On the Scene: Silver Lake update

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Silver Lake has some work to do to catch up with the flying coattails of Echo Park when it comes to restaurant news. Still, while strolling through the ‘hood this weekend, I picked up some worthy bits and pieces:

  • Malo is opening a second-story dining room and bar. It was supposed to open Dec. 1, but there have been a few setbacks (there always are) and the target opening is now for early January. Also, if you didn’t know already, Malo now serves brunch. I tried it and was pleasantly surprised by my scrambler with soyrizo, green onion and queso fresco.
  • Mongolian barbecue is coming to a storefront on Sunset Boulevard, about halfway between Andiamo Pizza and Pho Cafe. The name of the restaurant is Gobi, and the sign out front says ‘coming soon.’ That could mean in a week or six months -- I’ll do some digging and report back.
  • If you’re a vegan, or have vegan friends, you’ve most likely lamented the loss of the Vegan Spot, a junk-food restaurant that burned brightly for far too short a time. The restaurant’s Twinkies and roast beef and cheddar sandwiches were the closest most vegans will ever come to eating like red-blooded Americans. The Vegan Spot was owned by the same folks who own Flore, Sunset Junction’s ever-popular vegan hang. Now the space has reopened (after a brief closure) as Cafe Flore. The new cafe functions like a little sister to Flore. On the menu, you’ll find vegan coffee drinks, sweets and breakfast (served all day -- with or without real eggs). Also, you’ll still be able to get those vegan Twinkies.

-- Jessica Gelt