When picturing a Hollywood restaurant, the imagine of swinging saloon doors and cowboy decor doesn't normally come to mind, unless you're eating on the set of a Wild West movie. But Tinhorn Flats is not a movie set. The establishment, which was founded in Burbank in 1937 and recently opened its second location in Hollywood, is a bona fide restaurant that pays homage to the classic eats of the American frontier. The menu satiates hearty appetites with myriad steaks, pulled-pork sandwiches, baby-back ribs, and juicy burgers, the last of which are the subject of glowing accolades from happy customers and angry letters from literate cows. The laid-back hotspot, which has been written up in Zagat, Eater, and Grub Street, complements its culinary offerings with fitting adornments in the form of antler chandeliers, antique cabinets, and plenty of wood accents.
At Olive's Bistro & Lounge, the delicate flavors of its breakfast, lunch, and dinner entrees are rivaled by their presentation: cuts of mahi-mahi sit glazed in a pool of teriyaki sauce that rolls across a wide plate; halves of spicy crab wrap balance atop a bed of greens garnished with strawberries.
Adjacent to the lobby of the Coast Anabelle hotel, the bistro's lounge serves specialty martinis over a polished, stone-topped bar beneath LCD TVs. A covered patio combines the feel of the indoors and outdoors, enrapturing the senses and confusing the wind, which doesn't know if it's allowed to blow there.
Hill Street Cafe doesn't cut any corners in their approach to American, home-style cooking. At the restaurant, they cook fresh turkey breast, bake rolls and breads, and whip up dressings, soups and sauces from scratch each day. Guests can taste the hard work and attention to detail while digging into the menu, which exudes a familiar sense of Americana with its two-egg breakfast plates, fully loaded burgers for lunch, and savory pot roasts, and fresh pasta for dinner. The menu also reflects America's melting pot of cultures with Italian feasts of ravioli and spaghetti, as well as Mexican specialties such as breaded cod tacos, huevos rancheros, and homemade salsa.
Across the street from the Warner Bros. studios, Cafe Valentino serves up pizza, wraps, and breakfast food deserving of a silver-screen close-up. Open for breakfast and lunch on weekdays, the eatery's early-morning offerings include avocado-and-cheese omelets and breakfast pizzas topped with scrambled eggs, mozzarella, and bacon. Many lunchtime options are Italian-inspired, such as the margherita pizza, the chicken pesto wrap, and the Quatro, an Italian grilled cheese with gouda, mozzarella, swiss, and monterey cheese along with tomato. On Fridays, the menu transforms to include fresh salsa, guacamole, and various Mexican dishes.
A clay tandoor oven is at the heart of India's Tandoori's kitchen. Inside that oven the restaurant's chefs puff Indian breads to perfection, including roti and naan stuffed with olives and parmesan cheese. They also roast salmon, king prawns, and tender racks of lamb within the radiant clay walls. Spice levels are customized to each diner's preferences, and vegetarian dishes are available.
Walk into Arde's Bistro and you'll find the restaurant's matriarchal namesake Arde hard at work in the kitchen, her daughters Nina and Sareen by her side. The trio crafts a bounty Greek, Armenian, and Lebanese dishes, made with well-honed recipes that Arde concocted during her many years of restaurant experience. The result is a range of exotic dishes such as char-broiled lamb kebabs in a juicy marinade and lamb and beef gyros drizzled in a yogurt cucumber sauce available in plates and catering. Most of their dishes can also be served in a wrap, which allows customers to eat them on the go without installing a banquet table in their car's passenger seat.