Hollywood for a visit
Im in Hollywood with my daughter visiting old friends for a few days and sightseeing. Well be in various touristy areas during the day. We like most foods, esp sushi and Mexican, we'd like to try Cali-mex. suggestions for lunches and perhaps a nice place we could take my friends and his daughters for dinner would be great. We're thinking of hitting Joe's Falafel today, for example. Good choice?
There are not any Mexican restaurants I really love in Hollywood (I've been to the Loteria satellite at the Farmers Market but not the Hollywood "proper" restaurant location). My favorite Hollywood spots are generally and almost exclusively in the Little Armenia/Thai Town section.
Carousel-less expensive, less amazing
Zankou-good fast food, must-try mutabal
Jitlada-for southern Thai
Pailin or Spicy Thai-for Northern Thai
Sapp-for standard noodle soups and rice dishes
Pa Ord is great as well, though I feel the portions are sometimes lacking
You probably would find the Hollywood Loteria Grill a fun experience (they also have locations at the permanent Farmer's Market on 3rd Street and out in the San Fernando Valley in Studio City). Get the "taco sampler platter" as an appetizer: http://www.loteriagrill.com/locations/hollywood.html
Sushi is a controversial subject on this board but I like Kiriko in Little Osaka on Sawtelle Blvd. in West Los Angeles. There has been lots of chatter on the board about a new place (Right on the Santa Monica / West L.A. border) called Shunji http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/842586 (Pico Blvd. just west of Bundy on the S side of the street in a little round building that used to be the Chili Bowl).
The Original Farmers Market on 3rd and Fairfax is great for lunch. Open everyday and is like a taste of LA from tacos to gumbo to Brazilian BBQ. Everyone can try something different. Great for people watching too.
Here is a recent link that may help you too. Welcome to LA.