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Mar 1, 2008 01:48 PM

Hollywood dining recommendations needed!

My boyfriend and I just checked into our hotel near the kodak theater. We're looking for suggestions for some good eats. We are definitely foodies and have no problem spending $$ on a good meal/good service.
I have 2 reservations already:
Geisha House (not too excited)
Providence (looks great)

Any other suggestions I should look into(preferably within walking distance)?? He's craving good sushi or mexican..

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  1. Sushi:
    Take a cab or bus to Sushi Ike on Hollywood, but east of of the best in town.
    Azami is not too far away either.

    Los Balcones Del Peru is v. good Peruvian (Ceviche is amazing

    Good Mexican is tough in that area:
    Sonora Cafe is pricey, but pretty good,

    Antonio's on Melrose

    All Angelo is good Italian

    The Foundry on Melrose is good eclectic, California

    1. Not fancy sitdown, but Terre's on Melrose and Cahuenga (just down the street from Providence) has fresh, tasty Mexican with homeade tortillas, salsas, and lean meats. I'll probably get virtually slapped for saying this, but Gardens of Taxco in West Hollywood (1113 N Harper Ave ) is an quintessential LA experience from the old school decor to the ritual recitation of the menu. Not the end all be all, but I always leave with a smile on my face...and that's what counts.

      I second Azami for sushi, but make a reservation and ask to sit at the bar with Nikki (the proprietor). Azami is my fave local sushi joint, but it's just not the same unless Nikki is working her magic.

      Neither sushi nor Mexican, I would go to either (or both) of the Mozzas (Pizzeria/Osteria) at Melrose and Highland. I have had consistently great meals at both and it's very pleasing to have a little bit of Batali here in my city.

      Pizzeria Mozza
      6602 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038

      Gardens of Taxco
      1113 N. Harper Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90046

      7160 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA

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      1. re: djquinnc

        Mozza(s) are a great call...don't be intimidated by the reservations, just go. Both have plantiful bar spaces for walk-ins willing to wait. Unless you come from a city like New York, or Bologna, you won't be dissapointed.

        1. re: Ciao Bob

          thanks for all the recommendations....even though we're east coasters adn frequently in NYC we've never been to any of mario's restaurants..going to take your advice caio bob...I'm sure it'll be great!

          1. re: jl0328

            Oh S*#T, pressure's on!
            Be patient, it's Saturday. And you have to decide Osteria or Pizzeria --good luck, maybe do BOTH.

            1. re: Ciao Bob

              I've always had good luck getting a seat at OMozza as a walk-in, but then again I've done this ~9pm.

              If you're going to go as far south as Melrose, the entire Beverly/Grove/3rd St area opens you up to other possibilities like Bastide, Lucques, AOC, Grace, Angelini Osteria, Hirozen, All'Angelo...

              1. re: SauceSupreme

                Re: the Mozzas (either Osteria or Pizzeria) ... if one of your credit cards has a concierge service try them for reservations. It's never failed me before. Called Wed, got reservations Saturday at Osteria Mozza.

      2. How about Melograno on Hollywood just West of Vine?

        1. Also consider a visit to Hungry Cat, hidden away behind the Borders Books at Sunset & Vine.

          The Hungry Cat
          1535 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028

          1. Hungry Cat is definitely my favorite. You can also cross the street to 25 Degrees for a burger.

            Getting to Sushi Ike is easy from the Kodak -- it's just one stop on the red line.

            Also, you should head east a little on Hollywood Blvd and explore Thai Town.

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            1. re: SauceSupreme

              Of course - Thai Town! Nothing like noodles at Sanamluang in the wee hours

              Sanam Luang Cafe
              5170 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027