This Tiny Café Might Be Silver Lake’s Next Big Thing

They’re making the most of the neighborhood’s smallest storefront

We’re all about a tiny house (hey, it might be the only way to afford a house in L.A.!) but what about a tiny café? In Silver Lake, one restaurateur has just converted a 240-square-foot former juice stand into a cheerful all-day restaurant, coffee shop, wine market, and gift shop.

Photograph by Jakob Layman

Scout recently opened in a teeny storefront slipped in between existing restaurants Sawyer and Kettle Black. Those two spaces already share the same owner and chef, so when this middle space became available after Clover Juice abandoned the space, they decided it made sense to bring it under the same umbrella.

For such a small space, they’re serving up a lot of different stuff. There’s coffee from Oregon’s Heart Rosters, pastries and baked goods from Friends & Family, and a great breakfast burrito, which has proven to be the most popular item so far. There’s also a full menu with options including grain bowls, kale salads, a fried chicken sandwich, and a really, really good grilled cheese. Since the space is so small, everything is meant to be taken to-go, but there are a few small tables on the sidewalk outside if you want to eat your lunch immediately.

Photograph by Jakob Layman

Besides the food offerings, the other thing that sets Scout apart is the retail space. Shelves were installed practically to the ceiling to accomodate all the locally-made items they wanted to pack in, which would seem cluttered if it wasn’t actually pretty convenient. You can grab wine made by Angeleno Wine or beer from Eagle Rock Brewery. There are cheeses! Cured meats! A collection of vinyl records of local indie bands curated by Dangerbird! Small ceramics in pleasing, soft colors!

OK, maybe it’s extremely Silver Lake, but is that so wrong?

Scout, 3707 W. Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake

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