3/15/92 at 7:00 PM
In Los Angeles, popular restaurants come and go like so many Jean-Claude Van Damme movies. Undaunted, PERISCOPE takes a look at some of Tinseltown's hottest eateries--the first in an occasional series of culinary guides to cities around the world.
If you're near the Hollywood sign, sample the modest Beachwood Cafe, where screenwriters breakfast before pitching concepts to producers. Speaking of breakfast, eat it at night at Roscoe's Chicken 'n Waffles, the place to be for young actors and execs from nearby Motown Records. Granita in Malibu is the newest Wolfgang (Mr. Spago) Puck creation. Designed by his wife, it features mosaics, shells, crystals and a koi fishpond. Then there's Ivy At The Shore, a.k.a. the other Ivy (there's another in Beverly Hills). Julia, Jason, Demi: they're all there, doing the casual thing in Santa Monica. Chaya Brasserie has a Soho feel, with its artsy dishes and vaulted ceiling. For traditionalists, there's Morton's, where powerful people devour red meat.