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Apr 30, 2007 07:29 AM

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.