The red-hot Silver Lake restaurant scene got another boost last week with the arrival of Sawyer, a casual-ish seafood restaurant decked out with a rustic California vibe and a large garden patio. Restaurateur Beau Laughlin and chef Alex McWilliams, the latter a former East Coast chef who's worked under Tom Colicchio and José Andres, are behind the project.
Sawyer will be open for dinner daily, serving "shareable plates" such as a soft-shell crab sandwich with red cabbage and scallion mayo; duck fat popovers with English blue cheese, sweet corn and razor clam chowder; skate wing with yam fries; Carolina fried chicken with jalapeño grits; and chilled seafood platters. The wine list is the creation of former Osteria Mozza sommelier Dario Dell’Anno, and cocktails are crafted by Devon Espinosa of the Church Key.
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For weekend brunch, Sawyer's offerings include ricotta skillet cakes with fresh berries, chocolate croissant custard toast, duck confit root veggie hash and lingcod tacos.
There's also a happy hour daily from 4 to 7 p.m., at which you'll find $4 beer, $5 wine, $6 well drinks and $8 cocktails, along with dishes like sweet pea hummus, an oyster po' boy and a combo that includes a half-dozen oysters with a glass of beer or wine for $12.
Sawyer, 3705 Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake; sawyerlosangeles.com.