Cookbook is a small grocery store in the heart of Echo Park. They focus on bringing local, fresh and quality products to the residents and take time to cultivate a variety of brands that produce food responsibly, with little to no harm done to the environment and animals. The store is picturesque, with all the fruits and vegetables laid out in angled eye-level wooden bins or placed in bowls on their rustic tables. Prepared sandwiches and baked goods are displayed at the back counter. All the wooden details and quality products make it comparable to the perfection of a movie set.
Sunset Beer Company in Echo Park is the perfect hideaway for any local beer connoisseur. Located on Sunset Boulevard, this small, casual spot is part lounge, part bar and part store. Patrons can order beer on tap at the bar, or select from over 700 bottled craft beers (and wines) to take home – or better yet, enjoy in-store with a $2 corkage fee. Visitors can then sit in the outdoor patio area or in the lounge, which boasts a cozy fireplace, leather chairs, wooden benches and a bookshelf lined with books, magazines and an assortment of board games. Beers on tap range in price and style, but are almost always of the local or national craft beer variety. Customers tend to be young and engaging, and the annual Mug Club lets frequenters keep their own glass at the bar for use whenever they come through.
Carrying a wide selection of imported wines from across Spain, France, Italy, California and beyond, as well as craft beers, cordials, myriad spirits and bar snacks, Silver Lake’s House of Spirits is not your average neighborhood shop. With a bright neon sign and a long green awning, the liquor selections inside range from hard to find bottles to everyday drink options, with a few surprises thrown in. Tasty drink accompaniments for sale include chocolates, crackers, cookies, candies and of course, an array of nonalcoholic beverages. The crowded storefront is located conveniently just off Sunset Boulevard. Rows of various bottles line the walls and there are stands holding hundreds more on the aisles, making this a great place to stock up before a party.
You won’t find supermarket-level wines at this boutique bottle shop – just quality, well-sourced vintages from California and beyond. The open, wood-heavy shop carries a surprising amount of bottles, despite its diminutive size along Glendale Boulevard in its trendy namesake Silver Lake neighborhood, though the space never feels cramped. Beyond wine, the shop also sells an interesting selection of spirits, craft beers and sake. Sliverlake Wine also offers three different tastings each week, including a $20 per person Sunday specials that lets guests taste four wines, each paired with hors d’oeuvres. On Monday nights, three distinct wines are served with farmhouse cheese, olives, and bread for $12 per person, and The Heirloom LA food truck swings by for heartier fare. They even offer three Wines of the Month clubs that start at $25 per month, and free local delivery is offered on orders of $50 or more.
After opening their first store in Anaheim in 1993, the grocery gurus behind Super King Markets noticed the globe-spanning diversity of their customer base. This keen insight led them to stock shelves with brands from across the world and around the corner, a policy which helped them win LA Weekly's Best Ethnic Deli Counter of 2009, Best Place to Buy Nutella of 2010, and Best Palace of Cheap Produce of 2011. Now expanded to five locations, the store still fills each outpost with fruits and vegetables, quality meats and private-label seafood, and an assortment of shells in the mixed-nut bar. Staff members behind the service deli weigh imported salamis, caviar, and cheeses for their upcoming high-school wrestling matches, and clerks in the liquor aisle dole out advice on each spirited beverages. Additionally, the Los Angeles, Altadena, and Claremont locations invite shoppers to linger longer with an expansive fresh bakery.
Nick's Cafe plated its first ham and eggs in 1948—a fact that isn't surprising when one considers the restaurant's vintage elements, such as a bar-style service counter and tented outdoor patio. A throwback that retains strong connections to LA's diner heyday, Nick's continues to do things the old-fashioned way. That's not to say the menu hasn't evolved. Chef Luis Flores draws on local influences to complement the traditional burgers, hot dogs, and omelets with Mexican staples such as breakfast burritos, huevos rancheros, and sombreros filled with steamy coffee.