The Black Cat in Silver Lake is the ultimate choose-your-own-adventure date spot. You can either sit in the back and enjoy a full ricotta gnocchi dinner while enthralled in a conversation about how humans will eventually neoevolve themselves into a new species, or quickly escape from the bar after one drink when they say that their favorite Christmas movie is Die Hard. Either way, it’ll be a good time, and you’ll obviously be going next door to Pine and Crane after.
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El Cochinito is a family-owned restaurant in Silver Lake serving the best Cuban sandwich in the world. Seriously.
What The Fish Sushi
What The Fish Sushi has a cringeworthy name, but the Silver Lake restaurant serves some solid seafood.
Silverlake serves some of the best ramen in town, but thanks to perpetual lines, we endorse getting it for takeout.
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Thunderbolt in Echo Park is a fairly new bar, but it already feels like a neighborhood institution.
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Freedman’s is a fantastic comfort food spot in Silver Lake that’s good for everything from a first date to a life-saving reuben with your roommate.
Melody is in a converted bungalow in Virgil Village, and it’s one of the more versatile spots in the neighborhood.
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