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Jul 26, 2010 06:29 PM

Dinner tomorrow before Bowl in Hollywood

I am looking for suggestions for dinner tomorrow in Hollywood before the Bowl. In the past we have gone to Loteria, Lou on Vine, Hungry Cat, Animal, Axe, Citizen Smith and Cafe des Artistes. I am thinking about somewhere new. Possibilities include Umami Burger, 25 Degrees, or Stout. Any others that stand out or other suggestions?


The Hungry Cat
1535 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028

25 Degrees Restaurant
7000 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Citizen Smith
1600 N. Cahuenga Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028

Lou on Vine
724 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Umami Burger
850 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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  1. Ammo on Highland would be a great choice.
    One of the Mozzas, and how about Hatfield's?
    Striking distance: Xiomara, Marino, one of the Melrose osterias - Mamma or La Buca.

    La Buca
    5210 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

    6703 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

    Ammo Restaurant
    1155 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038

    6101 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038

    Marino Ristorante
    6001 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038

    Pizzeria Mozza
    641 N. Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036

    Osteria Mozza
    6602 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

    Osteria Mamma
    5730 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

    1. The Grill at Hollywood & Highland and then use the shuttle to the bowl, or Musso & Frank's.
      Believe 25 degrees is under remodel.

        1. re: mollyomormon

          Hey MOM - could you please compare and contrast (sorry to sound like an English teacher) Merc. or Dist.? WHy would I choose one over the other tonite?
          Thanks so much!

          1. re: Ciao Bob

            Sure. Mercantile is the more casual of the two and I would say probably the less experimental. It's styled a bit like a country market inside and has a great selection of spices, oils, and even some molecular gastronomy ingredients as well as a nicely selected case of cheeses and charcuterie. Whichever you choose, you should wander over to the dry goods selection at some point in the evening. My one beef with the Mercantile is that I wish they had a better beer selection to go with the great food.

            District is more of a typical sit-down restaurant, but I think you really get to see Kris Morningstar's playful side with the food. I loved the duck fat popovers and I also really enjoyed the beef deckle. I know the menu has changed since I was in, but I think he's doing some really interesting dishes. My one issue, and SIV might have mentioned this in her review, is that the chairs there are sort of at an odd height so that people who aren't terribly tall (i'm 5'6'') are left with their legs dangling when they scoot to the back of the chair. Oh, I don't know if this will be on the menu tonight, but I think the pastry chef there has a ton of promising talent and that the prune financier was one of the more memorable desserts I've had recently.

            If you go to either, I'd love to hear your thoughts!

            1. re: mollyomormon

              Thanks so much. You are awesome - that's all really helpful. I have to put off both tonite though, as I scored reservations for Eva's fried chicken fest. But District is big on the must-try list.

              1. re: Ciao Bob

                Any time! Can't wait to hear how the fried chicken fest is.

                Also, I've mentioned this before, but the Mercantile is awesome for brunch if you get the chance.

        2. do you have a preference for 'nicer" or more expensive, or are you open to more hole in the wall and/or casual... Los Balcones del Peru, Mario's Peruvian, Jitlada Thai (not sure whether you're coming from east or west, north or south)

          5233 1/2 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

          Mario's Peruvian
          15720 Imperial Hwy, La Mirada, CA 90638

          1. Of the recs that have been mentioned, I would go with Pizzeria Mozza (check on the wait time), Umami, Osteria Mamma (pastas only). Other places of note are Golden State and 8 oz for burgers. Have fun...

            The Golden State
            426 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036

            Pizzeria Mozza
            641 N. Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036

            M Restaurant - Hotel Metropole
            205 Crescent Ave, Avalon, CA 90704

            Osteria Mamma
            5730 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038