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WEST HOLLYWOOD: TASTES FOR EVERY PALATE
 
(2015 - Fall/Winter Issue)

Writer: JACQUELINE YAU



Sandwiched between Beverly Hills and Hollywood and located at the centre of Los Angeles, West Hollywood (WeHo to locals) is a foodie’s paradise of more than 150 restaurants packed into just under five square kilometres.

This self-named “creative city” pulses with energy and innovation against a backdrop of more than a century of live-and-let-live philosophy. You’ll find culinary delights to satisfy any craving, palate or price point. You could spend weeks in this walkable city hopping from one eatery to another, traversing its corridors of cool down the Sunset Strip, Melrose Avenue or Santa Monica Boulevard.

Reflecting the Times

West Hollywood’s restaurant scene has always reflected both its heritage and the changing times. A few iconic oldies remain such as Barney’s Beanery, where Quentin Tarantino wrote Pulp Fiction, and which still serves waffles, burgers, pizzas and 45 kinds of chili to yet another generation of locals and aspiring screenwriters, musicians and actors.

On the Sunset Strip, the Church Key impresses, featuring modern American cuisine, dim sum-style. Tapas-like dishes come to you on rolling carts. Try the sinfully delicious brioche donuts and the bottomless mimosas (only available during weekend brunch).

Down the block, for a more rustic chic experience and stunning views, step into Eveleigh to enjoy a farm-to-table menu influenced by California and French-Italian country cooking, which includes 10 to 12 vegetarian options daily. Sip a handcrafted cocktail with house-made infusions and fresh herbs.

At Connie and Ted’s, feast on simply prepared seafood, reminiscent of the fresh fish and shellfish you’d find at east coast seafood shacks. Crossing the globe for inspiration, E.P. & L.P. serves mostly Southeast Asian fare with a California flair. Ride the elevator to its rooftop lounge for sweeping views of Los Angeles. Don’t miss acclaimed chef Suzanne Goin’s Mediterranean-inspired Lucques restaurant with its classically prepared, on-point and delicious offerings.

For farm-fresh, organic food that’s inventive and from the heart, visit Gracias Madre, a vegan Mexican restaurant. Less than a block away, Craig’s, a prime entertainment industry hot spot, serves American comfort food including steaks, pasta and seafood. Want something a bit more upscale and another place to star gaze? Go to Cecconi’s West Hollywood with its celebrity clientele, elegant interiors and refined northern Italian menu.

Cap off your culinary quest in West Hollywood with a cocktail at the Tower Bar in the historic Sunset Tower and take in breathtaking views of city lights spread out below. This elegant art-deco building is a star in its own right, having appeared in a number of movies. If only its walls could talk. Famous former residents include John Wayne, Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra and the gangster Bugsy Siegel.

Wherever you decide to dine, West Hollywood will satisfy the gourmet, or perhaps the gourmand, in you. Bon appétit!

Travel Planner

For more information on West Hollywood, visit

City of West Hollywood: weho.org

Visit West Hollywood: visitwesthollywood.com

Barney’s Beanery: barneysbeanery.com

Cecconi’s West Hollywood: cecconiswesthollywood.com

Connie and Ted’s: connieandteds.com

Craig’s: craigs.la

E.P. & L.P.: eplosangeles.com

Eveleigh: theeveleigh.com

Gracias Madre: graciasmadreweho.com

Lucques: lucques.com

Sunset Tower Hotel: sunsettowerhotel.com/restaurants-and-bar/tower-bar

The Church Key: thechurchkeyla.com.

 
 
 
 
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