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beefleef Oct 31, 2007 05:36 PM

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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    BSW6490 Apr 13, 2011 02:22 PM

    Chey Jay - funky steakhouse in Venice or the Galley - funky clams, sea food and steak also in Venice

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      Servorg Apr 13, 2011 02:32 PM

      "funky clams"

      Probably an unfortunate juxtaposition of words when it comes to clams (unless one is describing some new type of dance)... ;-D>

    2. Peripatetic May 21, 2010 04:18 PM

      Surprised Ogamdo Cafe hasn't been mentioned. It's a high-end Korean-style Chinese restaurant full of Adirondack hunting lodge bric-a-brac. The food is good, especially the jampong. Unfortunately they don't have traditional ja jang myun -- theirs contains seafood.

      Ogamdo Cafe
      842 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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        hz1princess Jun 1, 2010 12:30 AM

        I haven't been yet but I heard Noho's Royal Garden Restaurant was really good. It's American-Persian-Armenian food and the atmosphere looks really different and fun. It has gardens and a waterfall, if you sit outside they pass out blankets if it's cold. ANYway...sounds interesting. My Birthday is in a few days so I was sort of looking for somewhere good to celebrate....still undecided. :-)

        Royal Garden
        11026 Magnolia Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601

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        lizanc May 21, 2010 02:59 PM

        Tokyo Delves in NoHo---costumed waiters, singing, skits, etc.
        Hamburger Mary's in WeHo---drag queens, burlesque, fun stuff.

        Hamburger Mary's
        8288 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

        1. Kevitivity Apr 25, 2010 01:33 PM

          A few more...

          WurstKuche is different. I like the rattlesnake and rabbit sausage. They also have a lot of great German beer on tap that can be ordered by the liter.

          And I haven't been there, but I've heard Saki House Miro is interesting. They have a Star Wars themed pachinko machine!

          Sake House Miro
          809 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

          800 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

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            CantRememberLogin Apr 17, 2010 05:38 PM

            The Stinking Rose in Beverly Hills has funky decor and the food is good.

            Stinking Rose
            55 N La Cienega Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

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            1. re: CantRememberLogin
              Emme Apr 17, 2010 08:24 PM

              this thread is a few years old, but i have to heartily disagree. the place is kitschy no doubt, but i would not call it good.

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                redrover Apr 23, 2010 08:55 PM

                Folks probably know this, but Typhoon closed after it was found to be serving illegally caught whale meat.

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                  J.L. Apr 24, 2010 12:57 AM

                  Redrover, I believe it was The Hump (the sushi bar upstairs from Typhoon), and not Typhoon, that closed recently.

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                    milkweed Apr 13, 2011 10:18 AM

                    What??? Will investigate the use of whale meat now...

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                sillygoosedown Mar 6, 2010 05:29 PM

                Try La Golondrina. It's a popular Mexican restaurant on Olvera street with kitschy mariachi bands that play at your table, big pitchers of margarita, and a loud, festive atmosphere. Crazy? I wouldn't go that far, but I can't think of any truly crazy restaurant I've ever been to except this place in Atlanta.

                Golondrina has always been a winner with groups. I've found the food at Golondrina consistently good. I really couldn't care less if it's authentic or not; the quality is solid.

                Another pretty obvious choice that hasn't been mentioned is Red Lion. I'm not a huge fan, but it meets your criteria.

                1. mstinawu Feb 28, 2010 08:31 AM

                  Not SUPER weird, but a little weird.. It's a Japanese cosplay cafe where all the waitress dress up like cosplay girls and it's also a boutique shop/art gallery. That being said, the food is actually quite good. If I was in the area, I'd go back again for tea and sandwiches.

                  Royal-T Cafe
                  8910 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

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                    Honeychan Mar 6, 2010 04:59 PM

                    Oh good god..I used to cosplay WAAAYYY back in the day, and this Maid Cafe trend just skeeves me out. When I went to Japan in 2001, it even weirded me out then!

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                    foodiemahoodie Feb 24, 2010 06:37 PM

                    The Galley in Santa Monica on Main. Kitschy place with a little bit of a hole in the wall. Steak joint and decent clams. You can have a satisfying meal in a quirky, fun, Disney-Rat Pack kinda feel. It's more quirky than weird.

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                      Ken S. Feb 27, 2010 05:16 PM

                      I would recommend Casa Vega in Sherman Oaks. Great atmosphere, food and drinks. Probably hasn't changed much since they opened in the 1950's. Dark and fun!

