Part 1 – Sixty or More Los Angeles Restaurants for Your Consideration

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Hi everybody!  That is me just above.  And this is the first entry in a several part recap of restaurants I have visited around Los Angeles.  This is not a complete list & some places here reflect images from multiple visits.  I am not going to get into reviewing them but I will post a link if I have blogged about specific places here in the past – and that link will likely have lots of info & more pictures (except for my earliest posts which were pretty simple).   They will be listed pretty much in alphabetical order & if there is a website for the place – I will try to supply it by making the name of the place a link to their site.   The images above are from Millie’s in Silverlake.   The beer below was at La Poubelle – a spot that is too dark to photograph with much success.  There isn’t a spot in this list that I do not recommend highly.  They span the city from East L.A. to Inglewood and all over Hollywood.  I included two spots in Santa Barbara.   It is just too fucking hot to cook this week – so I am using this heat as an opportunity to reflect.  I hope you enjoy this photo retrospective and maybe try out a few new places yourselves!


My blog about MILLIE’S is HERE.

My blog about LA POUBELLE is HERE.



OK – here we go!


3 DOG CANTINA – Hollywood

3 DOG CANTINA – in my blog HERE.

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33 TAPS  – Hollywood


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54TWENTY – Hollywood

54Twenty in my blog HERE.

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101 COFFEE SHOP – Hollywood

My blog about the 101 Coffee Shop.

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My blog about Benny’s Tacos.









BIRDS CAFE – Hollywood

My blog about Birds.

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OK!  There are the first ten.  I hope you try some of them out!!! And don’t forget about my book!


The top video there is trailer for my novel.  The second is me reading from it a while back – at Vroman’s.


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Ranch Eggs at 54Twenty – A Hollywood Guestaurant

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All Photos © Christine Elise McCarthy 2012

Attached to the Dixie Hollywood Motel – is a contemporary take on an old-school coffee shop – 54Twenty (the address is 5420 Hollywood Blvd).  I used to go to whatever this place was called back in the mid-eighties & get just-adequate Denver omelets.  It was cheap, I could walk to it and, well, that’s about it.  I don’t think it was called Angel’z back then – which is what it has been more recently.  Angel’z closed, it seems, and now in its place is 54Twenty.

I never went to Angel’z.  The exterior was far too depressing:


Photo from Hunch

But – when the joynt got a recent face lift making its look conspicuously hipper – I decided I should give it a shot.  Look at that overhang & angled entry.  Very Googie.  Who would cover that with a shitty awning?


Photo from Trippy Food

The inside is still straight-foward “diner.”  I put quote on diner because I like to reserve that term for actual dining cars – like the wonderful Phil’s.


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Phil’s is in NoHo now – and closed.  Very sad.

Anyway – 54Twenty looks like this inside:

The opposite wall is a long upholstered banquet with table in the windows.

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We sat in the corner & a friendly waitress brought us menus.  Coffee was served in paper cups

but the creamers were cute & came on a little tray with little spoons.

and I really liked the salt & pepper mill.

The menu was limited but way more creative than I expected.

I ordered the Ranch Eggs & Katie got a bacon & eggs special with what was described as “a six inch slab of bacon.”

My eggs were beautiful to look at & tasted even better!

I have decided that corn tortillas belong in the same class with parsley & celery – terribly underrated as a flavor worthy of comment.  I love warm corn tortillas!

These ranch eggs really had it all.  The hominy was crunchy, the onions delicate & sweet, the mayo – well – it’s fucking mayo.  You can’t talk shit about mayonnaise – especially if it has chipotle or garlic or some other flavor going on.  I once – sure drunkenly but whatever – stood with my friend Michael over an open jar of mayo & took rolled provolone cheese slices (purchased at 2am at the corner bodega in Brooklyn) & dipped them into the jar & scoffed that shit down.    Sounds gross?  It wasn’t.  Ill-advised?  Sure.  Gross?  No.  Alcohol is a dangerous gateway drug – a gateway to late night Thai, unnecessary & regrettable post midnight carbo-loading & to consuming 4000 fat calories of mayo & cheese in ten minutes.  But I digress.

Anyway – these ranch eggs were just ridiculous.  Katie seemed equally pleased with her fried eggs and pork slab.  Then the waitress informed us that their meat & eggs were hormone-free.  The website states:

While keeping some features that playfully hint at the restaurant’s diner past, 54TWENTY features approachable breakfast and lunch showcasing local, sustainable and humane ingredients with modern touches. Enjoy!

Not sure if humane & sustainable means PASTURED (info HERE) – which would be ideal – but any effort is to be commended.  The coffee comes from a local coffee roaster ( and they try to get their produce from local farmers.

Can you see the blackboard specials here?

Nah – I guess not.  It has a watermelon & jalapeno gazpacho soup special & a Brussels sprout salad with a dressing that sounded impressive when I read it back to Katie.  This picture is too blurred for me to read.  Damn!

I also like this little bit from their website:


A hybrid of a restaurant & dinner party. Guestaurants typically feature a set menu,limited seating and require a reservation much like a supper club in someone’s home.

Welcome to our home.
We are honored to have you as our guest.

In early November, they will begin doing a 6 course, $60 tasting menu.  Don’t be thrown by the Hollywood & Western location.  The neighborhood can be sketchy – but the Dixie Motel (attached to 54Twenty) has a big parking lot – so the locals shouldn’t interfere with your hipster foodie experience too much.  Only drawback?  No liquor license.  YET.  But unless you are my boyfriend – you probably don’t want a beer with your eggs, anyway, so RUN – don’t walk – and try the outrageously delicious Ranch Eggs!