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Aug 12, 2006 10:10 PM


hello fellow chowhounders --- i am looking for good recs for places to eat in hollywood/near hollywood - any and all cuisines and definitely some interesting places. I live in the area and haven't gotten to explore any of the food there and always find myself driving out to the westside for dinner, sick of it....where do I go in Hollywood? Gimme ur suggestions!

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  1. Try Fred 62 at 1850 N. Vermont. It's a pretty chill atmosphere and the food is nice and not expensive.

    1. Here is a post from just over a month ago that can link you to a few places, mostly modestly priced.

      Also, Dakota in the Roosevelt Hotel, Social Hollywood in the former Hwd. Athletic Club building, Lucky Devils, Ammo, Geisha House, Memphis, Les Deux Restaurant, BlackSteel, Cafe des Artistas, Musso & Frank, Vert, Off Vine and Hungry Cat might add a few to your list of potential dining options.

        1. Wow, lots of good places.

          Many of us on the board love MUSSO & FRANK’S, though it certainly has its detractors. Stick to the salads (The Caesar in particular) and grilled items such as the filet or the amazing pork chops, and you will be fine. Oh and martinis, of course. Thursday is Chicken Pot Pie day, theirs is excellent, though it needs salt and pepper to make it perfect.

          I am a big fan of VERT at Hollywood and Highland, though they recently changed their menu and I have not tried some of the new things. They have about the best Hollywood Bowl Boxes in the city.

          There are two very good, albeit expensive, steakhouses in Hollywood, DAKOTA at The Roosevelt and STERLING just west of the Arclight, behind Amoeba. I have been to both a number of times (Steaklover here) and I lean towards Sterling. CITIZEN SMITH is a great place to have drinks but the food was pretty underwhelming.

          Some Chowhounders had bad experiences at MEMPHIS when it opened. A friend asked me to take her for her birthday a few weeks ago and we had a terrific meal. I am from the south and am also Cajun, so I am picky about such food, and we both really enjoyed the food and the wonderful old house in which is it situated.

          MAGNOLIA, just east of the Arclight, is also very good. It is moderately priced, one of the few places in LA open very late and they have a solid menu and the food is very good.

          There is the Hungry Cat, north across the street from the Arclight. Terrific cocktails and food. I love the lobster roll and though I have not tried it, the Pug Burger gets many rave reviews.

          I know a lot of people who love Off Vine. I am not one of them – it’s not bad, I just haven’t been bowled over by it – but I seem to be in the minority and it is a lovely space.

          I like the food quite a bit at THE 101 COFFEE SHOP, made famous by the movie Swingers. It’s in the bottom of the hotel on Franklin, just east of Vine. It is also open late.

          And of course, the is ROSCOE’S CHICKEN & WAFFLES, on Gower. If you have never had it, you have to try it. It’s a strange combo that works beautifully.

          1. Another one of my favorites is ARA'S on melrose just east of La Brea. It's this middle eastern place and they have this delicious rice that's the best i've ever had. Also, their beef kabob is so satisfying. It's not in Hollywood but my favorite Ethiopian place is called MERKATO on fairfax just past San Vicente. Try their Zil Zil tibbs.