I've lived in Silverlake for the past nine years - and six years from 1980-86 before this. Restaurants have come and gone, some better than others, none what I would call great, plenty just okay enough for a neighborhood place.
Last night the girlfriend and I went to BarBrix and had the first truly excellent meal we've had out in our neighborhood.
The place is beautiful, with a good sized, away from the street patio, and a nice interior, not too dark, not too light, comfortable.
Deviled eggs with boquerones (marinated white anchovies) - they were fantastic. Our waitress, Lanie, who was from the south said that she's a traditionalist about her deviled eggs but that she loves these anyhow. And she was right. They were probably the best I've ever had anywhere.
Pork rillettes - very good, although probably the weakest part of the meal. They did come with a truly wonderful pickled red onion though.
Roasted Cauliflower Salad. I'm not usually big on cauliflower, this was extraordinary. In a slightly vinegary dressing, with chickpeas and green beans and a few other spices - possibly coriander, maybe a light curry powder of some sort - it was refreshing and interesting and wonderful.
Cataplana with Manila clams, white wine, garlic, chorizo and tomatoes. Astoundingly good. I'd happily order a big bowl of the sauce, a spoon and some bread and make a meal of it. One of the best, if not the best, versions of this dish I have ever had.
Moroccan spice rubbed lamb ribs with tomato and beldi olive sauce. Totally loved the sauce. The spice rub on the lamb was good, but had a few flavors that I didn't like quite so much. It was also a bit sweet. The charred bits were the best and the lamb was cooked perfectly. It was a very good dish in any event, and I loved mopping up the sauce with the bread.
The girlfriend had an Italian wine called Falanghina which she loves and has had a hard time finding. I had an excellent Sancerre.
Dinner, with 3-1/2 glasses of wine (they ran out of the Falanghina) came to $64 plus tip. Which seemed quite reasonable for the quality and environment.
I'd also like to especially mention our waitress Lanie. She was fantastic, friendly, perfect in every way. And, when the table next to ours ordered a particular cheese with a particular wine. we overheard her explain to them in an easygoing, straightforward manner, why they might want to reconsider that combination, and she suggested a different cheese as doing a better job of pairing with their choice of wine. That's something I don't often hear waiters do, and I was very impressed by it.