Hidden among the iconic Hollywood landmarks of Hollywood Boulevard are a handful of excellent restaurants. As you make your way down one of LA’s most famous streets, these are the eateries you won’t want to miss.
Pailin Thai Cuisine
Restaurant, Thai, $$$
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This unassuming stop on Hollywood Boulevard specializes in Northern Thai cuisine. Despite the teeny digs, it’s exceptionally charming, plastered with funky decor and blue-leather booths. This family-run business makes the best khao soi in the city: a spicy curry noodle soup bobbing with deep-fried noodles. The rest of the menu is quite extensive but the prices are mostly $8 and below.
At PokiNometry, choose from a variety of sushi-grade fish including scallops, octopus, and classic tuna to create your own customized meal. Slices of raw fish can be jammed into a sushi burrito or crowned atop sushi rice and salad, along with your choice of six different toppings like seaweed, green onions, dried seaweed and homemade spicy mayo.
Unsurprisingly, pies are the specialty at this quaint nook on Hollywood Boulevard. There are classic pies, like banana cream and apple crumble, along with inventive, seasonal pies like maple custard and the Cereal Killer, a cheesecake pie dusted with Froot Loops, Lucky Charms or Frosted Flakes. There are savory pies, too, like Shepherd’s pie, mac n’ cheese pie, and even a Turkey pie for the holidays, complete with stuffing. Wash it all down with an organic coffee or tea and stay for a while — the relaxed atmosphere is perfect for laptops and long conversations with friends.
It’s Halloween every day at this Tim Burton-inspired restaurant on Hollywood Boulevard. Decorated from head to toe in movie memorabilia, this dark hangout is a must-see for any fan of the famed director. Costumed characters from Burton’s various films mingle with you while you dine, accompanied by a live sideshow of sword swallowers, contortionists and fire spinners. Menu items such as the Edward-burger hands, Cheshire mac n’ cheese, and Sweeny beef pay homage to the characters Burton has brought to life, along with a handful of themed cocktails, like The Beetle’s Juice and Alice’s Cup O’ Tea.
At LONO Hollywood, it feels like you have escaped to a tropical island. This Polynesian-themed restaurant boasts wicker chairs and plenty of green throughout, taking on its tiki theme with a heavy dose of fun: flaming pina coladas and daiquiris are served in conch shells, and upscale menu items like Peking duck or Santa Barbara spot prawns are prepared for a minimum of four guests, paired with sides like green papaya salad and yakisoba (a Japanese stir-fry dish with noodles).
Although this restaurant may be named after the Mexican game of chance, there’s no risk of finding a bad dish here. Mexico City native Jimmy Shaw created the brand over 15 years ago out of a small LA farmers’ market stall. The same market vibes are added here, where high ceilings and a colorful interior remind you of the outdoors. On the menu, you’ll find everything from tacos and burritos to braised beef tongue and sea bass al Morita, along with a host of vegetarian options. The full menu of drinks, including tamarind margaritas, make for a perfect stop for the daily happy hour when all drinks and appetizers are half-off.