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Dec 9, 2008 10:13 AM

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Any suggestions for lunch spots around Hillhurst and Prospect??

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  1. Area quite dense with restaurants. Right on Hillhurst is Alcove, which is pleasant and reliable and I prefer it to nearby kindred spirits, Home or Mustard Seed. Farfalla is perhaps under respected on this board but I think quite good for modern Italian although the service is spotty. Up on Vermont, Figaro is pretty good and has the authentic look of a French cafe. Fred's 62 is much better than it used to be and might be the most fun place to try for (what people expect is) a quintessential L.A. experience. Up a bit, cross Hollywood Blvd. but still walkable is one of my favorite Thai places is Yai's although the interior is remarkably charmless. Also, for super casual excellent Mexican there are two branches of Yuca's, the Hollywood/Vermont one more comfortable for on site dining.

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      1. I second the recs for Yuca's, Fred 62, Mustard Seed, Farfalla and Figaro Cafe. The Alcove has a pleasant outdoor patio and okay food but I've found the service to be wanting.

        Right at the corner of Hillhurst and Prospect is Desert Rose, a brand-new Med-Californian that I haven't tried yet but have heard fairly good things about. You can't miss the huge stained-glass rose in the courtyard.

        ll Capriccio has a good Italian restaurant on Vermont 2 blocks north of Prospect, also an excellent pizzeria on Hollywood Blvd. just north of Sunset.

        Cobras y Matadors is the best-known Spanish tapas place in L.A., I think it's a little overrated but I don't drink and I'm told it has a very good wine list.

        My favorite in the general vicinity is The Kitchen, offering reasonably-priced comfort food on Fountain just west of Sunset.

        Il Capriccio di Carlo (was Il Capriccio Pizzeria)
        4518 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

        2056 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

        Figaro Cafe Restaurant
        1802 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

        Alcove Cafe & Bakery
        1929 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

        Fred 62
        1854 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

        Farfalla Trattoria
        1978 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

        The Kitchen
        4348 Fountain Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029

        Cobras & Matadors
        4655 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

        Il Capriccio On Vermont
        1757 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

        Yuca's On Hollywood
        4666 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

        Desert Rose Bar & Lounge
        1700 N. Hillhurst Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027

        Mustard Seed Cafe
        1948 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

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        1. re: maxzook

          A few of my friends and I hit up Desert Rose Bar & Lounge for happy hour the other night and were quite impressed. Not only is the restaurant gorgeous, but the food was really good! (we tried the hummus, steamed mussels and grilled octopus.) We don't typically find ourselves venturing outside of Hollywood, but Los Feliz just found a few more frequent visitors!

        2. Please. For the love of good food. Do not go to The Alcove. They try and seduce you with the great patio full of trees to make you think you're in The Jungle Book...but you're still in LA paying way too much for bad food.

          Just across the street is one of my favorite places in Los Feliz: Tropicalia. I do admit the name isn't an eye catcher but the delicious, generous portions (leftovers for dinner), great prices and enough spice that your boss won't smell the sangria on your breath makes it worth a try.

          If you are willing to go a little further North on Hillhurst, I recommend Cafe Los Feliz ...across from Albertsons. And a block North of Albertsons is Mexico City. Great chips and salsa.

          El Greco Cafe on Vermont is also tasty if you've got a hummus craving.

          1. Unlike a couple of other posters, I love the food at Alcove - specifically the breakfasts. Really good scrambles, albeit a few bucks more than you'd pay anywhere else.

            And if you like Mexican food at all, avoid Mexico City and stick with Yuca's instead.