What I miss the most from my old neighborhood is the Farmer's Market. It offered this amazing space where you could be around people as you had a meal, but were also totally anonymous. There was no table service, there was plenty of seating, you were in an airy environment that kind of even felt outdoor. Once you got your food, you were pretty much on your own -- bring a couple magazines or a crossword puzzle and hang out all day if you wanted to. I lived half a block away, and I miss it bad.
I'm surrounded by restaurants in Los Feliz (and the nearby neighborhoods), but sometimes nothing hits that sweet spot of casual, easy, anonymous, delicious. Enter Atwater Crossing Kitchen. Order your food at the counter, then hang out undisturbed in their summery courtyard dining area.
Atwater Crossing is a strange and wonderful place -- 2 blocks of industrial buildings house creative offices, artisanal manufacturing facilities, locations for photography and film shoots, and theaters, and the events there are eclectic and funky. The area surrounding the Kitchen portion includes a small screening/performance room, a wine and beer bar, and that courtyard dining area with a couple communal tables, as well as a bunch of single-party ones.
Oh! And said dining area is situated right next to a railroad track. So, every once in a while, a train chugs by right next to you! It's the coolest thing ever.
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Atwater Crossing Kitchen is at 3245 Casitas Ave.