                    2. wienermobile Feb 4, 2010 08:11 AM

                      How about Papa Cristo's Thursday night "Big Fat Greek Dinner" It's a one of a kind evening.

                      1. Jacquelyn Feb 4, 2010 01:04 AM

                        Thanks for posting this beefleef, I'm visiting in a few weeks, coming from NYC, and looking for pretty much the same thing! I've checked almost all of the rec's (some really good ones!) and a though a lot of places look fun, some of the food looks sort of gross/bland.

                        Out of the rec's so far, these seem appealing:


                        I don't eat red meat so although the steak places looked cool, not my thing. Any other good affordable (ie under $20/entree) places with good kitsch/weirdo factor AND really tasty food? Any places with interesting dishes you don't find at your avg restaurant?

                        Thanks LA Hounders, looking forward to eating up your city ;)

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                          Servorg Feb 4, 2010 04:27 AM

                          Typhoon at the Santa Monica airport has a pretty extensive cooked insect menu and the Korean Mr. Pizza Factory http://www.mrpizza.co.kr/Global/En/ in Koreatown has some pretty strange combinations.

                          3221 Donald Douglas Loop South, Santa Monica, CA 90405

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                            Servorg Feb 4, 2010 08:18 AM

                            With the full acknowledgment that Mr. Pizza Factory's website is difficult to navigate I am linking some of the most popular pizza's menu here http://www.mrpizza.co.kr/Global/en/pr...

                            Just read the combination descriptions if you want a laugh (never mind even trying to eat one)...

                            1. re: Servorg
                              Deidre7 Feb 11, 2010 06:26 PM

                              Surprisingly, the pizzas at Mr Pizza Factory are amazing and the odd combinations of flavors meld together for one tasty treat. I suggest getting the "Grand Prix" which is 1/2 potato gold, 1/2 shrimp nude with a scone crust that comes with dipping sauce to eat as dessert!!!!

                              I also second Clifton's for atmosphere, people watching , location and overall weird with okay food or just stop in for pie after a yummy meal downtown at Drago :)

                              Also recommend Amagi on Gower & Hollywood (or is it sunset?) for sushi or thai (delicious thai and pretty good sushi for the price) that has a strange bar and karaoke room within it.

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                          happycat Jan 30, 2010 04:25 PM

                          Indian Restaurant in San Gabriel (found it through another CH discussion--thanks, ipsedixit!). It's a Taiwanese beer parlor trying for a Native American theme--waitresses in skimpy Pocohontas outfits, log cabin-style room w/ lots of fake greenery, Native American knick-knacks. Very weird. Lots of fun, the food was fine (and plentiful) and the beer was cold. Good for people watching. We felt very far away from home, in a good way, as the only Caucasians there. I decided I really don't like stinky tofu, though, even though the stuff Indian serves is much tamer than what we tried from street vendors in Taiwan. But a LOT of people were ordering it. Loved the cold sliced pork heart. Go with lots of friends and prepare for a long wait. If cigarette smoke bothers you, hold your nose when you leave--tons of young people gathered by the front entrance smoking while they wait for their tables.

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                            judybird Jan 23, 2010 03:29 PM

                            How is it that nobody has mentioned Damon's Steak House in Glendale? To quote from their web site: "Steak House meets Gilligan's Island". Food used to be pretty good, but that was ages ago, I havent been in years. Decor shouldn't be missed.

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                              Will Owen Jan 23, 2010 04:57 PM

                              We've gone there three times, I *THINK* (wow, those martinis), and had a really good time and decent if not stunning food. You get an okay steak at a good price, everybody seems to like any seafood they get, and the staff is so old-fashioned nobody except the women seems to have gotten the memo that Hawaiian shirts don't get tucked in. That's okay, I'm pushin' 70 and most of these folks are still my elders. Last time was a friend's birthday and we had a room to ourselves to misbehave in. You really don't want to go here unaccompanied; it's like Buca di Beppo or El Coyote that way, though I think the food is a good bit better.

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                              coffeebrownies Jan 21, 2010 09:26 PM

                              Gardens of Taxco in WeHo? It seemed incredibly precious and old-fashioned in the 80s when we first went there--and nothing has changed (at least as of the last time we went, which was admittedly several years ago.)

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                                loreeLB Jan 22, 2010 09:01 AM

                                We love the gardens of taxco! the chicken salsa verde YUM, the mac & cheese I know right, but YUM!

