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West Hollywood Restaurants

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Cal Mare
8500 Beverly Blvd, Suite 115; West Hollywood
While the Beverly Center continues its years-long construction project, the silver lining is that a few of the street level restaurants are finally open—among them, Michael Mina and Adam Sobel’s coastal Italian spot Cal Mare. Yes, it’s a mall restaurant, but it’s a really good one. (It’s big enough, too, so getting a table last-minute shouldn’t be a problem.) The menu leans heavily on seafood, but the wood-fired pizzas and house-made pastas shouldn’t be overlooked. For a decadent start to your meal, there’s no going wrong with one of the caviar and mozzarella pairings.
Viale dei Romani
627 N. La Peer Dr, West Hollywood
Founder Casey Lane has a knack for creating restaurants that draw a crowd (his westside resto Tasting Kitchen has long been a favorite of ours)–and this trattoria holds up his reputation. The dishes are classic Italian seafood with an unexpected twist of Moroccan: deconstructed lasagna topped with fresh tomato purée, chickpea crepe Cecina with falafel, crudo, and some of the city's best wood-fired pizza. And the space is equally comfortable and chic–all the makings for a long, wine-fueled dinner. Photos: Antonio Diaz.
Ladurée
189 The Grove Dr., West Hollywood
Thanks to loads of press and a swift global expansion in 2005, the Ladurée celadon green is almost as iconic as Tiffany’s robin’s egg blue, or Hermes’ orange: It all started in 1862 at 16 rue Royale, when writer Louis Ernest Ladurée opened a pastry shop. Though macaroons had been kicking around France since the 16th century, when Catherine de Medici introduced them from Italy, Ladurée’s grandson revolutionized the concept in 1930 by using a bit of ganache to create a macaron sandwich. That said, their lunch service is great, with a kid-friendly menu that adults can enjoy too. The original Ladurée is a fixture on the Champs-Elysées; in addition to this new location at The Grove and another in Beverly Hills, there are now outposts in New York, London, Lebanon, Japan, Sweden, Hong Kong, Brazil, and more.
Au Fudge (Closed)
9010 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood
Au Fudge is experimenting with a novel idea for dinner with kids. Here, they're totally welcome, either at the table (where there's not a kids menu, but an entire menu that everyone can happily eat off of) or in a playspace, where au pairs will entertain them with endless games and a super-cool treehouse while the adults finish dinner. The front of the restaurant features an adorable shop, where parents can stock up on last-minute birthday gifts, rainbow-colored sweets, snacks, and coffee.
Jones
7205 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood
This West Hollywood standby has mellowed out substantially from its days of rowdy all-nighters, though the bathrooms—which are plastered with hilarious snapshots of partying patrons—and the late hours are a nice nod to Jones’ party-central past. On the same note, both the main bar and the smaller one in the back, are still a great spot to get a drink and people watch. As suggested by the checkered tablecloths and moody lighting, the food leans heavily on home-style Italian dishes like spaghetti and meatballs, heaping chopped salad, and thin-crust pizza—served fresh, straight from the wood-burning brick oven. If sharing, the Jidori roast chicken is a good choice.
Canter’s Deli
419 N. Fairfax Ave., West Hollywood
Around since 1931, Canter’s can’t-miss neon signage along Fairfax is easily one of L.A.’s the most iconic visuals, outshined only by the famous hot pastrami sandwiches and house-brined dill pickles inside. The menu is rife with all the Jewish comfort food staples–matzo ball soup, blintzes, smoked fish, and so much more—one might expect from a deli, prepared in the same reliably delicious way for decades and served 24/7. Then there’s the adjoining Kibitz Room—an old-school cocktail bar with a rich musical past (everyone from The Doors to Guns N’ Roses to Fiona Apple hung out here), where you can still hear live acts nightly.
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