Posts Tagged ‘restaurant’

Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 15 December 2016

Yippee Kay-yay! Saddle Ranch – Sunset Strip

Our private tour guest rides the bull on the Sunset Strip

An Action Lunch on this Private Tour in Hollywood

One of the most entertaining “theme” restaurants around Los Angeles, this one right on the Sunset Strip, is the Saddle Ranch Chop House.  From our real cowboy guests enjoying a luxury private tour of Los Angeles to those who are only urban cowboys and wannabees, here is a fun saloon with good food, good music and, yes, a mechanical bull right in thYou can't miss the Saddle Ranch Chop House on the Sunset Stripe center of all the action.  Los Angeles does “faux” right as you would expect in our city of make-believe.  The Sunset Strip has always been a stretch of Sunset Boulevard between Hollywood and Beverly Hills where entertainment was the principal objective.  Bars, restaurants, clubs, theaters… it is difficult to characterize or even remember from day to day what choices are available for visitors and locals alike looking for something fun to do.  If our guests are hungry as we cruise along the boulevard and if they are in a Texas frame of mind then we can pull right into the Saddle Ranch for some good grilling, beers and maybe a little bull-tussling.  For our guides it is always fun to see their guests enjoying themselves in a rodeo way and even a little two-stepping to country-western music is a nice change from, say, the Hard Rock Café.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 29 November 2016

Beverly Hills Hotel – Shelter from the Storm

A storm is brewing over the Beverly Hills Hotel

Private Tour Enjoys Tea Time at the Pink Palace

Before there was a Beverly Hills there was a Beverly Hills Hotel.  In 1912 the area looked nothing like the plush, verdant luxury neighborhood it is today.  Nor did the hotel.  More like ranch land and wide open space, even a race track for automobiles.  But the years have been kind to the hotel and the city.  A hideaway for movie stars (numerous bungalows and suites) and royalty from around the world this exquisite Mediterranean Revival structure captures the eyes and imagination of anyone traveling along Sunset Boulevard.  Our office was abuzz this morning with discussion of an interview with Warren Beatty about his new film RULES DON’T APPLY.  Ostensibly about Howard Hughes and Hollywood the hotel was often occupied by Mr. Hughes.  Really occupied.  As Mr. Beatty tells it, he, a brand new Hollywood star after the success of his first film, Elia Kazan‘s SPLENDOR IN THE GRASS, was staying at the hotel…in one room.  However, all the neighboring rooms were assigned to Howard Hughes.  Mr. Hughes was unique.  The stars still come out at the Beverly Hills Hotel.  We often stop for lunch at the Polo Lounge and will subtly point out not only the celebrities but faces our Los Angeles private tour guests might not know, those belonging to studio executives and talent agents.  Our tour guides not only follow the industry closely (it IS our bread and butter, after all) but most of them have years of studio and entertainment industry experience behind them and have closely encountered many industry people “doing lunch” at the Polo Lounge.  Lunch on a private tour can be arranged or even a late afternoon visit for tea.  We are very careful with our camera at the hotel.  We respect the privacy of those staying there and do not wish to encumber our welcome at the hotel when we visit.  However, outside the hotel, even on a rare windswept day with a rainstorm imminent, we can take great pictures of the hotel and our guests.


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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 17 November 2016

Breakfast at Tiffany’s on Your L.A. Tour

Tiffany & Co. on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, a good place to begin holiday shopping

There is Always Time for Tiffany & Co. When Your Private Tour Gets to Beverly Hills

Early is always a good time to arrive at the exquisite outdoor, top tier shopping area that is Two Rodeo in Beverly Hills.  We can first pop in for breakfast at 208 Rodeo Restaurant and watch the early visitors to Tiffany & Co. next door.  The morning sun illuminates the nooks and crannies of this European cityscape that is as much fun to walk through as to surrender to luxury consumer desires and enter the shops along the pathway.  Besides Tiffany there are Versace, Brequet, Lladro, Jimmy Choo and Porsche Design (and a number of other fashion and design creators) ready to welcome discerning high fashion lovers.  Two Rodeo is right in the center of Beverly Hills’ Golden Triangle and at the corner of Rodeo Drive and Wilshire Boulevard across the street from the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.  Our Los Angeles private tour generally explores all around this part of Beverly Hills besides driving up into the mansion district to look at movie stars’ homes.  Our guests can see where the celebrities eat, shop and live and experience some of the amenities themselves at the same time as they are enjoying the VIP treatment we give them.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 10 November 2016

