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Hooray for Hollywood!

A June 2002 trip to Hollywood by BeTheBuddha

Quote: The acting mecca of the world, if you visit California, you must go to Hollyweird! Take a walk down Hollywood Blvd, but don't keep your view downward to look at the stars on the Walk of Fame. The characters on the Blvd. are the real show. With the addition of Hollywood and Highland, there are frequent lookalikes roaming the property. Take your pic with Crocodile Dundee (with requisite leathery skin), Superman, Marilyn Monroe, etc. Get your souvenirs cheap on the Blvd. to take home to those family and friends you really don't want to get anything for, but feel you must.

Hooray for Hollywood!

Overview

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Enjoy the quirkiness that is HOLLYWOOD. Check out the many stars on the Walk of Fame and the new Hollywood & Highland as well as El Capitan Theatre and the Mann's Chinese Theatre. If you need to buy touristy stuff for those back home, this is the place to get 'em!

Quick Tips:

If you live close enough (like North Hollywood/Studio City) or near a Metro station, the best thing to do is park your car at the Metro station and take the subway in. It's ultimately cheaper and easier to deal w/ traffic-wise.

Best Way To Get Around:

Take the subway and WALK or park your car and WALK.

Roscoe's House of Chicken & Waffles

Restaurant | "Roscoe's Chicken & Waffles"

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Simply put, Roscoe's IS an institution unto itself. Whoever thought that pouring maple syrup over your waffles AND chicken would be delicious? I'll pass on that and stick to my syrup on my waffles ONLY (pun intended). Try the grits and collard greens, they are delish. But be prepared for a wait on weekends and most mornings. It's a small, but very popular restaurant.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 26, 2002

Roscoe's House of Chicken & Waffles
1514 North Gower Street
Hollywood, California 90028
(323) 466-7453

Jerry's Famous Deli

Restaurant

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It's Jerry's, it's a deli, and it's famous...

Always ask for "new pickles" when you the server greets you. Much tastier.

Everything's pricey, but the side orders are huge.

The matzo ball soup is awesome and hits the spot if you're not feeling well.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on June 26, 2002

Jerry's Famous Deli
8600 Beverly Boulevard
Hollywood, California 90048
(310) 276-7605

Hamburger Hamlet

Restaurant

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Hamburger Hamlet has been around for decades and is located directly across from Mann's Chinese Theatre. If you're lucky to get a window seat when a celebrity is getting their star on the Walk of Fame then you have the best seat in the house. The Zucchini Zircles are great, ask for ranch dressing on the side. Better than the apricot sauce it is served with. Get the Hot Wings w/ Rooster Sauce. Delicious!! Try the Morgan Sandwich which consists of Turkey, Avocado, Mushrooms and Lots of Special Mayonnaise on Grilled Sourdough. I've tried practically everything on the menu and almost everything is a winner. They are most famous for their burgers, of cours...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 26, 2002

Hamburger Hamlet
6914 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, California 90028
(323) 467-6106

Hollywood & Highland Center

Attraction | "Hollywood & Highland"

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This is the new Hollywood & Highland Entertainment Center, which features the Kodak Theatre, the new home for the Academy Awards.

Typical higher-end shops like MAC, Tommy Hilfiger, DeJaun Jewelers and such. Quirky shops like Attack of the Killer B's is a must see.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on June 26, 2002

Hollywood & Highland Center
6801 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, California 90028
(323) 467-6412

Kodak Theatre

Attraction

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The brand new Kodak Theatre, which is the permanent venue for the Academy Awards, is quite beautiful and designed to mimic the glory days of Hollywood and theatres, such as the newly restored Pantages and currently under restoration Pacific Theatre. Don't be fooled by pictures you see of the theatre when trying to decide what seats to get. Most seats from orchestra to the balcony hold a great view and are really not that far away from the stage. Pictures of the theatre are deceiving and make it appear as if the back of the theatre is miles away, and it is not. I sat in the Panterre section (essentially rear orchestra) and thought I would need binoculars to see the stage show, but I...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 10, 2003

Kodak Theatre
6801 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, California 90028
(323) 308-6300