Since the pandemic began and Los Angeles restaurants were forced to close in-person dining, they've been struggling to stay afloat through take-out and delivery. With no hint of a restaurant industry federal bail-out coming in the foreseeable future, many beloved neighborhood spots have already been forced to close after treading water for six months.

Many of us in the community are left feeling powerless, but one small thing we can do is make it a point to support local restaurants instead of chains. Here is a list of some of our favorite East Side restaurants that you can visit for outdoor dining, or, if you're not comfortable with that just yet, for delivery or take out. 

1. Rockwell Table and Stage

The Rockwell in Los Feliz is known for staging upbeat musical parodies of movies like Clueless and Home Alone. Although you can't see a show at the Rockwell's stage for the foreseeable future, this huge venue has two outdoor patios to enjoy dinner, happy hour, or brunch.  

2. Melody 

Located in East Hollywood, Melody has an adorable patio space that makes you feel like you're in a friend's backyard. This wine bar has a great selection and they host revolving food pop ups ranging from Metztli Taqueria to Radburg's rad burgers. 

3. Momed

Momed in Atwater Village was well prepared for the outdoor dining mandate, as nearly all of the dining space is open air. They specialize in modern Meditteranean cuisine, and they're a delicious option for brunch or dinner. 

4. Casita del Campo

If you've never been to this iconic Mexican restaurant in Silverlake, you've surely noticed its hot pink exterior when you've driven by its Hyperion Ave. location. Enjoy a margarita on one of their three outdoor patios where each table is spaced at least six feet a part. 

5. El Cid

Like the Rockwell, El Cid in Silverlake has been home to many live music, theater, and film screenings. They also have an expansive outdoor patio with some great sangria. If you want to keep it casual with some classic bar food like nachos and chicken wings, make a visit to El Cid. 

6. Salazar

Salazar in Frogtown near Silverlake is another restaurant that didn't need to do too much to prepare for the new COVID-19 dining restrictions. Except for a small bar, the entirety of the dining room is located outside. This upscale Mexican restaurant is a little pricey, but their brunch and dinner options are exceptional and worth the price for a special meal out on the town. 

7. Spoke Bicycle Cafe 

Make an afternoon out of a trip to Spoke Bicycle Cafe, also located in Frogtown along the LA River. You can park by the beginning of the biking and walking path at the Lewis MacAdams Riverfront Park, and follow the river until you reach the large, all outdoor cafe. You can enjoy breakfast or lunch and they have wine and beer options. Plus, they're very dog friendly, so the whole family can take the trip together. 

Are you thinking of moving to the east side? Email us or gives us a call at (323) 412-9060 and we can get to work looking for your new home.

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