Restaurants I've been to recently that I recommend
Auntie Em's Kitchen- great brunch on Eagle Rock Blvd. Amazing baked goods, local ingredients.
Little Flower Candy Co- sandwiches, salads, baked goods and of course candies on Colorado Blvd between Eagle Rock and Pasadena. I haven't tried the candy yet, but have heard it's amazing. Great hostess gifts.
Cafe Stella - Little french Bistro in Sunset Junction. Great ambiance and outdoor patio. Stop in at the Silverlake Cheese shop next door. And make sure you order the escargot.
The York on York - Highland Park. Great bar, great burgers. cool industrial vibe.
Bacaro Wine Bistro - in the West Adams area. Fun little place in an interesting up and coming neighborhood. The food was surprisingly good. The decor could use a little help, but it was definitely worth it with a Groupon.
Lazy Ox Canteen - tapas style gastropub in Little Tokyo. Stopped in her for apps before a ramen dinner. Excited about going back for a real meal.