If it’s your first time at Botanica, avoid the weekend brunch and pretend you’re a regular: go for a weekday breakfast or an ‘apéro’. Sit on the patio, and you’ll be at the epicenter of the Silverlake trend: millennial pink walls, a very cute market, excellent biodynamic wine list, and vegetable-driven menu. Emily Fiffer and Heather Sperling, two food media veterans converted to the joys (and struggles) of owning a restaurant, share all their recipes online and you’ll definitely want to try them at home: Turkish eggs with yogurt and freshly baked focaccia, fattoush-y salad with a lot of labne, pimenton clams with grains and chorizo. If you’re going during golden hour, pair your pet nat with a beautiful plate of crudités and dips: pesto, lemony labne, and beet muhammara. You’ll feel more Silverlaky than Silverlake. Or is that Silverlake-ish?


Where? 1620 Silver Lake Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

When? Wednesday-Sunday 9AM-2PM and 5:30-9PM (11PM on Fridays and Saturdays)

What? botanicarestaurant.com

How? (323) 522-6106 or OpenTable

Style: Californian

Price: Small plates $10-19

Neighborhood: Silverlake

Best for: Lunch