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Park La Brea and Stark Bar After Dark

December 12, 2014 by  
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Le Poubelle Bistro: Everyday French Cuisine in Los Angeles

December 2, 2014 by  
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Le Poubelle Bistro has brought Los Angeles quality French cuisine since 1969. A staple of old Hollywood, Le Poubelle has retro charm in its interior and the menu of classic French dishes. Happy hour runs daily from 4 to 7 p.m., while the after hours menu offers an array of dishes perfect while enjoying something from Le Poubelle’s extensive wine list. Flash fried brussel sprouts are seasoned with truffle oil and sea salt, while the classic crème brulee is infused with local lavender.

Dinner offers a great selection of more substantial dishes made in the French tradition. Coq au vin features braised organic chicken with assorted vegetables in a burgundy sauce. The namesake burger comes topped with burratta cheese, bacon, and truffled frites, while short ribs are apple wood smoked and served with pomme puree.

Le Poubelle Bistro
5907 Franklin Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 465-0807

Bring Your Appetite for Over-Sized Breakfast Classics to The Griddle Cafe

November 4, 2014 by  
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When you come to Hollywood’s Griddle Cafe, you check your diet at the door. Here, some crazy concoctions get mixed in batter, thrown on the griddle, and come up tasting good. Where else are you going to find specialties like the “Black Magic” pancakes, loaded with Oreo cookies? The rest of the breakfast menu is big and tasty too, with all your favorite egg and omelet platters; the eggs benedict stands out as a favorite among regulars.

The Griddle Cafe is open Mondays to Fridays, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on the weekends from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Griddle Cafe
7916 W. Sunset Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90046
(323) 874-0377

Blaze Pizza

October 29, 2014 by  
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The Cat & Fiddle Pub: An English Pub In Hollywood

October 28, 2014 by  
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For over three decades, the Cat & Fiddle Pub has been a fun place in Hollywood to meet up with friends. Located in the heart of Hollywood, the Cat & Fiddle was founded by a couple with backgrounds in music and fashion. Today, it remains a family-run business with deep ties to the neighborhood.

The pub and dining area has a casual Southwest ambiance, and you can’t beat the beautiful outdoor patio seating. The bar selections, especially the beers on tap, give off a real English pub vibe, and you'll also find a couple of local micro-brews to try. As for food, don't miss the Fish and Chips and the Scotch Egg.

Check the calendar for cool events, like Monday Movie Night, Tuesday Trivia, and Saturday's live Jazz on the Patio.

The Cat & Fiddle Pub
6530 W. Sunset Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028
(323) 468-3800

Lemonade: Fresh Sandwiches and Salads

October 7, 2014 by  
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This cheerful cafeteria-style restaurant offers a diverse menu featuring creative spins on California cuisine, using seasonal and locally-sourced ingredients to create tasty, filling dishes. Ordering here is simple – you’re charged by number of portions from the marketplace menu.

Some favorites include the salad of avocado, cherry tomato, pine nuts and lime, as well as the sunchokes with fennel, orange and pickled red onions. Another favorite among regulars is the soba noodles with kimchi marinated vegetables, which pack a spicy kick. For hot dishes, the white truffle macaroni and cheese is a can’t-miss. It also offers a solid variety of high-quality sandwiches and a great pot roast served in a sourdough roll.

9001 Beverly Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90048
(310) 247-2500
Read the reviews on Yelp.

Don’t Miss the Short Rib Ravioli at Osteria La Buca

September 30, 2014 by  
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A taste of authentic Italian cuisine is available at Osteria La Buca. If you’re looking for a rustic spot with well freshly-made fare, this is the place for you. The bar and dining area make use of reclaimed wood, while exposed brick walls make the spot feel friendly and welcoming.

Start with the crispy Brussels sprouts appetizer, then check out the pastas, made in-house every day with fresh sauces. (Try the short rib ravioli, a big favorite here.) Classic and specialty pizzas are a big hit, best complemented by a craft beer, glass of wine, or a specialty cocktail.

Open Tuesdays through Fridays for lunch and every day for dinner, Osteria La Buca is a good spot for friends or family.

Osteria La Buca
5210 Melrose Avenue
Hollywood, CA 90038
(323) 462-1900

Perch: Skyline Views and Bistro Cuisine

September 25, 2014 by  
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From Los Angeles Magazine to the L.A. Times, Perch has garnered the praise of top publications since it opened in 2011—and not just for its food.

The view is just as appealing as the cuisine at aptly named Perch, which is literally perched atop a 16-story building that overlooks downtown Los Angeles. You'll arrive on the 15th floor, which gives you the option to eat indoors among vintage furniture and intricate woodwork, inspired by the bohemian bistros of France. But you can also head outdoors to enjoy dinner on one of the patios, which boast crackling fireplaces, thriving greenery, and skyline views. However, you'd be remiss to leave without at least visiting the rooftop lounge upstairs on the 16th floor. Fire pits send flames flickering skyward where stars twinkle, and music sets the scene for romance as you enjoy panoramic views of the city—and perhaps a cocktail or two.

But really, no matter where you choose to eat and drink, the cuisine may impress you just as much as the view. Start off with or share plates of baked brie, pork belly, or octopus. And then move on to a full entree such as gnocchi, herb-crusted salmon, or filet mignon. Complete your meal with wine, beer, or a classic cocktail, perhaps a Writers Block (peard vodka, St. Germain, lemon juice, and champage).

448 South Hill Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 802-1770


Tri-Tips Take 24 Hours at Wood Ranch at The Grove

September 9, 2014 by  
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The tri tips at Los Angeles's Wood Ranch take an entire day—and night—to prepare.

First, they slow-roast overnight. The following day, chefs grill them over a mesquite wood fire and add the sauce to-order. In fact, chefs prepare every barbecue dish that way, including premium American baby back pork ribs, certified Angus beef prime rib, and fresh chicken. Perhaps that's why this Los Angeles barbecue joint and its 13 sister locations won the Los Angeles Daily News's award for Best BBQ six years in a row.

It could also be the ambience, which reflects the American grub with roomy booths, tons of wood in warm earth tones, and a full bar. In addition to the tri-tips, regulars recommend trying the garlic rolls or mac and cheese. You can cap off your meal with a house-made dessert such as deep dish peach cobbler or warm chocolate cake.

Wood Ranch
189 The Grove Drive Y-80
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 937-6800


Joan’s on Third: A Gourmet Market and Cafe in Los Angeles

August 20, 2014 by  
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Joan's on Third is a gourmet market and cafe just a short trip away from Park La Brea in Los Angeles. The space combines a delightful market with a convivial eatery, and it's become a favorite of locals who appreciate great food.

In the space, visitors will find a number of gourmet food items. The market's bakery has sweet treats such as cupcakes, lemon bars, and more, along with freshly baked bread. A cheese and charcuterie section offers a huge number of cheeses from around the world, while a deli case has a changing roster of fresh fish, poultry, and produce. Joan's on Third also has a selection of grocery items including olive oil, sea salt, and wine.

One of this place's biggest draws is its cafe. Diners order at a counter, choosing from a selection of sandwiches, salads, omelettes, and more, and then can dine at a communal table.

Want to learn more about this Los Angeles dining destination? Visit the Joan's on Third website!

Joan's on Third
8350 West Third Street
Los Angeles, CA 90048

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