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.
At the Hollywood Improv, comics lure laughs from deep within bellies as they follow in the footsteps of standup legends such as Ellen DeGeneres, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, and Dave Chappelle, all of whom have graced the Improv club stages. The club's calendar schedules comedians as often as seven nights a week, alternating between big-name headliners and up-and-coming funsters who tickle funny bones with fresh material, abundant energy, and feathered reflex hammers.
Xai Verandah Lounge infuses palates with Mediterranean flavors and soothes minds with aromatic tea by pouring cups steeped with loose-leaf, organic, and fair-trade blends. Chatting groups settle into cushioned white chairs, spreading brunch menus across sleek ebony tabletops to mull over Xai's fried-egg bagel sandwich, stacked with spicy greenery and Boursin cheese, or to visualize crawling beneath a cozy blanket made of fluffy smoked-salmon omelets. A traditional Lebanese mezze plate strains beneath a heavy cornucopia of eggs, fresh-cut cooling vegetables, feta cheese, zahtar, and other favorites alongside warm pita bread. Parties of four or six can break flatbread, savoring styles from the sumac-spiced zahtar to the lahm bi ajeen strewn with generous helpings of seasoned beef and lamb. Dining clusters savor their fare beneath the ivory-toned curtains and diffuse warm light of Xai's interior or inhale the breeze and argue with the sky around cobalt tables and tumbling curtains of ivy on a shaded brick veranda.
Cabo Cantina serves up tasty Mexican-style eats and throat de-parchers in a festive environment lined with high-definition TVs. Fix your eyes on a sportive game or a live UFC fight while your mouth focuses on a basket of hand-battered jalapeño chips served with queso dip and ranch ($4). Salad choices include the macho salad, which comes with chicken, pico de gallo, avocado, corn, mushrooms, cheese, and ranch, and can be consumed as a regular salad or rolled up in a whole-wheat tortilla and served as a wrap ($8). To appease more ambitious appetites, feast on fajitas, a platter that’s prepared with your choice of chicken, steak, or shrimp sautéed with peppers, onions, and Cabo’s fajita seasoning; a host of sides are also included, such as Spanish rice, guacamole, and black beans ($11.50). Cabo's collection of tasty margaritas, tequilas, and beers provide plenty of glad gulps to pique the palate.
Since 1995, Bang Comedy Institute and Theater has trained performers in the art of the extemporaneous. In the process, it's built up a history of boosting the careers of comedic actors such as Jane Lynch, Jeff Garlin, Janeane Garofalo, and Fred Willard and the personal joke writers of several heads of state. Hailing from backgrounds in film acting and writing for shows including MADtv, the faculty turn students into confident stage performers in classes that sharpen skills in character development, long-form scene structure, and physical awareness. Many students go on to star in shows on the company's stage.
Founded by comedian Sammy Shore in 1972 and built into a comic empire by his erstwhile wife Mitzi, The Comedy Store has nourished some of the country's greatest comedic talent. With an alumni list that includes such greats as George Carlin, Jim Carrey, and Dave Chappelle, the club has been at the epicenter of comedy innovation for four decades, giving chucklesmiths the opportunity to devise ever more ingenious ways of eliciting laughs from patrons and laugh approximations from cyborg patrons