Diverse Hollywood Eats
Hollywood is a city within a city, existing as an inseparable part of Los Angeles, but also as a destination entirely of its own. The diversity Hollywood continues to attract means that visitors of all tastes and food palates will find what they are looking for. These are our top restaurant picks for foodies looking for a diverse culinary experience in Hollywood.
5112 Hollywood Boulevard #107, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Carousel is an old-school Armenian restaurant serving authentic Near Eastern cuisine from its cozy spot on Hollywood Boulevard. Founded by Lebanese-Armenian immigrants in 1982, the Kardashians’ favorite Armenian restaurant (really) is a must for diners with Mediterranean palates. Try their pan-fried cheese fatayer or mouth-watering Middle Eastern dumplings called mantee. For guests wanting a taste of Armenia, where Ginosi Apartels is headquartered, Carousel is our recommendation.
Luv2Eat Thai Bistro
6660 Sunset Blvd P, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Tucked away in an unremarkable stripmall just two blocks south of the heart of Hollywood, Luv2Eat Thai Bistro has been hailed as one of the best Thai restaurants in all of Los Angeles, and has attracted the attention of the local Thai community (including robe-clad Buddhist monks who are regulars on weekends). Luv2Eat is the perfect spot for spice-forward foodies. Try the shrimp paste fried rice with fried mackerel, served with 9 condiments (egg, green apple, dried shrimp, red onion, carrot, green bean, sweet pork, chili, and lime) or a classic pad thai with a sweet Thai iced tea.
Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles
1514 North Gower Street, Los Angeles, CA 90028
World-famous Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles has been serving soul food and their renowned chicken and waffles combo since 1975. This Hollywood staple can’t be missed by those looking for an authentic Hollywood dining experience. Trying the chicken and waffles goes without saying!
6051 Hollywood Blvd #105, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Sushi Ike is classic Hollywood for two reasons: its location, and more importantly, its approach to sushi. Hiroshi Ikeda has been at his Hollywood and Gower location for almost 20 years, serving simple cuts of sushi that let the fish do the talking. Enjoy the grilled octopus or the chef’s choice if you sit at the bar, all under the Hollywood skyline.
La Velvet Margarita Cantina
1612 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
This funky Mexican eatery is known for its gothic interior, outdoor bar and endless tequila drinks. Many items on the menu are the owner’s family recipes. Try the Ahi tuna ceviche, chicken mole, empanadas, and smoked salmon quesadilla, or enjoy $5 margaritas on the patio, where a DJ and small dance floor await.
Blu Jam Cafe
7371 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
For diners who like to brunch, Blu Jam Cafe is a popular American cafe among Hollywood locals, with breakfast served all day. It’s so popular, you’ll want to arrive early to avoid a long wait--they don’t take reservations. Their heavenly eggs benedict and sweet french toast, however, are well worth it.