Comfort Inn Near Universal Studios Hollywood
321 North Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90004
Phone: (323) 665-0344
Fax: (323) 665-1152
This little taqueria on the corner of Beverly and Normandie has long garnered warm praises from the locals. Serving a full line-up of Mexican food stand favorites from burritos and quesadillas to substantial combos, the place is popular for both take-out meals and late night snacks. But there is also a nook with a couple of tables and a TV, for those who prefer to enjoy their meal on-site. For a healthy appetite, the al pastor burrito comes highly recommended by a few regulars while their tacos make for great nibblers any time of the day, with chorizo, suadero (beef) and buche dorado (pig's esophagus) ranking among the favorites. For its token prices, this corner marvel cannot be beat. -Jamie Zum
Although quality Chilean cuisine can be hard to find outside Chile, this is one place that achieves it. The crowds are large and the friendly staff is always willing to make suggestions and provide descriptions to those less familiar with Chilean cuisine. Rincon Chileno is homey, comfortable and very traditional. Chilean art is displayed throughout the establishment and traditional music is occasionally piped in. The menu features specialties that include chicken, seafood and cornmeal-crusted beef. Two popular items are the Lomo Con Porotos Granados which is steak with cornmeal-sprinkled white bean stew and the Erizo Matico that consists of sea urchins with a fresh green cilantro sauce.
The young and hip have made this attractive spot one of the best places for dinner on the East Side. At the Cha Cha Cha, the Jamaican Jerk Chicken transports you directly to the islands. Try the Fried Plantain Chips, that are simply delicious. Choose either the indoor room or the patio, as the great music makes you sway the entire night.
This classy award-winning restaurant and bar serves a wicked assortment of South American and Italian favorites to the appreciative crowd of locals and tourists. The menu runs the gamut and includes both traditional dishes and the chef's more unique creations. An attractive, exquisitely landscaped patio, replete with heat lamps, welcomes diners year round. The wine list is extensive and well-structured, enabling some great matches throughout your dining experience. The staff is attentive and knowledgeable, capable of guiding you through the hefty menu. While El Caserio is first and foremost a dinner destination, consider dropping by here for a happy hour, when all well drinks and draft beers are half price and may be enjoyed on a sun-dappled patio under the canopy of ensconcing elm trees. -Jamie Zum
While the charming and hipster-chic decor of Sqirl is sure to catch your eye, the serpentine line of enthusiastic patrons spilling through the door, and on to the side-walk, is simply impossible to miss. The cafe is best known for its delectable organic jams, prepared using fresh fruits sourced from small, local farms. While waiting in line may be frustrating, especially when you can smell the delicious aromas wafting from inside, the wait is certainly worth it and gives you a chance to examine the chalkboard menu. The brown rice bowl, quiche and brioche sandwiches are especially popular, however a meal here is simply incomplete without a pastry and some of their amazing jam.
Cafe 50's is a casual diner overflowing with memories and keepsakes from the 50s. Amidst the old jukebox, antique items and furnishings, one can expect a very decently priced menu full of irresistible American food that is simply unputdownable. The shakes, burgers, salads, hashbrowns and sandwiches get over very quickly given their popularity. Try the Patty Melt or the Monte Cristo, and you will be sure to return at midnight to satiate the cravings. A party for kids, the restaurant splurges on them with a lot of treats waiting in store. There are the famed Pajama Nights on the last Wednesday of the month where children wearing traditional pajamas get to eat for free. Seniors above 5 years can also have their bit of fun with a 20 percent discount on the bill. The background music succeeds in converting this place into a party scene. Do not miss out on this fun dining place.
Located in westlake district, The Hungry Pig is a restaurant that focus on serving high quality Barbeque food. There are a variety of choices on its menu like BBQ chicken, BBQ Pork BBQ back ribs and much more. Serving traditional BBQ with unique sides such as curried mashed potato is the distinctive feature of this restaurant. To make their food better, The Hungry Pig uses special Asian hot sauce as well. Aside from food, the restaurant has a fashion and clean decor with both indoor and outdoor seating, which tries to create a comfortable dining environment for customers.
Friends gather at this popular Koreatown favorite for some of the best sushi around, served up at rock bottom prices. Five sushi chefs work tirelessly to turn out the endless hand rolls, Sushi and sashimi served here. Favorite dishes include Nigari, an assortment of eight or nine pieces of sushi, which includes large pieces of tuna, shrimp and octopus. The unusual Tempura roll is also a must-try at the Noshi Sushi. The spicy tuna roll lives up to its name and will only set you back a few dollars.
Thai Original BBQ and Restaurant has a delicious and traditional Thai menu. Choose from dishes that include BBQ Chicken or Pork, Grilled Rainbow Trout, Pad Thai, Chicken Curry, spicy Mint Chicken, BBQ Spare Ribs, Crispy Duck Dinner, Salmon with Teriyaki Sauce, Chicken Ruby Dinner and Green Garden Vegetables. All of the items are flavorful, colorful and very tasty. If you're in the mood for Thai, this place is one of the best choices around. Visit website for more details.
Kang Ho-dong Baekjeong is a branch of its namesake chain based in Seoul founded by ex-wrestler and comedian, Kang Ho Dong. His posters are all over the restaurant and two huge cardboard cutouts is put up at the entrance. This Korean BBQ joint is always packed, so you will have to wait for your turn. A smoky smell wafts through the entire eatery that will rouse your appetite. Not much to look at, it is the food that is the star here. Relish the smoked and flavorful meats which just melt in your mouth. These include dishes like the pork neck, sliced pork belly (samgyeopsal), marbled rib eye, dosirak and beef short ribs. They only have bovine and swine options and even offer combo meals.
This upscale cafe is the perfect alternative to a bar. A great hangout after the dance club or a late night movie. Cafe Mak is the size of a full-service restaurant, but the waiters only serve gourmet, coffee, tea, and pastries. If you get hungry press the button on your table, the waiter will come right over and take your order for a sandwich. On cold nights, they light up wood-burning fireplaces. And you can reserve a booth or the back room for a private game of poker.
This roomy Korean sports bar provides a clever indoor/outdoor hybrid setting, with large openings in the roof slats that allow for smoking on the premises. Sul Jip’s extensive menu includes a proper lineup of staple Korean dishes and bar snacks. Shortly after you’re seated, you are served a complementary bowl of peanuts steeped in salty marinade and a kimchi pancake. No need to worry about flagging down your waitress in this busy joint as the ubiquitous call button, implemented throughout K-town, allows you to page a member of the staff over at any time. Perfect for continuing to consume your nibbles and imbibe your soju or beer at your own pace, without a care in the world. -Jamie Zum