Courtesy of Chateau Marmont

Despite its above-Sunset location, the Chateau manages to convey a secret hideaway vibe where behavior, good and depraved, is permitted. Like many of the young stars -- Robert Pattinson, Lady Gaga -- who stay there, the hotel's slightly frayed elegance seems to scoff at manicured perfection. Come lunchtime, recently roused young things descend on its palm-tree-ringed patio area, along with such industry players as Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and J.J. Abrams, for chef Carolynn Spence's trend-free fare, including spaghetti Bolognese, steak frites and BLTs. "It's carbs, yes, but in actor-size proportions," says 3 Arts talent manager Troy Zien. "It's hands down where I go for lunches with actors. They feel comfortable." The Chateau's ultimate lure, however, might be off the menu: Smoking is permitted in designated outdoor areas.