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9108 Pico Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA. / (310) 859-0004


This restaurant is owned by Leah Adler, the mother of Steven Spielberg, director of "Jaws," "Indiana Jones," "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," "Schindlerís List," "Saving Private Ryan" and the two highest-grossing movies of all time: "E.T. - The Extra- Terrestrial" and "Jurassic Park."

She opened this chic kosher restaurant (which features dairy products) long before her famous son opened his nearby Dive!

The Milky Way is located on Pico Boulevard, about a mile east of 20th Century Fox Studios. Itís small but nice, with maroon leather booths and a back hall lined with photos of her son and over a dozen posters of Mr. Speilbergís movies.

The restaurant also attracts celebrity customers. According to the L.A. Times, Kirk Douglas is a regular, Jason Alexander (George on "Seinfeld") brought his parents here for dinner, and the mother of producer Steven Bochco ("NYPD Blue") lunched here with friend Charlotte Rae ("Facts of Life").



Stevenís mama spends a lot of time at her restaurant, and isnít averse to talking about her famous son. A small, slim woman with short blond hair, she admits she was confused by her sonís childhood eccentricities, but she is thankful that she never took him to a psychiatrist while he was growing up. "If I had," she quips, "there would never have been an E.T.!"

In many ways it's a traditional Jewish kosher restaurant (no meat is served, since it specializes in dairy products, and under kosher law the two can't be mixed), complete with mezuzas on the walls and an option for ceremonial hand washing. Hence the hours: lunch Sunday through Friday: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; dinner Sunday through Thursday. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Closed on Saturdays, of course.

(And, yes, Steven Speilberg does drop by for dinner now and then. His favorite dish is the fried smelt)

Getting there: From Rodeo Drive, take Wilshire east one block to Beverly Drive. Turn right (south) on Beverly Drive and go south (less than a mile) to Pico Boulevard. Turn left (east) on Pico, and go half a mile east. The restaurant will be on your right (south) side, just before Doheny.






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