Nate ‘n Al – Deli in Beverly Hills

Nate 'n Al Delicatessen in Beverly Hills

Big Sandwich, Big Stars – Our Private Tour Lunches in Beverly Hills

Some say that deli is dying.  Maybe it’s shrinking.  We have lost a few delis here in Los Angeles but overall we have a very healthy deli community where we can stop for lunch or a snack when on a Los Angeles private tour.  If we find ourselves famischt when in Beverly Hills then our place to go is Nate ‘n Al Delicatessen.  Serving Jewish food lovers not only from the local area but visitors from all over the world since 1945, this lively restaurant maintains all the best traditions of deli that make even New Yorkers feel at home.  Large sandwiches, spiced meats, smoked fish, award winning matzo ball soup that’s to die for, fresh rye bread, snappy Kosher pickles…it is difficult to write this when my stomach is gurgling with desire.  What’s more, celebrities!  Lots of Hollywood show biz people “do lunch” here (breakfast and dinner, too).  We often encounter very familiar faces filling themselves up, completely guilt-free, on a steaming pastrami sandwich….or corned beef.  The menu is very specific that all frying is done with canola oil.  That’s healthy.  Chicken products are all cage free.  That’s humane.  For a healthy and humane deli meal we strongly suggest a visit to Nate ‘n Al Delicatessen in Beverly Hills and an opportunity to dine with the stars.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 28 September 2016

Pink’s – Always a Star in Hollywood

Pink's Hot Dogs in Hollywood plays itself in a television show

Our Private Tour Watches Filming at Pink’s

Instead of stopping for one of the world famous hot dogs at Pink’s in Hollywood as we so often do we get to stop to watch Hollywood in action as a film crew has taken over the landmark food stand for some authentic location shooting for a movie or television show.  Trucks, trailers, generators, cables, police, the squawking of radios, bright lights, dolly tracks, camera and crew… what looks like a madhouse to the untrained eye is really an army of skilled workers quickly and effectively setting up to film possibly only part of a page of script.  When “action” is called it is all worth the effort as the actors inhabit their characters and propel the story forward.  In the meantime the guide on this private tour of Los Angeles is thinking about other great places to stop for lunch today.  Thankfully there are many extraordinary restaurants, cafés, food trucks and stands that are unique to Los Angeles that can make our custom sightseeing tour even more memorable.  From Hollywood to Beverly Hills to Malibu we know how to please our guests when they get hungry and need to refresh for even more exciting exploration of our great Southern California city.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 20 September 2016

Fun Food in Hollywood at Pink’s Hot Dogs

A funny picture while waiting for lunch at Pink's Hot Dogs in Hollywood

Pink’s is One Special Place for Lunch on a Private Tour in Los Angeles

We try to make every moment of our Los Angeles private tour fun.  From picking up our guests at their hotel to dropping them off after sightseeing in Hollywood, Beverly Hills and whatever other destinations are of interest to them we want the entire time to be informative, interesting and most of all … fun!  Now this includes our stop for lunch.  One of the funnest places we can offer to go with our guests is Pink’s Hot Dogs just around the corner from the Melrose Avenue shopping district.  If Hollywood is our morning visit then Pink’s is the perfect place for a lunch break before spending the afternoon in Beverly Hills.  Are the hot dogs good at Pink’s?  If they weren’t you can bet this little stand wouldn’t be so popular still (fast moving lines since 1939 from opening to their late night closing) and highly regarded.  Favored by Emeril BAM dog at Pinkscelebrities and studio workers alike there is always a raucous crowd chowing down on Pink’s kosher hot dogs and assorted side dishes.  Making the food choices even more difficult are the regular specials.  This visit we had the chance to try out the new Emeril BAM Dog.  For those of us who are regulars here the specials tempt us away from our favorites and often become our new favorite dogs to order.  Pink’s is only one of the terrific places we can take our guests for lunch.  There are other famous food stands, small cafés and even posh restaurants that can make lunch very special when getting to know Los Angeles.




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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 17 June 2016

Los Angeles Feels the Bern

Johnie's Coffee Shop is ready for Bernie Sanders

Favorite Los Angeles Diner Prepares for Bernie Sanders

Johnie’s Coffee Shop Restaurant is an eye-catching sight on our private tour of Los Angeles as we drive along the Miracle Mile just outside of Beverly Hills.  This famous stretch of Wilshire Boulevard runs from La Brea to Fairfax passing the tar pits and the actors union (SAG/AFTRA) and the Daily Variety offices among other notable locations.  At Fairfax, right on the corner opposite the Petersen Automotive Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is a Googie-style diner called Johnie’s.  From 1956 until 2000 this was a great place to grab something to eat for anyone living or working in the area.  Diner food at its best!  After that it was closed for food service but not forgotten.  Countless commercials, television shows and films have been staged at this great space on this busy L.A. corner.  Those of us who know the place well always recognize it when it pops up in a movie, ad or show.  For one recent evening it was dressed up for a Bernie Sanders rally.  After the California primary?  Who knows.  There are those who wish the diner would return to serving up a good burger and a hot cup of coffee.  That would make Los Angeles great again.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 31 May 2016

