After cultivating his culinary skills in the major hotels of Europe, Hungarian chef Laszlo Bossanyi brought his passion for traditional cuisine to Maximilians, nestled in the heart of the NOHO art district. The rustic charm of his homeland pervades the dining room, where guests can dine on Eastern European dishes such as veal paprikash, potato latkes, and german sausages. A worldly selection of wine and beer adds to the authenticity of the meal, offering patrons a glimpse into the unadulterated flavors that have since made their way into America’s culinary melting pot.
During warm months, clients and their pets can enjoy the smell of the adjacent rose garden as they eat on a tiled, umbrella-shaded patio, passing tastes to friends in the main dining room through holes in the white trellised fence.
Hand-stretched dough. Sauce made in store from hand-crushed tomatoes. Locally sourced meats cooked and flavored in house. Natural produce sliced by hand. These components form the foundation of Lucifers Pizza’s pies, which LA Weekly lauded as “devilishly unique.” In addition to cooking up classics such as the margherita and the hawaiian, New Zealanders Adam and Milan Borch bake gourmet pizzas with nontraditional ingredients including roasted pumpkin, lamb, and Thai-style satay chicken. To accommodate dietary restrictions, their pies can also include gluten-free crusts and vegan cheese.
Adam and Milan craft each pizza on a spice rating from zero to blazing, which intrepid diners can combat by drinking the pizzeria’s own mineral-spring water, throwing back Mexican Cokes, or gargling foam from the nearest fire extinguisher. Lucifers Pizza’s tiny storefront evokes that spiciness with orange flames painted on its façade, and its dark and intimate interior echoes the restaurant’s darkly comical concept.
Colin Fukunaga and Robert "Mags" Magsalin came up with the idea of creating the FukuBurger truck while working at Tao, a high-end Asian restaurant in Las Vegas. The pair's successful combination of gourmet Angus beef, turkey, chicken, and vegan patties with Japanese-influenced toppings—including wasabi mayo, teriyaki sauce, and red ginger—led to the establishment of FukuBurger's permanent location in Los Angeles and an applauding article from Caroline on Crack. In addition to hosting innovative cuisine, FukuBurger whets whistles and inspires chopstick duels with Japanese lagers, sake bombs, and beer-based Fuku Bombs until close at 4 a.m.
Hanging light pendants enliven modern barstools with red tints while chalkboards list the day's draft selections. A mural of a Japanese woman reaching for a burger adds to the bar's casual ambiance and acts as a siren that causes patrons to crash into the brick wall.
The cultural mélange that characterizes Spice on Hollywood's menu draws inspiration from across the globe, incorporating familiar American, Mexican, and Italian recipes. Regardless of the dish's origin, the chefs demonstrate a commitment to homestyle flavors by making tomato sauces and pico de gallo salsa in-house. Pizzas can arrive decked with any of 14 available toppings—including barbecued chicken, feta cheese, and basil—and savory mushrooms accompany servings of flame-grilled rib-eye steak. These varied cuisines also influence the eatery's menu of breakfast staples, which features huevos rancheros and black beans alongside belgian waffles with fresh strawberries and powdered sugar.
The intimately sized dining area creates a cozy, café-like ambiance. Chalkboards with daily specials line a wall behind the front counter, pendant lamps gently illuminate dark wooden tables, and floor-to-ceiling windows flood the room with natural light for diners who prefer to cook their own meals photosynthetically.
This unpretentious modern storefront café on Cahuenga, just off Hollywood Boulevard, sports sleek wooden floors, quick service and lots of tables. As the name implies, chicken wings are the big draw here, offered in a range of flavors from extra hot and honey BBQ to teriyaki and garlic parmesan. Boneless wings are also available, though many late night clubgoers from nearby might choose instead to tuck into sides of curly fries, onion rings and jalapeño poppers. On the healthy side, nearly a dozen salads run from Santa Fe chicken to traditional Caesar and pear endive, while burgers, gussied up with bacon, cheddar, avocado and blue cheese, come sizzling from the grill. Drinks at California Wings Café feature passion fruit ice tea, as well as pints and pitchers of draft beer, plus the occasional glass of inexpensive house wine.
Row upon row of baked, fried, and shredded dough line the glass case at Baklava Factory, tantalizing customers with a bounty of honey, walnuts, and custard cream. The factory?s pastry experts concoct more than a dozen kinds of baklava each day alongside other European and Mediterranean sweets, such as fried balls of dough dipped in honey. Customers can sip espresso or cappuccino as they peruse these confections and the bakery?s array of elaborate gift boxes and baskets filled with Belgian chocolates, cookies, and, of course, baklava. Baklava Factory also does corporate gifting and enlivens events with custom cakes embellished with edible butterflies, cartoon characters, and rhinestones capable of fooling amateur jewel thieves.