Whenever I make the trip from New York to Los Angeles, I enjoy settling into my hotel-home away from home, The Standard, Hollywood. I like it because everyone is super nice, helpful, and everything I need is [WITH]in walking distance. I can find mellow, sunny, calm and upbeat, fun, energy, all in one place...but truth be told, I also show up there for the food!
Not only is the hotel's restaurant, 24/7 (because it's open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week), comfortable with a retro '50s charm, but the menu has a mix of everything your hungry heart desires--and the best cup-a-Joe around. Its bright and cheerful, yet peaceful during the day. At night the place has a romantic, cozy feel and after you're done grubbin' out, you can head to the pool area where good tunes are always being played. During a recent stay, I decided to grab lunch before heading to the airport.
I went for the appetizing Crisped Market Fish Fillet Sandwich served with cabbage-herb slaw and, tartar sauce on a Hawaiian roll. Mahalo! Giving in to temptation, I ordered the hand-cut smoked paprika sweet potato fries, which come with spicy aioli and sweet ketchup. Of course the 100% grass-fed beef burger and a beer got a big thumbs up from all my lunch buddies. You might say the highlight of this kitchen is its ability to blend creative international cuisine with some stick-to- the-ribs down home cookin'. All dishes are spiced and cooked with just the right kick, crispness and juicy tenderness. I swiftly passed out as soon as I tucked into my seat on the plane back to NYC...feeling the true meaning of comfort food.
Wherever you plan to go during your next visit to LA, make sure 24/7 is a stop on the agenda.
24/7 at The Standard 8300 Sunset Blvd. Hollywood, CA 90069
-words and photos by Tina Turnbow