S of a G has a communal table and if you are alone I don't think it will be a problem to find a seat.
Hollywood has some of the best Thai restaurants in the US. I'm very fond of the boat noodles at Sapp Coffee Shop http://sapp.menutoeat.com/ in Thai town (really east Hollywood) but there are other very good places like Pa Ord http://www.yelp.com/biz/pa-ord-noodle... and Jitlada http://jitladala.wordpress.com/ for their Southern Thai menu dishes.
Hollywood lunch... Umami Burger just off Sunset Blvd (try the hatch burger)
or Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles, the president's LA favorite. The Obama Special 3 wings (waffle or potato salad or french fries).
If you want to spend a little more for some great pizza, Pizzeria Mozza has nice counter seating.
I stopped by the new Stella Barra Pizzeria near the Hollywood Arclight recently and was impressed. Very pretty inside (dark woods, industrial fixtures, open kitchen in the back), super spacious, great bar right in the middle, solid service and tons of quality baked goods made fresh on the premises every AM. Of course the pizzas are the reason to come-- foldable but with a chewier outer edge, which I like-- and that crazy-good burrata appetizer.
Thanks everyone for the assistance, and here's a brief trip report.
Monday: Anaheim In-N-Out. Well given that they are about to invade Texas, I thought I would see what all the fuss was about. My milkshake was sad, the fries weren't as crunchy as I like, and yeah, ok...the hamburger was one of the best I've ever had. Dinner was at the ballpark nothing remarkable.
Tuesday it took an hour and half to get from Anaheim to LA, so lunch was kind of a last minute thing at The Oaks, good burger, decent coffee, ok Coolhaus ice cream sandwich (which don't compare to getting them off the truck), and great people watching.
Tuesday night was the highlight at Son of a Gun. I thought Animal was great on my last trip, so expectations were high. I was a bit concerned it was going to be a Really Tiny Plates-but after 5 courses for me and a friend, we were pretty stuffed. the raw salmon dish mentioned habanero, but there wasn't much of an attack, but was really tasty, the peel and eat shrimp were a great value, and the roasted escolar was sublime. Thrown in the ham and hush puppies plate and a really light and cute take on a key lime pie, and we were out for $100.