Silver Lake is not kind to restaurateurs looking for locations. You've basically got a choice of high rents in a storefront with little to no parking or high rents in an ugly minimall with some parking.
Organic salad and soup bar for both eat-in and take-out, with Rocky Chicken salad and eggless egg salad
When he decided to open Local, chef Jason Michaud of Cobras and Matadors and Three Drunken Goats at least had his location already -- his antique store Eastside Mercantile was located right on Sunset Blvd. in a burgeoning restaurant area between Aroma and Dusty's. As for parking, you're on your own, but on weekdays it's pretty easy. On weekends, well, fortunately it's right off the bike lane.
Quinoa burger with gold beets and pine nuts
Michaud is so about the local that he's not even offering a beef hamburger, because he couldn't find any California-raised beef he liked. Instead, there's an Albondigas burger ($11) made with Heritage pork, a Diestel Farms organic turkey burger ($11) and slow roasted heritage pork sloppy joes ($13) in addition to lots of vegan and vegetarian choices like the hearty quinoa burger I tried ($11) with gold beets and pine nuts. The quinoa was a bit starchy paired with the large bun, but I appreciate the idea of inventing new kinds of vegeburgers.
At breakfast, there's whole wheat banana walnut or apple pecan pancakes ($9), Belgian waffles, chilequiles ($13) and braised pork belly with eggs ($13). Don't worry, lots of tofu and fake bacon choices also available. Local is doing breakfast and lunch for now (opening at 8 am), with dinner to follow at a later date.
2943 W. Sunset Blvd., between Parkman Avenue and Hamilton Way, Silver Lake