Kid Hit Menu Items: Local’s three-cheese grilled brioche sandwich is jam packed with oozy goey richness, also because of the onion confit and oven dried tomatoes ($11). It’s a monster of a sandwich, so I recommend clearly asking to reduce the size and/or the condiments if you’re ordering for a kid. Everyone can help themselves to lemonade, the lovely fresh salad bar ($8/pound), soups, or order other solid mostly locally sourced (hence the name) foods from the counter, then take a seat outside on a sidewalk table or in the charmingly funky covered area set back from the street. Local offers a side of mac n’ cheese ($7), and everyone loves the super crispy hand-cut French fries and homemade ketchup ($4). Lots of egg dishes and some multi-culti specialties are available at breakfast, along with the sweet items you’d hope for at a place that cares about health and planetary well being but also serves applewood smoked bacon and Belgian waffles.
Adult Perks: What was a vintage shop is now an eco-conscious, fast casual, easy going place that’s in tune with the neighborhood. If Local’s name and culinary agenda is vague, it stands in contrast to the uber-specific dietary programs of the vegan joints clustered in the area. Here you can be as healthy or as unhealthy as you wanna be. Crunchy herbivore types can feast on the quinoa burger or ginger orange tempeh vegetable and brown rice bowl, while the omnivorous locavores can go for the albondigas ground pork burger made with meat from Niman Ranch. Both real and fakin’ bacon are available. At dinner all items are under $20, which depending on your outlook is either a lot for the uncushy setting, or fair for the quality of ingredients.
Pros: Salad bar and soups are ready to go, and a lot of the food is essentially simple and customized. Good people watching along Sunset Blvd. in a casual setting, and my kids enjoy the mural depicting animals hanging out in a pasture. What fun it is to sit below a massive undulating hillside retaining wall! The Silver Lake Walking Man mural is down the street, too.
Cons: It’s not easy to circle the block if you need to nab a parking space, and you’re competing with other popular places nearby, such as Café Tropical down the street.
Changing Station: No
High Chairs: Yes
Parking and Access: Metered street parking on Sunset. Parking on a side street might be a wee bit complicated.
Other Tidbits: If you haven’t been to a Park[ing] Day event, find one and GO! (Granted, it requires having flexible Fridays.) The next Park[ing] Day is coming up on Friday, September 16. And I highly recommend the pop-up park my friends from de LaB (Design East of La Brea) are coordinating in front of Local from roughly 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., featuring what will be an awesome installation by Standard architects. We’ve stopped by at Park[ing] Day for the past two years at Local; the photo above is from ’09, and my son STILL talks about it. Frankie and Brownie the baby goats aren’t going to make an appearance this year, sadly. But like any familiar, mundane experience that’s been slightly altered, hanging out in a transformed parking space can be a surprisingly good time. Grab a cup of lemonade or coffee and take a seat right on the street.
2943 West Sunset Blvd.
Cuisine: Market-Driven, American, Fast Casual
Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Monday; 9:00 a.m. – 10 p.m., Tuesday – Thursday, Sunday; 9:00 a.m. – 11 p.m., Friday & Saturday.