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                                foodiemahoodie Jan 21, 2010 07:13 PM

                                I'd go to Glendale- start at Palate Food & Wine - it's not weird, but it is different and the food is great. Then I'd go over to the Cha Cha Lounge - a latino tranvestite bar.

                                That would be a fun and quirky evening!

                                Now, there's also that Uzbekistan on - I think Sunset and La Brea - that's unusual. I've been to parties there.

                                If you want to have a lot of fun, go to Sushi Nozawa in Studio City. Take a bite of sushi and then spit it out on your plate and shout "YOU CALL THIS SUSHI?!!" Trust me - it will be an interesting evening. But you'll have to go someplace else to eat. And maybe the ER to get stitched up.

                                Downtown L.A at the Hotel Figueroa is also fun and different - very Moroccan.

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                                  buttermarblepopcorn Jan 22, 2010 06:48 PM

                                  Uzbekistan is, very sadly, closed.

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                                    J.L. Jan 23, 2010 04:30 PM

                                    Dang! And I wanted to see the Registan in Samarkand next year!

                                    Oh, you mean the restaurant... :P

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                                      Jerome Jan 26, 2010 08:41 PM

                                      there's a place with russian and uzbek food on the north side of santa monica blvd just west of curson.

                                      lots of uzbek choices. can't remember thename.

                                      1. re: Jerome
                                        FranklinJefferson Apr 25, 2010 11:47 AM


                                        8151 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

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                                          Jerome Apr 26, 2010 07:05 AM

                                          not traktir it's closer to curson.

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                                            Servorg Apr 26, 2010 07:18 AM

                                            Sounds like Kashtan.

                                            7707 Santa Monica Boulevard
                                            West Hollywood, CA 90046-6207
                                            (323) 654-8713

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                                        ElJeffe Dec 14, 2010 07:06 PM

                                        A friend went there last weekend and loved it. They must be re-opened.

                                    2. cagey Jan 12, 2010 06:11 AM

                                      Farmers Market on 3rd and Fairfax. Not a "restaurant" per se but always a freakshow (tourists and locals) and there's a wide (and decent) selection of food stalls.

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                                        rswenson Jan 21, 2010 04:50 PM

                                        Cha Cha Cha on Melrose. Brightly painted, uniquely decorated, great food and awesome sangria.

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                                          wutzizname Jan 22, 2010 07:40 AM

                                          Technically on Virgil, just a couple blocks before Melrose deadends.

                                          Cha Cha Cha
                                          656 N Virgil Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90004

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                                            Hershey Bomar Jan 23, 2010 06:23 PM

                                            It's fun but the food is gross.

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                                        robotfist Jan 11, 2010 11:52 PM

                                        This thread needs to be kept alive. It's a great question. Anybody have any updates?

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                                          scoob Jan 12, 2010 12:25 AM

                                          I don't live in LA anymore but the Cactus taco & burrito shack on Vine in Hollywood always had the most random crowd. Industry people, construction workers, local teenagers, random people like me who wanted carne asada. Everyone checking each other out, shooting the shit, and eavesdropping. A little slice of life. Anyhoo, apparently the quality of the food has gone down so I don't know if it's worth a stop.

                                          The Central Market downtown has an equally ultra-diverse atmosphere with good cheap food, especially with the sawdust and the weird lighting.

                                        2. locopuff Aug 10, 2009 03:17 PM

                                          There's this weird old place called The Buggy Whip where none of the utensils or decor look like it was purchased after 1972: http://www.thebuggywhip.com/

                                          Does anyone know if Burger Continental is gone forever?

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                                            Will Owen Aug 11, 2009 11:14 AM

                                            "Does anyone know if Burger Continental is gone forever?" One could always hope... sorry, used to love that place, went there every time we were visiting, but by the time we moved here it just went to hell and stayed there.

                                            I'm trying to figure why nobody's mentioned Clearman's North Woods. I've yet to go inside, much less eat anything, but to the uninitiated consciousness seeing a snow-covered building on a 100º day in SoCal can put you through some serious changes.

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                                              Honeychan Jan 30, 2010 05:24 PM

                                              We went To North Woods Inn at Christmas '09. (the Clairmont one) I'd heard the Boathouse.Clearman's Galley had been torn-down, and yes..It's now the area for a parking lot to a Staples store. BUT! On the opposite side of North Woods, they've built a nice new and shiny boat facade. Didn't eat there (tho I used to love the old Galley for the greasy food-I liked the chili)

                                              The dinner was really sad, food and service-wise.Per usual, it was PACKED on that Saturday night. A 30 minute wait, then to be placed in a corner that our server forgot about us for another 15 minutes (we flagged someone down, even) made my DH cranky.

