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Pre-Pantages -Hollywood & Vine Bistro?

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We are going to see Wicked on Saturday night and I have narrowed my choices to Hollywood & Vine or Hungry Cat. I have been to Hungry Cat but after researching I can't seem to find any recs on what to order a Hollywood & Vine. Anyone have any thoughts on good menu choices?

Or do you have any other restaurants to suggest around the Pantages. I have already ruled out Musso & Franks (don't want steak) , Eat. On Sunset (mixed reviews) , The Bowery (too casual) and Magnolia (mixed reviews).

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Going to see Wicked this Thursday. H & V never did it for me, so we are going to eat elsewhere, and maybe stop in for drinks pre-show.

    Too bad. The "boulevard" really needs to grow some choices. Maybe more theatres will do it. Big developments a'comin', or so I hear.

    1. Try eating a Hollywood and Highland...they have a free shuttle that will take you if you eat at one of their restaurants.


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      1. re: THapa

        Any specific suggestions? We are getting sort of dressed up and I don't want to eat somewhere casual. I have always thought of H&H as a mall location and thats not really what we are looking for.

      2. Spouse and I like Vert - the Puck bistro at H&H.

        1. Off Vine--very homey, does a big Pantages pre-theatre, but gets mixed reviews. I've liked it the few times I've been, but it's been over a year.


          1. If you feel like having Thai food, Thai town is just on the other side of the 101. Most of the restaurants are not 'fancy' but many are very good.

            1. There aren't really any standouts at H&V, it's just good food done well. My only gripe with the place is I feel the prices are a little high. But it's really not any more expensive than eat.on Sunset (which isn't open on Sundays apparently). I think I would pick H&V over Vert, but I think both are good.

              The only thing I didn't like at H&V was the ahi tuna--not bad, I've just had better elsewhere. The drinks are good.

              I've just read too many REALLY BAD reviews of Off Vine recently, which is too bad, because the setting is perfect.

              1. Hollywood & Vine was decent the couple times we ate there. I don't remember what I ate but I do remember that on our last visit our server was a total disaster, the manager had to assign a different server.

                1. Thanks for the help! I thought about Off Vine but I too saw all the recent bad posts and so I wasn't sure it would be good choice. I am sure that H&V will have something we will like, and you can't beat the location. If I find anything great I will report back. Thanks!