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Restaurant for teen B'day (5-boys)

My topic has been dropped twice. I will try to be more specific and restaurant related. Can anyone recommend a Restaurant for a group of Teen boys celebrating our sons B' day? LA, Westwood, Hollywood, Pasadena or anywhere between. They all love sports, Hamburgers, and anything that feels (Birthday).

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  1. Please don't expect great food but Yankee Doodles on the 3rd St. Promenade in Santa Monica has the elements you are looking for, (based on your description).

    While not "sports" oriented like Y. Doodles you will get much, much better burgers and chili dogs at Carney's on Sunset Blvd. (housed in an old railway car). Just east of La Cienega on the north side of Sunset.

    Finally, either Lucky Devils, (link to menu below) or 25 Degrees at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, (both in Hollywood) would be interesting places to catch burgers and malts for all of you.



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    1. re: tony michaels

      Thank you Tony! This is great..
      I was possibly thinking of Ribs & Grog on Rosemead? But that may be a better idea for older kids. Thanks again, If they eat at the Roosevelt hotel they could walk across the Street for a Movie after? Do you think Carney's has a festive B'day friendly feel, so the kids are not done eating in 30 minutes?

      1. re: sweetslover

        Carney's isn't festive in the way you're thinking about, but it is unique. There was a little kid's birthday party wrapping up the other day when we were there and they had brought in several sheet cakes which Carney's had provided plates and serving utensils for and was cleaning up the battlefield afterwards. Plus they 'rents had brought decorations (balloon's, etc.) which Carney's was obviously fine with.

    2. How about The Counter for make-your-own-burgers?

      Or, if the kids are adventurous, then you could go for dim sum in Monterey Park. It's sensory overload with all the carts whizzing around, which might be perfect for a bunch of short attention spans. And they can dare each other to eat chicken feet, tripe, etc. because that's what teenage boys live to do...

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      1. re: glutton

        although i love the counter, i would not, in any way, think it's festive enough for a celebration (except maybe for a celebration about amiddle-aged woman like breaking her diet).

        the dim sum, idea, though, is inspired..

        1. re: OCAnn

          Ya, you spotted the crux of the OP – “teen boys.” For teen boys birthday party (ages 13 --119) -- Hooters!

          Hooters of Hollywood
          6922 Hollywood Blvd.
          Suite 109
          Hollywood, CA 90028

        2. I love the "adventure" idea but I don't think my son would go for Chinese, but he does like Sushi... Other ideas?? what about the restaurant at LAX?? thoughts? or the asian/sushi restaurant at the Santa monica Airport, is it Typhoon?

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          1. re: sweetslover

            Encounters at LAX is closed for repairs. Typhoon might be a good idea. Someone else might be able to come up with the name but there is at least one, (and probably more) sushi places around that have the little conveyor belt that brings the food around for you to pluck off when you see what you want.

            1. re: tony michaels

              What about Dave and Buster's? They have a policy requiring at least 1 adult for every 4 teens, but if you can manage that the boys will have a lot of games and can play pool, etc. Food is regular sports bar - burgers, wings, etc. There are a few of them - i think the closest to LA is in Arcadia.

              1. re: eaglerockchick

                I haven't been, but Ketchup could be very cool

                1. re: eaglerockchick

                  Actually, I would second this vote for Dave and Busters. Seems like a fun place for them to go...

              2. re: sweetslover

                although not for the food, how about benihana?
                the food is awful, but the show of watching the chef cook it at your table can be entertaining.

                1. re: sweetslover

                  I think on the fun factor, you might consider Korean BBQ at Soot Bull Jeep (or Gyu-kaku for the less adventurous)...

                  Or, Shabu Shabu somewhere downtown to "make it yourself" as well, or there's a place (not the best) Koji's at Hollywood and Highland that could be fun especially in terms of what to do before and after, given the touristy ness of the area!

                2. The Hard Rock Cafe is cool for kid's birthday parties.

                  Hamburgers, guitars on the walls and rock music.

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                  1. re: PaulF

                    Thank you all so much.. I have put calls into most of these places. Dave and Busters looks great, I like the idea of the games ect.. Something to keep the kids busy. I need to see it.

                  2. When my son turned 16, we took a group to Hard Rock, and they had a great time.

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                        1. re: sweetslover

                          I just called them (interesting that they answered the phone at 7:51 am).

                          Universal Citywalk Hard Rock Cafe is open for business. Probably, all in all, a good spot for a teens birthday party for the aforementioned reasons and because I would guess teenage boys might dig Citywalk.

                          The Beverly Center Hard Rock is moving. The new location has not been announced. So,Chowpatty is correct, the Hollywood Hard Rock is at the present time close.

                          Nice work, Patty!

