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Our City Guides is from the point of view of the people we interview. A restaurant cannot be listed in our guides unless it is recommended by one of the tastemakers we’ve featured. We don’t want you to see the restaurant world through our eyes, but rather through the eyes of your favorite tastemakers in every industry. Why us? Why not them?

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Bar Stella

Recommended By: Jonathan Levine (Director)

Classic French bistro fare served on a romantic patio or in a warm dining room with brick walls, go to the bar for innovative cocktails and a classic wine menu. An industry favorite for low key nights, you just might see a director or two pitching a film at the bar. cafestella.comhttp://cafestella.com/about/

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Blair’s

Recommended By: Kyra Sedgwick

A favorite in LA for foodies and actors alike, Blair’s only uses organic local produce procured daily from nearby farmer’s markets, along with meats and seafood from a local network of the best suppliers. The menu changes daily, so be sure to come often to test out seasonal specialities. Make a reservation.  www.blairsrestaurant.com

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Café Stella

Recommended by: Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Actor), Malin Akerman (Actress)

This Silver Lake bistro serves fresh French fare in a warm and inviting setting. The walls are adorned with an eclectic variety of pictures, and traditional bistro furniture is scattered throughout the restaurant. The menu offers traditional French classics that can be enjoyed indoors or outside on the charming patio. Make a Reservation. www.cafestella.com

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Forage

Recommended by: John Cho (Actor)

This restaurant and deli in Silver Lake offers a delicious array of seasonal proteins and side dishes, along with an ever-changing sandwich menu. Everything is made fresh daily, and each item is created with great attention towards maximizing its flavor and texture. Lines can get long during peak hours, but the wait is worth it. [...]

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Gingergrass

Recommended by: Catherine McCord (Weelicious), John Cho (Actor)

Gingergrass has a fun, casual vibe made even better by the healthy, fresh Vietnamese cuisine it does so well. Said to be perfect for a quick lunch or laid-back dinner, it’s a spot lovers of Vietnamese cuisine should go check out. “There’s a Vietnamese restaurant called Gingergrass that does some interesting takes on Bahn Mi, [...]

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Lark Cake Shop

Recommended by: Kathryn Hahn (Actress)

This bakeshop is a Silverlake favorite for its delicious homemade desserts (cakes, cupcakes, cookies, bars…you name it). It’s known particularly for its ice box cupcakes, which come highly recommended by Silverlake locals (including actress Kathryn Hahn). It’s perfect for picking up some goodies for a party, or stopping by for a espresso – and to [...]

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Malo

Recommended by: Daphne Oz (Host, The Chew)

A Silverlake favorite, Malo serves up delicious Mexican food using the freshest ingredients. The Chew’s Daphne Oz calls the salsa crema and margaritas “so addictive they should be illegal.” Make a Reservation. “Malo in Silverlake makes amazing Mexican food.” Daphne Oz (The Chew) www.malorestaurant.com

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Pine & Crane

Recommended By: Zelda Williams (Actress)

A fast-casual Taiwanese-Chinese restaurant located in the heart of Silver Lake, we love that this restaurant is reinventing what we think of “Chinese” takeaway food. They source almost all of their vegetables from their family farm. Try taking the food to go for a picnic in Sunset Triangle! www.pineandcrane.com

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Silverlake Ramen

Recommended by: Aubrey Peeples (Actress)

The neighborhood’s inaugural ramen spot gives Eastsiders no reason to brave traffic for some artisanal Japanese noodles. Pick from a wide variety of soup combinations, but you’ll be wise to include the noteworthy pork belly.

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Sqirl

Recommended by: Busy Philipps (Actress), Kiernan Shipka (Actress), Peggy Wang (DIY Editor, BuzzFeed), Jud Mongell (Five Leaves), Birgitte Hjort Sorenson (Actress)

Sqirl is a wholesome hole-in-the-wall of a café that serves D&B coffee and puts California-grown ingredients together in the most delightful of ways. The little storefront is run by a jam-maker who creates brilliant and beautiful dishes like brioche toast with ricotta and fig jam. Peggy Wang (DIY Editor, BuzzFeed) would have the Crispy Kokuho Rose Brown Rice [...]

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Sushi Saito

Recommended by: Natasha Lyonne (Actress)

Located in an unassuming strip-mall, Saito’s serves up simple, delicious sushi. The fish and rice stand out as highlights with no need for wild sauces and over-the-top ingredients. A casual spot for enjoying a perfect plating of tuna.  

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The Kitchen

Recommended By: Zelda Williams (Actress)

A truly LA restaurant, everything here is made in house, from pastas to stocks and sodas for cocktails. Their goal is to make comfort food good for you – so it’s obviously a TNP fave. We particularly love their brunch; the baguette French toast is a can’t miss. www.thekitchen.la