Best bites & fest sites

Where to grab a meal, drink or dessert between screenings

At first glance, Westwood seems to offer mostly chain restaurants and college hangouts, but on closer inspection, the neighborhood — just south of UCLA and host to most of this year’s L.A. Film Festival — actually boasts plenty of unique spots to grab a decent meal, drink or dessert between screenings.

1. W Los Angeles Hotel
930 Hilgard Ave.
Westwood’s most pleasant place for cocktails is poolside at the W’s Backyard bar. Share a burrata pizza or try the Vitamin Water-infused cocktails.
The hotel’s Nine Thirty restaurant has been remodeled with a rustic chic look and seasonal American cuisine, featuring housemade gravlax, sweet corn bisque and braised short ribs.

2. Tengu
10853 Lindbrook Drive
Try this stylish, bustling sushi spot during the 5:30-7:30 “hours of mischief” for half-price sushi and appetizers.

3. Napa Valley Grille
1100 Glendon Ave.
A comprehensive wine list makes this upscale chain a good choice for a more formal meal.

4. Falafel King
1959 Broxton Ave.
Starting out as a butcher shop in the 1970s, Falafel King is now the perfect quick prescreening snack stop. Try an eggplant salad in a pita for a change of pace.

5. Diddy Reise
926 Broxton Ave.
With cookies for 35¢ and ice cream sandwiches for just $1.25, the strongest endorsement for this longtime favorite is the endless line of students gathered outside. Get there before the crowds and sneak some cookies into a screening.

6. City Bean Coffee
10911 Lindbrook Drive
Locally owned and locally roasted, this is the place to get fully caffeinated before back-to-back films.

7. Maloney’s
1000 Gayley Ave.
Watering holes are few and far between in the Village, but this prototypical “Go Bruins” pub is a lively spot to grab a brew.

FESTIVAL VENUES

8. Box Office
1087 Broxton Ave.

9. Target Red Room
10852 Lindbrook Drive

10. AMC Avco Center 4
10840 Wilshire Blvd.

11. Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Blvd.

12. Italian Cultural Institute
1023 Hilgard Ave.

13. Landmark’s Regent Theater
1045 Broxton Ave.

14. Majestic Crest Theater
1262 Westwood Blvd.

15. Mann Festival Theater
10887 Lindbrook Drive

LAFF map of best bits and fest sites

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