Solar de Cahuenga Will Give You the Crepes
Just about every time I'm winding my way over the hill into Hollywood I pass by Solar de Cahuenga at the corner of Franklin and Cahuenga and think, "Man, I need to check this place out." Back when I lived just a hop, skip, and a jump (aka three blocks) from the cafe's corner there was no cafe there to speak of. Then again, there was no such thing as WiFi to speak of, so part of the restaurant's draw was as yet to be created. But that was then, and this is now.
Anyhow. After ages of forgetting to check it out (and only remembering when I was already headed somewhere else) I made a point to make it there for a casual weekend brunch before a matinee at the ArcLight. I felt Hollywood poseur enough just typing that, which doesn't come close to the vibe inside SDC, where any screenwriter with a laptop and a dream can use the aforementioned WiFi to hop online and see if they've rated a mention on Variety.com. Oh, maybe I'm exaggerating a tad--it's actually quite cozy and nice inside the place, with lots of sunlight, comfy chairs and big tables, and you're not elbow to elbow with the patrons at the next table. It's counter service with those big plastic number cards, so the first task (after laughing at the complimentary "valet" parking set up in the cafe's lot) is to queue up and study a plastic menu card (viewable via this page). Oh goodness--decisions, decisions! What to do?