Thursday, September 25, 2014

Where to eat: Hollywood

“Where to eat” is an ongoing list series that will be updated frequently

Pricing key:
$: Price per person, before alcohol, under $20
$$: Price per person, before alcohol, under $40
$$$: Price per person, before alcohol, under $60


Cuisine: American
  • Barton G ($$$) Fun, sexy, interactive and, most importantly, delicious!  Barton G makes the perfect venue for a date, girl's night out, or a special group meal.   
  • Goldie's ($$) Intimate indoor/outdoor space sans air conditioning (at least it wasn't on or in-sight upon our visit).  While the food is delicious, it's the adult beverages that truly shine.  Might I recommend the Aperol Spritz?  It's one of the best versions I've had, anywhere.
  • Herringbone ($$-$$$)
  • Hyde Sunset Kitchen + Cocktails ($$-$$$) Gorgeous atmosphere, gorgeous people, gorgeous drinks, and...drum roll, please...fabulous food.  Who'd have thought?  
  • Laurel Hardware ($$-$$$) With three different dining spaces, you can enjoy a different experience upon each visit!  Excellent cocktails and fabulous people watching; in terms of the menu, stick to the small, shareable plates.  Entrees and desserts are hit or miss.
  • Littlefork ($$) Cool, modern digs (albeit the dining room gets very noisy when full) with a shellfish bend; don't miss out on the tasty brunch spread with the optional $12 bottomless mimosas, bloody's, or bourbon punch!
  • Lucques ($$) Locally-sourced ingredients plus masterful cooking combine to create fantastic dishes.  Pair that with a lovely dining room and a bountiful outdoor garden, and you have quite a restaurant.  Do not miss the fabulous handmade candy & chocolate plate for dessert!
  • Musso & Frank ($$$)
  • My Fit Foods ($) Finally, a place where you can grab pre-packaged, healthy meals that are perfectly portioned and nutritious (nutrition labels included!).  Best thing about it?  The food doesn't suck.  I recently enjoyed the Spinach and Chicken Enchiladas.
  • Salt’s Cure ($$) Don’t let its intimate space fool you, Salt’s Cure packs a serious culinary punch.  Local, California-sourced ingredients are magically transformed in to incredibly delicious plates that change on a daily basis.  Pair your meal with any one of the wines from the restaurant’s award-winning, 100% Californian list.
  • State Social House ($-$$) Watch the game, imbibe in something delicious, and savor some yummy comfort fare. 
  • Taste on Melrose ($$) Elevated comfort/American fare, solid cocktails and wine list, and indoor/outdoor seating make this spot a neighborhood gem.
  • Terrine ($$) 
  • The Hart & the Hunter ($$)
  • The Hudson ($-$$) Great, cozy space - happy hour specials - legit cocktails and an impressive food menu (think comfort and American fare) make this place a winner.  Don't miss the mac 'n cheese or the short rib tacos!
  • The Terrace ($$) Casually sophisticated al-fresco dining complete with star sightings and some damn good cocktails. 
  • Tres by Jose Andres ($$-$$$)
  • Ysabel ($$-$$$)
Cuisine: Bakeries, coffee, sweet shops
  • Georgetown Cupcake ($)
  • ICDC Ice Cream Donuts Coffee ($)
  • Sweet Lady Jane ($-$$) Hands down, the BEST pie in LA proper.  From crust to fruit...to the extravagant price tag, there's just nothing like it.     
  • The Confection Co-Op ($) Baked goods (think cupcakes galore), fancy coffee/espresso drinks, plus ice cream make this intimate shop a triple threat.
  • Wetzel’s Pretzels ($) If you find yourself famished at Beverly Center, look no further than Wetzel’s.  Might I recommend the jalapeƱo-cheddar pretzel and a lemonade?  Trust me, you will be one happy shopper.
Cuisine: Chinese
  • Bao Dim Sum House ($-$$) Retro-chic atmosphere and a snazzy cocktail menu make your traditional dim sum outing a bit more exciting.  While the xiao long bao (pork soup dumplings) were disappointing and the accompanying dip to the scallion pancakes was more like BBQ sauce, the Spicy Shrimp Dumplings and Honey Walnut Prawns were more palatable. 
Cuisine: Gastropub
Cuisine: Grab'n Go
Cuisine: Indian
Cuisine: Italian
Cuisine: Japanese/sushi
  • Katsuya ($$) Although it’s “big box,” Katsuya dishes out impressive rolls, glimmering morsels of fresh fish, and an array of cooked food.  Cocktails, while expensive, are very well crafted and, dare I say it, worth their steep pricing.  Don’t miss the “Corn Crunch Roll.”  Trust me on that one!
  • Murakami ($$) Some of the freshest, most affordable fish in town; might I recommend one of the mouth-watering bowls?  Try the "Zuke-Don," gorgeous tuna that's been tossed in a sweet soy sauce and finished with green onions.
Cuisine: Mediterranean
  • A.O.C. Wine Bar ($$) Bi-level, indoor-outdoor dining that, aesthetically, will leave you breathless.  Be visually swept away to the south of France as you relish in Spanish and Mediterranean-inspired small plates and a noteworthy wine – and cocktail – list.  I recommend a leisurely drunch (drinking brunch) on the patio.
  • Mare ($$)
Cuisine: Mexican
Cuisine: Pizza
  • Prova Pizzeria ($)
  • Vito's Pizza ($) Hands down, the closest you'll get to NYC in LA.  The cheese pizza was as outstanding as you'll find; fabulous, thin crust and a perfect cheese-to-sauce ratio.
Cuisine: Salad
Cuisine: Seafood
Cuisine: Vietnamese


Lindsay, Beverly Hills Bites