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Hissyfit Apr 20, 2010 01:44 PM

Visiting LA from the Windy City in a couple of weeks. We're going to visit the House of Blues on Sunset for the Kevin Smith show and looking for ideas of places to eat in that area. Open to any kind of food, any price range. Thanks!

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  1. Servorg RE: Hissyfit Apr 20, 2010 01:48 PM

    You might check out Bar Marmont (next door to the Chateau Marmont). Nice, Sunset Strip vibe and good food. The valet parking charge is a bit over the top, but for one night it might be worth the extra extravagance.

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    Bar Marmont
    8171 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

    House of Blues
    8430 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

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      wutzizname RE: Servorg Apr 22, 2010 04:15 PM

      Second Bar Marmont. That's where I'd go.

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      Bar Marmont
      8171 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

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      schrutefarms RE: Hissyfit Apr 20, 2010 02:01 PM

      If you are not from LA, you might enjoy the people watching at The Rainbow. It's a charming little Italian restaurant/bar that transports one to a simpler time, a time when VD was cured by a pill, Aqua Net was in the purse of every girl on the strip, and RATT ruled the airwaves. Seriously. 1987 never left the building. BUT...the food is honestly terrific. And it's actually fun to dine while listening to the whole first side of Appetite for Destruction.

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        korndog RE: schrutefarms Apr 20, 2010 02:53 PM

        87 eh? Hmmm, I guess I AM old. I remember the 70's in there and a lot of A list rockers. Get the chicken soup; yeah, you heard me right.

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          schrutefarms RE: korndog Apr 21, 2010 02:59 AM

          Sorry, you are right. Led Zep definitely spent a lot of time there in the '70's, as did David Bowie (and the many groupies servicing them under those banquets), and yes, the chicken soup rules!!!! (But I mentioned '87 as it really does seem stuck in that hair band time warp :)

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            uwsister RE: schrutefarms Apr 22, 2010 05:20 PM

            Third Rainbow. Not exactly gourmet but good grub and strong drinks. Their mozzarella "sticks" (quotations since they're really more like cubes) really hit the spot after a few drinks. Their cheeseburger is also good. And yes, the whole place is totally stuck in the 80s. Lemmy from Motorhead practically lives there, other frequent regulars include Ron Jeremy, members of various hair metal band has-beens and never-beens.

            I also really like Yatai. Japanese small plates with reasonably priced sake collection.

      2. wienermobile RE: Hissyfit Apr 20, 2010 03:03 PM

        For good chili dogs there's Carney's in their own train car right on the sunset strip.

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        Carney's Restaurant
        8351 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069

        1. Mr Taster RE: Hissyfit Apr 20, 2010 03:40 PM

          Joe's Pizza of Bleecker St.
          8539 West Sunset Boulevard
          West Hollywood, CA 90069-2334

          Mr Taster

          1. Das Ubergeek RE: Hissyfit Apr 20, 2010 03:48 PM

            Japanese small plates, sake and beer at Yatai.

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              maudies5 RE: Das Ubergeek Apr 20, 2010 04:06 PM

              RH at the Andaz is excellent.

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                ironykettle RE: Das Ubergeek Apr 20, 2010 11:14 PM

                I second Yatai for a more intimate dining experience.

                For one of the scenier places on Sunset, I do enjoy Katana which does robata-yaki and sushi (any place that serves tasty fried chicken cartilage is good in my books). Nice ambiance, good for people watching.

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                Katana
                8439 W. Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

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                  Ciao Bob RE: ironykettle Apr 22, 2010 09:29 AM

                  3rd Yatai...lot's of other strip places are good for a drink and there are some excellent but very expensive options for food -- BLT Steak, Sushi Park, Andaz at the RH, Talesai, Dan Tana's, Il Sole. But for good food at a good price I would say Yatai is the best. Further "downmarket" Pinches Tacos to eat and save the rest of your money for bars.

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                  Dan Tana's Restaurant
                  9071 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069

                  Talesai
                  9043 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

                  Il Sole
                  8741 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069

                  Sushi Park
                  8539 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

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                stevedi RE: Hissyfit Apr 20, 2010 05:21 PM

                You must check out the Tower Bar in the nearby Sunset Tower Hotel for food and drink. Great views and ambiance.

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                  sheila1 RE: stevedi Apr 21, 2010 01:43 PM

                  I second this- at least go there for a drink. The outdoor patio has amazing views of the city.

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                    MarlaPR RE: sheila1 Apr 21, 2010 02:52 PM

                    I concur, but prefer it inside and I'm crazy about the food also!

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                  Hissyfit RE: Hissyfit Apr 21, 2010 08:43 PM

                  Thanks for all the recs! Now it's going to be hard to narrow it down - maybe we should just start early and try a little at each!

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                    foodiemahoodie RE: Hissyfit Apr 22, 2010 08:09 PM

                    If you're serious about food, RH @ Andaz is what you want.

                    I've had very good meals at Chateau Marmont - good to people watch if you're an out of towner.

                    The restaurant at Sunset Tower has decent food, but the scene is pretty good.

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                    Chateau Marmont
                    8221 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

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                      J.L. RE: foodiemahoodie Apr 22, 2010 08:19 PM

                      Agree with mahoodie.

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