Los Feliz & the Franklin Hills are names that probably do not come to mind when you refer to Los Angeles. They are little known outside of Los Angeles but contain fancy homes, restaurants and unique shopping experiences. Parts of Franklin Hills feels like San Francisco. Many celebrities live in these small two adjoining communities – it is more low key than Hollywood or other areas in Los Angeles and there are few tourists here. We saw several old time actors during our stay here. There are also comparatively few hotels in these districts. However, these districts are surrounded by incredibly crowded freeways and boulevards. Los Feliz Blvd can be a nightmare especially close to the 5 freeway – on the weekends one lane in each direction of Los Feliz Blvd is closed for cars to park and this only compounds the traffic situation. The movie, Swingers was filmed in the Los Feliz area.
One recommended restaurant we ate at is a Tapas Bar called Cobras & Matadors located at 4655 West Hollywood Blvd. Phone: (323) 669-3922. The atmosphere and energetic vibe are definitely key components to the dining experience here as well as the wonderful food. Definitely make reservations especially on busy Friday and Saturday nights. Some of the dishes that we recommend include the artichoke, asparagus, shrimp, & BBQ beef. They also allow you to bring your own wine and better yet there is no corkage fee.