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Apr 20, 2010 01:44 PM

Sunset Strip Restaurant Recs Needed

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. 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.

    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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    1. re: Servorg

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

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

    2. 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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      1. re: schrutefarms

        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.

        1. re: korndog

          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 :)

          1. re: schrutefarms

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

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

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

          Mr Taster

          1. Japanese small plates, sake and beer at Yatai.

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              1. re: Das Ubergeek

                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.

                8439 W. Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

                1. re: ironykettle

                  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.

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

                  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