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Jun 19, 2009 11:50 AM

Hollywood there? or bring your own?

Just wondering how the food is at the Bowl? Has anyone ever eaten there at any of the places offered? Worth paying the price not to lug your own? or should a picnic be packed?


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  1. Bring your own and LOTS of wine! You can't bring anything into the bigger concerts that are there-- they are separate "lease" events.

    1. Bring your own. And bring wine. And dessert to share with less fortunate people in your immediate vicinity.

      1. As others have said, BYO. You can go to the Hollywood Bowl's website for some guidelines. As Lmo1823 has pointed out, determining whether your event is leased or not will be important. At least a few threads are on these boards - they're worth reading over for more ideas. Get there early, seek out a decent spot, and have a great time!

        1. Unless you're in a box, by all means bring your own. We bring wine, several different cheeses, a couple of pates, olives, bread and other savory goodies, and then offer our guests their choice from the box service menus. That stuff is over priced, but the rotisserie chicken is a relative bargain at $19. I've never had a meal at any of the other places so can't comment but their hot dogs are pretty good. They're 1/4 pounders and I'm told that they're Hebrew National. Be sure to bring a small bottle of mustard (if you use it) because they only have those little squeeze packets. They have no onions either. If you picnic outside the Bowl, picnic area #3 is very pleasant with nice views and a nice breeze.

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          1. re: TomSwift

            >>If you picnic outside the Bowl, picnic area #3 is very pleasant with nice views and a nice breeze.<<

            Great advice. And of course those in the know have all the best spots staked out. If you want a good spot, try to be at least in the front-third of the crowd waiting for entry into the grounds, and walk as fast as you can to get to those spots. Some folks are pretty insane when it comes to getting to these spots first...

            1. re: bulavinaka

              Insane is charitable. The key word is EARLY. The earlier you arrive and park the better chances you'll have. If you have parking inside the Bowl (as opposed to the Odin lot or across Highland) you can stop by area #3 and drop off your stuff and then park. This saves a lot of lugging.

          2. There was some pretty good vendors there, Patina group had a stall last time I was there, but bringing your own picnic is pretty fun. You can get places to pack ones for you. Not sure what area you are coming from but places like Joan's on Third, M Cafe, or Susina have to-go options. Susina has a picnic box for the bowl, you just have to call a day or so in advance 323-934-7900.

            Bring your own wine or beer - that's expensive there.