                                              I adore both salads they serve with a passion! The red cabbage salad I could eat the whole wooden bowl of. They were still fantastic, as was the garlic-cheese bread. I think NWI makes the blandest steak EVER, plus they seems to not cook it properly. A bit too pricey for what they serve, as well.

                                              Fun and weird? It can be. It can also be very loud, inconsistant food-wise, and for me, quite a drive out to. I still will not say no to going there, and kick myself after, for expecting a different result than the last time!

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                                                Will Owen Feb 11, 2010 10:40 AM

                                                I think we need to treat this place like we do Buca di Beppo or El Coyote, as a fun party with (mostly) okay food - get a gang of four or six together and go get silly. Red cabbage salad and cheese bread sounds like a good start; I think we can avoid the steaks. Thanks very much for the detailed overview.

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                                                  sgl Mar 6, 2010 04:52 PM

                                                  do they still have peanut shells all over the floor? we used to go for birthdays (in the 1970's) but i was peanut allergic and had one of my birthday parties sort of ruined by a mild asthma attack- in true 1970s fashion, the party went on! suck it up little girl! ill never forget the place, tho!

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                                                    Honeychan Mar 6, 2010 04:57 PM

                                                    Yup, still with the peanut shells all over the place. I agree totally with Will, it's kitchy like Bucca di Beppo is. I'll take the red cabbage salad a million times over anything BdB offers tho! The recipie I got for the salad comes close, but not perfect.

                                                    1. re: Honeychan
                                                      Will Owen Mar 7, 2010 05:05 PM

                                                      Weird though it may be, I actually found a lot to like at BdB. The chicken cacciatore served on garlic mashed red potatoes was good enough to stuff in your pants... which you could probably get away with doing there! What a zoo...

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                                            erielthelion Apr 28, 2008 10:40 PM

                                            strange restaurants are always fun. here are two Frisco's car hop on Woodruff st. in Downey, also the velvet margarita in hollywood. also try looking in chinatown for something exotic or Pioneer st. in artesia is full of east indian restaurants visit on a sat or friday night. very friendly community, ------- you will stand out if you are not indian but the community is very very friendly!

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                                              Shagg Aug 10, 2009 07:17 PM

                                              Frisco's in Downey is gone, the location is now a Pete's Burger.

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                                              ktm Nov 3, 2007 06:05 PM

                                              Palm Thai in Hollywood on Hollywood & Gower? or near there. The food is great authentic Thai and you sit at banquet tables listening to alternating sets of a Thai Elvis impersonator, Folk Singer and R&B singer. Also, there is or was a very campy Italian restaurant on Culver in Playa del Rey. Haven't been in 10 years so I'm not sure of it's still there, but the interior was layered with decades of every different kind of holiday decoration and lights & mechanized dolls. Totally wacky and over the top. A basic Italian American spaghetti & meatballs type of menu. Decent.

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                                                fdb Nov 2, 2007 06:28 PM

                                                Typhoon, which overlooks the runways of SM Airport, is quite fun but not quite weird. One factor that adds to its craziness is the fried insects on its menu.

                                                1. SauceSupreme Nov 2, 2007 04:00 PM

                                                  What about the various Moroccan joints with belly dancers and prix-fixe menu, like Moun of Tunis or Dar Maghreb? Also, I find Korean soon tofu places to be unique enough for the uninitiated, and also quite delicious (my current favorite is Sokongdong, which is probably my favorite Korean restaurant outright).

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                                                    ForenameSurname Nov 2, 2007 05:11 PM

                                                    There's a Moroccan place in the Valley, Marrakesh. Most of the food is meh at best (lots of filler foods that are, frankly, quite bland), but the main course is pretty impressive. And the experience is amusing from beginning to end. Unless you get there on a night when the kid belly dancers are around... Then it's just annoying.

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                                                      hpcat Nov 2, 2007 05:18 PM

                                                      Yeah, I've had a fun time at Marrakesh, although it was many years ago. There's also a Thai restaurant on Van Nuys Blvd north of Ventura that has a swimming pool in the middle of the restaurant. It's called Lannathai and apparently it used to be a swimming pool showroom. The food is decent, too.

