Many Hollywood posts revolve around Producers/Lion King theater goers looking for pre-theater options around the Pantages. Not as much about those of us who live/work here. We'll see what Deep Dell Newbie finds ;) (lucky you - love that area!)
Although they've already in business for a few months, I just wanna make mention Skooby's hot dogs to all Hollywood hounds. (I've only found one brief chowhound reference to it in a June posting.) This establishment maintains a most welcome and excellent presence on Hollywood Blvd. bet. Cherokee and Las Palmas attached to the former Ritz Theater, now a church. Delicious grilled hot dogs with all the fixings, plus they'll accommodate special requests, such as grilling the onions an extra long time :) Homemade fries and chips combo always made to order and fresh lemonade are offered - just make sure they dont over season salt the fries! It's a simple concept that works, unlike the previous occupant (somehow related to Cafe des Artistes, I think) who could not get it together and the whole enterprise was somewhat mysterious. The red & white color scheme, semi-retro but not hokey 50s feel and diner stools all fit nicely into the package. Folks in there are always friendly, too.
Only bummer about Skoobys is its falling into the once in a while lunch treat category. If only there were more places like this in the hood that had more healthy options at similar prices! There are limits to tolerating the waits at Sharkys and the heaviness of Los Dos Burritos. The little Cuban/Middle Eastern place across from the Egyptian has an odd interesting mix, good for quick lunches and cheap fruit smoothies. Paladar might have a lunch menu worth checking out.
Hollywood is indeed a slippery, tough market for food establishments, as evidenced by the demise of Hollywood and Vine Diner (which apparently might reopen) and Ex Indendo. Can't stomach Mel's, especially after what they did to Ben Franks; turning an authentic 60s coffee shop into a faux retro 50s diner is just laughably offensive. The legendary establishments endure (Mussos, Micellis [ick!]), while higher end coffee shops dont seem to last. And the future of businesses located in the big monstrosity mall remains vague. But Skoobys may have found a formula thatll work.
6654 Hollywood Boulevard