American Cinematheque at the
|WHERE TO EAT: The Egyptian will have a restaurant
on the premises in Summer 2007, but for now Lickity Split has closed its doors. However
many new eating establishments have opened in the past year (very near to the Egyptian).
You can wander in any direction and find a Baja Fresh or Starbuck's nowdays. Many of the
restaurant/nightclubs offer lunch specials to entice day time clientele. Walk east down
the Boulevard and you'll stumble on the Disney Ice Cream Parlor at the El Capitan, amazing
Gelato, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf and even a Hooters as you head over to the Roosevelt.
If you are looking for a place to eat in the area, you can try some of the restaurants
listed below, (including a few with historic significance to round out your 1922 Egyptian
Theatre experience) Walking distance from the Egyptian by LA standards is denoted with *, really close to the Egyptian denoted by **:
AMMO 1155 Highland Avenue near Santa Monica Blvd. Open for lunch and dinner. Modern, delicious cuisine. Vegetarian & carnivore friendly. Casual. indoor/outdoor dining.
*Bella (at the corner of Las Palmas and Hollywood Blvd.) This fairly new Italian restaurant is pricey, but not out of control. Its the hot spot for a pre-clubbing supper. If you go early you might enjoy a quiet meal, but past 8 PM there is a lot of shrieking and posturing that will probably drive our average patron to flee. Good food. Try the gnocchi.
CANTOR'S DELI 419 N. Fairfax Avenue. 323.651.2030. This Deli is an LA landmark and is located inside a building that used to be a movie theatre! It is about a 5 minute drive (on a good day) south of Hollywood, but worth the trip if you want a quintessential deli experience. Open 24-hours, Cantor's has long been the hang out of Sunset Strip musicians coming off a gig, filmgoers looking for a bite to eat after the late show and the eternal dining haven of KROQ DJ Rodney Bingenheimer ("The Mayor of Sunset Strip") who can be sighted late nights at his regular table near the cashier station.
CATALINA'S BAR & GRILL Cahuenga Blvd. south of Hollywood Blvd. on the east side of the street (near the hip, Beauty Bar). By night this is one of the top jazz clubs in town. A little known fact is that Catalina is open for lunch. The quality of the food equals the music. Try the nachos. Salads, pastas, meat, fish are all terrific!
Good Greek Place
Cinematheque staffers have no idea what this place is called, but they can often be found elbows deep in hummous, gyros, grilled chicken and lamb kebobs smothered in babaganoush! This is a little storefront on Hollywood Blvd. about 1 or 2 shops in from Las Palmas to the east. The owner is Greek and very friendly. Everything is cooked while you wait! Lends an air of authenticity to the urban experience that is Hollywood Boulevard! This restaurant has changed ownership and now says it is Cuban food. If you try it send us your opinion of it.
Holiday Inn Sandwiches, muffins, bagels, coffee, etc. on Highland Avenue just north of Franklin Avenue. Appears to only serve breakfast.
Fabiolus Cafe (on Sunset near Vine) Light Italian. Panini sandwiches/pasta/salads/wine. No pizza. Vegetarian friendly. Say hi to owner Fabio (not the guy with the long hair) he is a huge supporter of the Cinematheque and an all around good guy! You can also try Magnolia and Bowery Bar next door. Magnolia has an excellent veggie burger, Bowery Bar is more of a bar menu. Both restaurants have full bars.
*Famina Market this Japanese convenience store has spawned all over LA. Some of our staffers make daily trips there to try various Japanese sweets (the packages are not in English so its always a surprise)! Famina offers lots of packaged foods that can be heated there or not. And its not just sushi. They have indian and italian entrees, bananas covered in chocolate and wrapped in a pancake with banana cream and so much more. And its just across the street from the Egyptian and a bit east.
*Hamburger Hamlet Good family dining. Salads, burgers, fajitas and great big desserts! Spectacular view of Grauman's Chinese if you sit in the window. SADLY AFTER BEING IN THAT LOCATION SINCE 1962 THE HAMLET HOLLYWOOD CLOSED ITS DOORS IN FEBRUARY 2007, BUT THERE IS ANOTHER ONE ON SUNSET BLVD. FURTHER WEST.
**Hollywood/Highland on Highland at Hollywood Blvd. You can't miss it, it is a huge mall. There are several sit down restaurants including a Calfornia Pizza Kitchen, The Grill (an upscale Daily Grill), Wolfgang Puck's Vert, Johnny Rockets and a variety of food kiosks and fast food options. Be warned there is a hidden food court (on an upper floor that faces the El Capitan) with a Cold Stone Creamery, a Mongolian BBQ, Middle Eastern & Mexican restaurants. Lucky Strike bowling alley also has a restaurant. The food is not the draw though. There is also a Starbuck's, but walking towards it from the Egyptian you will hit one before you get to Highland.
*Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel Theodore's Restaurant, 7000 Hollywood Blvd. (built in 1926 by the same developer who built the Egyptian. Be sure to check out the historic photo exhibit on the mezzanine level, its well worth it!)
*Japanese On Highland at Franklin north of Hollywood Blvd. in a strip mall on the east side of the street. Open only for dinner. Sushi bar. Great food.
**Le Deux (one of LA's hippest nightspots. Pricey. On Las Palmas between Selma and Hollywood Blvd.). Fine French cuisine. Not cheap and not easy to find. Walk through the parking lot on the east side of Las Palmas and you'll find the entrance hidden behind dense foliage and chic young men and women holding court in the parking lot. We hear this restaurant is temporarily closed (3/2004). Le Deux is open again in some capacity (not sure it is a restaurant anymore). We are afraid to go there so if you do, let us know. (2007).
