Thursday, August 19, 2010

Five O Four: NOLA comes to Hollywood

Five0Four, a new bar and restaurant which brings the cuisine, cocktails and festive vibe of New Orleans to Hollywood is now open on Hollywood Blvd, across the courtyard from the recently opened Te'Kila. Both restaurants were designed by Kris Keith of Spacecraft. All of the seating at Five0Four is on an outdoor patio, with the exception of one large round table in its own nook facing Hollywood Boulevard.

Five0Four is the brainchild of Joshua Kopel (above) and his partners. Kopel is a New Orleans native and he said he had to get the food right as his mom would be visiting soon to check out the restaurant and would not be shy about letting him know about anything that isn't authentic. The menu includes classic new orleans and cajun dishes such as Po' Boy Sliders, Chicken & Sausage Gumbo and Jambalaya, all priced attractively. The entrees top out at $15, with most at $12 or less.

When it comes to beverages, in addition to New Orleans favorites such as the Hurricane and the Sazerac, Five0Four has five frozen daiquiri machines, with flavors such as Pina Colada, Drunken Watermelon and Blue Citrus, for cool drinks on warm nights. Several different Abita beers (from Louisiana) are on tap, including their Turbo Dog, and Abita root beer is available by the bottle as well. At the opening party, Jack Sparrow (pictured above), joined Charlie Chaplin, Superman and the Incredible Hulk in enjoying the bounty of Five0Four's NOLA flavor.

The one table inside is a booth for up to a dozen diners in the turreted room pictured above. Five0Four is unpretentious and is geared to providing their customers with a good time. The kitchen is open late (4 am on weekends), although note that some of the New Orleans specialty entrees are only available until 10 pm. Thankfully Po' Boy sandwiches are available until closing. Beignets from the recipe of Cafe du Monde are available, for a classic and powered sugar mess of a way to end your visit.

Five0Four: 6541 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood. Phone: (323) 960-0224. Website:

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