In Los Angeles, West Hollywood especially, it's so easy to get lost in hectic schedules of auditions, hikes, tanning, photo shoots, gym selfies, and casual stunts on reality television, there’s only so much time an actor/model/singer/photographer/screenwriter can set aside in their busy days! Thankfully, we’ve compiled a list below, where you can grub, gab, and guzzle whenever, you know, your assistant can pencil it in.

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Best sake bomb sanctuary: Echi Sushi

8267 Santa Monica Blvd
Within the eternal debate of caterpillar versus dragon rolls lies the safe haven that every sushi-goer can agree upon: the sake bomb. Whether it’s just the beginning, or more likely, the start and the end to your night out, there’s no place better to double up on orders of shishito peppers and crispy rice. And sake bombs.
 

Best meatless Mexican and margs: Gracias Madre

8905 Melrose Ave
Okay, so it sounds like a niche, but no matter how you feel about vegan eats, no outdoor space in WeHo feels quite as quintessential Californian. Not to mention, a margarita by the fireplace makes for a hot, hot, if not illogical, Instagram.

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Best brunch: Salt's Cure

7494 Santa Monica Blvd
All you need are those three little words: Oatmeal Griddle Cakes.
 

Best gay bar: Fubar

7994 Santa Monica Blvd
We’re talking about West Hollywood, right? We mean, WeHo. Sure, you could hit the Santa Monica Blvd strip with all the designer drinks and glittery go-gos a just-out-of-the-closet kid could ever ask for, but if you like a little more vodka with your soda and a little more beard on your man, Fubar is the obvious choice.

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Best place for chicks to pick up d… udes: The Surly Goat

7929 Santa Monica Blvd
Because ladies night needs a dive bar, too. Also, with 27 taps, it's got the best beer list of any place in this story.
 

Best caffeine fix: Alfred Coffee & Kitchen

8428 Melrose Pl
If midday, midweek cocktails just aren’t your thing -- or maybe even if they are -- Alfred is the hippest place to pretend to be working on your screenplay The Undisclosed Adventures of Kirstie Alley, but really, you’re just there to take in the scene. (Plus, there's a new chocolatier in in the back -- coffee and chocolate and models, oh my!)

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Best Thai to make you cry: Night + Market

9041 Sunset Blvd
... In every sense, really. Chef Kris Yenbamroong does not play when it comes to his eclectic Thai flavor and SPICE(!!). The menu, the noise, the paint colors -- electric, booming, and vibrant -- are like a trip to Patong Beach on a hot Saturday night.
 

Best all-dude bar that isn’t a gay bar: Rock & Reilly’s

8911 Sunset Blvd
Nothing brings out straight men in droves like whiskey (the largest selection in LA!) and beer at an old-fashioned Irish pub. Rock & Reilly’s does it right with a pleasant back patio, bar grub that washes down well with its signature Mother’s Milk Private Label Whiskey, and an atmosphere that says, “I’m into sports, sure, but I’m way more into booze.”

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Best late night: Tatsu

2123 Sawtelle Blvd
A taste of the Far East, on the very far Eastern corner of West Hollywood. This warm-you-to-your-soul ramen is everything the doctor ordered, if he’s the guy who does your Reiki. You cannot go wrong with these savory bowls of noodles, just don’t forget to add on the juicy pork bun with spicy sesame oil to have a full-on religious experience.
 

Best guiltless goodies: Liquid Juice Bar

8180 Melrose Ave
LA has no shortage of juicers, but this post-workout, post-night out, post-I’ll just have one slice but then ate the whole pie place is the best for adding a little more health to your already healthy diet of watermelon monomeals.

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The bar you’re most embarrassed to love: Bar Lubitsch

7702 Santa Monica Blvd
Remember college? Me neither. But those snapshots of what it was like to see and be obscene in a basement frat party? That’s what the back room dance floor is like at Bar Lubitsch -- only with some of the best music (think: Britney, Biggie, Bobbi Brown) and a pineapple-infused vodka that washes down WAY too easily.
 

Best “Are you casually impressed with my restaurant choice?” date night: Terrine

8265 Beverly Blvd
Nothing says a fancy date like pig parts! Show that special someone from your online dating app that you know what’s going on around town. This cocktail list will make even the most awkward first date a little smoother, and the patio's so pretty it won’t really matter if it's love, lust, or “let’s just be friends.”
 

Best spaghetti and meatballs: Jones Hollywood

7205 Santa Monica Blvd
A little bit Italian, a little bit rock & roll -- if the Rat Pack were still alive and kicking, they’d be drowning in martinis and marinara with you at this red checkered table cloth joint.

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Frank Sweeney is an instructor at SoulCycle, reality TV survivor, and future referee for the Puppy Bowl. Follow him on Twitter @frankcsweeney.

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1. Echi Sushi 8267 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046 (West Hollywood)

Located in West Hollywood, Echi is a terrific place to load up on shishito peppers, crispy rice, and sake bombs. Stop in during lunch for extra-affordable lunch specials that don't come at the expense of good tastes.

