Huicho's bakery, Pico and Vermont. Fantastic Mexican sweet breads, steam table lunch. Took home an assortment of sweets. My favorite; A round bread larger than a baseball, smaller than... a kickball? Covered in lemon icing. The one covered in red icing with coconut looked good, but kidlet won't eat coconut.
Attached to the bakery is a lunchonette/steam table with a nice selection of chicken/pork/ rice and beans, etc. Yummy! Don't forget to get your corn tortillas as they roll out, bagged hot and fresh in front of you.
North side of Pico & Normandie market; carne asada (I'm working my way through the neighborhood meat markets.) Liked the marinade but it's a little bland. Last one was way too peppery (south side of Pico between Normandie & Vermont). Will continue my quest.
Thanks to you all for your patio recommendations, I took my out-of-town visitor to Orso's on 3rd. The veal with spinach and pancetta was fair. Eh to the chicken marsala (really just roast chicken with mushrooms.) Loved the sausage pizza. This may just be the thinnest crust in town (made my carb conscious friend happy.)
Hugo's for breakfast. The Pasta mama is highly overrated. Why spend all that money when my favorite breakfast place (Duke's) is up the street? (Or Kokomo's at the Farmer's Market for huevos rancheros).
Found myself in Silverlake the other day -- the Cheese Store has a nice selection of blues.
Lastly, who recommended the bibimbap at a restaurant on James Woods east of Vermont (north side of street/mini-mall) It was perfect!