                                                  2. CookieEater Nov 1, 2007 05:21 PM

                                                    POLKA! http://www.polkacatering.com/
                                                    In Eagle Rock. First of all, the food is good. Yummy Polish comfort food, great on a cold evening.

                                                    But the decor is definitely bizarre. Looks like they pick up the cheesiest Big Lots stuff and hang it - everywhere! Christmas decorations hanging from the ceiling and the shelves year-round, plastic fish stuck on the wall (which is covered with dentist's-office wallpaper depicting a river scene), all styles of lighting you can imagine, plastic fish floating in a lampstand. One time, my friends and I kept hearing birds chirping but we couldn't figure out where it was coming from since the walls are so busy. Eventually we stood on a chair (no one else was around) and determined it was coming from the lit framed photo of a waterfall, mounted high on one wall.
                                                    The owner's father(?) is a sweet little old man who still dresses in his blue and red checkered polyester pants from the 50's (60's?), plus a bow tie.

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                                                      nick_r Nov 1, 2007 02:48 PM

                                                      The weirdest Mexican places I know of, in terms of overall experience, would have to be Gardens of Taxco and El Coyote... for entirely different reasons, of course, since Taxco is an attempt at simulating dinner at a Mexican's house and El Coyote is an attempt at simulating a swanky Mexican joint in Indianapolis circa 1958 (seems that way to me, anyway). Both are a fun time, though.

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                                                        ipsedixit Nov 1, 2007 03:15 PM

                                                        "...swanky Mexican joint in Indianapolis circa 1958 ..."

                                                        I don't whether to laugh out loud at that, or stare in befuddlement. Makes me want to go back in time to 1958 in Indy.

                                                        1. re: ipsedixit
                                                          nick_r Nov 1, 2007 04:32 PM

                                                          If you do, and they serve spaghetti with their tacos, you owe me a Coke.

                                                      2. Emme Nov 1, 2007 02:31 PM

                                                        Weird and crazy are different, so is unique.

                                                        You've got Moroccan or Middle Eastern eat-with-your-hands like Moun of Tunis or Dar Maghreb.

                                                        Somewhere crazy like Tokyo Delve's.

                                                        Urasawa isn't weird, but it's certainly a craziness in not knowing what's coming next? Maybe I'm just trying to justify a 275 dollar dinner :)

                                                        Korean BBQ... cook it yourself? Not weird to me, but maybe to some...

                                                        Of course, all the Hollywood scene-y places, like Geisha House, Koi, Katana, can all get pretty crazy.

                                                        1. ElJeffe Nov 1, 2007 01:21 PM

                                                          Oh, and of course El Carmen. Although its a tequila bar, they have full sit-down Mexican meals and the entire ceiling is decorated with celebrated Luca Libre Mexican wrestlers.

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                                                            Jwsel Jan 26, 2010 08:56 PM

                                                            You forgot to mention that the "wallpaper" ts mainly x-rated cartoons. That and the fact that the food is beyond awful,

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                                                            tahitiginger Nov 1, 2007 10:22 AM

                                                            I am crestfallen that Lowenbrau Keller is no more! I just posted a Scottish restaurant rec- Tam O'Shanter. That's pretty old school weird w/the stuff all over the walls. I also can think of Damon's in the Glendale area. old tiki vibe steakhouse. But nothing compares to the Keller!

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                                                              gsw Nov 4, 2007 10:45 AM

                                                              Is Lowenbrau Keller really gone? Damn, I never got there but it was on my list.

                                                            2. wutzizname Nov 1, 2007 08:23 AM

                                                              Magic Castle, if you can get in. It's members only and their guests. Though there are also guest passes to be had, so ask around.

                                                              Per the recent post, it's not about the food.


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                                                                Diana Nov 1, 2007 08:34 AM

                                                                but the food isn't too hot. Go for drinks, though.

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                                                                  artgalgenius Jan 24, 2011 10:35 PM

                                                                  The magic castle is more about the magic shows than the food. Some great magicians perform there.

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                                                                  Erika RollerGirl Nov 1, 2007 07:33 AM

                                                                  I haven't been, but I've heard Clifton's Cafeteria in Downtown LA is kinda weird, so I've heard. "Built in 1935 as a fantasy depiction of California’s giant redwood country, Clifton’s is a period piece of set design, gloriously tacky and fun. Surprisingly, the homestyle Americana food is really good and absurdly cheap."

