THIS IS MY " PERSONAL " BEST OF... LIST - IF YOU DONT AGREE, PROVE ME WRONG : E-MAIL ME !
BEST OUTDOOR BAR
BIG DEANS: Next to the Santa Monica Pier
Nice white-trash bar (I mean that in a good way!). Rock music blazing! Best to enjoy on Roller-Blades during a sunny
weekend afternoon. If you drink too much, dont try to jump over a trash can --- believe me IT WONT WORK!
BEST OUTDOOR BAR ON THE SUNSET STRIP
RED ROCK: Sit, watch, cruise and count how many foreign cars you can spot racing by within a minute.
BEST GAY OUTDOOR BAR
ABBEY: I can only be there in the daytime --- beautiful setting, incredible location, at nights all mayhem breaks loose!
BEST STRIP CLUB
SPEARMINT RHINE CLUB - Van Nuys: Best Live DJ's --- All kinda Women, and a FREE LUNCH BUFFET!
BEST TV SHOW TAPING
Jimmy Kimmel LIVE
But only if you have access to the Greenroom, hottest and hardest Hollywood ticket to get, mingle with the stars, play pool and enjoy free drinks!
BEST TOY STORE
PUZZLE ZOO - 3rd Street Promenade: You can find rare toys / collections here, and play with it all! (Toys, that is!)
BEST OUTDOOR MALL
3rd/Fairfax, next to the Farmers Market
This outdoor mall, looks, feels like Mainstreet anytown USA. It's beautiful and the Movie Theater lobby is second to none!
BEST PLACE FOR CHEAP COFFEE
PHILIPES - Downtown L.A.: Not only famous for its French Dipped Sandwiches, Coffee still is only 9 CENTS a cup here! DO I need to spell it out? ! NINE CENTS !
Doug @ MOTHERLODE: Look for the Bald-Headed Guy(No, it's not me!) --- he makes the stiffest cocktails and treats his best tippers to free drinks like there is no tomorrow! Tip: Don't drink 3 Long Island Iceteas if you want to walk out the door yourself
BEST RADIO STATION
POWER 106 (MORNINGS): Big Boy in the Morning, 60 Hours of live DJ Mixing every Weekend, and the best Housemusic on Powertool Sat night's after 2AM!
KCRW (89.9FM) NIGHTS : The best in underground, house & trance with almost no commercial interruption. Plus the best DJ mixes you can hear anywere in this country!
BEST UNDERGROUND RADIO
After Hour Radio 106.3fm www.afterhourradio.com - World Famous DJ's brought to your very own door L I V E ! Broadcasted from "undisclosed locations" Sat Nights! Check the Website for more information!
DRESDEN - Silverlake: Feels like you're transported into the 60s --- and the entertainment! . . . If you been there, you know what I'm talking about. If not . . . just GO!
BEST PLACE TO WATCH CRAZY PEOPLE
MTA BUS: Aint nothing like it
BEST PEOPLE WATCHING (3-Way Tie)
Venice Beach / Sunset Strip / Hollywood Blvd
BEST POEPLE WATCHING IN A RESTAURANT
EL CAYOTE - Beverly Blvd: Always packed with the most mixed-up growd
BEST HOT DOG
People will tell you Pinks, which i like , but even better is Carney's --- You know! The train on Sunset Blvd! Try the New Yorker
BEST AMUSEMENT PARK
Six Flags Magic Mountain: 15 World Class Roller Coasters! More than any other Park in the World. Not to be missed! I am a proud Season Pass holder since 1993!
BEST ROLLER COASTER
X - Magic Mountain: No description will justify this coaster. (Check my Magic Mountain page for pictures and info)
GOLIATH - Magic Mountain: Even 16 year old hardcore Rollcoaster frantic kids black out at the last helix
BEST MALL / ENTERTAINMENT CENTER
Hollywood - Highland: This $600+ Million center, located next to the Chinese Theater, will leave you speechless. With incredible views of the Hollywood sign, it's --- *gasp* --- FREE!
BEVERLY CENTER: Still the best dressed crowd and most celebs you can ever find inside a mall
BEST GAY MALL
8000 Sunset - West Hollywood: Virgin Megastore, Lemlee-5 Movie Theater, Crunch Gym, California Pizza Kitchen & Buzz coffee!
I rest my case....
BEST (OUTLET) MALL
Ontario Mills: 200 stores, a movie theater with 52 screens, gameworks, Virgin Megastore, Imax . . . This is the place!
