Beautiful women and video games go together like peanut butter and bananas. And nobody rocks the nerdy knockout moniker like Jessica Chobot, host of a myriad of shows covering all of your favorite electronic pastimes. From her show Nerdist News on the Nerdist Network to her hosting role on the THANK-GOD-ITS-BACK show Battlebots, Jessica has been entertaining video game fans for years. Today, your favorite TV and web host gives us her picks for the best spots to eat in Los Angeles. Yes, she did pick an arcade. Check them out below.
Jessica's "Perfect For" Picks
Authentic Ethnic Eats
Meals By Genet (1053 S Fairfax Ave.) - "I love, love, LOVE this place. Both vegetarians and meat-eaters can share a meal and walk away feeling satisfied. I highly recommend the Yebere Siga Tibs, Alitcha Kik, Gomen and Shimbira Asa. Make sure to go with a group of friends, because there will be a lot of food! Wash it all down with a nice, cool honey-wine and call it a successful night!"
Box seats at the Hollywood Bowl (2301 N. Highland Ave.) - "You really can’t go wrong which event you choose to attend at this outstanding historical outdoor theater! That said, my personal faves are the “Live Orchestral Presentation” summer movie series line-up they’re offering. Splurge a bit and snag the box seats (they’re worth it). You can buy food & wine on-site, but I recommend bringing a picnic basket full of your personal faves. Pro tip: TAKE THE METRO IF YOU CAN! Especially if you live in the Valley! Parking and traffic in that area is ATROCIOUS and could spoil the evening. Instead, take the metro in, grab a quickie bite somewhere nearby, walk to the venue and take the train back home when you’re done. It’s quick, easy and headache free!"
Girls Night Out
Crystal Spa (3500 W. 6th St.) - "A cozy, and quiet K-spa. Open late, 6am – 12 am, it’s the perfect spot to hit with the girls for a steam, scrub and down time. Has a cozy Jimjilbang too, offering heated tiles to nap on and a small café for food, drinks and snacks. Super affordable, amazing facials and all Aveda products make this place a regular stop for me. Just be warned – K-spas are not for the shy or faint of heart! Get ready to be stark naked in front of a bunch of other women and, while the spa IS relaxing, don’t expect it to be the “kumbaya” atmosphere one gets at most Western-style spas."
Impressing Out Of Towners
Drinks at the Gallery Bar and Cognac Room at the Biltmore Hotel (506 S. Grand Ave.) - "Most visitors to LA want a bit of the “Old Hollywood” experience and I find that the PERFECT place to do that is sipping specialty cocktails at the Gallery Bar and Cognac Room at the Biltmore Hotel in downtown LA. Both the bar and the hotel itself are breathtaking and romantic in a Humphrey Bogart/Smoke Gets In Your Eyes kind of way. The background of the hotel is sure to please any history buffs in your group and the location itself is perfect as a “Home Base” if your friends want to leave and do some additional bar and restaurant hopping. For any of your friends that might be into the “underbelly of Hollywood”, have them get the “Black Dahlia” martini in honor of the unsolved murder of Elisabeth Short who, as the rumor goes, was last seen alive having drinks at the Biltmore."
Dudes' Night Out (also 100% good for Girls' Night Out)
The 1Up Gastrolounge and Arcade (13625 Ventura Blvd.) - "For those of us that are well-adjusted adults with the soul of a 14 year old video game fan boy/girl living inside , the 1Up Lounge/Arcade is PERFECTION. Trendy without being unwelcoming, next level bar food without being overly pretentious, and arcade cabinets within arms reach makes this place a solid go-to choice for when you want to take a break from some online co-op, go outside and have a beer with your buddies. Just watch out for gamer hogs (I DO think the “quarter rule” should apply here)."