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Aug 17, 2007 12:52 PM

Kitschy Birthday Dinner?

Okay I know it's not fine dining... but I think I want a little kitsch with my birthday this year.

So I'm thinking:

Tam O'Shanter

The Smokehouse


I'm open to anything. Just trying to stay under $40 a person. And about 10miles radius from WeHo.

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  1. It's apparently closing soon, but how about Lowenbrou. That place is the kitschy-est place you will ever enter.

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    1. re: clairelouise

      nuff said, thats what i was going to recommend....

    2. It doesn't get much kitchier / campier than the Dresden Room for a little Marty & Elaine time. If you really want to gild the lily stop by for a drink at The Frolic Room in Hollywood either before or after, (or maybe if you in your Bali Hai mood try the Tiki Ti on Sunset Blvd.).

      Frolic Room
      6245 Hollywood Blvd.
      323 462 5890

      Tiki Ti
      4427 Sunset Blvd.
      Silver Lake
      323 669 9381

      1. Tokyo Delve's in No Ho Super kitchy

        I love it, but gotta say its a themey place: Moun of Tunis

        C'mon, the srevers wader around dressed as Brazilian Cowboys!: Picania

        Bring out the little girl in you: American girl Cafe

        Wherever Thai Elvis plays now.

        Watch the planes as you dine: The Encounter at LAX

        Flaming Onion volcanoes and jumping shrimp: Benihana, or Yamato

        Fun and a ride? The Tiki Room at Disnyland

        Pinkies up! Tea at Ye Olde King's Head

        If it looks funny, bolt it to the wall: Bucca Di Beppo, TGI' Friday's, Planet Hollywood

        Bombed out Chick: the 94th Aero Squadron

        Is that a porn star at the next table? Geisha House (NOT under $40, though)

        Badda Bing, Badda Boom: Dan Tana's

        Red booths, walls, oldsters still in the 50's: Valley Inn steakhouse.

        Most of these don't have faublous food, though..and a lot are chains.

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        1. re: Diana

          I was a bit disappointed with Encounter when I went last year. It doesn't rotate anymore! And the food is way overpriced for being a step or two above Olive Garden.

          How about C&O Trattoria in Venice? If an hourly sing-a-long of "That's Amore" isn't kitchy enough, maybe the waiter writing his name in crayon on your tablecloth is. Plus, the food is actually quite tasty and you'll have enough leftovers to feed an entire future generation.

          1. re: nick_r

            as far as I know, the Encounter NEVER rotated.

            1. re: Diana

              Ah. Well at least I didn't miss out. But dammit, it looks like it SHOULD rotate.

              1. re: Diana

                And it's still closed for renovation.

                1. re: Diana

                  the encounter did indeed rotate during my first and only meal there @ 4yrs ago.

                  and no, i did not have too many cocktails. =) haha!

                  1. re: wilafur

                    Maybe you are thinking of the bar at the Bonaventure downtown? Encounter at LAX has never rotated.

                    addendum: See faq website:

                    1. re: Servorg

                      i stand corrected! dammit, maybe i did have too many cocktails then.


                      1. re: wilafur

                        With just a few swallows too many the brain can go around while the room remains at a stand still. Close Encounters of the 3rd Martini.

              2. re: Diana

                You Rock!
                That was funny.
                What is American Girl Cafe...sounds interestingly odd...what kind of food do you think they serve there...Easy Bake Oven Pies (I loved those)...
                One of my Mid West Friends really wanted to go to Benihana, I was like "no way" but we all had a really great was fun, the food was fine...we started at the bar and they made amazing
                I'll admit it, if you've got a lively bunch, they'll really make it fun for you.

                1. re: tatertotsrock

                  American Girl Cafe is a cafe at the American Girl Place in the Grove, bastion of the American Girl Doll. The cafe does meals and teas for girls and their American Girl Dolls. No reason a grown up couldn't do one. I hear they can end you dolls if you have none. I hear the menu ain't half bad!

                  Here's a link


                  1. re: tatertotsrock

                    I was forced into a Benihana experience recently and found it surprisingly decent.

                    The only time I ever go is to bring the niece & nephew for the show and to get them excited about eating something that isn't "american" food.

                    I ordered the spicy squid as my entree and thought it was quite good - go figure.

                    On to the OP: Marrakesh is great fun for a group!

                  2. re: Diana

                    Great list...

                    I'll add...
                    Stinking Rose
                    RJ's in Beverly Hill if you like sawdust on the floor
                    Barone's Italian
                    Original Pantry
                    Buggy Whip
                    Taylor's Steakhouse
                    Musso and Frank's

                    It's a shame Ed Debevic's is gone for the singing waiters on top of the booths

                    1. re: Emme

                      My first date in LA took me to Ed Debevic's! Sigh...=)

                      1. re: Emme

                        RJ is soooooooooooooooooooooooo Awful! I think they have closed.

                        1. re: Burger Boy

                          did they? my mother's office is down the street from there, but haven't been in over a year... what i remember from childhood was the trivia question whose prize was the huge huge chocolate layer cake. i used to like the salad bar as a kid, and frankly that's all i remember along with the sawdust.

                          1. re: Emme

                            If it has not closed, it should! It is a skeleton of what was a great place, that Bob Morris started, the food is BAD and the salad bar looks terrible, Chef Layne has not been there in over 15 years, he was the big guy with the handle bar mustache, he gets his hair cut from the same gal I do. I was there 3 years ago for my b-day, pretty bad, Tony Roma's is 1000% better. I always used to get the rattle snake chicken or beef ribs and the salad bar, my mom would only go with me for The Salad Bar!

                        2. re: Emme

                          Yay for Miceli's! Yes, it can be rather poorly-exectued red-sauce Italian, but there are Chianti bottles hanging from the ceiling, red-checkered tablecloths, the old banquettes from the Pig & Whistle, trompe l'oeil paintings of cracked stucco-and-brickwork, and every table comes with a pizza riser over a red glass candle. And the waitstaff will sing at the piano! When all that's missing is a guy in a handlebar moustache, feeding spaghetti to Lady and the Tramp out back, it's worth enduring a little overcooked linguini and poor stemware.

                      2. Probably further than 10 miles, but Tony's on the Pier in Redondo Beach!

                        1. So sad that Trader Vic's in its original form no longer exists -- the perfect setting for a kitschy bday dinner! What about Taylor's Steakhouse? Or Lawry's?