Long before Lindsay Lohan even landed her Parent Trap role, Beverly Hills ladies who lunch nibbled on crab cakes and sipped Chardonnay alongside bold-faced names at this Robertson Boulevard institution. While most often mentioned as a paparazzi stake-out site, you’d be surprised how mellow and delicious a weekday lunch can be amongst its signature chintz and Americana — even more soothing with one of those signature margaritas! After you're properly decompressed (and perhaps tipsy), you can hit some of the most killer shopping up and down the entire street!
113 North Robertson Boulevard (near Beverly Boulevard); 310 274-8303.
Would a hot dog by any other name taste as good as Pink's? We think not! This stand has been an L.A. staple for over 70 years, and it's famous for serious savory reasons: soft buns, fresh franks, and chili served fast and friendly at honest prices. What's more, Pink's is one of those places where just about everyone passes through — you're just as likely to catch a glimpse of a celeb stuffing his face as running into your long-lost bestie from middle school. Hop in that line!
709 North La Brea Avenue (near Melrose Avenue); 323-931-4223.
Joan's on Third
Part gourmet marketplace, part bistro, and part boulangerie, we couldn't live without this delectable destination for all sensory delights. Whether you're looking for the perfect healthy lunch, or a last-minute bottle of wine and bar of dark chocolate to bring to a dinner party, Joan's has you covered.
8350 West Third Street (near South Kings Road); 323-655-2285.
Serving Beijing-style Chinese cuisine for over four decades, this ever-glamorous restaurant empire now boasts six restaurants worldwide with a seventh, in Las Vegas, opening soon. The Beverly Hills location made a splash when it opened in 1974, and has held top-billing on Tinseltown's list of chicest eateries ever since. Snag a rezzie and experience signature dishes like Mr. Chow Noodles and Ma Mignon that keep your favorite celebs coming back for more.
344 North Camden Drive (near Brighton Way); 310-278-9911.
Don't be surprised if you spot a starlet at this uber-swanky restaurant that boasts an impressive two-star approval from the folks at Michelin. Take a seat on the patio and make sure to order a glass of vino from the large wine menu, or one of Wolfgang Puck's well-known dishes (the scallops are always a good bet!). Bon appétit!
176 North Canon Drive (near Wilshire Boulevard); 310-385-0880.
Photos: Via The Ivy; Spago; Pink's