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..
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
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.
6602 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038
Gardens of Taxco
1113 N. Harper Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90046
7160 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA
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...
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
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:
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
6613 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
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.
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).
"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.