Hollywood's striking risk aversion is borne out by the mostly static nature of its 1 o'clock meet-up spots. For The Hollywood Reporter's fifth annual Power Lunch survey, 150-plus top industry insiders voted in the usual suspects — most frequently variants on sophisticated comfort-Italian (from La Scala to Toscana), along with two red-sauce newbies: 2-year-old Jon & Vinny's and 32-year veteran Madeo. Meanwhile, after a move to Beverly Hills, the now-more-central Palm has substantially upped its standing, and a boycott over the Sultan of Brunei's ownership is having little effect on the Beverly Hills Hotel's perennial Polo Lounge, now up to No. 5 after falling to No. 22 in 2015. Read on for the inside dish on the menus, personalities and, above all, the diners that define the town's hottest lunch spots.
Written by Seth Abramovitch, Gary Baum, Peter Flax, Andy Lewis, Michael O'Connell, Degen Pener and Bryn Elise Sandberg