There are tons of places in West Hollywood to see and be seen, but one that locals unanimously recommend is Craig’s on Melrose. Owner Craig Susser was the long-time manager of Dan Tana’s, one of Tinseltown’s most notorious celebrity hangouts. When that place was sold, he set out on his own in 2011 and the end result is Craig’s.
Here, the menu is upscale American comfort food that uses clever ingredients to produce large, tasty plates. Some of the most popular appetizers include the fried calamari and oysters on the half shell, but just about everything is good. For entrees, the baby back ribs with crisp shoestring fries win raves, as does the Big Al’s cheeseburger on a Portugese bun with spicy mayo, cheddar, bacon and pickles. The signature dish is probably the Meldman’s honey truffle chicken, fried to perfection and served with mashed potatoes and sautéed spinach.
Prices are a little high, but the glitterati that frequent the place don’t care.