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The Hollywood Corner

May 23, 2010

I was given the opportunity to try out this great neighborhood spot that just opened a little over a year ago in the heart of Hollywood. The Hollywood Corner focuses on heath conscious items for breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. The newly revamped menu offers ingredients that are both creative and unique, such as flaxseed, quinoa and soyrizo. Don’t mistaken this restaurant for a vegetarian or vegan place (although they have great vegetarian and vegan dishes), they also serve up delectable grilled meat for the carnivores. Braised beef brisket anyone? New breakfast dishes include Blueberry and Flaxseed Pancakes, Quinoa Cakes Benedict, and Breakfast Tacos made with Soyrizo and Scrambled Eggs topped with chopped tomato and avocado slices.  Lunch and dinner offer a Quinoa Salad loaded with veggies and topped with grilled chicken or shrimp and the Manouch Pizza topped with wild thyme, roasted sesame seeds, sumac and olive oil, and served with or without feta cheese, avocado, basil, tomato and cucumbers.

The interior of The Hollywood Corner is inviting and cozy, reminding me of an old school diner with a modern twist with its bright colors and artwork featured by local artists. The sidewalk patio is a great place to enjoy a relaxing lunch or Sunday brunch with bottomless Mimosas.

Flat Iron Steak Salad-Grilled Flat Iron Steak, Grilled Onions, Sautéed Mushrooms, Goat Cheese, Roasted Tomatoes, Served on a Bed of Mixed Baby Greens, Topped with Potato Chips and Herb Balsamic Vinaigrette

This dish got me at steak and goat cheese, one of my favorite combination. The juicy steak was grilled perfectly medium rare with a pink center with tons of flavor. I loved all the different elements in this dish, from the sautéed mushrooms to the crunchy potato chips, each bite was texturally changing.

Veggie Burger-Homemade Quinoa and Brown Rice Patty Topped Goat Cheese, Tomatoes, Pesto, Grilled Onions

I am usually hesitant to try veggie burgers, but was curious how the quinoa tasted mixed in with the veggie patty. I was pleasantly surprised by the crisp and almost meat-like texture of the veggie patty. Not only was this burger huge, but it made you feel like you were eating an actual meal, not just some veggies grinded up into a patty. I loved the goat cheese once again and the creaminess of the pesto.

Tex Mex Pizza-Pepper Jack Cheese, Spicy Pulled Chicken, Green Chilies, Corn, Tomatoes, Red Onions, Cilantro, Avocado, BBQ Sauce and Chipotle Aioli

Just the colors on this pizza is visually astounding. The chiplote aioli gave the pizza a nice spicy kick, but didn’t overpower the dish. I love pizza that comes on a thin crust and is nice and crispy with each bite. One gripe that I had with this pizza was that it tasted more like a BBQ pizza than  a “Tex Mex” pizza. The BBQ sauce overpowered the pizza and took away from the original Mexican flavors. I still enjoyed this pizza, but wished there could have been more Mexican seasonings to give it a true Tex Mex kick. Of course, we couldn’t finish all this food so the server graciously helped us box it up. Reheated leftovers were just as good!

We ended our meal with Red Velvet Cake and a Whoopie Cake. The desserts were beautifully plated and huge, enough to feed at least 4 people. The server gave us each a cup of coffee to go with our dessert, which is great with a moist and decadent cake like this. The Red Velvet Cake is a former item from Doughboys and one of their most famous items. The moist cake had a cream cheese frosting on top, which complemented each delicious bite of the cake. I’m a chocolate girl at heart, so the whoopie cake was my favorite. It wasn’t too sweet, but just enough sweetness to cure my sweet tooth.

1156 N Highland Ave
Hollywood, CA 90038
(323) 463-2220

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  1. May 30, 2010 1:50 am

    That Tex Mex Pizza looks wonderful. I will have to try and recreate it but give it more Mexican flavor. Thank you for sharing the experience. 🙂

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