Outside Larchmont Village Wine, Spirits & Cheese.
Long known as the quirky sidekick with impeccable comedic timing, actress Judy Greer has become a staple of TV (Arrested Development, Mad Love, Two and a Half Men) and movies (The Wedding Planner, 27 Dresses, Love and Other Drugs)—and her star is rising. She currently costars with George Clooney in Alexander Payne’s much-buzzed-about dramady The Descendants. Next up, Greer joins Ed Helms, Jason Segel and Susan Sarandon in Jeff Who Lives at Home and is part of a star-studded cast in Playing the Field, both out in early 2012.
The Detroit native moved to LA after college and says Larchmont Boulevard is her favorite street. “I love the mellow people,” Greer says. “It’s not super-Hollywood-y. There are still small, privately owned businesses, which adds to the neighborhood feel.”
“One time Steven Spielberg petted my dog when he was tied up outside of a coffee shop on Larchmont,” Greer says. “I didn’t actually see it, but someone told me when I came out with my coffee. And I believe that stranger, because I want to.”
Greer says that Larchmont is a must-stop when in LA, but remember to “pay the parking meter,” she says. “You will get a parking ticket. If you get lucky and find street parking on a nearby street, pay attention to the parking signs. You will get a parking ticket!"
For a great sandwich, Greer says that Larchmont Village Wine, Spirits & Cheese can’t be beat. “The line gets really long, but it’s worth it,” Greer says. “While you’re there, pick up a bottle of the wine of the month. It’s always amazing.” 223 Larchmont Blvd. N.
“Pickett Fences is the best store for all your basics, and then some,” Greer says. “It has almost every jean, T-shirt and underwear line, plus some shoes and jewelry. Also, it has the best customer service—never pushy, but always helpful.” 214 Larchmont Blvd. N.
“Village Pizzeria is my favorite pizza place in Los Angeles,” she says. “People are very funny about pizza, but you need to try a slice here and see what you think. I think it’s amaze-balls. I like the Greek slice, but that’s just me. I like feta cheese.” 131 Larchmont Blvd. N.
MORE TO EXPLORE
Just south of Hollywood, Larchmont Boulevard serves as Windsor Square’s main street, with shops, restaurants and entertainment.
- “Noni has really hip clothes and a great aquarium, too!” Greer says. 225 Larchmont Blvd. N.
- “I always seem to start and finish my holiday shopping at Landis Gifts and Stationery,” she says. “The store also has Le Pen, my favorite pen, in many colors.” 138 Larchmont Blvd. N.
- “Check out Larchmont Beauty Center, it has everything. Period,” Greer says. 208 Larchmont Blvd. N.
- Greer also recommends a stop at Le Petit Greek restaurant. 127 Larchmont Blvd. N.