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Fun weird restaurants in LA?

Hey, now I'm looking for any weird or unique restaurants. Places a la Lowenbrau Keller (that's now closed). Any suggestions? A place with good food would be a start, a place with great food too would be better, but I'm looking for crazy atmosphere (in a good way).

As far as the coast to Pasadena if it's good

Thanks :)

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  1. Food isn't good, but this place is certainly weird http://novaexpresscafe.com/

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      1. re: hrhboo

        OK, Nova Express is really funky fun looking.

          1. re: wutzizname

            Wow. I guess I have driven past this place tens of thousands of times over the years and never seen it, never heard of it and never heard of someone going. I live right down the street and it's been there since 1993!!! Crazy.

            1. re: SaltCod

              Actually Nova Express finally shuttered about 2 years ago...probably just after this thread was first posted. It was in the space now occupied by The Golden State.

              1. re: wutzizname

                Ah ha! Thanks for the info. Golden State is great.

                1. re: wutzizname

                  Noooo, I didn't finish reading the thread and went to the website. It looked so awesome. Now I'm sad.

            1. re: ipsedixit

              Here is the CHOW link for the Bahooka (while I love).

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              Bahooka Ribs & Grog
              4501 Rosemead Blvd, Rosemead, CA 91770

              1. re: ipsedixit

                Thanks for mentioning Bahooka. Terrible food, but a fun South Sea island fantasy.

                1. re: EarlyBird

                  Unfortunately Bahooka is now closed.

              2. A bar but, The Prince in Koreatown might fit your idea of fun, weird and good food. Weird for the incongruity of a distinctively Korean place set in English pub environs. Good fried chicken!

                Edit- Fun? Was last there at beginning of year, just did a web search it looks like it has turned very hipster...maybe go early?

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                1. re: LaLa Eat

                  the prince has that octopus dish where it is cut up recently alive and the tentacles are still moving.

                  you might have seen it on the amazing race (the dish, not the prince)

                  1. re: LaLa Eat

                    Also Dan Sung Sa (don't think anyone has mentioned that one in this thread). Aside from the giant Kim Jong-Il painting on the facade, the decor and ambience inside is pretty awesome (don't go if cigarette smoke bothers you, though).

                    1. re: LaLa Eat

                      I second the Prince. I use to go there on a weekly basis when my son was taking Tae Kown Do classes nearby. If they see you enough times, they'll skip the chip and salsa (which they have at the bar) and give you a very good Kimchi Pancake with your beer. I took my girlfriend to The Prince on our second date. She tells me that's when she really fell for me. It's been five years now!

                    2. I remember going to this Sushi Bar in North Hollywood, somewhere on Lankershim Blvd., that was quite different. The food was okay, but the atmosphere was like an amusement park. I think it was called Tokyo Delve.

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                      1. re: omakase

                        I think you are talking about Tokyo Delve's and this place is really cool, you need to make reservations.