Early dinner near the Hollwood Bowl (no boxes)
I am attending a concert this weekend at the Hollywood Bowl....it starts at 7:30 and I would like to arrive around 6:30. I normally would love to bring a boxed dinner from one of the places that I have been reading about on the boards, but unfortunately, my companions are vehemently against the idea of a picnic or a boxed dinner (one in particular refuses to touch lukewarm or cold food...yes, I know its insane). His suggestion is to go to fast food, but I can't quite bring myself to do that. Does anyone know any decent place around the Bowl that would provide a quality meal early in the evening? (Our parking lot is at the zoo in Griffith Park and our hotel is The Biltmore in downtown LA). Thank you ever so much.
Off Vine is a good choice -- it's a rather decorous setting (in a converted two story Craftsman House) and pretty good American/continental food.
I also like Fabiolus Cafe, which is a little more casual and funky and is primarily Italian.
The food at both of these places bests fast food by a mile, but is still not as good as the wonderful bento boxes you can get at Mako for $75 each (and feeds two people) and carry into the Bowl. We did that just last weekend for the first time and they were great. In case your companions can be swayed, Mako's website is www.makorestaurant.com.
Their website is www.fabiolus.org
I'd try someplace right at the Bowl. Whenever I go someplace before a concert, I always feel rushed no matter how well I plan. Here's the Hollywood Bowl site with the food options there, including a sit-down spot and some options to take away that appear hot (to accommodate those with somewhat eccentric tastes about food temperature).
Going to the Decemberists? My group and I plan on grabbing an early dinner probably at Magnolia or (a bit further away) Bossa Nova.
The Grill inside the Hollywood & Highland complex is good. Not AMAZING...but it's consistent.
It's also easy access to/from The Bowl. Park your car in the Hollywood & Highland lot, eat, take the shuttle to the bowl (originates from the Hollywood & Highland complex), watch the show, hop on the shuttle back to the parking lot.
Shuttle details can be found on the Hollywood & Highland website. It only costs a few bucks. Moreover, you're not stuck in the double-parking nightmare that is The Hollywood Bowl.
Lucky Devils... like fast food, but 100000x better... You can then walk it off a bit... to the bowl (Just go straight up Highland...)
Since you're going with people who have fast food in mind, Bossa Nova or 25 Degrees would be great fits. Bossa Nova, on Sunset just west of La Brea, has a huge menu of salads, sandwiches, Brazilian-style meat entrees, and great pizza. Really great place. 25 Degrees is an upscale burger place in the Roosevelt Hotel. Great quality burgers and toppings.
The Alcove on Hillhurst is an excellent choice -- counter service, nice atmoshpere - much better than fast food and right on the way to Griffith Park.
Check it out... http://www.yelp.com/biz/xVSv26KBQexP4...
I think it will work for you.
Also, as bowl regulars I can tell you that their restaurant is mediocre (good salmon burgers) and all the "box" food there is eh and pricey -- much better to bring your own anyway. The only reason we order from them sometimes is for convenience - not quality.