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Apr 29, 2008 09:32 PM

Need A Good Hollywood/ Melrose Restaurant Rec

Hi All. My wife and I are headed to a comedy show this weekend in Hollywood, near Santa Monica Blvd and Vine. I would really appreciate a good restaurant recommendation - nothing that's too much of a noisy scene, although I know on a Saturday night in Hollywood that's asking a lot. I'd like to also be able to leave with a few dollars still in my wallet, so if dinner and drinks can add up to about $100 or thereabouts, I'd be very happy. Thanks in advance!

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  1. Magnolia would be a good choice. Cool Hollywood vibe w/o being too loud and it's really close to where you need to be.

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    1. re: TailbackU

      Not a bad choice! I looked up the website: Nice appetizers, a pretty decent L.A. Times review.

    2. If you're going to go all the way up to Sunset, you might as well go to The Hungry Cat.

      Closer to Santa Monica and Vine, there's also Lou on Vine. Otherwise, in the price range of $50/pp, I'd also recommend BLD and maybe even Celadon, though both might be on the higher end.

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      1. re: SauceSupreme

        I ditto Hungry Cat!

        I just saw on Daily Candy a new Italian place called Delancey just opened...but I have no idea how it is. They descibed it as "a new Italian gastropub in Hollywood." Looks interesting!

        5936 Sunset Boulevard, at Tamarind Street

        1. re: Obessed

          Delancey is owned by the same guy who owns the Bowery. Same sort of gastropub concept except Delancey is triple the size with a slightly larger menu. The focus is more Italian than comfort bar food. I really enjoy the Bowery but I can't recommend the Delancey. My lamb chops were uneven. One was raw, one overcooked, the other perfectly medium rare. Atmosphere is fine but I prefer the more cozy hallway that is the Bowery. One of the servers mentioned that the owner is trying to make his own version of the east village in that stretch of Sunset. He is already working on another restaurant concept around the corner.

          For a quiet weekend dinner in that area I would pick Girasole in Larchmont Village. About a mile and a half from Santa Monica/Vine. Delicious homemade pastas. I love their Gnocchi. BYOB. Free Corkage. Buy your bottle next door at Larchmont Wine and Cheese.

      2. good Italian vittles and wine list at Fabiolous, on Sunset just east of Vine right next to Magnoia.
        Nice patio out back , too, with parking behind the joint...very reasonable prices I say and quick service.

        1. My recommendation would be Marino's. I love this place for good Italian. It's a nice atmosphere, pleasant service, and a charismatic owner/chef. The menu is sort of like a "greatest hits" of Italian cooking - minestrone, fried calamari, mussels, salads, pizza, etc. My favorite, when they have it, is the stuffed veal chop (stuffed with mozzarella cheese and prosciutto).

          6001 Melrose Ave.
          (323) 466-8812

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          1. re: omakase

            Marino's has the best stuffed veal chop since Le Dome in the eighties. I love it.

            1. re: rednyellow

              I second Marino's. It is relatively quiet too.

          2. Thanks, Chowers. Just curious whether anyone would recommend Ford's Filling Station five or six miles away?

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            1. re: OCKevin

              Five or six miles as the crow flies, but many more when trying to cross Mid-City. That being said, if you're willing to travel as far away as Culver City for food, your options open up immensely as there's quite a bit of Chow real estate between your comedy club and Culver City.

              (My route from Hollywood to Culver City: Highland until it merges with La Brea, then hop on the 10 West.)

              1. re: OCKevin

                Hi Kevin...I edited my post above and added a restaurant recommendation, Girasole in Larchmont.

                I wouldn't drive that far out of the way for Ford's. Last time I was there it was just okay. Their charcuterie plate is fine. Hard to screw that up. They source their meats from quality places like La Quercia. However, their main courses just end up being dull and underseasoned. The ingredients are quality but everything just seems to end up blah. They have a nice wine list though.

                1. re: love2eat

                  Girasole sounds fantastic, especially since we're gearing up to go to Italy this summer! I just made my reservations. Thanks for the tip! Since it's BYOB, do they at least supply the glassware?

                  1. re: OCKevin

                    They supply the glasses. Report back...would love to hear how it all went.

                2. re: OCKevin

                  sorry, but Ford's Filling station is definitely more than 6 miles away and a loooooooooong 6 miles at that. It would make no sense for you to go there.