EAT. ON SUNSET: Contemporary American with an industry crowd. Specialties: oysters on the half shell, roasted baby beets salad, seared diver scallops with cauliflower, pork belly, Scottish salmon. 1448 N. Gower St. (323) 461-8800. $21 to $27.
GRIDDLE CAFE: An American breakfast and lunch classic offering coffee French-pressed to order. Specialties: "Bluesberry" flapjacks, poached y papas Benedict, Mom's French toast. 7916 Sunset Blvd. (323) 874-0377. $6 to $10.
For The Record
Los Angeles Times Sunday June 18, 2006 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 1 inches; 38 words Type of Material: Correction
Restaurant issue: The "Eating Out" guide to Southern California restaurants in today's West magazine lists Hong Kong Palace, which is in Rowland Heights, in the Orange County section. It should be listed in the San Gabriel Valley section.
For The Record
Los Angeles Times Sunday June 25, 2006 Home Edition West Magazine Part I Page 5 Lat Magazine Desk 1 inches; 39 words Type of Material: Correction
The "Eating Out" guide to Southern California restaurants (The Restaurant Issue, June 18) incorrectly listed Hong Kong Palace, which is in Rowland Heights, in the Orange County section. It should have been listed in the San Gabriel Valley section.
THE HUNGRY CAT: 1535 N. Vine St. (323) 462-2155. $18 to $22. See page 27 for more.
LOU: 724 Vine St. (323) 962-6369. $5 to $14. See page 32 for more.
MAGNOLIA: Updated American diner food in an inviting modernist boite. Specialties: grilled artichoke with citrus aioli, baked macaroni and cheese, fried calamari, Cobb salad, Magnolia burger, rigatoni with Bolognese sauce, marinated skirt steak, ice cream sandwich. 6266 Sunset Blvd. (323) 467-0660. $14 to $30.
MEMPHIS: 6541 Hollywood Blvd. (323) 465-8600. $16 to $36. See page 20 for more.
MOROCCAN ROOM: Social Hollywood, 6525 Sunset Blvd. (323) 462-5222. $24 to $35. See page 27 for more.
MUSSO & FRANK GRILL: Old-school waiters and longtime customers swap stories, and the bar makes the best martini in town. Specialties: double-cut lamb chops, steaks, grilled calf's liver. 6667 Hollywood Blvd. (323) 467-7788. $15 to $38.
PROVIDENCE: 5955 Melrose Ave. (323) 460-4170. $32 to $38. See page 23 for more.
25 DEGREES: Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, 7000 Hollywood Blvd. (323) 785-7244. $9 to $12. See page 28 for more.
XIOMARA: Cuban with a light French or Asian accent and excellent mojitos. Specialties: black bean soup, codfish fritters, rock shrimp tamale, duck ropa vieja, arroz frito, pork hash, mojitos. 6101 Melrose Ave. (323) 461-0601. Also in Pasadena. $16.50 to $32.
CEBICHE DEL REY: Exotic grills, Peruvian criollo dishes and four ceviches. Specialties: ceviche, papa rellena, chupe de camarones, arroz con mariscos. 7404 Florence Ave., Downey. (562) 806-4033. $5 to $27.
CENADURIA LA CASITA MEXICANA: Modest family-run eatery offering from-scratch, garden-to-table Mexican cooking. Specialties: quesadillas, mole poblano, chicken pipian, pozole, cactus agua fresca (in season). 4030 E. Gage Ave., Bell. (323) 773-1898. $7 to $11.
YA YA'S BURGERS: Choose from 65 varieties of Mexico City-style sandwiches. Specialties: torta alemana (spicy sausage with bacon and American cheese), torta tepiquena (roast pork), torta media vuelta (ham, pork and American cheese), steak sandwich. 3202 E. Gage Ave., Huntington Park. (323) 581-2383. $3 to $9.
EL CHOLO: 1121 S. Western Ave. (323) 734-2773. See listing under Orange County. Also in Santa Monica and Pasadena.
JIN SANG: Mostly Japanese with a Korean accent. Specialties: shabu-shabu (meat or seafood and vegetables dropped into boiling liquid), sukiyaki, kimchi ball (shrimp, tuna, vegetables and kimchi wrapped in cabbage). 2949 W. Olympic Blvd. (213) 387-1600. $13 to $28.
ODAESAN: Incredibly fresh sashimi served in a luxurious setting. Specialties: raw fish salad, al tchigae (cod roe soup), lobster sashimi. 2889 W. Olympic Blvd. (213) 383-9800. $13 to market price.
OPUS BAR & GRILL: Excellent California cuisine and steakhouse fare in a stylish bar and grill next to the Wiltern Theatre. Specialties: pork belly with Granny Smith apples, grilled lobster, chocolate caramel tart. 3760 Wilshire Blvd. (213) 738-1600. $25 to $36.
PAPA CRISTO'S GREEK TOWN TAVERNA: Hard-to-find Greek specialties in a casual deli setting. Specialties: rack of lamb, grilled octopus, grilled Greek sausage, sizzling feta cheese, trio of phyllo dough pastries (spinach, cheese and spicy meat). 2771 W. Pico Blvd. (323) 737-2970. $8 to $13.
SI GOL: Time-honored Korean culinary tradition meets 21st century style. Specialties: pork bulgogi, black pork, Si Gol Special. 480 N. Western Ave. (323) 467-0100. $16 to $17.
SOOT BULL JEEP: Grill-your-own Korean barbeque over real charcoal at tabletop braziers. Specialties: beef, pork, squid and short ribs to grill. 3136 W. 8th St. (213) 387-3865. $16 to $20.
TAYLOR'S STEAK HOUSE: Dark, cozy, and all about the meat for more than 50 years. Specialties: Molly salad, navy bean soup, burger made from steak trimmings, porterhouse steak, cottage fries, tri-tip, bone-in prime rib, London broil, apple pie a la mode. 3361 W. 8th St. (213) 382-8449. Also in La Canada Flintridge. $13 to $26.
LA CIENEGA/FAIRFAX/LA BREA
AMALFI RISTORANTE: Smart-looking, with a lively bar scene and Tuscan Italian cooking. Specialties: pizzas, seafood salad, tagliolini with shrimp, ravioli al vitello, roasted veal chop. 143 N. La Brea Ave. (323) 938-2504. $14.50 to $27.50.
ANGELI CAFFE: Rustic, regional Italian fare--and Thursday family-style dinners from around the world. Specialties: cacciucco livornese (fish soup), pasta, pizza, roasted half chicken. 7274 Melrose Ave. (323) 936-9086. $8 to $18.
ANGELINI OSTERIA: 7313 Beverly Blvd. (323) 297-0070. $14 to $38. See page 23 for more.