5925 Franklin Ave., (323) 465-0175. Nestled below the Hollywood sign, offers chicken specialities, seafood and steak in unique and friendly atmosphere; bar with happy "hour" 4-6pm weekdays. Immortalized in Michael Connelly's 2006 bestseller "Echo Park". Open 11am-11pm. www.birdshollywood.com
6701-B Hollywood Blvd. at Las Palma. 323-465-5359. Old-style Hollywood Café, a unique and elegant tribute to Audrey Hepburn. www.cafeaudrey.com
Casita del Campo
1920 Hyperion Ave., (323) 662-4255. A long time Silver Lake favorite where you can find all your Mexican favorite foods, excellent margaritas and a party atmosphere.
Catalina Bar & Grill
6725 Sunset Blvd., (323) 466-2210. Continental cuisine, seafood specialties. www.catalinajazzclub.com
Cat & Fiddle Pub and Restaurant
6530 Sunset Blvd., (323) 468-3800. Bangers and mash, homemade savory pies, fish & chips, daily specials, fresh fish and delicious entrees. Hollywood's only British Pub. Delightful patio. Lunch, dinner, after theatre. www.thecatandfiddle.com
7651 Sunset Blvd., (323) 876-7651. Come to the Casbah and dine like a sultan in a recreated Moroccan palace. www.darmaghrebrestaurant.com
Disney's Soda Fountain & Studio Store
6834 Hollywood Blvd. (323) 817-1475. An old-fashioned ice cream parlor experience serving cones, sundaes, shakes and malts plus delicious sandwiches, soups and salads, in addition to offering a wide assortment of Disney Merchandise and DVDs.
1760 N. Vermont Ave., (323) 665-4294. Los Feliz Village. Features "Certified Angus Beef" and a wide selection of traditional entrees. "Marty and Elaine" in the lounge. Dinner daily. www.thedresden.com (See MUSIC)
The Fabiolus Café
6270 Sunset Blvd. (323) 467-2882. Located walking distance from the Pantages Theatre and Arclight Cinemas, The Fabiolus Café is the best place to enjoy authentic homemade Italian food; Sunday brunch. www.fabiolus.org
7156 Santa Monica Blvd., (323) 850-9050. Historic café, opened in 1939, is show biz favorite hangout. Dimly lit bar surrounded by hundreds of celebrity photos. www.formosacafe.com
911 Seward St. (East of Highland and South of Santa Monica) (323) 461-3663. The Top Chef (Betty Fraser) co-owned eatery serving California Comfort Food in a 1920's bungalow with patio serves lunch and dinner nightly and weekend brunch. Beer and Wine. Voted "The Best Brunch, Lunch and American Food in LA". www.grub-la.com
1760 Hillhurst Ave., Los Feliz, CA 90027. (323) 665-HOME. www.homelosfeliz.com. Authentic, home cooked meals at very reasonable prices in a homey atmosphere with cozy indoor dining room or outdoor booths surrounded by lush trees. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner served all day! Open 7 days a week from 8am to close. Full bar. Also: 2500 Riverside Drive Silver Lake, CA 90039. (323) 665-0211. www.homesilverlake.com.
5907 Franklin Ave., (323) 465-0807. Family owned for over 40 years, this lively French Bistro specializes in classics such as French Onion Soup, Escargot, Coq au Vin, Boeuf Borgignon, steaks and seafood. The bar has signature martinis, champagne, beers and a fine wine selection. www.lapoubellebistro.net
Musso & Frank Grill
6667 Hollywood Blvd., (323) 467-7788. The oldest restaurant in Hollywood, est. in 1919. It's the kind of place people return to again and again for the comfortable ambiance, superb service and consistently excellent food. Pure Raymond Chandler! Open Tues-Sat. (See PLACES)
Off Vine Restaurant
6263 Leland Way (one block south of sunset, just east of Vine). (323) 962-1900. California Cuisine. Lunch, (including our $10 soup/sandwich menu). Dinner(including 1/2 price Monday nights). Weekend brunch (including bottomless mimosas/bloody marys)patio dining, private rooms, fireplace. www.offvine.com
The Happy Ending Bar and Restaurant
7038 W. Sunset Blvd., (323)469-7038. Come relax and try our gourmet global comfort food with a NY edge. Great daily specials, happy hour and friendly bar atmosphere. 11am -2am 365 days/year. Free parking Mon-Fri until 5pm. www.thehappyendingbar.com
At the Hollywood Heights Hotel, 2005 N. Highland Ave., (323) 850-5811. Contemporary restaurant situated near famed Hollywood attractions. Blends traditional comfort foods with local favorites from macaroni and four cheeses, to sweet potato fries, house-made bread pudding, and signature cocktails. www.hollywoodheightshotel.com/the_hideout/
The Original Farmers Market
3rd St. & Fairfax Ave., (323) 933-9211. A Los Angeles favorite for over 75 years. Enjoy over 30 eateries ranging from Japanese to Texas barbecue. The ultimate in casual dining. (See FAMILY) www.farmersmarketla.com
Vermont Kitchen and Bar and Rockwell, vt
1714 N. Vermont Ave. (323) 661-6163. Classic bistro menu, with daily blackboard specials, California's freshest ingredients and a superb yet modest wine list. Vermont's sister restaurant, Rockwell,vt, embraces the casual side of outdoor patio dining, featuring American-style tapas, a spectacular bar and lounge scene and music several nights a week; brunch served on the patio every Sat and Sun from 10am- 3pm.
6363 Yucca St., (323)790-0763. Also, 131 N. Larchmont Blvd., (323)465-5566. Pizza, pasta, salads, sandwiches, soup. Free delivery. Catering, party needs for your group, office, team. Dine in or take out. Homemade meatballs, sausage, sauces, dressings, hand-spun dough prepared daily. Larchmont location includes sit down waiter service with beer and wine. "All we are saying is give a piece a chance ".