BEST PLACE TO RUN INTO SOME STARS
Palm Car Wash - Corner of Santa Monica/Palms in West Hollywood
Beverly Center: Always a Celeb Sighting
Sunset Plaza in West Hollywood
During lunch time...even stars need some food
H.O.T. - Venice Beach (1 block south of Ocean and Windward): Try a simple cheese Omelette, or go for the fancy Venice . . . u wont be dissapointed!
BEST COMIC BOOK STORE
BEST PLACE IF YOU GET THE MUNCHIES AFTER 2AM
Norms Restaurant: Nicely located next to all the hot-spots , open 24hours, cheap, great food for all the cravings you might have
BEST PLACE TO EAT AFTER 4 AM
24/7 inside the Standard Hotel on the Sunset Strip
BEST RESTROOM AT A NIGHTCLUB
The upstairs co-ed "Ally Mc Beal Style" bathrooms in the VIP area.
BEST ANNUAL OUTDOOR EVENT
Halloween in West Hollywood: 300.000 Party People on the streets going crazy, having fun. Dress up --- or, to be more apropriate, dress down, as you will never see so many g-strings and half-naked people again (in public at least)
Outdoor dance-floors, live performances, crazy people . . . LOVE IT!
BEST STREET FESTIVAL
SUNSET STREET JUNCTION - end of August: Everyone (and I do mean everyone) and their mom is there. Infants, Leather Daddy's, Yuppies, Alternatives, Smokers, Non Smokers, Drunks, Bums, Millionaires and Wannebees . . . get the point yet?
BEST EXPENSIVE BREAKFAST
Pacific Dining Car
BEST CHEAP BREAKFAT
Not just the best/cheapest coffee, but they also make their own delicious donuts and great breakfast plates
BEST MEXICAN FOOD
(And best margaritas)
El Chavo on Sunset Blvd in
east LA 213/664-0871
BEST NEWSSTAND / PORN STORE
Hustler Hollywood: Pretty cool place. Wanna see your favorite Porno-Star or win a trip to the set of an adult novie in the making??! Larry Flynt just gives you this place to hang 24/7!
BEST PLACE TO HANG OUT (DOWNTOWN L.A.)
WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL
You dont have to buy expensive concert tickets to enjoy this $274 Million Masterpiece. There are tours offered daily, you can also just hang out at the beautiful gardens, bring your own lunch or just eat at the Patina restaurant.
I am sure you will find me here a lot! ;-)
BEST MEXICAN FOOD-PLACE II (For Food)
Gardens of Taxco - West Hollywood: Great food, no written menu, the owner lets you know what the specials are --- you are definitely in his world!
BEST MEXICAN FOOD-PLACE (For Fun)
El Cayote: There aren't too many restaurants in L.A. that have been in operation for over 70 years. Packed EVERY night . . . and not because of the food. Easy to make new friends . . . !
11222 Washington Place - Culver City
What Pinks is for Hot Dogs, Titos is for Tacos. Always a line, always satisfied costumers!
BEST VIEW I
The Penthouse Restaurant @ Huntley Hotel - Santa Monica: 18th Floor, a view from the beach to the mountains!
BEST VIEW II
Getty Center: On a clear day, you can see EVERYTHING!
BEST VIEW III
Pacific Palisides (close to Sunset & PCH): I wont tell you here where, exactly, 'cuz it's "my little place," and I want to keep it that way --- but if you e-mail me, I might let ya know!
BEST FAST FOOD (BURGERS)
In and Out Burger: I go with tradition . . . ask for Animal Style
BEST FAST FOOD (BREAKFAST)
Jack in the Box: Put the hashbrowns INSIDE the sandwich --- trust me on this one!
BEST FRENCH DIP SANDWICH
Phillipes - Downtown: Well, the myth says it was invented here! This is a true L.A. institution. Every Angeleno and visitor should make their way over here! Plus you cant beat the 9 cents Coffee!
BEST STREET (For a Car Drive)
Sunset Blvd: Everything Los Angeles has to offer, from the Beach to the Hip clubs to the Ghetto, all in one drive, on one street!
BEST STREET (For a Walk #1)
Melrose - between Fairfax and La Brea: I know people will tell you it is not like it used to be, but ta hell with 'em, it's still fun on any Sunday afternoon!
