Despite the fact that Los Angeles is the land of movies and television, recent talk around town has been more about the award-winning play The Book of Mormon. The satirical show is playing now through Thanksgiving weekend at the Pantages Theatre, and multiple LA hounds have posed a pertinent question: Where should we eat before the performance?

• Chowhound maudies5 highly recommends The Hungry Cat, a restaurant that specializes in seafood and serves a truckload of cocktails. Order a plate of oysters and a great Bloody Mary, or for a more substantial meal, get the the lobster roll. If the weather is nice, head for the patio.

Wood & Vine is another popular choice in the neighborhood. Great charcuterie and cheese platters (pictured), and small plates with a New American vibe. The menu is short and the prices at the high end, but lil mikey says everything is well prepared. Deep selection of whiskeys, especially bourbons, and omieurhomie says the pork chop and the butterscotch pot de crème are both outstanding.

• Wide-ranging Mediterranean tapas are the thing at Cleo, says Kitchen Queen, who likes the garlic shrimp and mussel tagine. Other highlights are the baba ghanoush, roasted cauliflower, and olives. LA hound perk agrees that the food is excellent, the cocktails solid.

The Hungry Cat [Hollywood]
1535 N. Vine Street, Los Angeles

Wood & Vine [Hollywood]
6280 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles

Cleo [Hollywood]
1717 Vine Street, Los Angeles

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Photo of charcuterie and cheese from Wood & Vine / Facebook

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