Posts Tagged ‘Hollywood restaurants’
Private Tour Fast Food is a Destination for Some
With all the special and unique places to get something to eat during a private tour of Los Angeles we are all constantly amazed by our guests who arrive in Southern California dreaming of a meal at In-N-Out Burger. It seems that they have heard of the family-owned and operated business and its 317 locations and the first thing they discuss with their guide is making In-N-Out a destination on their custom tour. We know where all the Los Angeles restaurants are and most often get to the Hollywood location (photo above) around lunch time. Sometimes we use the drive-thru and eat in the car or drive to a nearby park like Runyon Canyon to enjoy a picnic. If our guests want the whole In-N-Out experience we will park and eat in the restaurant. Good hamburgers, fries and milkshakes to be sure. The Hollywood store is right across from Hollywood High School which makes for good stories and anecdotes of famous alumni as well as movies and tv shows filmed at the school. After lunch we are just blocks from the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Hollywood Boulevard or we can stay on Sunset Boulevard and visit the Guitar Center’s Rockwalk. The old Chaplin studio is very close by. Betcha that Charlie would have loved In-N-Out had it been around in his day.
A Morning Private Tour into the Afternoon Means
We Need to Stop for Lunch – at Pink’s
A perfect answer to the question “Where should we stop for lunch” when our private Los Angeles tour is sightseeing in Hollywood might by Pink’s. As you can see from the photograph, this Hollywood tradition has been serving up serious hotdogs (and hamburgers) since 1939, the year Gone with the Wind and The Wizard of Oz were released, one of the best years for films ever (10 Oscar nominated films that year, all classics). With Hollywood movies in their heyday Mr. Pink opened up a small hotdog stand on La Brea at Melrose and the public went crazy. We still do as our guests will see by the long lines snaking along the sidewalk in front of the tiny restaurant all through the day and long into the night. If it was just tradition folks would only visit once. But these are truly excellent hotdogs served perfectly and worth a regular visit for lunch or even a late night snack after the movie lets out. Maybe the film wasn’t a classic from 1939 but the food is worth waiting for and a good way to provide time to discuss the film with your friends.
A Cool Hamburger Joint on a
Hot Hollywood Day – Private Tour Lunch
The heat is on in Hollywood and throughout Los Angeles this summer. High temperatures abound making everyone happy to be so close to a cool ocean. Another way to stay cool, 24 hours a day, especially when you are craving the quintessential American meal – the hamburger – is a visit to 25 Degrees in the historic Roosevelt Hotel. Ground prime sirloin is the base from which the restaurant’s burgers arise and the toppings and condiments are tasty enough for the most discerning foodie. Add some superb french fries and a glass of wine or beer (OK, a milkshake is possible) and an excellent meal is sitting on your table in one of the coolest settings to be found in Hollywood. Late after a big movie at the IMAX theater across the street (the notable Grauman’s Chinese Theater) or after school (Hollywood High School is just around the corner) or even on a private Los Angeles tour with us when hunger burns our bellies then it is a good time to cool off at 25 Degrees.
Time for a Historic Hot Dog on Our Los Angeles Tour
Not only will our private Los Angeles tour guests have a great hot dog at this historic hot dog stand on the corner of La Brea and Melrose Avenues but they will get to observe and interact with a perfect sampling of Los Angeles characters. Pink’s has been a notable Los Angeles food stop for more than 75 years. The perfect central Hollywood location means anyone in the area can make time for a meal. Despite the regular large crowds day and night the business is efficient and eating a great hot dog begins in no time. Waiting in the fast moving line means catching up on the important news in the Hollywood trade papers, calling one’s agent, or just shooting the breeze with whoever is in line near you. Everyone has a story or they are writing the screenplay.
Fun Family Dining after Your Hollywood Tour
We regularly discuss and recommend restaurants on our private Hollywood tours. Restaurants in Los Angeles, Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Malibu. Expensive restaurants, hip restaurants, celebrity restaurants — whatever interests guests on our custom tours in Los Angeles we can offer suggestions to guide them. When it comes to FUN restaurants, a common question when we have young people aboard, we always mention Miceli’s. Reminding us that they are the oldest Italian restaurant in Hollywood, and with two locations to serve their customers, this lively and exciting dining experience offers fine Italian food, a great bar and — singing servers. Now, while you will hear some opera, this is Hollywood so expect Broadway show tunes new and classic as well as music from the great American songbook. In other words, you will have plenty of fine entertainment to accompany your delicious food and wine.
So often we surprise people with our vast knowledge of restaurants and eateries in and around Los Angeles, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Venice, Santa Monica and Malibu — just for starters. We also know restaurants in Palm Springs and Calabasas, Valencia and Anaheim. You might wonder why, as tour guides, we have this information. It is because our luxury tour guests out with us on private tours want to stop to eat during their tour or they ask for recommendations for other times. We delight in having information in our heads and on lists we carry in our vehicles.
One of our favorite Hollywood destinations is Tender Greens on Sunset Boulevard near Vine. Their food and atmosphere fills our stomachs with healthy cuisine and maintains the cheer of the great tour of Hollywood we are enjoying. The Tender Greens philosophy is one of local food and sustainable agriculture. They buy locally grown food and locally raised meats and their buying is guided by their strongly felt commitment to health and environment. We appreciate that.
And for something special, a really good reason to plan a meal at Tender Greens, they are having a Summer Beer Garden and Whole Animal Roast the 4th Sunday of every month through October. The next date is July 22th and the roast will be GOAT! Whole animals are slow roasted in a La Caja China firebox and served with delicious summer sides such as pig tongue, fried baby artichokes, smoked trout, oven-roasted King Salmon, house-made sausages, tomato panzanella salad, beer braised kale.
Plan your Sunday now!