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).
Although it now has more than 430 locations in 28 countries, Hooters wasn’t always welcomed by the public. In fact, when it opened in October 1983 in Clearwater, Florida, the founders of the restaurant were “quickly detained for impersonating restaurateurs,” according to the company's website. But the restaurant was able to prove it was more than just a pretty face—that it was serious about serving tasty American food and frosty brews—and its popularity exploded in the decades to follow.
Amid its beach-themed vibe and flat-screen TVs, Hooters still fuels appetites with original chicken wings, burgers, sandwiches, and fresh salads. Of course, nobody carries those casual eats and icy pitchers better than the Hooters girls. To complement their friendly smiles, their uniforms harken back to the ones the original waitresses wore in 1983: orange hot shorts and white tank tops with the emblematic owl on the front—though that owl has lost its Lionel Richie perm.
The décor inside The Woods – located just off of La Brea Avenue in Hollywood – is reminiscent of a 1920’s speakeasy. Although there is a large sign that illuminates at night, the outside is still somewhat obscure, as the stone and wood-patterned design completely conceals what’s inside. Once you step in, the dimly-lit interior reveals a bar and leather stools that line the left side, with leather booths that run along the right. Each furniture piece, including the tables made out petrified tree stumps, gives off a mysterious and woodsy vibe that’s only matched by the young, flannel-wearing clientele. Part dive bar, part low-key after-work hangout for locals, The Woods is a nice spot for a relatively cheap drink, which can be hard to come by in Hollywood.
Hamburger Mary's cherry-red banquettes and chairs surround tables filled with classic American fare, including burgers with meats ranging from ground chuck to ahi tuna and ostrich. A sprawling list of cocktails fuels late-night revelry, whereas stuffed burgers and sandwiches treat taste buds to a medley of hearty flavors. A stage flanked by red curtains plays host to weekly events, such as karaoke nights, all-female burlesque shows, drag shows, and Micro Machine drag racing.
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.
The Olive Kitchen + Bar harnesses the culinary styles of California and Italy to give diners a menu chock-full of hearty meats and flavorful vegetables amid a sun-drenched, casual fine-dining atmosphere. Conquer deliciousness deprivation with a rustic Italian white pizza, resplendently decorated with garlic, sliced potato, rosemary, oregano, and caramelized onion ($14), or the opulent lobster mac 'n' cheese ($19). Guests can winedrate parched gullets with a grape-derived beverage, such as a 2008 Tuscany chianti ($11) or a Poppy pinot noir from Monterey, California ($9). The Olive Kitchen + Bar also hosts a make-your-own Bloody Mary bar on weekends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.