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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 you...one 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

            2. Walking distance from you:

              MUSSO AND FRANKS - oldest restaurant in Hollywood. One of my favorites in town. And while some chowhounders feel it has seen better days, many of us love ti to death. The best martinis and caesar salad in town. And terrific grilled steaks and pork chops.

              HUNGRY CAT - Others have said, it is excellent.

              MELOGRANO - A new italian place also within walking distance from you, on Hollywood Blvd as well. It is excellent:


              1. i think everyone else has you covered re: sushi & mexican.

                if either of you ends up craving a burger, there's 25 Degrees at the Hollywood Roosevelt hotel, or Lucky Devils a little farther south on Hollywood Blvd.

                25 Degrees Restaurant
                7000 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

                Lucky Devils
                6613 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

                1. Ditch Geisha House.

                  And don't listen to the Gardens of Taxo recommendation ... that place got lost in some sort of Twilight Zone time warp, and the food would make the stuff at Taco Bell resemble haute cuisine. I would much rather dine on cow dung wrapped in stale flour tortillas than eat there.

                  1. Melograno is one of the better italian restaurants in southern CA, and right on the hollywood strip.

                    Check the website.

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                    1. re: jlrobe

                      "Melograno is one of the better italian restaurants in southern CA, and right on the hollywood strip."


                      Really? How can you be so sure given that they Melograno has only been open for a few months?

                      1. re: ipsedixit

                        With all due respect, "ipsedixit", it appears that while most of us are giving what we believe to be viable suggestions to our visitors, you seem to be knocking down some of our valid, yet subjective recommendations.

                        1. re: djquinnc

                          Not knocking the Melagrano rec, just curious how a person would deem it one of the better Italian places in LA given its young pedigree. It's a fair question.

                    2. Cancel Geisha house! Club restaurants suck. They arent for foodies, they are for the paris hilton chasers that don't care about good food.

                      The bowery and magnolia on sunset and vine or "okay". Hungry cat is very good.

                      I really like Lou on Vine (vine st towards melrose).

                      1. "Off Vine' is a sweet restaurant close to where you're staying. The food is good but not amazing but the feel is that of eating at a good friend's home. It''s romantic and special. "The Bowery" is fun for a late night burger and sweet potato fries.
                        Have fun!