This comfort-food spot is a perennial favorite among Hollywood's lunch crowd because of what chef/co-owner David Lewis calls the "almost deli-size menu," which has something for every taste and price range, fresh ingredients and attention to detail. (Menu news: The meatloaf, a longtime favorite, is getting a slight makeover in the spring as it goes gluten-free.) The chef, who co-owns the eatery with brother Adam, comes from a long line of restaurateurs -- parents Harry and Marilyn founded Hamburger Hamlet before starting Kate Mantilini 27 years ago. After the Hamlet on Sunset closed in 2011, longtime waiter Jim Hauver made the transition to Kate Mantilini, where he still serves his old regulars. Recent visitors include Keanu Reeves, Mel Brooks, Randy Jackson and New Line president and COO Toby Emmerich.
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