"Just like how mama used to make it" is the sentiment behind the restaurant at Mama Shelter, a hotel in Hollywood. Though one could almost say that the restaurant is Mama Shelter—walk into the lobby of the hotel and you are immediately faced with a bar on your left, a smattering of tables on your right, and entertainment all around you in the form of a fusbol table, TVs and more. Executive chef Giselle Wellman has put together a fantastic menu here, offering rustic, home-cooked comfort food that brings up nostalgic family dinners: Jidori chicken, spicy baby back ribs and a chocolate chip cookie that will blow your mind. A selection of Mama-themed cocktails (Mom's Night Out, Y Tu Mama' Tambien, Throw Mama From the Train) are available, along with beer and wine—you know, before you make your way over to the fusbol table.
|Venue name:||Mama Shelter||Contact:|
6500 Selma Ave
|Opening hours:||Mon-Thu 11:30am-3pm, 6-11pm; Fri, Sat 11:30am-3pm, 6-11:30pm; Sun 11:30am-4pm, 6-11pm|
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This is one of my go-to lunch spots in Hollywood during the week. I love the eclectic decor and the warmth of the staff, and it's a great spot to bring friends or colleagues. I always get the chopped salad, which is very delicious despite the name. It's simple, refreshing, and has a lime dressing that I'm crazy about. I can't wait to try the new waffle menu (which has a variety of different waffle concoctions) and to pay a visit to the new rooftop bar.
There's something a little odd about walking into a hotel and immediately being faced with a full-blown restaurant, but Mama Shelter makes it work. Aside from the welcoming vibe of the space (though, fair warning, it's quite loud in here), the food is worth a trip even if you're not spending a night in the hotel. Chef Giselle Wellman was on Top Chef, but there's no air of pretense here in the slightest - she's just happy cooking for people and making them feel like they're at home. Case in point: the chocolate chip cookies, arguably some of the best in the city, which remind you of mom and the smell of freshly baked treats that would hit you after coming home from school.