Four of us had dinner at Hollywood and Vine on Friday night prior to seeing Wicked. I really like the look of this restaurant - very retro art-deco with dark woods and high ceilings (and slippery floors - watch out). The food was very well executed with generous servings, and the service was friendly and competent. Plus, you can't beat the convenience factor, as it's in the same block as the Pantages.
Dad had "H & V House Salad" with butter lettuce, spiced pecans, green apples, Maytag blue cheese, and maple mustard vinaigrette. Husband had romaine hearts with Caesar dressing. Both salads were quite large and the guys devoured them. Stepmom and I had roasted corn chowder - again, very generous servings and really tasty chowder, thankfully free of any bell peppers, with a slightly spicy, pronounced peppery finish, with perhaps a couple tablespoons of crabmeat in the center. This soup was quite the bargain at $7 for the bowl, and combined with a salad it would make a very satisfying meal.
For mains, Dad had the organic chicken stew which was topped with 3 biscuits, and husband had the pan roasted Jidori chicken which was very moist. Again, the guys loved their dishes. Stepmom was eating light and had shrimp cocktail for her main - very large shrimp, looked like they were cooked properly. I had the sugar and spice cured double pork chop. I hardly ever order pork chops but for some reason this one called out to me - and it was great. The meat was perfectly cooked, remaining juicy throughout. I don't know exactly what was in the cure, but I definitely detected allspice and cinnamon. In fact, it tasted like a non-spicy version of the jerk rub I make for baby backs. Really excellent, accompanied by mashed sweet potatoes.
For dessert, one caramelized banana cream pie - not the best ever, but a serviceable rendition - and one dish of vanilla ice cream. Four cocktails, no wine (rather uninspired list, but the folks are cocktail people anyway), three coffees, $211 including tax & tip.
I think that Hollywood and Vine should be an addition to the regulars listed when folks request places close to the Pantages. I haven't been to Off Vine in a few years, but liked the meal at Hollywood and Vine a lot more than I recall liking my last few meals at Off Vine.
Hollywood and Vine
6263 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028
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