BEST STREET (For a Walk #2)
Hollywood Blvd - Chinese / Egyption / Pantages Theater / Hollywood / Highland Complex: Plenty of history-filled buildings. Great restaurants and all the T-Shirt shops you can handle
BEST INDEPENDENT RECORD STORE
AMOEBA - Hollywood: You can't beat this collection of new and used Vinyl/Cd's, VHS & DVD's all on 28,000 Sq.Feet
BEST DJ RECORD STORE - HOUSE (TIE)
DMC on Melrose: Great imported House Records
BEST DJ RECORD STORE - HIP HOP
Beat Nonstop - Melrose
BEST OUTDOOR MALL
Third Street Promenade: Yeah, it's full of tourists on any summer day . . . so what?! It's still fun, clean, cool, and nice and has some great stores as well!! Don't forget the people-watching and cruising aspect!!!
BEST PLACE TO SHOP FOR BARGAINS
Santee Alley - Downtown L.A.: Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, you can buy here. The latest bootleg video, fake Ray-Bans, also real stuff like shoes, clothes and perfume at prices u wont believe!
BEST MONGOLIAN GRILL
What's Mongolian Food? hmmm . . . you get a bowl, you put in what you want (Steak, Lamb or Beef) garnish it, they cook it for you . . . in Westwood, on Gayley, just ask any student for exact location!
Griffith Park (park at First Parking Lot): Any Sunday afternoon, if you like Chocolate . . .
Sunset Blvd: Just sit on the bus bench in front of The Spaghetti Factory, if you like a little Latin action . . .
Any day on Third Street Promenade or Westwood Village if you like Anglo American . . .
...or on any MTA Bus in L.A.
(huh??? got an e-mail on these entries . . . they should be seen as humor, nothin' racial on my mind . . . you can find anything anywhere . . . let's dont be so political!)
BEST GOSPEL BRUNCH
B.B.Kings - Universal City Walk: So much better than the inpersonal brunch at the House of Blues
Will Rogers State Beach - PCH @ Santa Monica Canyon: Where the locals hang. Volleyball courts and some cool bars close by (Friendship), a famous breakfast place (Patrick's Roadhouse) and some good Tex Mex food (Merrix)
BEST NUDE BEACH
PALOS VERDES: Not that you'll ever see me there . . . just follow the No Parking signs, it's a pretty deep hike down to the beach though ( or so I've heard, lol)
BEST PLACES TO GET AWAY
You want peace and quiet, away from the rest of the world, while still surrounded by 13 million people??? Hey, no problem! Just go up Topanga Canyon Road to Will Rogers State Park, or make your way thru traffic and end up at Palos Verdes Estates (you might as well check out the nude Beach there, too, or drive all the way to the end of La Brea in Hollywood --- not as secluded, but great trails to walk, run or mountain bike
BEST MOVIE THEATERS
1. Cineramadome/Arclight - Hollywood: (Best Sound/Screen)
Best Screen, Projector, Mega Seats, Lots of Rooms, Bar/Restaurant, Reserved Seating & Free Parking....before you run out there, it comes at a price ! $14/Ticket, Seems almost worth it though...
2. El Capitan - Hollywood Blvd
Disney's Theater Gem
3. Chinese Theater
Newly renovated, great as ever
4. The Grove
By far the best Megaplex out there!
5. Orpheum-Downtown L.A.: Currently just open for special events
BEST SANDWICHES (Tie)
That Sandwich Shack on Gayley in Westwood (Just ask any student where to get 12-inch steak or chicken sandwiches for $2.25, and they will gladly point out the way)
Donut and Sandwich Shop at the Pantages Theater on Hollywood Blvd: Incredibly great sandwiches for --- are you sitting down? --- $1.99!!!
1650-1652 Colorado Blvd - Eagle Rock
This is one of those gem's you wont find in any Tour-Guide Books! Eagle Rock locals swear of this place for over 55 years now.
It is low key, always busy, cheap(still only $6.95 for 1 Liter of Red Wine!) and the Pizza is by far the best in L.A.!!!! Plus on Fri and Sat it is open until 1 AM!
BEST DIVE BAR
(on Virgil north of Melrose east side of street. I don't even think they have a phone)
Strong drinks, straight and gay
crowd(very mixed neighborhood atmoshere) and KAROKE!!!
BEST HAMBURGER (Restaurant)
My Father's Office
Very crowded yuppie bar in Santa
Monica with GREAT food
1018 Montana Ave (310) 393-2337
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