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krb Dec 7, 2007 01:53 PM

We'll be at the Sheraton next weekend with 3 generations - all good eaters. Wondering if Shula's is appropriate for school-age kids or if there is something better in the area - fun, family-friendly and chow-worthy. We won't have a rental car. Thanks in advance!

  1. r
    rancherostyl Dec 7, 2007 03:30 PM

    Pann's rest. and coffee shop (6710 LaTijera Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90045) is a good Googie style coffee shop, a slice of 50s LA, the kids will love it, and so should everybody else. The a cab ride is a few minutes from your hotel.

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      nosh Dec 7, 2007 08:31 PM

      Getting a cab from the hotel to Pann's would be no problem, but calling for and waiting for a cab back could very well be... L.A. is NOT a cab city. You might ask if the hotel shuttle might be of service. If not, Porky's BBQ on Manchester just west of the Forum does deliver -- I'd guess the hotel would be in their delivery zone. Search for them on this board, and check out their website for menu and discount coupons.

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      1. re: nosh
        maxzook Dec 9, 2007 02:04 PM

        nosh means to warn you that cabs cannot be hailed from the street like in NYC or Chicago. As someone who lives in L.A. and does not own a car, I can tell you that calling a cab is seldom a problem; given how close Pann's is to LAX and the number of cabs in the vicinity, it shouldn't be at all difficult.

        Yellow Taxi is (888) 793-5569. Either call from the restaurant ten or fifteen minutes before you want to be picked up, or call in advance and give them a time and place.

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        Pann's Restaurant & Coffee Shop
        6710 La Tijera Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

      2. f
        fdb Dec 7, 2007 08:33 PM

        The Encounter Restaurant reopned recently. It'd be fun for the kids to dine in a space saucer.

        http://www.encounterlax.com/

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        1. re: fdb
          susancinsf Dec 8, 2007 09:23 AM

          How is the food?

          They also don't list prices. My guess is that it would be as expensive as Shula if you wanted something fairly simple (no burger on the Encounter menu at dinner). I particularly noted that they don't permit splitting of any dishes (appetizer, main or dessert):

          "Please Note The Following: The League of Intergalactic Deep Space Council's Policies and Procedures cordially request that you please refrain from the splitting of Atoms, Appetizers, Entrees or Dessert Dishes."

          I'd not want to go there for that reason alone! So what are they going to do if one person orders dessert: add a charge if he offers forkfulls to the rest of you?

          However, they do have a 'space cadet' (kids) menu.

          For OP: would love to hear a report if you choose it.

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            fdb Dec 8, 2007 10:45 PM

            Sorry haven't been there. I'm surprised at their no splitting policy. Some fine dining establishments have splitting charge, but never heard of no splitting.

            1. re: susancinsf
              Servorg Dec 9, 2007 01:54 AM

              Susan, I don't think they mean "you" can't split things up at the table yourselves. Rather that they don't facilitate splitting by doing it for you in the kitchen (or possibly by not giving you an extra clean plate -- although I am not sure about that).

              1. re: Servorg
                wutzizname Dec 9, 2007 08:31 AM

                That was my thought as well. I've run into that confusion before. "No splitting" doesn't usually mean "no sharing," just that the kitchen won't divide and double plate for you.

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                  susancinsf Dec 9, 2007 11:59 AM

                  It doesn't say, 'no splitting in the kitchen'. It says, 'we ask that YOU (emphasis added) refrain from the splitting.'. I think you means you,and if that isn't what they mean, they should change their menu. Despite the attempt at cutesiness, the language is pretty clear. Buyer be warned: they would be justified in charging you to share, even off the same plate, since I think they fairly unambiguously ask you not to.

