Restaurant, Asian, Fusion, $$$
The Formosa Cafe was opened by prize-fighter Jimmy Bernstein in 1925 as the Red Spot. The restaurant was renamed the Formosa Cafe – given its location on Santa Monica Boulevard at Formosa Avenue – in the 1930s, serving up cocktails and Cantonese and American food to its celebrity clientele. In a hilarious scene from L.A. Confidential (1997), Detective Edmund Exley (Guy Pearce) accuses Lana Turner of being a prostitute dressed up like Lana Turner while his partner, played by Kevin Spacey, wryly observes. The fate of the Formosa Cafe is presently unclear as it shuttered in January of 2017. The building is currently up for lease.