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May 1, 2007 08:04 PM

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.)
    Open 24/7

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

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

      1. Musso and Frank's
        Lucky Devil'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


          101 Coffee Shop

          The Bowery


          1. 25 Degrees
            Cobras and Matadors might be fun
            Angelli Cafe
            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.