Truly descriptive photo, MiamiDon!
buffetbuster, I love cafeterias too.
For Clifton's, yes, please park to the west. Parking in and walking from that area to Clifton's will make you far more comfortable, especially if you visit during the day.
Although it's is in a dodgy transitional area, Clifton's is just several blocks from LA's corporate district (see photo in link below). Within three blocks, you'll find the Biltmore Hotel, home of the 1960 Democrat Convention that nominated John F. Kennedy. Street parking is really
difficult in this type of area.
You may wish to use the parking facility under Pershing Square
(a park), just two blocks away. This fronts the Biltmore Hotel. There's also a Red Line Metro station just north of the square, if that would be convenient. The Red Line serves Union Station, the Hollywood & Highland complex (including the Chinese Theatre, the Kodak Academy Awards theatre), etc.
When you visit LA, you may wish to avoid staying in central/downtown or in the eastern area of Hollywood (east of the Hollywood & Highland complex), which is also a dodgy neighborhood. There's not much for you downtown, other than several beloved roadfood places like Phillppe's, sports like the Dodgers and Lakers, some cultural activities at the Music Center, and the Convention Center, if you're attending one of those. I'd also avoid staying in the area immediately around LAX. You'll find most sightseeing and area roadfood destinations elsewhere than the places mentioned.
Enjoy your visit!
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