Laurel Canyon’s Bread Basket

LAUREL CANYON —The origin of Laurel Canyon, where it meets Sunset, was a fertile alluvial fan, “a flat land area adjacent to a stream, composed of unconsolidated sedimentary deposits [alluvium] and subject to periodic inundation by the stream.” Remember your 8th grade geography class?  We all know about the “inundation part.”


The foothills of Laurel Canyon were fruit orchards at the turn of the century.  It’s still a rich food source, even though in modern times it means dining out or ordering in. It used to be pretty skimpy picking, but now it’s a feast.


So I thought I’d check out the local eateries and see if they’re online, so you can check out the menu ”“ and do they deliver?  We all know delivery up in the hills has always been a beast.


So at the top of the list is Michael Mina’s XIV – guess you need to know your 8th grade Roman numerals ”“ They have a Web site and take reservations online or @ 888-MY-SBE-LIFE. [online is easier] Their prices range from $35-$50/ person.  They scoff at delivery, but will cater.

8117 Sunset Blvd. at Crescent Heights


There’s the every popular Griddle Café that serves breakfast all day long.  No they don’t deliver, but they do take reservations for 6 or more. Yes, the menu is online. They close at 4 p.m.

7916 Sunset Blvd.

Phone: 323- 874-0377


The Hunan Cafe

7986 W Sunset Blvd

Phone: 323- 822-1208

They don’t have their own Web site, but log onto for the menu.  They open at noon and deliver between 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Closed Sundays.  They offer good traditional Chinese food without fanfare.  Prices range from $9 – $15. BYOB


Pinkberry [specialty ice cream]

8000 W Sunset Blvd

Phone: 323- 656-1785

Inside the complex on the ground floor.  Open from noon to 11 p.m. and midnight on Friday and Saturdays. Surprisingly stores have differing hours of operation. Pricing at $5.


Pizza Fusion

7950 W. Sunset Blvd

Phone: 323-375-3390

They serve vegan pizza, salads and desserts.  The menu is online. They’ve recently opened, so we should be seeing their hybrid delivery cars in the area.  So far they only deliver up toLookout Mountain for now.  Keep calling to encourage them to come all the way up the hill. Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturdays until 11 p.m. To get menu pricing click on the Online Order icon.  You don’t actually have to order anything, but this is where you see the pricing. Items run about $10.


Veggie Grill

8000 W Sunset Blvd

Phone: 323-822-7575

Open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.  Chocolate Chip cookies and Gumbo at a vegan restaurant?  Very creative menu. Everything’s under $10. The menu is online.  They have “Curbside Service” on the first level of the parking lot.  Call ahead, zoom into the parking lot, and pick up your food. They deliver through


Vivoli Café & Trattoria

7994 W Sunset Blvd

Phone: 323-656-5050

If you needa tuo practiesse your Italiano, this is da plassa.  A homey neighborhood restaurant serving traditional Italian food.  They deliver into the hills for $6. Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday ”“ Thursday. Friday and Saturday until 11 p.m.  They have an Express Lunch menu and Brunch.  Click on the “Locations” then “ West Hollywood” buttons for the menus. Entrees run about $10. They take reservation online/phone.  Log onto to get a coupon for a free entrace.