Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Six Taste: Hollywood Food Tour


Over the weekend I treated my friend to a Hollywood food tour courtesy of Six Taste and it.was.awesome. I like to consider myself a wannabe foodie so when I saw that Groupon was selling these tours I snagged two tickets right away. Offering the option of seven different tours - Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles, New Chinatown, Santa Monica, Thai Town, Delicious Dumpling, and Hollywood - they have LA covered as far as food goes.

From the moment we arrived we knew we were in for a treat. Our guide Andrea was amazing! It was her first time conducting a tour but she was a pro. In fact, it was more than a tour, it was an experience. Not only did we get to sample food from five different Hollywood locations (all located on or near Hollywood Blvd.), we also received a history of the locations. I was an American Studies major so this was super cool to me.

Because this is going to be a picture heavy post, I'll just do a little blurb before each of the photos. In order of the stops we made, here we go...

Miceli's
Established in 1949, this was the first pizza joint in Hollywood. It's been a celeb favorite for decades and has attracted everyone from JFK to Adam Sandler. What makes this place cool - aside from the delish pizza - is that there are hundreds of chianti wine bottles hanging from the rafters. If you buy a bottle you get to sign it and it will go up!


Loteria
Ranking high on top of food favorite lists, this place offers Mexican food and killer margaritas. I ordered and gulped up the Tamarind Margarita as I munched on fried cheese (pictured below).


Skooby's Hot Dogs
Serving fresh hot dogs, lemonade, and french fries with the BEST aioli I have ever tasted, this tiny hot dog stand is where you want to be on a hot summer afternoon. While everyone opted for the bacon wrapped dog, I got the veggie.


Boardner's
By far my favorite stop! This unassuming establishment served as a speakeasy during Prohibition and was known as Morrissey's Hair Salon (which I love because my last name is Morrissey!!). Check out the menu photo below ;) The place is rumored to be haunted and was also reportedly the last place Elizabeth Short, aka The Black Dahlia who is LA's biggest unsolved mystery victim, was seen alive. Of course we had to order the drink named after this tragic murder. Sad story but a yummy chocolate martini. We also had mmmac and cheese.


Mel's Drive-In
Although Mel's was developed in San Francisco, it's become a famous Hollywood eatery as well. There's something about the 50s-themed diner that makes you feel like you've stepped back in time. An old-fashioned milkshake was the perfect way to end the day.


If you are in the LA area I highly suggest this tour - it's great for locals and tourists alike. I live in Hollywood and learned so much. Check out the Six Taste site for more info!


33 comments:

Christianna said...

How fun is that?! Food and history, I bet you were in heaven. And the haunted spot, that sounds like fun! I dig that stuff!

inHERshoes said...

mmm yum! mel's is great. my favorite hotdog place is pink's :)

Crazy Little World Of Mine said...

Food and history = I am hooked! :) Always!!!

Lindsay said...

It looks like it has a little bit of everything. Yum!

Debby said...

This is my type of day out! How fun and everything looks so good!! xo

Christina said...

I'm not a foodie by any means. I like the diet of most 8 year old boys. But this tour I could do! Pizza, hotdogs, mac n cheese, margaritas and milkshakes? YUM! And you get a bit of history thrown in. I’ll have to keep this in mind the next time I’m down there.

Megan said...

ohhhh i wish i was there to join you on your foodie adventures :-) regional mexican cuisine? im IN! :)

KDC Events said...

That looks like SO MUCH FUN! How could you continue eating, weren't you stuffed?!

ae said...

Fun fun!! Food & history sounds like the perfect tour!

Krysten @ After 'I Do' said...

Ooh yum, I am officially hungry!

Anthony said...

Surprisingly you don't get over stuffed on this tour! The first stop we made at the pizza joint was the most filling. The rest of the stops consisted of much smaller bite size portions allowing for you to sample their food. Great tour to go on like Leeann said. Goldstar.com offers all of their tours for $39, which is a great deal being the full price can be as high as $60.

pam@pixelimpress said...

ok, now i'm totally hungry! i think i need a hotdog and a shake. summer doesn't start until i have a hotdog!

thanks for stopping by pixelimpress yesterday. i packed up my laptop where i had many blogs bookmarked so i haven't been visiting my regulars. hope you are doing well. pam

Brianna said...

This is so cool! I'll have to check it out sometime! Definitely going on my LA bucket list (:

kebowman said...

yummm! all that looks so good!

here's the link to my pinterest! :)

http://pinterest.com/kebowman/

this free bird said...

wth! i've only been to mel's at 3am (or something). clearly i need to get out a little more.

xo,
c

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

This looks awesome!! Sounds like you had a great time and lots of great food!!

Couture Carrie said...

What a delicious excursion!
Love these pics!

xoxox,
CC

iris said...

The food sounds so tasty!

Kristin said...

I REALLY want a hot dog now!

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samnhal said...

What an awesome tour! I bet you were so full at the end. It would be worth having a stomach ache though!

Mimi said...

aaaaah, yum! all that food is making me hungry! :D

<3, Mimi
http://whatmimiwrites.blogspot.com/

Style, She Wrote said...

I just finished dinner but these pictures are making me hungry!! (As are those yummy images of Ryan Reynolds!) xo style, she wrote

Miss Sweet Tea said...

Wow so awesome! I want to do this!!! I hope they do another groupon deal for it!

Katie said...

That sounds like so much fun!

bananas. said...

wannabe foodie? NOT EVEN. you are a professional foodie...just look at all that yummy food!

Dale said...

Wow, this is quite the Groupon, hehe. That's so cool you got to go to so many places, it seems like a really good deal and it's cool you learned a little background on each one. Your pics are really nice and it would be fun to go to the pizzaria next time I'm in Hollywood.
Thanks for sharing and your sweet comment.
xoDale

Chelsea Elizabeth. said...

Oh my gosh! That sounds like so much fun and so awesome! I am a major "foodie" I love going to new places and tasty food!

<3Chelsea Elizabeth
http://www.organizedxxmess.blogspot.com

Josie said...

I'm so jealous, love! I have to get to LA so I can go to all of these fab restaurants!
xo Josie
www.winksmilestyle.com

Mell said...

I love your post.
Unfortunally i've never heard of all these restaurants.
They will only be in Hollywood, right?
Join my contest.
Xx Liefs

Audrey Allure said...

It sounds & looks so tasty & delicious! I'm definitely going to try to look for a food tour in NY!

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

I keep hearing about the food tour! I'm so jealous that you went. The last time I was in L.A. I went to Mels and loved it!

Jules said...

This is why I seriously heart sites like Groupon. It allows you to be somewhat of a tourist in your own city and I think it’s really cool. I need to start taking advantage of these offers more often. When we went to have Indian on Saturday, I had a Groupon and was so pleased since it’s our favorite Indian restaurant.

Loteria sounds good and I think that’s such a nice touch with the chianti bottles at Miceli’s.

Boardner’s looks awesome and I love all the history associated with it. The Mac ‘N Cheese also looks amaze-balls.

Mel’s Drive-In is something I’ve always said I’d go to if I came out to LA

This looks like it was seriously a blast!