Hounds are probably aware of the hipster zone in Los Feliz on Vermont between Hollywood and Franklin. It's got a movie theater, bookstore, coffee shops, record stores -- and restaurants. Has anyone had good or bad experiences with any of the restaurants that they can share? Here for your convenience is a complete list of the restaurants, roughly north to south:
Electric Lotus (Indian)
House of Pies
Fred 62 (retro diner)
Figaro Cafe (French)
Mama Mia (Italian)
Okay, that's the list. Some of them don't look super-promising: Armitage looks like it's been abandoned for forty years though the door was open the other day, Palermo and Mama Mia look like standard old-school Italian places, and Dresden just doesn't work as a restaurant name for me. Fred 62 is a little too tragically hip for me right this moment. But hey, I'm willing to have an open mind.
And others do look interesting. I think people have commented here on Electric Lotus in the past. Mako is a tiny Japanese place right next to the movie theater without a sign out front -- you could easily mistake it for the breakfast grill that it probably was in 1954. Vermont is ostentatious; it could be great or a rip-off. Figaro is a really striking reproduction of an old French cafe with a bakery next door; the piece of salmon that I had there was pretty ordinary, but I'm prepared to believe that it's indispensable for its simple things, just for the atmosphere.
Anyway, please do tell me where to eat and not eat in this particular district. Thanks!