Clarion Inn at Universal Studios Hollywood
3241 Cahuenga Blvd W
Los Angeles, CA 90068
Phone: (323) 845-1600
Fax: (323) 845-0771
Don't let the name fool you. The Gourmet Magazine has classified Minibar as one of America's Best Restaurants. The modern interiors and the glow of the globe lights lend a mysterious ambiance. This place offers an eclectic range of small plates under headings like 'this', 'that' and 'the other'. The braised baby back ribs come along with a smoky-n-spicy chipotle-molasses barbeque sauce. If you feel like trying out something Asian, dig into the Thai-snapper ceviche, which comes with sushi grade red snapper with watermelon, mint and basil served with crispy plantain chips. There is also a great wine selection. You can groove to some contemporary music on DJ nights, which are Fridays and Saturdays.
Sausage-lovers flock to this tiny stand on the tourist-friendly City Walk for dogs of all kinds. Although there's no shortage of quality restaurants mere feet away, when you crave something unique on a bun, this is the only place that will scratch that itch. It is a wonderful alternative to the ubiquitous hamburger. Go healthy and try a chicken dog with apple bits or forget about the diet and treat yourself to some pure smoked pork. There are also great one-of-a-kind variations; the Bombay lamb is spicy and delicious. No alcohol served. Also located at 201 Ocean Front Walk, Venice Beach and Terminal 6 at LAX.
Of all the movies that have ever been shown on the big screen, there are few that would easily translate into a theme restaurant. The restaurant takes its name from the well-repeated scene where Forest's friend Bubba gives a litany of possible dishes you can create with shrimp. Though the restaurant may not serve all of the 30 plus varieties, it makes up for it by serving succulent dishes like the authentic New Orleans shrimp or the fried-fish-stuffed sandwich. Along with the grub they also have a wide array of specialty mixed drinks, like the Medal Margarita or the cuervo gold based delta sunset. Head down to Bubba Gump Shrimp Company for some authentic southern seafood served with relevant kitsch. Open everyday from 11am onwards.
Samba Brazilian Steakhouse is a upbeat and friendly place that serves delicious steaks that has Brazilian influence in the flavors. Their 'All You Can Eat' offer is very reasonably priced and allows you to have multiple trips and refills from the Salad Bar which has sumptuous salads, Brazilian sides and seafood. Their irresistible Champagne Brunch on weekends is also a very reasonable deal which offers Churrasco, egg preps and more with unlimited Sangria and Champagne. Choose from a variety of tapas from their bar a la carte menu. Enjoy your meal while watching the Samba dance or have them organize your next event in their private room. Call ahead to know more.
Buca di Beppo provides an amazing Italian dining in a friendly ambiance where friends and families are sure to have a great time. The dishes are authentic, some of the dishes on the menu include gourmet pizzas, pastas, lasagne and more. The dishes are served in family-style size dishes which are meant for sharing and serves four people. They are open to private celebrations like birthday parties, get in touch with the management for more information. Table reservations can be made online on their website.
This eatery is located close to Universal Studios and within the Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City hotel. The menu includes Chinese and Californian fare. But the Sunday brunch wins hands down as the crowd favorite. Patrons also head here to enjoy the scrumptious seafood buffet served in the evenings, on the last three days of the week. For further details on the cafe, check the website.
Consistently named one of the best places to try authentic Middle-Eastern specials like Hummus, Falafels and delicious Shwarma; Joe's Falafel is a simple no-frills eatery. Popular with locals, it's a great place to grab a quick lunch or dinner. Their meal plates are very popular, with generous portions and a budget-friendly price. Their signature home-made Lafa bread is a must-try. Favorite dishes on the menu include Gyro sandwich, Falafel wrap and Lemon Chicken plate. For details, visit the website.
Saddle Ranch Chop House is one of those eateries where you can celebrate a culinary fare. Binge on delicious steaks for lunch or dinner and start an upbeat day with the Ranch Brunch that serves egg preparations and muffins. The menu also features some small plates and appetizers that are served all day like Grilled Salmon Salad, Fish Tacos, Jalapeno Mac and Cheese and Nachos among others. Pair your meal with their specialty drinks like Ranch Mai Tai and Bull Fighter. Give a sweet ending to your meal with a dessert like The Cotton Candy Tower or the Roast Your Own S'mores Platter in which you get marshmellows to be roasted at the table with sweet accompaniments. Have a great time!
If you want Mexican food, but don't want to spend a lot, try this mini-chain with five locations throughout Los Angeles. This spot, just across from Universal Studios, is a great place to pick up amazing burritos, tacos, taquitos or just chips and salsa before the studio tour. Considered 'healthy food served fast', there's a choice of fish, chicken, beef or pork and they're all fantastic. A superb salsa bar adds to the experience. Additional locations in North Hollywood, West Hollywood and Burbank.
Good Neighbor has been around since the 1970s and has a steady base of loyal customers over the years. Bette Nowinski and her husband, Rick, took over the business in 1993 and have just continued the tradition of being a lovable breakfast and lunch spot. Today their children and grandchildren assist them to run the diner. Their home-style cooking is delicious and hearty. Tuck into their dishes like Chicken Tarragon Omelet, Chicken Fajita Omelet, Corned Beef Hash and Eggs, Chorizo and Eggs, Buttermilk Pancakes, Blueberry Pancakes, The Cahuenga Special and Chicken Stroganoff.
This has been the place for live jazz in the Valley for nearly 30 years. The cozy little haunt attracts major players and minor ones alike. The acoustics are great as long as the guy next to you doesn't bang his fork against his plate too often. It's hard to blame him, as the house specialty is huge potatoes baked with a variety of toppings. Potatoes and jazz? It's a great combo and you should try it to believe it.
Sun Cafe is a bright and friendly eatery that serves organic, vegan and raw food. With recognized raw food, Sun Cafe's menu features soups, salads, burgers with raw patties, raw lasagna, an raw pizzas that are surprisingly great in taste and a healthier option than the usual ones. Every dessert is gluten-free and other menu items have a gluten-free option available. They also offer a bevvy of juice and smoothie options, blended and pressed to order, including a sweet kale shake and a power root juice. SunCafe offers a detox program, raw food cooking classes and a lot more.