What are the five best things to eat and drink at The Beverly Hills Hotel?

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When you stay at The Beverly Hills Hotel, one thing is for sure: There is no shortage of amazing food. The choices are overwhelming, but we’ve narrowed down the five best things to eat and drink at the Five-Star hotel, so you can spend your time devouring them, instead of poring over menus:

1. Breakfast in the Fountain Coffee Room. Head to the Fountain Coffee Room for breakfast and you won’t regret it. This cozy restaurant is counter service only, so get here early or you’ll have to wait. The green bar stools are the originals refurbished from 1949, so take a seat and dig in to griddle-perfect creations like silver dollar pancakes and gourmet omelets stuffed with sour cream and caviar and served with a side of signature hash browns.

2. McCarthy salad. If you’ve got a hankering for a hearty salad, look no further than the Five-Star hotel’s signature McCarthy salad, made with chicken, Bibb lettuce, tomato, chopped egg, red beets, cheddar, bacon and dressed with balsamic. It’s available at The Polo Lounge, poolside at the Cabana Café or through room service, so you can order it no matter where you want to dine.

3. Afternoon tea. There’s nothing like enjoying a relaxing afternoon tea at the famous Polo Lounge. Choose from a selection of herbal, white, green and black teas, including a signature hotel blend flavored with oolong, lychee and banana. Nibble on gourmet finger sandwiches, such as chicken salad on marble rye with apple butter or smoked salmon pavé on pumpernickel with caviar.

4. The cocktails. Bar Nineteen12 — named for the year the hotel opened — serves artisanal cocktails that will leave you wondering, just what’s in my drink? Unusual flavor combinations and ingredients are on display here with beverages such as the Smoked Ginger, mixed with Tanqueray gin, Canton gin liqueur, lemon juice, housemade honey syrup, orange bitters and a Laphroaig rinse. Want a twist on an old classic? Go for the Strawberry Thyme Collins, with Beefeater 24 gin, strawberries, lemon juice and housemade thyme syrup.

5. Retro soda fountain. Satisfy your sweet tooth at the Fountain Coffee Room, where there’s a 1950s-style soda fountain and delicious creations made with housemade ice cream. Try the root beer or cola float, or go for a malt or milk shake. Flavors include the classics: chocolate, strawberry and vanilla.

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