Red Carpet Treatment at the Beverly Hills Hotel

A paparazzi arrival for our guest at the Beverly Hills Hotel

Our Private Tour Arrives in Style at the Beverly Hills Hotel

The famous Beverly Hills Hotel, affectionately known as the Pink Palace, on Sunset Boulevard is very much a home to Hollywood history.  Movie stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood all the way through today and other entertainment industry royalty, as well as real royalty from around the globe, make this hotel and its private bungalows a regular stop when they need hotel accommodations in Los Angeles.  The grand opulence (California style) is evident as you turn off the wide boulevard across from the Will Rogers Memorial Park into the short driveway leading to the porte-cochère and an able crew of valets to see to the parking of your vehicle.  Just for the fun of it the hotel has set up a red carpet arrival for guests and visitors.  Our guests on their private tour of Los Angeles knew immediately how to walk the carpet, stop and turn in their light and pose for their tour guide/paparazzi so they would have a wonderful set of pictures to go in their tour photo album.  After the photo session we headed in for lunch at the fabulous Polo Lounge.  We had talked up the restaurant’s McCarthy Cobb Salad.  Who would we be dining with today?  Which stars and dignitaries would be at surrounding tables and booths?

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 24 May 2016

The Ivy for Lunch During Tour

Lunch with the Hollywood folks at the Ivy in Beverly Hills

Private Tour Lunches with the Stars

Sightseeing can be hard work.  All those great Los Angeles sights to look at.  All the history to understand.  All the funny stories to laugh at.  A private Los Angeles tour is a lot like seeing the city through the eyes of a trusted family member who knows where everything is and is a part of the Hollywood scene, an entertainer.  We stop regularly as we drive around to  explore the places of interest in Hollywood, Beverly Hills, downtown and even out to the beaches from Venice to Malibu.  If we start our custom tour in the morning then by lunchtime we might have some big appetites to contend with in a city full of fine places to stop for lunch.  So we do.  One of the most requested lunch stops made by our guests who so often seem to know exactly where they wish to eat is The Ivy on Robertson in Beverly Hills.  Why this particular restaurant?  Well, they know from following the gossip out of Hollywood that this place is popular with the glitterati, the stars and the people behind the scenes and the dealmakers of the entertainment industry.  Plus, the food is excellent.  An outdoor patio bordered by a white picket fence gives our guests a chance to see all the faces of passersby and those entering the restaurant.  The funny thing about Hollywood is that everyone looks like a movie star even when they aren’t.  The fine food is just a part of the enjoyment of stopping for lunch at The Ivy.  Our custom tour allows our guests to enjoy a fine meal along the way anywhere they wish.  From “A List” to “D List”, above-the-line to below-the-line, we know places to go to restore our strength for an afternoon of touring in Los Angeles.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 29 April 2016

Yamashiro for the Food, Drinks and Views

The view from Yamashiro Hollywood to downtown Los Angeles

Our Private Hollywood Tour Learns Where the Romance Is

There are fine restaurants all over Los Angeles.  We maintain a list of those most sought after by our guests enjoying a private tour of Los Angeles with us. But few of those fine restaurants offer such comfortable and exotic ambiance and spectacular views as does Yamashiro Hollywood.  The stories this building could tell would make enough movies to support several film studios.  The building itself has been in numerous notable films over the years. What is most important for our private Los Angeles tour is to arrive early in the day, long before the restaurant opens (5:00 p.m.), to enjoy the jawdropping views of Hollywood all the way to downtown Los Angeles (DTLA) in one direction and Santa Monica Bay in the other.  We walk through the beautifully landscaped garden to enjoy all the angles this elevated perspective offers of the Los Angeles basin.  Oh, the romance of this spot.  In the evening, as the sun sets, sitting on the deck with a cocktail or wine, this is a destination of destinations for lovers and friends.  The historic building, once a home, offers a number of different “rooms” to enjoy the restaurant’s cuisine so that each visit can be a wholly different experience.  From May through August there is a farmers market from 5-9pm which allows shoppers to enjoy the mild weather and extraordinary location while they purchase farm fresh fruit and vegetables.

You can't miss the road up the hill to Yamashiro Hollywood

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