I went to the Hollywood Corner on Saturday night and I ended up like many others, I assume, because I was duped by the Corner's deceptive website and the reputation of a far superior restaurant that used to occupy the space on Highland and Lexington Avenues, Doughboy's.
The Corner has a very strange atmosphere and aesthetic to it. I am not a snob, but the best word to describe it is "cheap." The tables are that weird, fake marble, the chairs are that weird, plastic looking wood (or is it wood looking plastic?), and the menus are those large, laminated single sheets. This is the sort of place where a get-your-own-refill soda fountain would fit right in, next to the napkin dispensers and plastic lid troughs.
But the website (and menu prices) portray the place as some sort of classy Bistro, a cornerstone of the hip neighborhood around it (it's not in the ghetto by any stretch, but there's nothing much else around there). The food is good, and the service -- although uncomfortable -- is attentive, but the place itself is just too weird to justify paying for a full experience there....unless you're into oddly appealing bad restaurants.
The Hollywood Corner
1156 N Highland Ave, Hollywood, CA 90038