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Melrose Place CafeHave you ever been to a beach in France? They’re spectacularly groomed, meticulously raked, chairs lined up in compact little rows and umbrellas perfectly placed. Walk across it and you have a guy following behind to erase the footprints. Ever felt like going to a regular beach instead, where you can sprawl out on a towel and mess up the sand at your leisure?

Melrose Place Café is the regular beach of sidewalk cafés. Where most sidewalk dining areas in Los Angeles are like little, enclosed extensions of the restaurant’s interior, with their little barricades and their narrow little tables, Melrose Place spreads its wings, letting outside diners stretch their legs, look up at the trees and munch their lunches in the cool breeze. Sounds a little Podunk, you say? Not so. Not only is the menu healthy, eclectic and tasty, it’s cultured. With interesting fare like the Tomato-Basil Mozzarella Panini, the Turkey Bacon Sweet Onion Omelet, plus Persian-influenced herbs and sides, it easily competes with any of Hollywood’s breakfast and lunch places.

Breakfast is served all day, and the pay-up-front aspect makes it a good lunch break choice for the area’s retail scene. And yes, there’s even inside seating. Bon appétit.

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DE AutomotiveAfter quite a bit of searching we located a reliable, honest, courteous and generous mechanic in North Hollywood, for anyone who runs into car trouble.

DE Automotive, Inc

4702 Vineland Ave
North Hollywood, CA 91602
eight one eight, seven six six, eight one two zero

Reasons:

  • The little guys are almost always more knowledgeable and cheaper than the big guys (Midas, Pep Boys, etc).
  • The same guy (Sam) is usually there, meaning you don’t have to explain your problem to six different guys. And he remembers you.
  • Sam makes his own rules, so he doesn’t need a manager’s approval to, say, top off your oil free of charge.
  • They’re honest, so you pay what they quote the first time.
  • They explain the problem in a down-to-earth manner instead of trying to make it sound complicated.
  • Ah, they’re just nice guys. We want to help them out.

Take your busted ride there, they’ll do ya proud.