiwanese-Style Szechuan Hot Chicken (with multiple levels of spice, of course!) They have Mild, Medium, Hot, or Extreme Spice which evidently includes ghost pepper as one major ingredient. If spice isn’t your thing, you can also choose their No Heat option! Along with your Hot Chicken Tenders or Sandwich you can add Habanero Ranch or Hot Honey, and sides like Pickles, Fries. Daybird is a fast casual takeout restaurant, you order at the window and wait outside for your order. This new style of hot chicken is all the rage in Silver Lake!


Owners Francesco Lucatorto and Francesca Pistorio in front of their new Brick and Mortar Italian Restaurant.
Owners Francesco Lucatorto and Francesca Pistorio in front of their new Brick and Mortar Italian Restaurant.

From Nonna’s Recipes in Italy to Silver Lake, Ceci’s Gastronomia Opens Fall 2021

From handmade pasta to articulately crafted desserts, Ceci’s Gastronomia will leave you feeling full and satisfied. Located on Silver Lake Blvd and Sunset Blvd, this restaurant is one you will not want to miss. Chef Francesco Lucatorto gained his inspiration from summers spent at his grandmother’s house in Borgotaro, helping her prepare each meal of the day. Owner Francesca Pistorio wasn’t involved with the culinary arts until she met Lucatorto and decided to split her time between her career in TV production and cooking - eventually taking on Ceci’s Gastronomia full time. The couple has carefully curated their menu as a tribute to Francesco’s Nonna and their friends’ favorite dishes that their own Nonna makes in Italy. On this menu, you can find dishes like Focaccia Pomodori, Lasagna al Pesto, and Tiramisu for your sweet tooth!


Bacari Entrance
Bacari Entrance

Date Night at the Bacari Silver Lake Patio is Trendy and Mediterranean-Inspired!

A romantic-bohemian aesthetic, Bacari Silver Lake has opened its newest location off of Sunset Blvd and Edgecliffe Drive. This local chain also has locations in Glendale, West Adams, West Third, and Playa del Rey. Bacari brings a mix of mediterranean-inspired flavors - serving dishes like lamb stuffed eggplant, chicken shawarma tacos, and glazed pork belly. The restaurant also doesn’t shy away from crowd favorites like margherita pizza, bacari burger, and fried chicken sliders. While this location is a lovely choice for its delicious food and grand selection of white, red, and sparkling wine, the shaded patio ambience is not one you will want to miss.

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