Posts Tagged ‘restaurant’
Avoid Vampires, Eat at Raw After a Late Private Tour
Los Angeles is a pretty easy town to find late night dining, especially if IHOP and Denny’s revs your engines. However, we also have Norm’s, Pink’s, The Pantry and a number of pizza pits to fulfill the need for hot food after midnight. But what if you are a vegetarian and want something healthy and delectable and appealing when you leave the midnight screening of Rocky Horror Picture Show? If you are anywhere around W. Hollywood then get yourself to Planet Raw and embrace the raw food movement in the wee hours of the morning. Chef Juliano, who grew up in restaurants around the U.S., became a vegan before he turned 20 and later developed a philosophy and food preparation style embracing raw foods. With a complete understanding of nutrition and digestion the restaurant emphasizes proper food combining as well as selection. While we are mentioning it as a late night choice, Planet Raw is open all day, too.
Private Tour Lunch Stop in W. Hollywood
Lunch time on a private Los Angeles tour means so many things for our guests and us. Hot dogs, hamburgers, tacos, sushi – there are so many quick meal choices at recognizable and memorable food stops throughout our regular touring area in Hollywood and Beverly Hills. If lunch time strikes while we are cruising through West Hollywood then Lemonade is where we gently guide our guests for a delectable and healthy meal that is fast and fun. Cafeteria style, the café offers fresh made salads created from local and freshly grown vegetables and fruits and savory meat dishes that fill your stomach without emptying your pocket. It’s quick and easy with flavored lemonades that competently fit the southern California climate throughout the year. The man behind the plan, Alan Jackson, is the grandson of film legend Alan Ladd and the son of radio talk show host Michael Jackson. If you lunch with us on your tour then be prepared to learn about Ladd’s films and the Ladd Company while you enjoy young Ladd’s culinary creations.
Our Luxury Tour Guests Love Geoffrey’s in Malibu
With so many beautiful days in southern California throughout the year we have many opportunities to steer our hungry private Los Angeles tour guests to eat lunch (or brunch) at Geoffrey’s in Malibu. Sitting on the deck overlooking the expansive Santa Monica Bay the sun is bright, the skies clear, the air refreshing and then there’s the excellent food and fine service that makes this a very special dining experience. After touring along the coast, visiting Venice Beach, Marina del Rey and Santa Monica, lunch is a perfect respite in the middle of the excursion before we resume our guests’ luxury custom tour and drive out to see Beverly Hills and Hollywood.
All Our Los Angeles Tour Guides Say “Si” to Osteria Drago
Driving all the neighborhoods of Los Angeles regularly, especially along Sunset Boulevard, we note immediately when a new restaurant appears and make a point to get there if we believe it is a place our private luxury tour guests would like. That is definitely the case with Osteria Drago on the Sunset Strip just below Sunset Plaza. Celestino Drago, a renowned local chef with a wide range of successful Italian restaurants throughout Los Angeles, has done it yet again. With an ambiance he describes as “casual luxury” this comfortable establishment puts food and wine before its customers that quenches their thirst, satisfies their appetites and leaves them with an unremitting desire to return. The squid ink pasta with clams and white wine is squisito. Offering both outdoor and indoor seating we urge our own guests (and staff) to visit Osteria Drago for a very satisfying meal and some good people watching on the Sunset Strip. The restaurant is located between Beverly Hills and Hollywood so being anywhere around this lively part of Los Angeles will present an opportunity to stop in for a meal.
Crossroads for Our Vegetarian Private Tour Guests
No meat, no dairy, just plant-based cuisine and highly specialized cocktails in an elegant setting makes Crossroads a dining destination that we gladly recommend to any of our private Los Angeles tour guests, not just vegans and vegetarians. As you can see from the artichoke oysters pictured on the left, Tal Ronnen designs and devises dishes to delight his dietary mindful guests and presents a serving that is both delicious and fun.
Crossroads is about more than food. Their bar offerings are worth dropping in for any time. Offering a wide range of quality spirits the bartenders are quick to suggest a number of sweet and tasty cocktails just perfect after a day of hard work or a hearty custom luxury tour and sightseeing around Hollywood and Beverly Hills, each community on opposite sides of this highly recommended restaurant on Melrose Avenue. Drop in soon and see for yourself that a meatless meal is perfectly satisfying when perfectly prepared and served in a pleasing setting along with a fine cocktail or wine.
