The new East Side (Echo Park/Silverlake) Love it or hate it, you just can’t avoid it. We love to complain about the gentrification and with it increase in rents (build more housing LA, you have the space!) but we keep coming back to check out the latest restaurant, bar, coffee shop or art installation, why? because the East Side is where it's at. We all know the clichés about people who live here or party here—but let’s face it, it’s always easy to find a good time along this well-trodden strip of Sunset.
Here are five new places in Echo Park and Silverlake to check out this month. You're Welcome!
Sawyer is the kind of place that’s all about appearances, so take your place among the beautiful people and order a cocktail and some oysters. With its big windows and light and airy feel, it’s a great place to show off a date—but you might want to take a seat at the bar and stick to small plates if you’re worried about getting trapped. Sawyer is all about seafood and the octopus and ling are great—but try and resist the lure of the soft shell crab sandwich on black bread.
There’s always room for another sushi place in LA, but Kombu Sushi and Sake the low-key staple on Sunset Boulevard has been serving up izakaya-style snacks, fresh sushi and sashimi—and of course a selection of crazy baked rolls for the past few years. It’s a perfect date spot or for a relaxed dinner after work. There’s a patio through the back that’s ideal for soaking up the last of those late-summer evenings.
Authentic Burmese restaurants are few and far between in Los Angeles. In fact, Daw Yee Myanmar Corner in Silver Lake and its sister restaurant in Monterey Park might be the only two. The Silver Lake location, which has only been open for a couple of months means that this previously obscure cuisine just became much more accessible to Angelenos. The first thing you’ll want to order here is the amazing tea leaf salad, made from pickled tea leaves, and an assortment of nuts, beans and vegetables—it’s amazingly delicious. They also do a range of traditional soups and curries, including the fish cake curry and goat curry.
Tucked under Sunset on the tiny strip of stores along Glendale Boulevard, you could miss Street Level but with its bright red and blue paint job, it sticks out like a sore thumb from its beige surroundings. Street Level has a welcoming, unpretentious vibe, and could easily become your new friendly neighborhood coffee place. They do an amazing grilled cheese solid sandwich with an ice tea. The best part is that the coffee and teas is still relatively cheap compared to the (sometimes) outrageous prices at other cafes in the area. Say what's up to Julio for me, he's pretty freaking amazing!
Winsome has been open since February 2016, so if you haven’t checked this place out, now’s the time. Run by Jeremy Strubel of Rustic Canyon fame, Winsome is currently only open for breakfast, brunch and lunch (dinner is coming soon)—but that’s okay because they have a great patio area that’s perfect for enjoying the LA sun. If you’re here for breakfast, the potato rosti and fried egg sandwich are hits, but if you’re looking for something a little different go for the duck egg toast.