L&E Oyster bar
Photograph by Ryan Robert Miller
We only regret that we didn’t think of it ourselves: oysters by the dozen, crisp wines, and primo sidewalk seating along Silver Lake Boulevard. The pair behind Bar Covell has transformed an Italian fine-dining spot into a welcoming hang and an instant neighborhood favorite. Aside from rotating offerings on the half shell, the kitchen serves a potpie spiced with curry and loaded with shrimp and potatoes. Slurp up the freshest rendition of oysters Rockefeller we’ve ever had, barely warmed with spinach. Sparkling wine, muscadet, and other shellfish-appropriate sips abound. » 1637 Silver Lake Blvd., 323-660-2255 or leoysterbar.com.