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Start with the mac 'n' cheese, made with blue crab, applewood-smoked bacon, scallions, tomatoes, smoked mozzarella, smoked gouda, and swiss cheese ($14), or try the french-onion soup with brioche croutons ($8). The steak- and burger-heavy dinner menu includes filet mignon ($34) served with crushed Yukon Gold potatoes and shitake mushrooms swimming in a kiddie pool filled with sherry, herbs, and butter. The 8 oz. Angus Reuben burger ($14), a twist on the deli favorite, comes enveloped in melted swiss, thousand-island dressing, and crisp sauerkraut. Cushy leather chairs, a sleek, minimalist décor, and a candlelit interior provide an appropriate backdrop for sipping dirty martinis, while the patio allows patrons to admire clouds, stars, and floating cities.

747 N La Cienega Blvd
West Hollywood,
CA
US

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.

8433 W Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood,
CA
US

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.

8462 W Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood,
CA
US

One night at a bar in Devlin, Ireland, a fight broke out, a baby was born, and that same child immediately entered into the scuffle. As the story goes, in the years that followed, this incredible boy would lose his left eye and travel to America, where he found a nation in the throes of Prohibition. So the young man took his family's whiskey recipe and started delivering the libation to people's front doors, becoming the world's most renowned bootlegger. He also found some time to invent rock 'n' roll.

These are just a few of the incredible feats attributed to Reilly, the namesake folk hero of Rock & Reilly's. While the young man's legend might be questionable, the rock pub that's plastered with his eye-patched visage has earned a very real reputation for its whiskeys and brews. Surrounded by exposed-brick walls, bartenders pour Guinness and concoct dozens of mixed drinks with names like Dead Beat Dad and Spicy Slapper—a vodka drink with watermelon, jalapeño, lime, and cranberry. The libations pair well with a lineup of pub food, including five kinds of grilled cheese.

Since the pub opened in 2011, its selection of drinks and grub have attracted the attention of numerous news outlets and celebrities; starlets including Nicole Richie and Zooey Deschanel have attended parties there.

8911 W Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood,
CA
US

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.

8575 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood,
CA
US

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.

8279 Santa Monica
West Hollywood,
CA
US