There's something for all tastes at Eat Well, from Baja fish tacos to country-fried chicken. The cozy diner serves homestyle breakfast until 3 p.m. daily, including such day-starting entrees as a hickory-smoked ham and eggs, and a vegetarian Buddha bowl made with tofu, broccoli, zucchini, and enlightenment. Later in the day, guests enjoy a high pile of ham, salami, swiss cheese, and Italian dressing in the Hobi Sandwich, and the herbivore-friendly Garden Melt with a meatless patty, grilled red onions, and soy cheese on a marble rye.
In 1984, Greg and Rose Tcholakian decided that, in order to truly share their traditional Middle Eastern eats with the world, a bigger kitchen was in order. That led them to open Carousel Restaurant in an intimate storefront. In 1998, they passed the business to their son, Mike, who expanded upon his parents' growing legacy by moving to a larger location, where he could incorporate more of his family’s culture into every detail. He enhanced the eatery's decor with traditional artwork and decorative scimitars, and put together a live band to back up a large belly-dancing troupe on Fridays and Saturdays. Over the years, Mike has also added to the menu, which now includes more than 50 appetizers in addition to his parents' signature kebabs and pilafs. Today he still helms the business, steering it toward its 30th anniversary and millionth belly shaken as his guests continue to come nightly for a taste of his family’s food and culture.
You could argue that every meal at Gaucho's Village includes live entertainment—servers are constantly visiting tables with humongous skewers of meat and slicing off choice pieces with a sword-like knife. To summon such a show to your table, all you need to do is turn a small marker over to display its green side, or turn your "Bring on the Meat" t-shirt right-side out. Then, you select from an array of flame-roasted cuts, ranging from the traditional picanha, or sirloin cap, to tri-tip and filet mignon wrapped in bacon. The blazing churrasco fires backstage also cook lamb, pork, and sausage, and the menu suggests a proper wine pairing for each cut.
Though these meats have been featured on the Travel Channel's Tastiest Places to Chow Down, they aren't the only impressive spectacle at the restaurant. The real show occurs on weekends, when samba dancers and DJs rev up the always-festive atmosphere. Guests who would rather kick back than shimmy along can visit the attached lounge. There, a separate lounge menu boasts empanadas and coxinha—fried balls of chicken and cheese—as well as flavored hookah on a back patio fenced with live bamboo.
The team at Vagabond Grillyard appreciates a fine cut of meat. The menu includes irresistible dishes such as the signature burger—grass-fed, dry-aged beef topped with housemade garlic aioli, sweet onion marmalade, and sharp cheddar and served on a brioche bun. To create the pulled-pork sandwich, pit masters roast pork shoulder for 12 hours before sliding it onto a portuguese bun and decorating it with bacon and sriracha poppy-seed coleslaw. In true Vagabond form, the fellas behind the grill frequently cater events for all occasions, recently wrapping up an event for E! personality Catt Sadler.
Inspired by the 1968 cult film, Barbarella Bar is a rockin’ cool neighborhood spot in the heart of Silver Lake. Happy hour is especially popular here, as locals hang out at the long bar or nestle into sexy leather banquettes. The patio offers a livelier scene with an open al fresco lounging atmosphere. On tap there are two dozen local craft brews and imported beer, while large, festive martinis range from pomegranate mint to an elderflower gimlet, and specialty cocktails include a Moscow Mule, Jalapeño Twist and house-made sangria. Patrons can graze on the likes of burrata bruschetta, tuna tartare or short rib tacos. Heartier plates feature miso salmon, pesto penne with artichokes, grass fed Angus burgers, gourmet pizza, and selections of charcuterie and cheese.
Superheroes watch over Tangier Korean BBQ, keeping the peace in street scenes painted on the walls or as cartoonesque sculptures flexing against the backdrop of exposed, weathered wood beams. Wait staff weave between the futuristic super statues carrying trays of Korean dishes such as bibimbap and kimchi stew. Tangier's signature all-you-can-eat Black Angus smorgasboard pummels hearty appetites with short ribs, chicken, vegetables, and other flavors, which deluge tables nestled between cozy booths and mod red chairs. The drink menu embraces the same Pacific flavors, featuring Sapporo beers and mojitos with lemongrass and lime. Couples chat at café seating on the outdoor patio, where they can sup under the stars or challenge the moon to 20 questions.