Soak up the solid surroundings before perusing the equally solid menu. Start the feastivities with three mini sirloin sliders ($8), house-cut garlic and parsley fries ($5 for small), and a fighting pint of Stone Brewing Co.'s Arrogant Bastard ($5). Those with an itching appetite can dive straight into larger bites. Equip yourself with a house sirloin burger ($11) or order of chicken and biscuits ($16).
In the ‘60s, kitchen24 looked much different. It went by Shelly’s Manne-Hole, a name taken from owner and Hall of Fame jazz drummer Shelly Manne. Revered by many as a founding father of West Coast jazz, Manne welcomed countless iconic jazz musicians and big bands to his club. He relinquished control of the club in 1972 and passed away 12 years later, but his wife remains a faithful patron of kitchen24. Though it now welcomes ravenous eaters instead of jazz greats, the diner pays homage to Manne through eclectic tunes that play during meals. But its American dishes only vaguely resemble those of years past. Classics such as French toast and burgers may look the same on the outside, but contemporary twists make them even tastier than the originals. The French toast, for instance, comes stuffed with bananas and caramel and wears a coat of coconut and Frosted Flakes; the burgers arrive in toasted brioche buns. And unlike the greasy spoons of yesteryear, kitchen24 takes health seriously. Its cooks not only use a reverse-osmosis filtration system for the water in coffee, cocktails, and food but also pack the menu with nutritious smoothies, salads, and vegetarian dishes. And they whip up all signature soups, sauces, and baked goods in-house.
In the award-winning Broadway musical Cabaret, leading lady Sally Bowles sings a racy number about working at the The Kit Kat Club in a pair of "lacy pants." The song is called “Don’t Tell Mama,” and its lyrics were the inspiration for this entertainment venue by the same name. An offshoot of the New York City original which has received praise from the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Vanity Fair among others, Don’t Tell Mama in Los Angeles hosts nightly performances by singers, pianists, and comedians. Broadway actors and pop stars also put on surprise performances at the piano lounge after swiffering their stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Don’t Tell Mama fuels patrons at its onsite restaurant and bar. Separate from the stage area, this intimate 50-person dining room serves up contemporary American cuisine including gourmet burgers, fresh seafood, and sides such as the signature lobster mac and cheese. A variety of creative cocktails rounds out the menu.
On the expansive patio at L' Scorpion West, diners sink into supple chocolate-leather banquettes framed by white tie-back curtains, with a rustic chandelier hanging above. Clustered around leather ottomans, guests can nibble on Mexican-inspired entrees complemented by a vast selection of tequilas—L'Scorpion's sister location won a spot on the Huffington Post's list of LA's Best Tequila Bars. A selection of seafood appetizers include the cocoa lobster crepes and jalapeno crabcakes.
With a stay at Sunset Tower Hotel, you'll be centrally located in West Hollywood, convenient to Whiskey a Go Go and Grauman's Chinese Theatre. This 4-star hotel is close to Dolby Theater and Hollywood Bowl. n Rooms
Make yourself at home in one of the 74 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and minibars. VCRs and pay movies are available for your entertainment, while CD players help you enjoy your music in the comfort of your room. Private bathrooms have televisions and designer toiletries. Conveniences include safes and desks, as well as multi-line phones with voice mail. n Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Be sure to enjoy recreational amenities including an outdoor pool and a fitness facility. Additional amenities include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and babysitting/childcare. n Dining
Grab a bite at one of the hotel's 2 restaurants, or stay in and take advantage of 24-hour room service. At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. n Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access, a business center, and limo/town car service.
Though he's used to hitting night clubs and touring, Adam Richmond's star is rising with appearances on Last Comic Standing, Last Call with Carson Daly, and a gig warming up the audience for The Best Damn Sports Show Period. The in-your-face comedian—blessed with a gravel-toned voice and pointed cadence—expounds on the big-picture and small-picture aspects of life, from religion and history to the ethics of killing ants and ideas for hypothetical horror movies about coconuts. He'll hit the Thai Palms Restaurant and Bar stage with a posse of comedians yet to be announced. Until then, customers can catch up on Richmond's lively online life, which abounds with a personal website, a video blog christened Suck My Shtick, and the occasional anonymous post on Gargoyles message boards.