Army Archerd: Top L. A. hot spots

Hollywood is home to some of the world's great watering holes, but only a few are considered legendary.

Hollywood is home to some of the world’s great watering holes, but only a few are considered legendary.

Army Archerd picked his favorite spots for food, drink and entertainment over the years.

“Will Mastin Trio with Sammy Davis Jr. was the opening act for Janis Paige here. They were so big they became the starring act.”

The Interlude & Crescendo
“Where Gene Norman brought the jazz scene to the Sunset Strip.”

“The most famous restaurant in Hollywood history. Where presidents and superstars sat in leather-covered booths alongside one another.

Slate Brothers
“Where the brothers brought intimate comedy into an insulting uproar and where Don Rickles made his leap to stardom.”

“The home of the Chanteuses and the romantic singers’ favorite spot. It was also the site for many latenight brawls.”

Cocoanut Grove
“Home of Freddy Martin and where Merv Griffin made his entry into Hollywood.”

“Where ‘Prince Michael’ reigned. Humphrey Bogart, Jimmy Stewart and Gary Cooper frequented.”

Villa Capri
“Gave birth to every succeeding generation of celebrity Italian restaurant thanks to the continued support of Frank Sinatra and friends.”

“On the Sunset Strip across the street from the Villa Nova, where Hollywood could make its choice between Italian and Scandinavian food.”

“The Beverly Hills hideaway for romantic couples.”

The Bistro
“Later the Bistro Garden on Canon, which became Mastro and Spago respectively — Spago having moved down from its birth place on Sunset Strip where Wolfgang Puck and his wife Barbara started their empire.”

The Brown Derby
“On Vine Street and in Beverly Hills. Where the famous Cobb salad became an international menu item.”

Ma Maison
“Patrick Terrail’s restaurant was so exclusive its phone number was unlisted.”

Dan Tana’s
“Then and now a favorite spot for the young and old.”

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