Malibu: The Old Place (29983 Mulholland Hwy., 818.706.9001)
Rumor is Steve McQueen came to this rustic, country store-turned restaurant for a meal or two. You can expect a man’s meal of steak, clam, and potatoes. The menu hasn’t really changed in more than 100 years. Next door is the Cornell Winery Tasting Room, so you can grab a bottle to bring with you. PS-Make reservations — they only take them for three seatings.
Hollywood: The Hungry Cat (1535 Vine St., 323.462.2155)
The best raw bar selections in LA are hidden in a nameless spot at in the back of the Sunset & Vine complex. Order straight-from-the-ocean shellfish, but you non-fish eaters don’t fret. There is the Pug Burger and dishes with bacon, blue cheese, and avocado. And of course cocktails to boot!
Downtown: The Bootleg Theater (2220 Beverly Blvd., 213.389.3856)
“Pay what you can” pricing is typical for indie rock shows and film screenings here. See shows at this non-sceney, hang out for young directors, photographers, and musicians.