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Japanese friends in town-need USA food in Hollywood

I have two Japanese friends in town--one is in her 40s and her mom is in her 60s. Where can we take them for an American food experience near Hollywood...maybe a diner, BBQ place, brewery, etc.??? Someplace not very noisy (language is a challenge), not too expensive, but fun.

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  1. Sorry, LA has no diners but there are some good Cafe's in Hollywood. My fav is one of the last real Doogie style cafe's left -- Mel's on Sunset. You may even notice Stars if you look through the sunglasses and hats.

    Very good breakfast, salads, burgers and shakes.

    Mel's Drive-In
    8585 Sunset Blvd
    West Hollywood, CA
    (310) 854-7200
    (Cross st. La Cienega Blvd.)
    http://www.melsdrive-in.com/
    Open 24/7

    1. Musso & Frank Grill is an old Hollywood classic, situated on Hollywood Blvd.

      6667 Hollywood Blvd
      Los Angeles, CA
      90028-6220
      Phone: (323) 467-7788

      1. Musso and Frank's
        Lucky Devil's
        Mel's
        I think Wood Ranch BBQ could be too noisy, depending on when you go.

        Don't all Japanese people love Lawry's Prime Rib? There's always at least 1 busload of tourists there when I get dragged there (I hate prime rib)

        1. Hungry Cat

          Grub

          101 Coffee Shop

          The Bowery

          Magnolia

          1. 25 Degrees
            Cobras and Matadors might be fun
            Angelli Cafe
            Mozza
            Cheebo
            Lola's
            Lou
            Village Idiot

            3 Replies
            1. re: Emme

              food may not be the greatest but dinning at house of blues on sunset might be fun...and catch a show afterwards
              or....go for good american prime rib at lawry's down the street

              1. re: rickym13

                also they might get kick out of going to places like:

                orig tommy's after midnight
                pinks hot dog
                king taco

              2. re: Emme

                I would avoid Cheebo. I had bad service there and it can get pretty loud. And I love the gays myself, but Cheebo tends to have a very gay crowd, which may or may not fly with your older Japanese friends. My then-boyfriend was very uncomfortable.

                If you plan to take them out during the day / for lunch, I'd recommend Toast or the Griddle.