                                                                  Edit: Darnit, Curt and I were on the same page and he posted it 3 min. before me. Oops!

                                                                  1. Curt the Soi Hound Nov 1, 2007 07:30 AM

                                                                    No one's mentioned Clifton's?!


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                                                                      GenevieveCa Nov 1, 2007 10:08 AM

                                                                      Oh lord, PLEASE DO NOT GO THERE!!!
                                                                      I was So excited to find this place, i love cafeteria style food. Found it in NC and have been looking for it everywhere i go since.
                                                                      I went with the kids and husband, it was...horrible to say the least. My HS lunch lady made nicer plates.
                                                                      It wasn't all that reasonably priced for what you got.
                                                                      We took a sampling of things and ALL were just overcooked, odd tasting, and just plain dissapointing.
                                                                      Never again. Sure the decor is kitsch and cute and fun , but it smells like an old mess hall from summer camp and i got the feeling that if i touched some things on the walls they would just shatter into ashes.

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                                                                        Diana Nov 1, 2007 11:53 AM

                                                                        I never found the food there horrible. It isn't fancy or the best, but it's not bad.

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                                                                          Curt the Soi Hound Nov 1, 2007 01:06 PM

                                                                          "Oh lord, PLEASE DO NOT GO THERE!!!"

                                                                          Great tip!

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                                                                            alnyden Nov 1, 2007 04:58 PM

                                                                            Oh come on, it's not THAT bad. Their hot sauce is good so buy that and put it on whatever food you get and it'll taste ten times better. As for weird places in LA just based on atmosphere Clifton's is by far the weirdest and the best. Bahooka is a very close second, you can't beat a hundred fish tanks that surround every booth in the restaurant.

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                                                                              avena Nov 2, 2007 04:13 PM

                                                                              Love Bahooka! The food is hit-or-miss, but the fish are awesome! I've taken a few different friends there this year, and they've all had a good time. Especially my friend that finished a whole flaming cocktail by herself.

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                                                                              locopuff Aug 10, 2009 03:13 PM

                                                                              Their prices are entirely reasonable, but the food all tastes "brown".

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                                                                                Will Owen Aug 11, 2009 11:06 AM

                                                                                Yes! Brown beef, brown gravy, brown dressing... Being a lifelong aficionado of brown food (otherwise known as Midwestern) I loved Clifton's, as did the rest of the family. Papa especially, as he is not only originally Midwestern but also very...let's say "thrifty". When he saw the tab for all four of us (he was paying) he was delighted; the food only increased his pleasure.

                                                                          2. ElJeffe Oct 31, 2007 11:14 PM

                                                                            Great post Beefleef,

                                                                            'Weird' can be subjective and I can't think of anything totally off the wall in LA (best thing I can think of is Tonga Room in SF), but I would say Cicada downdown is good for its 'The Shining' vibe. And Don Antonio's with its over the top cavernous interior is my sleeper choice.

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                                                                              omakase Oct 31, 2007 10:18 PM

                                                                              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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                                                                                Alx72 Nov 1, 2007 02:27 PM

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

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                                                                                LaLa Eat Oct 31, 2007 10:09 PM

                                                                                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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                                                                                  Jerome Nov 2, 2007 06:32 PM

                                                                                  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)

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                                                                                    will47 Feb 11, 2010 07:59 PM

                                                                                    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).

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                                                                                      pablosfather Apr 24, 2010 05:04 PM

                                                                                      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. ipsedixit Oct 31, 2007 08:36 PM


                                                                                      Let the islands come to you. Aloha.


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                                                                                        Kevitivity Apr 25, 2010 03:28 PM

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

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

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                                                                                        Obessed Oct 31, 2007 05:56 PM

                                                                                        Dining in the dark sounds weird to me: http://www.opaque-events.jamic.com/

                                                                                        1. hrhboo Oct 31, 2007 05:43 PM

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

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                                                                                            fdb Oct 31, 2007 10:47 PM

                                                                                            What a weird place!

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                                                                                              Diana Nov 1, 2007 06:48 AM

                                                                                              OK, Nova Express is really funky fun looking.

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                                                                                                wutzizname Nov 1, 2007 08:21 AM


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                                                                                                  SaltCod Jan 12, 2010 12:14 AM

                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                    wutzizname Jan 12, 2010 01:01 AM

                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                      SaltCod Jan 12, 2010 07:30 AM

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

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                                                                                                        burumun Feb 9, 2010 12:11 PM

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

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