                  (though if anyone does go, it would be interesting to ask exactly what that means.) FYI, also, just realized they are only open for dinner two nights a week (Friday and Sat)

                  1. re: susancinsf
                    Servorg Dec 9, 2007 12:09 PM

                    Since my wife I routinely switch plates with both appetizers and mains I wonder if they would call trading splitting? lol

            2. Foodandwine Dec 8, 2007 08:29 AM

              There is a Shopper Trolley ( check with you hotel ) that will take you to Manhattan Beach. Mama D's is a very Family Friendly Itailian Spot. Its right next to the Pier and it will be Fun to take a walk there before or after Dinner. Just dont come for dinner on the 16th its "Annual Fireworks Night" ( local Christmas Pagent) Well if you take a cab and dont expect to find a resto that will be able to seat you as all the locals are there before you I wil Highly reccomend the event ( even a snow park for the kiddies ) for a Family outing if you are here that day..

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                k
                krb Dec 8, 2007 09:21 AM

                Thank you. Do you know what night this is? I'll be there this coming Friday.

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                  k
                  krb Dec 8, 2007 09:30 AM

                  We'll be 8 people. Sounds like this would be a long wait as they don't take reservations. Italian would have been great.

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                    Foodandwine Dec 8, 2007 09:58 AM

                    If you get there before 5:00 you can get on in, or place your name on the list then go take a walk. Lots to do and see in the area besides the pier..

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                  fourunder Dec 8, 2007 08:37 AM

                  Please do not miss an opportunity to visit an In-N-Out Burger for a snack or meal for a carry on. When our golf group flies out of LAX and we don't have time for a proper meal, we usually make a trip there for a quick bite. There's one just outside the entrance/exit of the airport.

                  1. susancinsf Dec 8, 2007 09:04 AM

                    My one dinner at Shula's was for business:

                    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/380729

                    but given that it is in a hotel, and not formal, I would think that Shula's would be fine for school-age kids. They have a good burger, though kids with small appetites might want to share one, and a chocolate lava cake. Not cheap, though not outrageous, and of course you won't need a cab. I thought the food was reasonably chow-worthy and would go back. I wouldn't necessarily call it fun, however, but then, I was there for work....

                    They have a website to help you decide; though unfortunately prices are not listed.

                    http://www.donshula.com/locations.php...

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                    Shula's 347
                    6101 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

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                    1. re: susancinsf
                      wutzizname Dec 8, 2007 09:39 AM

                      I agree, Shula's food is surprisingly good, being in an airport hotel and all. It will be fine for the kids, if not particularly fun. If you have the time and means to head someplace more interesting, like the great Manhattan beach rec above, go for it. Otherwise, Shula's will be fine.

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                        foodforus Dec 8, 2007 02:18 PM

                        the encounter is back open. i can't vouch for the cuisine since it reopened but its a real crowd pleaser view wise! http://www.encounterlax.com/encounter...

                        cheers!

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                      benoswald Dec 8, 2007 05:13 PM

                      Can't overlook Dinah's Fried Chicken!
                      http://www.dinahsrestaurant.com/

                      Dunno about transp though. It's probably a couple miles south....

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                      1. re: benoswald
                        westsidegal Dec 8, 2007 09:58 PM

                        imho, the best dishes at Dinah's have nothing to do with their famous chicken.
                        i recommend their baked German Pancake, their baked Apple Pancake, and their Chile Relleno omlette.

                        Dinah's will have EVERYTHING that most kids like to eat except pizza.
                        they are EXTREMELY kid friendly.

                      2. gadflier Dec 10, 2007 01:13 PM

                        Ayara Thai has been mentioned previously and has a varied enough menu to make it work. They aren't equipped to handle large parties without prior notice, however, so call first.

                        http://www.ayarathaicuisine.com/menu/

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                          k
                          krb Jan 4, 2008 08:59 AM

                          I wanted to thank you all for your suggestions. We ended up staying at the hotel and eating at Shula's which turned out to be a good idea since our guests were over an hour late due to traffic. They had plenty of choices for the kids and the room was noisy enough that I did not worry about bothering other diners and the servers were attentive. Kids were a little bored, but they survived. I ordered the grilled steak and vegetable salad. Meat was great but the vegetables were so refrigerator cold that the contrast was jarring. Other entrees were enjoyed by my folks and the guests.

                          1. re: krb
                            susancinsf Jan 4, 2008 10:43 AM

                            thanks for the report back, good to know it works with kids...

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