With a carefully curated menu of diverse dishes made from local and sustainable ingredients, Hugo's Restaurant caters to vegan and carnivorous palates alike. Organic eggs from the Chino Valley Ranch grace breakfast plates until 4 pm—when the plates must start their night jobs as decorations on shelves—in various cooked-to-order forms, such as poached alongside black bean cakes in the eggs blackstone ($11.25) or scrambled with chicken sausage in the chilaquiles ($11.50). Burgers and sandwiches ($11.50–12.75), whose ingredients sizzle and sit between ciabatta buns or eggrolls, are the cornerstones of the Hugo’s lunch menu.
A red carpet leads the way past a cluster of spotlights, and two large lacquered doors grant access to a low-lit room. Conversation buzzes, layered over the underlying thumping of music that emanates throughout the space. It's the quintessential modern nightclub, but Sunset Room is alive with old-school Hollywood glamour; it's decorated with crystal chandeliers and dark wood, aesthetic touches that are the very antithesis of stale chain restaurants or picnic tables set up in a cave. In the dining room, white tablecloths rest beneath the light of flickering candles, and small plates encourage sharing bites of flatbread and steak sliders. Reserved seating can make guests feel extra special, and live bands and DJs start dance parties on the dance floor. A team of mixologists also arrives on the scene to shake and stir a variety of craft cocktails and drinks at the towering bar.
The elegant mixture of cuisine, libations, and decor that constitutes Sunset Room is the brainchild of Chris Breed and James Ashford. Since 1990, Chris has been improving nightlife in Hollywood, first with the Roxbury Supper Club and now with Sunset. Chris teams up with James, who has a background as an LAPD officer and a real-estate man.
Numero Uno Pizza has been cheesing up Chicago–style deep dish and spinning out New York–style pies since 1973. The pizza spot's menu, brimming with eight specialty pizzas ($14.95+ for a medium), travels from the shores of Hawaii with pineapple chunks and canadian bacon to the sands of Santa Fe with smoky barbecue sauce and chicken breast. Pie aficionados orchestrate their own masterpieces from a choice of crusts ($4.95 for a 7” individual) lavished with a selection of 20+ toppings such as feta cheese, pepperoncini peppers, and artichoke hearts ($0.75–$1.95 each). Diners can close the hatch of a genoa-salami-and-cheese submarine ($8.95 for a footlong) and venture into the depths of the ocean, or climb up mountains of triple-chocolate Blackout cake ($4.95) in search of glory and napkins.
If you can't find something to top your frozen Xogurt among the fresh fruit chunks and baked goodies at SweetXO's full toppings bar, it's not that big of a deal. Because you'll definitely find something you like in one of the store's more than 200 candy bins.
SweetXO, one part old-fashioned candy store, one part modern yogurt bar with 18 different flavors, lets customers loose in the candy-store portion to find the exact sweet they're looking for to complete their fro-yo creation. At the counter, its sweets-makers also peddle baked goods, such as soft, oven-fresh cookies and brownies that come in six different varieties.
Like most self-service fro-yo shops, Twist Frozen Yogurt offers a variety of rotating flavors—generally 14 to 16—and a toppings bar with up to 70 choices, including cookies, nuts, and fresh slices of fruit. And like the other shops' yogurt, Twist's yogurt is kosher, is either fat-free or low-fat, and is full of healthy dose of live and active yogurt cultures.
But Twist entertains more than taste buds. Each location lets visitors play on provided iPads or browse free WiFi until closing time at midnight. And on certain special occasions, the yogurt shop transforms into a birthday-party venue complete with games and activities, such as a piñata full of frozen yogurt.