A Great Private Los Angeles Tour Stop
It is the Wrong Way only if you do not like ice cream. Really special homemade gourmet organic ice cream. Sweet Rose Creamery has its own ice cream chef, Shiho Yoshikawa, who works only with local organically grown ingredients to create her recipes the likes of which you have never tasted. Just a small sample from this month’s menu:
- Honey Ginger
- Candied Blood Orange w/ Vanilla Wafer Cookie
- Blueberry Muffin
- Peaches & Cream
- Earl Grey
- Strawberry Frozen Yogurt
- Roasted Apricot Buttermilk Sherbet
- Plum Sherbet
- Summer Melon
- Sweet Corn
Taking great pains to use local organic dairy products and produce from sustainably grown orchards and farms they employ a philosophy that yields ice cream to die for and that will not kill the planet. Pasteurized on site the ice cream is pure and fresh with a menu that changes monthly. They even bake their own cones. Since we often find ourselves driving in Brentwood on our private Los Angeles tour we can subtly suggest to our guests what a wonderful opportunity it is to stop for an unforgettable ice cream snack. Our subtle suggestions generally have us stopping pretty quick for a cold refreshing treat.
The same natural, organic, locally grown ingredients philosophy abides at Josh Loeb and Zoe Nathan’s other restaurants, Rustic Canyon Wine Bar and Seasonal Kitchen, Huckleberry Café, and Milo & Olive. Santa Monica is lucky to have these restaurants and we are sure glad we know so much about them and can recommend them heartily.
For our Private Tour Guests Seeking a Unique Dining Experience
The SLS Hotel is a hotel that invites the unusual and presents everything as if it is ordinary. A trendy hotel in Beverly Hills attracts guests and visitors seeking excitement and stimulation and that is what they get. The restaurant The Bazaar is a dichotomy of looks, tastes and attitude. Offering a number of complementary seating and lounging options and a menu divided between traditional Spanish-inspired dishes and tastes contrasted with modern, adventurous gastronomical inventions, diners will be at once delighted and amazed by the dishes that arrive before them and the tastes they will certainly enjoy. Drinks, entrees, desserts — all connected by the culinary imagination of José Andrés and the design vision of Philippe Starck. As much as anything else dining here is fun. We continually enjoy hearing tales of delight from our private Los Angeles tour guests who have visited The Bazaar before their tour.
Fig & Olive — a Favorite Recommendation on Our Private Tour
The smells and tastes of the south of France, Italy and Spain permeate the senses at one of our favorite restaurants, Fig & Olive, located in West Hollywood on Melrose Place. The display (above) of fine olive oils is just one clue that the ambiance will be elegant and restful and that your tastebuds will be satisfied. The wide open and airy 2-story restaurant is a sister of several original restaurants in New York begun by Laurent Halasz with the menu created by Pascal Lorange. Both men are from the south of France and have done a remarkable job of bringing that food and dining experience to the United States and here to Los Angeles.
The Mediterranean-inspired cuisine brings food to your table prepared in specific olive oils (when called for) which are described in the menu. A meal at Fig & Olive is a lesson in cooking with olive oil and one you will surely appreciate. The foods are light and refreshing, whether from the sea, the pasture, or the orchard and perfectly suited to our own Mediterranean climate. We cannot say enough good things about Fig & Olive which is why we recommend it so highly and often drive down Melrose Place to show it off to our private Los Angeles tour guests. Close to Beverly Hills and Hollywood it is no wonder that movie stars and the president would dine here but, really, it is the magnificent food that keeps everyone coming back and telling their friends and, in our case, referring our special private tour guests.
We Photograph the Photos on Our Private Hollywood Tour
You can always tell when you are in a Hollywood business. There will be framed photographs on display of movie and television stars, musicians and celebrities who have patronized the business at one time or another. Generally the photos are signed. Sometimes they are professional headshots or publicity photos and sometimes they are just blowups of pictures taken by the business owner. It is fun to peruse these “walls of fame” and pass the time while you wait. The wall above is at Pink’s Hot Dogs on La Brea at Melrose in Hollywood. One of the greatest hot dog stands in America. Always crowded. Open late into the night. Popular with the midnight movie and nightclub crowd and, apparently, lots of folks with familiar faces from movies and television. Pink’s is also a favorite stopping point on a private Los Angeles tour with us, yes, to see this terrific wall of fame but also to enjoy the great Kosher franks Pink’s is famous for. Since 1939 Pink’s has been synonymous with Hollywood hot dogs — and not the kind that beleaguered producers have to deal with.
Private Los Angeles Tour Lands at Spitfire Grill
Santa Monica Airport was once Clover Field and a very large aircraft manufacturing facility (Douglas Aircraft: DC-3s, B-17s, B-47s). Today private luxury jets fly in and out of this beautiful airport by the sea. If you are there visiting the Museum of Flying and get hungry then we suggest the Spitfire Grill nearby. Terrific food and a wonderful aviation-themed restaurant to feed and entertain you.
Sitting in the patio enjoying a fine lunch with our private Los Angeles tour guests recently, we talked about the film Spitfire Grill, written by the owner of the restaurant, Lee David Zlotoff. The murals, painting and other artifacts inside and outside the cafe really speak to airplane lovers and make this a great place to go to talk about flying, food and film.