The Last Ship Star Jocko Sims Shares His Haute Secrets to LA

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Jocko Sims is currently making waves on TNT’s The Last Ship, but you may already recognize this up-and-coming star from previous appearances in films like Dreamgirls and Jarhead or series such as Crash and Masters of Sex. He can currently be seen starring as series regular ‘Lt. Carlton Burk’ on Ship, which returned for its third season on Sunday, June 12. Sims also co-hosts the weekly “Apollo Night LA” Radio show designed to showcase indie music artists from around the world. Originally hailing from Texas, Sims graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in theater. Here, this star on the rise shares his haute secrets—his insider’s guide—to the City of Angels.

Where were you born: Houston, Texas

How long in LA: 16 years

Neighborhood: The Grove

Occupation: Actor / Producer / Musician

Favorite Restaurant: Mr. Chow

Best Sushi: Katsuya

Best Italian: Terroni

Best dessert: Caramel Coppetta (gelato) at Pizzeria Mozza with marshmallow sauce & Spanish peanuts.

Best place for a romantic date: Rao’s

Best Sunday brunch: Mercado

Best place for a power business meeting: The Mondrian Hotel

If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend? The Montage

Favorite shopping venue/boutique: Top Man

Favorite place to buy jewelry/watches: I don’t really wear Jewelry.

Best Spa: Larchmont Sanctuary spa 

Favorite Charity Event: City Year Spring break: Destination Education 

Favorite Cultural Event: The Taste of Soul

Favorite Cultural Institution: The Getty Museum

Best Steakhouse: Mastro’s 

Best Pizza: Pizzeria Mozza

Best Lunch: La Otra Taqueria Escuela 

Best Gym/Athletic Facility: Equinox

Best Massage: Wade Spa

Best Limousine/Driving Service: Avalon

Best Museum/Exhibit: The Broad

Describe your city in three words: Fast, multicultural, ambitious

Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore: Hollywood Walk of Fame

All-around favorite spot in Los Angeles: The Parlor sports bar on Melrose Ave!

Best Aspect of Los Angeles: The potential for success.