Barbrix

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Address: 2442 Hyperion Ave.
Cross Street: Tracy St.
Neighborhood: Silver Lake
Phone: (323) 662-2442
Hours: Sun.-Thurs., 6PM-11PM
Fri.-Sat., 6PM-midnight

Type: Wine Bar, Californian

This cozy new wine bar in Silver Lake (once a private house) from the guy behind La Terza has already become a local favorite. If calling ahead for reservations, ask for one of the candlelit tables on the front patio to avoid the noise and crowd of the bustling interior. The more spontaneous will most likely be able to get a seat at the sleek four-sided bar in the front room, whose design accents like wooden beams and a vaulted ceiling are reminiscent of a chalet-style Austrian wine bar.
 
Barbrix stocks wines from all over the world, with some especially interesting choices from Austria, France and Argentina (there's also one from Slovenia!). Many are under $10 a glass, though the real bargains (and finds) are in the bottle-only section.

The food menu, which comes cutely clipped to pieces of corkboard-just in case you forgot this is a wine bar-is composed of small plates meant for sharing. Two-three plates per person works. Start with the crostini misti topped with combos like jidori chicken liver pate, and eggplant caponata. The veal meatballs with pecorino cheese, lemon and bay are also juicy and light. Cheese and charcuterie plates are featured next, and you can find some enticing choices like Spain's ash-coated Monte Enebro goat cheese, or the Tuscan fennel-scented finocchiona sausage.

Next come the veggie plates, with farm-fresh options like the spring farro salad with crisp English peas, toasted pine nuts, chunks of feta cheese, mint sprigs, and just a few pieces of red onion thrown in. For a more meaty main course, try the gamey wild boar sausage in a tangy bean ragu with tart green apple mostarda on the side.