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2. Gracias Madre 8905 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069 (West Hollywood)

You’ll say gracias to this madre of a vegan restaurant when you taste chilaquiles, enchiladas, pozole, and other Mexican-inspired dishes made with organic, plant-based ingredients. No matter how much you live and die for carne asada, you'll find Gracias Madre's meat-free creations (coconut bacon, flash-fried cauliflower) beyond satisfying. Plus, no outdoor space in WeHo feels so quintessentially Californian.

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3. Salt's Cure 1155 Highland Blvd, Los Angeles, CA (West Hollywood)

New space, new look: the revamped Salt's Cure 2.0 continues to make good on their promise to source all of their ingredients from California, but their new digs on Highland Ave have allowed them to take the next step from quaint farm to table cooking to brighter, more inventive fare.

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4. Fubar 7994 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046 (West Hollywood)

Sure, you could hit the Santa Monica Blvd strip with all the designer drinks and glittery go-gos a just-out-of-the-closet kid could ever ask for, but if you like a little more vodka with your soda and a little more beard on your man, Fubar is the obvious choice.

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5. The Surly Goat 7929 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046 (West Hollywood)

The Surly Goat's a dark-lit two-tiered, rare-and-unusual-leaning beer bar decorated with all sorts of old brewhouse paraphernalia (everything from WWII-era ads in German to PBR one-sheets).

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6. Alfred Coffee & Kitchen 8509 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90069 (West Hollywood)

You know that saying, "but first, coffee"? It came from Alfred Coffee + Kitchen, and if it didn't, the Melrose coffee shop took it, trademarked it, and put it on a sign. The trendy local chain attracts a creative crowd, and you'll likely see someone working on a screenplay or practicing lines over a cup of coffee and a bagel sandwich at Alfred. The shop uses Stumptown beans and the Alfred cone, a chocolate-coated cake cone that holds a double shot of espresso, is almost as ubiquitous in LA as that damn saying.

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7. Night + Market 9041 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036 (Hollywood)

From LA-raised Thai chef Kris Yenbamroong, this critically-acclaimed ode to Thai street food in West Hollywood is doling out a rotating menu of spicy salads, pad thai, curries, and so much more. The far-from-ordinary Northern Thai plates certainly aren't the Americanized cuisine you're used to in LA, so trust your gut and order whatever looks good. By the way, a meal at Night + Market isn't complete without an order of coconut ice cream for dessert.

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8. Rock & Reilly's Irish Pub 8911 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069 (West Hollywood)

With an interior filled with flat screens and a massive selection of whiskeys, this Sunset Strip Irish pub is a favorite because of its interesting backstory (the founder was born during a bar fight!) and their commitment to charity by hosting one nonprofit event per month. Now you can feel good about that extra drink. (It's for a good cause.)

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9. Tatsu Ramen 2123 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025 (West La)

This Sawtelle noodle house has got a think for tonkotsu ramen -- they make is fresh every day and let it marinate for a solid 12 hours so it's rich, hearty, and flavorful by the time it's put in your bowl, which you've no-doubt customized with simmered pork, garlic, corn, mushrooms, and eggs. For those that don't know where to start, a speciality bowl with a quirky name like Hippie Ramen, Naked Ramen, and Cheeky Ramen should point in the right direction.

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10. Liquid Juice Bar 8180 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046 (West Hollywood)

LA has no shortage of juicers, but this post-workout, post-night out, post-I’ll just have one slice but then ate the whole pie place is the best for adding a little more health to your already healthy diet of watermelon monomeals.

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11. Bar Lubitsch 7702 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046 (West Hollywood)

Remember college? Us neither. But those snapshots of what it was like to see and be obscene in a basement frat party? That’s what the back room dance floor is like at Bar Lubitsch -- only with some of the best music (think: Britney, Biggie, Bobbi Brown) and a pineapple-infused vodka that washes down WAY too easily.

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12. Terrine 8265 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048 (Mid Wilshire)

Nostalgic French fare is given the expansive brasserie and a fairytale garden it deserves in Terrine, with chef Kris Morningstar masterminding elegant chicken confit salad, garlic-butter bathed escargots and a steak frites with smoked bone marrow that can be paired with an impressive French wine list. The namesake terrine, made with foie gras and served with apricot compote, proves worthy of the honor. Yet, a visit is utterly incomplete without sampling the charcuterie boards: with truffled chicken liver, terrine de campaign, liverwurst, andouille sausage and smoked beef deckle arranged with pickled morsels on a sturdy wooden disc. Dreamy and casual, the dining room is filled with bistro chairs, distressed brick and umber-hued leather banquettes with ornate mirrors propped behind them. The best part awaits behind an archway in the back, revealing an outdoor lounge with a giant illuminated tree as the centerpiece. The spot is more than an ideal perch for star-gazing, a well-balanced classic cocktail by Ryan Wainwright making you question your balance.

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13. Jones Hollywood 7205 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046 (West Hollywood)

Jones Hollywood has pizza that's ultimately ranked as some of the best in West Hollywood.

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