** Lucky Devil's (6613 Hollywood Blvd. at Cherokee - east of the Egyptian) Owned by former Diet Coke model Lucky Vanous this organic/gournet restaurant serves pieces of chicken and steak that will melt in your mouth. The food is A++++ (try that vanilla pecan shake thingy) but not cheap. Very healthy and good baked products too. Next door to an American Apparel store (but what isn't). Flat screen TV's offer a window into extreme sports inside. Small so you may have to wait for a table.
**The Green Room (just west of the theatre on Hollywood Boulevard on the same side of the street.) It has a green awning and outdoor seating in a courtyard. This coffee house has delicious moderately priced sandwiches, soups, fruit, chips, baked goods, juices, hot teas, lattes, mochas, iced blendeds, etc. Pleasant interior and vegetarian fare. Table service. Owned by Musician's Institute next door so sometimes the hours vary during school breaks.
Kung Pao Kitty We haven't eaten there yet but we really like the name. We tried to go in Dec. 2003 shortly after it opened, but it was closed for the holidays. It is on the corner of Cahuenga and Hollywood Blvd. More to follow once we've sampled the fare.
**Miceli's Old fashioned Italian cuisine since 1949 - note the wood interior, it was purchased from the now defunct Pig 'n Whistle Cafe that used to be next door to the Egyptian Theatre! They will put together luncheons for groups coming to see FOREVER HOLLYWOOD/ take a group tour. Can accomodate large groups. At 1646 Las Palmas between Selma and Hollywood Blvd.) They validate for $3 if you park in the lot adjacent to them. 323.466.3438.
**Mel's Diner On Highland just south of Hollywood Blvd, located in the old Max Factor building. New to Hollywood this 50's style diner is an hommage to the Modesto eatery made famous in AMERICAN GRAFFITTI. Photos of teen actors Ron Howard, Cindy Williams, Dustin Hoffman and of course director George Lucas cover the walls and booths. Hamburgers, fries, salads, fountain drinks... breakfast served all day. Good food and vegetarian options available (try the grilled vegetable salad, its on par with any trendy joint and probably half the price). Moderately priced. Great for families. Open breakfast to late night. There is another Mel's on the Sunset Strip if you want to experience that area. They have their own parking lot.
**Musso & Frank's (Established in 1919 this is Hollywood's Oldest Restaurant and the only one that would have been open in 1922! On Hollywood Blvd.). The menu is like a walk back in time. You may need one of the waiters to translate it into the 21st century! Still an industry hang-out after all these years. Pricey. Look for the Gruaman's Egyptian ad on the wall near the back entrance. Full bar. Not open Sunday & Monday.
Off Vine (located in a historic Yellow House). Known for their chocolate souffle (which you order when you order dinner, because they take 20 min. to cook. Eclectic menu featuring meat, poultry, pastas and fish. Charming. Romantic. Patio dining. Reservations recommended. Just south of Sunset OFF VINE.)
(6714 Hollywood Blvd.) Opened in late March 2001. From the owner of the Sunset Room & White Lotus is a new restaurant located right next door to the Egyptian under the name Pig 'N Whistle, the name of the original restaurant (est. 1927, closed 1949) in that location. Full bar. Pastas, burgers, salads. Elegant interior unfortunately used too often as a sports bar.
**Renaissance Hotel's Twist on Highland is now open. In their very modern, elegant dining room with an asian flair they'll give you a black cloth napkin and silver chopsticks. Dinner is on the pricey side with entrees around $20. It is a fish lover's paradise and all the food is artistically (and usually vertically) arranged on the platter. Asian inspired cuisine. Appetizers are good for sharing.
**Skooby's Walk out of the Egyptian Theatre's Courtyard and go east on Hollywood Blvd. and you'll hit Skooby's in about a block. Skooby's is hot dogs (and Soy dogs) and french fries and fresh squeezed lemonade. The menu is brief, but the food is fast and fresh and it is one of the cleanest eateries in the neighborhood. You can eat inside or at a window counter on Hollywood Blvd. Limited seating.
(3413 Cahuenga Blvd. West, 323.851.0505) A short drive north of Hollywood. The LA TIMES called this restaurant "The best medium-priced bistro food anywhere in the country." In the Zagat Survey it says, "Tiny and charming, with top-notch food that's part French, part Italian and part Californian." Also a catering company. When they catered our volunteer appreciation party 2002 we thought the food was delicious!
Sharkey's Fresh Mexican Take out or eat in at this fresh, fast food establishment on Cahuenga Blvd. just north of Hollywood Blvd. Free Parking behind restaurant. Tacos, Burritos, Enchiladas, Tostadas, Smoothies... Inexpensive.
Uzbekistan This one has a big purple sign out front that makes it stand out from the rest of its strip mall compatriots. It is located on the corner of La Brea and Sunset. If you aren't familiar with Uzbek cuisine... think along the lines of Russian. Wonderful chopped vegetable salad with dill, Lagman, a homemade noodle and stir fry dish with lamb or chicken, potato dumplings in a tomato sauce, a wonderful bagel-like bread and red pepper cream cheese and much more. Live entertainment on weekend nights. Sometimes closed for private parties. Festive ethnic decor and quite popular with LA's Uzbek/Russian community. In the afternoons you can watch Russian soap operas while you eat.
**VERT If you are in the mood for elegant dining and have the time, Wolfgang Puck's VERT is very good. It is located on one of the upper floors of the Hollywood & Highland Complex. Pricey -- full bar -- one of those high end menus with only about 12 entrees on it, but if you find something you like, chances are it will be good!
Yamashiro Japanese restaurant in a historic house overlooking Hollywood. Beautiful grounds and view.
There are also several quick and inexpensive "pizza places" on Hollywood Boulevard within walking distance of the theatre. We recommend walking west on the sourth side of Hollywood Boulevard to find coffee and snacks.
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