Once a deli staple, the knish is enjoying a renaissance of late, with a new book out by Laura Silver on this iconic Jewish equivalent of the potato pie or empanada. Some of the best can be found at Best Shoe Repair in the Fairfax District. Each morning at 6 a.m., the proprietor, Dmitri, prepares four different types of knishes — mushroom, potato, meat and cabbage — and sells them at his shop, which in addition to fixing footwear offers watch-repair services and alterations. So when you drop off a pair of those pumps, take home some knishes — we recommend the mushroom. They may prove to be the Fairfax neighborhood's true sole food after all. —Jeffrey Burbank
6001 W. Olympic Blvd., Mid-Wilshire, 90036. (323) 857-0987.