Broome St. General Store

Find SoHo flavor in Silver Lake

Silver Lake is more or less the anti-Manhattan, with plenty of greenery, unobstructed blue skies and a year-round produce pipeline.

However, former SoHo resident Sophie Esteban and business partner Peter Graham have infused the neighborhood with a dose of Lower Manhattan by stocking a 1920s cottage with the specialty food items Esteban used to buy near Broome Street.

Walk inside, past the very Californian patio with its shaded picnic tables and white picket fence, and you'll find three shelves dedicated to neighborhoods where Esteban used to shop: Little Italy (San Marzano tomatoes), the Lower East Side (McClure's Pickles), and Chinatown (dried noodles and condiments).

Beyond that retail island, you'll find options like Bob's Red Mill grains, Harney & Sons teas, and ginger syrup from Brooklyn's Morris Kitchen. Broome Street is also the only California coffee bar featuring beans from New York's Gimme! Coffee.

Los Angeles is represented too, particularly in the selection of seasonal sandwiches, salads and pastries, including blueberry-lemon-ricotta muffins ($3.50) from Cake Monkey, and salted caramel croissants ($4) from Valerie Confections.

And in true general-store fashion, you'll also find grab-and-go cosmetics, harmonicas, and jewelry made by Esteban's mom.

Broome St. General Store, 2912 Rowena Ave., Silver Lake; 323-570-0405 or