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.
The Riverside Cafe's cooks draw inspiration from European and American cuisine as they create a menu of bistro-style comfort fare. In addition to baking bowls of french onion soup topped with a shell of imported gruyere, they grill beef and turkey hamburger patties and load baked potatoes with a number of familiar, yet decadent, ingredients, including sour cream and bacon. On Thursday nights, they embrace seasonal ingredients by featuring a specially prepared menu item, which have previously included wild boar and Stilton steak.
Beyond the intimately sized dining room with its "rustic, wood-beamed ceiling," as described by Gayot, the restaurant can seat guests and their canine personal assistants at the outdoor tables. White picket fences and trellises enclose the outside area, and a small awning and robin-egg-blue umbrella protect guests from the sun's harsh rays and dive-bombing pigeons.
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.
Flavor Of India's affable staff greets patrons with a cheery "namaste!" before escorting them to a vibrant red booth or beneath the colorful open-air gazebo. Inside the bustling kitchen, executive-chef brothers Darshan and Tarsem Singh churn out an array of sizzling tandoori dishes, rice-based biryani, and vegetarian specialties peppered with traditional Indian spices. In addition to filling bellies with aromatic, preservative-free savories, the chefs unfurl their culinary wisdom with cooking classes. Flavor of India also boasts a wall of autographed photos bestowed during visits by satisfied celebrities, including the likes of Nicolas Cage, Jessica Alba, and a vacationing Taj Mahal.
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.
In keeping with the 300-year-old Brazilian tradition of slowly roasting skewered meats over an open flame, Picanha Churrascaria overwhelms diners' appetites with never-ending servings of 15 different proteins. Throughout each meal, servers approach tables with long, sword-like skewers of top sirloin, garlic chicken, and leg of lamb, then slice freshly grilled portions directly onto plates until guests signal them to stop. Between platefuls, diners can visit the restaurant's buffet, which features more than 40 salad fixings, a spread of traditional Brazilian side dishes, and cutthroat guards that see to it that no one scoops with their hands.