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The Foundry on Melrose. UNFORTUNATELY CAN NO LONGER RECOMMEND! To dine in the back patio is a really special treat with good friends. You can really count on excellent food, wonderful servers and just a very nice ambiance. There are many heaters if it is a cool evening but bring a wrap. http://www.thefoundryonmelrose.com/
- Osteria Mozza’s AMARO BAR MENU. Every Sunday through Thursday Osteria Mozza offers a special three course menu exclusively at the “Amaro Bar” which is the regular bar for drinks at the south end of the restaurant. Choose one item from Nancy’s Mozzarella Bar (or share the Mozzarella Tasting for two), one Pasta, a Dessert and a glass of either Bastianich Friulano or La Mozza Morellino di Scansano for $42 (plus tax and service). No reservations are necessary; the seats at the bar are available on a first come first served basis so walk on in!
- Luna Park on La Brea just north of Wilshire. What a fun, lively and festive spot this is. Enjoy a drink or a meal at the bar or there are many tables and booths. All ages present on Saturday night from 20′s to it appeared 80′s which I liked. Can be a little dark and noisy so ask for a booth if you want to have a conversation. Especially and if you are not in your 20′s. Busy so reserve on Open Table.
- Dominick’s on Beverly Blvd. across from Cedar Sinai. The original Dominick’s restaurant and bar, established in 1948, was a favored watering hole for Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack. Only friends of friends were able to drink and dine in this exclusive Hollywood hideout. Now in the hands of Warner Ebbink, and Brandon Boudet, Dominick’s returns to that original feel. I especially love the Sunday Suppers …3 very good courses for $15 and $12 for a bottle of their red or white wine or $3 for a Moretti beer. Request the back patio. http://www.dominicksrestaurant.com
Prado on Larchmont. I must have eaten here at least 20 times. I am usually more adventurous in restaurants but I always order the Chicken Tostada Appetizer with a freshly grilled chicken breast on top of bolito beans and shredded lettuces on a grilled blue corn tortilla. It’s just the prefect size. And wonderful. Served with red and green salsa.
- Amalfi Restaurant and Bar on La Brea. A charming place with really great and reliable Italian food. I particularly like their pastas. They offer home made Italian food and wonderful patio dining as well as a great Happy Hour. They are located next door to Acme Comedy Club and below Room 5 Lounge. Amalfi Restaurant & Bar is in the Hollywood area, nuzzled close to Hancock Park. Amalfi has a magical history I didn’t know about. It is the former site of the Famous Swanee Inn. In 1937, club owner Bob Lewis suggested that budding Jazz musician Nathaniel “Nat” Cole assemble a small band to work at his Swanee Inn on North La Brea. Today North La Brea is quickly becoming one of LA’s hippest places to dine, shop and be entertained. Unless it’s very busy, you can make reservations for the popular patio or near the cozy fireplace. Reservations on Open Table.