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dtochs May 14, 2007 12:37 PM

Any suggestions for a place to meet my dad for dinner and Dodger games somewhere between Silver Lake and Calabasas (i.e., in the Valley)? Anything along Ventura would be fab. (A couple of years ago some Hounds suggested the Pineapple Hill Grill & Saloon, which is o.k. IF--and only if--you eat burgers.) Thanks!

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    Diana RE: dtochs May 14, 2007 12:42 PM

    Way off Ventura in Chatsworth is McG's irish tavern.
    21356 Devonshire. It's a pub, but has great food and big tv's

    Off of Ventura in Canoga park on DeSoto is BJ's. Food is not fabulous, but beer is good and screens are everywhere.

    Beyond that, I dunno.

    1. Debbie W RE: dtochs May 14, 2007 01:37 PM

      Stanley's has a few TVs mounted in the bar area, but you'd have to eat at the bar (which is what we usually do there, so not a problem per se although some folks prefer a table). A couple of blocks west of Woodman on the north side of Ventura Blvd. Pretty good food - burgers, salads, pizzas and pastas, fish, chicken. Bartenders are congenial.

      1. dshm RE: dtochs May 14, 2007 02:15 PM

        On Ventura just east of Woodman in Sherman Oaks is Boneyard Bistro, most of the tables are faced toward the their overhead screen (except the booth area) - the TV is on most of the time and Monday nights are 1/2 off beer prices. It's not a sports bar and they offer ribs, burgers, steaks, Fish, Fried mac n cheese as well as healthier and Vegetarian choices, macn n cheese.

        I personally like it there as service is outstanding, friendly servers and food is good, but I do recommend either getting there early or call in for reservations, the place is small.

        I second Stanley's as well but you do have to sit at the bar.

        If you want to drive to Hollywood, there's Big Wangs on Cahuenga and Selma - that's your typical sports bar (sometimes rowdy), but they do have multiple big screens and big rooms and the typical greasy but extensive sports bar menus, my favorite meal there is the dessert ; sizzling hot chocolate chip cookie served on a hot plate, topped with vanilla ice cream.

        1. SauceSupreme RE: dtochs May 14, 2007 02:56 PM

          There's Fox & Hounds in Studio City, a fun British pub that has lots of TVs and a pretty good burger. A TV is a TV, but what kind of food are you looking for?

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            dtochs RE: SauceSupreme May 15, 2007 08:13 AM

            As far as food goes, I'm really open. Just looking for more selection than burgers and otherwise mediocre sandwiches. Since we meet once a month, variety would be appreciated. I know the Fox & Hounds, and fish 'n' chips would be a fine alternative.

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              Diana RE: dtochs May 15, 2007 08:22 AM

              I think Mc G's might work, BJ's has other food, it just isn't a shining example of haute cuisine.

              What about Gordon Biersh in Pasadena?

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                dtochs RE: Diana May 15, 2007 11:28 AM

                Thanks, but Pasadena is too far afield for Dad. Thinking Van Nuys-Sherman Oaks-Studio City vortex...

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                bodie RE: dtochs May 15, 2007 04:50 PM

                The sushi bar at Tama has a flat screen. The staff are primarily Japanese and into baseball.

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              ITurnedOutTV RE: dtochs May 15, 2007 11:32 AM

              My dad and I often meet at Solley's (Gelson's shopping center on Van Nuys near Ventura) for dinner when he wants to watch a basketball game. They have several plasma screens around the restaurant and they're always tuned in to whatever games are on.

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                mojoeater RE: dtochs May 15, 2007 11:33 AM

                If Silverlake is an option, I highly recommend Rudolpho's. It's just off the 5 where Riverside and Fletcher cross. They have 3 widescreen TVs, three different sizes of drafts, a big wooden bar and good food. Great happy hour deals too.

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                  dtochs RE: mojoeater May 17, 2007 10:44 AM

                  Too far for Dad to drive (might as well go to the Dodger game), but great suggestion! Didn't realize that they'd revamped the place so extensively. I always thought of it as the place to dance salsa, but clearly there are other amenities! Thanks for the post.

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                  labs RE: dtochs May 15, 2007 07:57 PM

                  There's Yankee Doodles (sports bar) on Victory btwn Topanga Cym/Canoga Ave. and The Rack (billiards/restaurant) in the Promenade Mall on Topanga Cyn

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