This week I'm starting a new feature -- Ask Eating L.A. I'm not trying to horn in on Chowhound or Jonathan Gold, just to offer my own perspective on eating around L.A.
This week, Whitman, who is new to L.A., asks:
"I'm curious what you think are the best places to eat in Silverlake. In particular, what do you recommend for (i) Indian; (ii) Japanese; or (iii) Mexican food? You should post a 'top 10' list of your favorite places to eat in Silverlake."
OK, Whitman, here goes: For Indian, I'll go with Agra, but I also like India's Sweets and Spices in Atwater. Tantra has a swell design, but it's a little pricey, and the service is often spaced out and downright bad. I don't dislike Electric Lotus as much as others do, but perhaps it's seen better days.
For Japanese, Saito is a great sushi bar, and there's not much else to choose from in the immediate area. If you want more interesting cooked dishes, ramen, etc., you'll have to go downtown to little Tokyo.
For Mexican, I'm pretty faithful to Malo. I used to like the food at Alegria, but I had to give up because the service was so bad. I also like Barragan's in Echo Park, and I hear good things about the taco truck on Alvarado near Von's.
Here's my Silver Lake/Los Feliz/nearby top 10:
4) Nadpob Thai
5) Mae Ploy Thai
6) Madame Matisse
7) KP's Vietnamese Deli
Honorable mention to Vermont, Yuca's, Alcove, Agra, India's Sweets and Spices, etc. I still haven't been to Cliff's Edge and I don't like Cafe Stella, Edendale Grill, Masa, El Conquistador, etc. Cirxa is now closed, by the way, and none too soon.
Oh, and you didn't ask, but here's my top 5 local bars:
2) Mixville at Edendale Grill
3) Red Lion
4) Little Joy