4 Los Angeles Restaurants Not To Miss

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by SUSAN HORNIK

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Beachwood Cafe

If you are heading up to take photos of the Hollywood sign, check out Hollywood’s homey diner, the famed Beachwood Cafe. “Hollywood is a great place to have a restaurant because tourists from all over the globe come here to see what life is like offscreen. It’s nice to know we are a friendly oasis that becomes part of the memories they go home with,” said Patti Peck, chef/owner.

For a change of pace from the hustle and bustle, Beachwood Canyon has a small town feel. “There are artists, top charting pop stars, famed film and tv actors, directors and writers galore who come because of the relaxed atmosphere and good food,” said Patti.

“We are really the opposite of one of those ‘seen and be seen’ places. Celebs come here with their kids and friends and are never bothered. Everybody gets treated the same and I think that’s why we are popular.”

She added: “I believe a good food joint in Hollywood anchors the community so that’s what I try to do. I’ve been lucky and successful at it for the last 30 years.

Specialties at the restaurant include handmade pickles, yogurts and jam. “We try to have healthy food that doesn’t feel like a punishment, although I am over kale, aren’t you? Our food is carefully sourced and everything else we keep as clean as possible,” Patti said.

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