                          1. re: PaulF

                            Our party was at the Newport Beach (Fashion Island) branch, which doesn't show on their web site (I looked after I saw this post). I agree w/PaulF that the Universal Citywalk location might be a hit with teenaged boys.

                      1. Just to complete the Santa Monica Airport idea -- Spitfire Grill is right there and does burgers and that type of food. Typhoon is Asian fusion and the Hump is sushi.

                        1. Skip Carney's and Yankee Doodle's - they're both kind of dingy and not really teenage birthday places. The Counter is not special enough. I'd also skip Typhoon and Hump - they're both pretty upscale/uptight - and you should be prepared that Hump has absolutely NOTHING that is not seafood on their menu except for soybeans.

                          If you went to 25 Degrees, you could easily walk across the street for a movie at the Mann's theaters right there. I don't know that 25 Degrees is really a 'fun birthday' kind of place though. It's a little dark and very hip in an overly-self-aware kind of way. Awesome burgers though.

                          Along the same lines as Dave & Buster's is Jillian's. There is a Jillian's in Pasadena and at Universal CityWalk. They have video games, but it's mostly a cool-looking bowling alley. I just read a recent review of it on Citysearch by someone who just had their 16-year-old's birthday here and loved it. Plus, at Universal Citywalk, after bowling at Jillian's you can walk right across to the movie theater to catch Spiderman.

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                          1. re: LisaStitch

                            I just walked past Jillians this evening. I will call them tomorrow. Thanks

                          2. The counter is Santa Monica on 30th and Ocean Park
                            Great burger place, you create your own burgers by selecting toppings and which type of meat youd like. Great fries, great shakes it can accomidate anyone. They also have burgers in a bowl where you can create your own burger salad

                            1. I think Dave & Busters is a great suggestion for this and Hard Rock Cafe at Universal Citywalk too. Much more out of your suggested range, but at the Downtown Disney in Anaheim there is an ESPN Zone which would certainly fit the bill.

                              1. Hello everyone,
                                Our sons party is this weekend, I drove around to most of these restaurants. I felt the "Vibe" at Barney Beanery was the best for my son. Yet, I decided to locate the party in Westwood. I want the boys to be in one area and 3rd St.felt too busy on a Sat. Nt ... So, any thought as to where to go????? This evening will include a movie.
                                Thank You !

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                                1. re: sweetslover

                                  I work in Westwood and can't really think of one place I'd take my 15-year-old and his friends for his birthday.

                                  Unless California Pizza Kitchen fits the bill.

                                  I mean, there is some decent pizza or falafel or burgers to be had ... but nothing with the party vibe of Barney's or Hard Rock or Dave and Barry's.

                                  1. re: sweetslover

                                    Since you've decided on Westwood, here is a simple itinerary:

                                    Parking - There is a lot in between CPK and O'Hare's (formerly known as Maloney's) on Weyburn and two lots across from each other on Broxton south of CPK.

                                    Dinner - For Hamburger loving teenage boys, then B.J.'s on Broxton just North of The Village Theater (310) 209-7475. It's clean and well lit inside. but I've never eaten there. I have walked by and seen a line out the door of usually UCLA looking stundents, so it is popular with the under 24 crowd. Not sports themed, but they do have T.V.s around with probably sports on them. Menu: 4 Angus Burgers; 6 hearty sandwiches; and 5 "more great" sandwiches.

                                    Time filler before, or after movie - an arcade on Weyburn just west of the Starbuck's.

                                    Movie - Currently Spider Man 3 is a the Village and the Bruin Theaters both on a corner of Weyburn & Broxton. Have they all seen it 2-3 times already?

                                    After Movie - They can line up for an ice cream cookie at Diddy Reese (across from BJ's).

                                    "Every" place I've mentioned is all less than 1 block from each other.

                                    1. re: sweetslover

                                      There's also Lucky Strike at Hollywood & Highland. Kids can bowl before or after meal. Movie theatre is right there. Get parking validated. Get there on the early end to avoid crowds.

                                      1. re: mojoeater

                                        I can't thank you enough! As I am sure you can tell I am a little nervous about this evening. I want to get it right. Being a Saturday Barney's Beanery does not accept reservations.. So I thought that Westwood might be easier.

                                    2. Boys always like Benihana type restaurants and there is one in SM and one on LaCienega. And your table is like a private room. Showy and fun.

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                                      1. re: Mother Hubbard

                                        Ok, should I close the book on this one? Should we go to BJ's in Westwood ????? or is there a "fun" place south of Wilshire on Westwood Blvd.?? I like the Benihana idea. I have never been!
                                        I still really like Barney's Beanery for my son but 3rd St. and no reservations on a Satuday Nt. is too risky?