Home Silver Lake Is Where You Find Just About…Everything

by Jessica on March 31, 2011

Kid Hit Menu Items: Waffle fries. Yup, French fries shaped like little waffles. Slick move, Home restaurant. CrayAngles are provided to color and play the games on the kids’ menu that offers pizza, sandwiches, and plates of pasta at night. Home has gooey sticky or salty breakfast foods of every stripe. The bakery case loaded with pies and heavily frosted cakes can be avoided if you enter through the bar, BTW.
Adult Perks: The multi-page laminated and spiral bound menu isn’t a showcase of culinary wizardry, but no one will fold his/her arms in pouty protest and refuse to eat. The bar scene at Home is happening, thanks to a daily happy hour and a nodal location that’s about the closest point to where Silver Lake, Los Feliz and Echo Park overlap. The crowd on a recent weeknight was a healthy mix of ages, demographics and types.

Huge dining room and outdoor patio, complete with fountains and fun landscape decorations. Tables come in every size and configuration, from tufted banquettes to two-tops, to lounge tables in the bar, to big group clusters. There’s tons of room to move about, both inside and out.

Cons: With the 5 freeway nearby, Riverside Drive and Fletcher, the outdoor seating isn’t the cleanest air you’ll enjoy during an alfresco brunch. And as you might have guessed, the food itself doesn’t rank as the Number One reason why Home Silver Lake works for families. The kitschy 50s retro logo doesn’t quite jibe with the rest of the scheme; just pick an historical era or two or even three, Home.

Changing Station: Yes

High Chairs: Yes

Parking and Access: Adjacent surface lot with valet.

Other Tidbits: Several aggressively mediocre meals and resulting disinterest in the Los Feliz Home didn’t send me running to the Riverside Drive location when it opened. But when our friends visited from New York and needed a place to gather a bunch of people —  most with children — they could not have picked a better place. First we hung out in the semi-private party room in the back while the kids played around a central table and stayed out of everyone else’s business. We had our own space during dinner, but still felt part of the mix, which included a pianist playing an outstanding selection of standard. Appropriate soundtrack for American comfort food, I suppose, and a totally welcome surprise for this kind of place.

This obviously is a post that doesn’t 100% adhere to the Taster Tots mission. Yet I get why my husband defended Home after a couple successful brunches with our older boy, and why neighborhood families flock to it. Home serves all-American comfort food (with requisite nods to multiculturalism) and gives its customers the conveniences of a “family restaurant,” while tacitly acknowledging the reluctance they might have towards this genre. It’s Coco’s meets Alcove meets Edendale. Folks who played in 90s experimental hip hop ensembles, dabbled in performance art, poetry slams, or participated in avant-garde group exhibitions (or still do) didn’t necessarily envision being part of a family of four eating fried chicken, mashed potatoes, spaghetti with meatballs and Chinese chicken salad at 6 p.m. At least at Home, they can sit under chandeliers juxtaposed with a mounted marlin, stop their kids from bumping into antique gramophones, vintage lamps and other bric-a-brac, and peek at the goings on around the bar and lounge in the other side of the doorway.


2500 Riverside Drive
, Silver Lake
(323) 665-0211
Cuisine: American
Price: $$
Hours: Monday – Thursday, Sunday 9 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 9 a.m. – 2 a.m.

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