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A Foodie’s Tour of Hollywood

By Devin Strecker

June 17, 2016

Hollywood continues its transformation into a foodie heaven. With more than $4.8 billion in investment announced since 2000, more retail, commercial, residential and hospitality projects have brought lots of new life – and new flavors – into Hollywood!

To spread awareness of some of the newer eateries in the district, we worked with our PR team at Haines & Co. to invite a group of freelance journalists and food bloggers to experience a walking tour featuring six locations.

First up, we visited the newly opened Demitasse Roastery and Kitchen (1542 N. Cahuenga Blvd.). While many were familiar with Demitasse and their home-brewed coffee, they were delighted to discover the full food menu available at this location. Since Demitasse is big on seasonal ingredients, the group was first treated to beverages including a Strawberry Ginger Latte, the boozy Strawberry Fresa, and a delicious Strawberry Gazpacho which included jamon serrano, quail eggs and croutons. A medley plate including Crudo, Hangar Steak and Vegetarian Lumpia was served to provide a better idea of the menu offerings.

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Sampling the goods at Demitasse Roastery & Kitchen, counterclockwise from top left: Strawberry Fresa; Vegetarian Lumpia; Hangar Steak; Crudo. (Photo by Devin Strecker)

The next stop on the tour, Mama Shelter (6500 Selma Ave.), gave the group a bird’s eye view of Hollywood. From the rooftop restaurant and bar, the writers were treated to a selection of Mama’s craft cocktails. Staff reminded the group that while many people have raved about Mama’s food and drinks, it is also a hotel featuring over 70 guest rooms and suites.

"The cocktails were strong and had great flavor. The seating looked like it was plucked straight out of a Pinterest page," Kristie Hang, writer, said. (Photo by Kristie Hang)

“The cocktails were strong and had great flavor. The seating looked like it was plucked straight out of a Pinterest page,” Kristie Hang, writer, said. (Photo by Kristie Hang)

From there, the group stopped by the brand new Cre8 Crepes (6654 Hollywood Blvd.), where everyone received their own custom-made crepe. The crepes are designed to be hand-held so they can be eaten while on the move! Fresh ingredients and quality toppings combine for a memorable indulgence.

At Cre8 Crepes, they will make you your own custom crepe, perfect for eating on-the-go! (Photo by Devin Strecker)

At Cre8 Crepes, they will make you your own custom crepe, perfect for eating on-the-go! (Photo by Devin Strecker)

Two newcomers to the Hollywood & Highland complex (6801 Hollywood Blvd.) were visited next, both on the third floor dining deck overlooking Hollywood Boulevard. Jinya Ramen Express is “where the relationship between broth and noodles is serious but delicious business.” Here, you can create your own ramen bowl with handmade noodles and a wide array of authentic toppings. “I was most impressed, however with the perfectly cooked ramen egg!” Kristi Hang, one of the food writers on the tour, said. “It’s really hard to get a soft boiled marinated egg just right.”

Ramen your way at Jinya Ramen Express at Hollywood & Highland. (Photo by Kristie Hang)

Ramen your way at Jinya Ramen Express at Hollywood & Highland. (Photo by Kristie Hang)

Next door, PokiNometry specializes in Poki bowls, a dish originating in Hawaii. At PokiNometry, you can customize your bowl with eight types of fish including different types of tuna, salmon, shrimp, octopus, and more. Over fifteen toppings are available to get just the flavor you’re craving!

Customize your poki bowl at Pokinometry, on the dining deck at Hollywood & Highland. (Photo by Devin Strecker)

Customize your poki bowl at Pokinometry, on the dining deck at Hollywood & Highland. (Photo by Devin Strecker)

The last stop on the tour was east coast transplant Sushi of Gari (6201 Hollywood Blvd.), now open at Eastown. The high-end restaurant was founded by Chef Masatoshi “Gari” Sugio in New York City. One of the writers on our tour, Chef Jay Terauchi, had previously experienced Sushi of Gari in New York and was glad to have a closer location. “Gari san takes pride in creating original sauces and topping to enhance the individual fish served to his customers,” Terauchi, said. “But, it doesn’t overpower the flavor of the fish.”

A trio of sashimi from Sushi of Gari. (Photo by Devin Strecker)


Devin Strecker serves as Director of Communications and Social Media for the Hollywood Property Owners Alliance.  He previously spent eight years working for the nearby Hollywood Media District BID.  He graduated from Fort Hays State University, near his hometown of Paradise, Kansas, with a degree in information networking and telecommunications.  He is a musician with his own band, Devin Tait and the Traitors.

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