It’s one thing to act like Hollywood in this town. It’s another to be it.
You can stroll up and down Hollywood Boulevard itself and spot bars, restaurants, and clubs all acting like “Hollywood.” But Hollywood they certainly are not. So where even is the real Hollywood? Is it inside Chateau? The patio at Ivy? Game night at Ellen DeGeneres’s house? You could probably argue all three.
Which brings us to Jones - the casual Italian restaurant in West Hollywood. Even if it’s a touch put-on, the vibe at Jones is what you wished every place striving for Hollywood cachet could be like. It has that old-school Hollywood cool feel, but not in the way that makes you want to die inside. It somehow all feels fairly genuine.
Jones has been around long enough now that the people inside are here because they enjoy a certain aspect of the place, and not just because Lucy Hale posted a picture of it on her Instagram. Beyond that, the food is great and cheap, the drinks are strong, and the clientele is smoking hot with generally nothing to prove. Oh, and don’t tell anyone but they might have one of the best desserts in the city.
We also love Jones because it’s good for anything. Early evening drinks, late night eats, a hot date, or even dinner with the parents. Whatever you need, Jones has you covered and they’ll make you look good in the process.
Is Jones the real Hollywood? Who cares. It’s the type of Hollywood we want more of in this city.
You’re not gonna be running to the drinking fountain after this but Jones’ thin-crust pizza is actually pretty darn good. And for $14, we’ll take it any day.
It sounds like your aunt’s favorite item at Panera Bread, but this salad is fantastic. The mix of chicken and bacon is delicious - topped with fried balls of goat cheese.
Another surprising salad entry, this is another solid item to pass around the table. The grilled hangar steak isn’t too overbearing and the crispy artichokes give it a much-needed crunch factor.
We’re not gonna pretend this is the best version in town, but if you are in a pasta mood, don’t shy away from it. Served sizzling in a cast iron skillet, it’s got the head-turning curb appeal of a Welsh Corgi in a mermaid outfit.
There’s something about the arugula on this pizza that takes it from decent to pretty fantastic.
Not our favorite. For as reasonable as the menu is overall, Jones’ appetizers tend to never seem like a great deal and are more often than not on the disappointing side. Make those delicious salads your starters and go crazy with the entrees.
Please don’t tell anyone about this. Almost no one knows about it and it’s truly one of the best desserts in this city. Period. Served in a cast iron skillet and cooked in a cinnamon maple glaze, this is premiere dessert glory.