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ISO Birthday Lunch for Fussy Mom

djquinnc Feb 8, 2008 05:51 AM

Mom does like nice things, but sees an expensive menu and flips out. I think she still eats a fried egg or grilled cheese sandwich every day as her main staple. She pretty much hates all meat EXCEPT pork, believe it or not - loves bacon, ham, pork chops. And here am I, her son - the foodie. Within these parameters, do any of you have any suggestions on where I can take her to lunch for her 58th b-day? She lives in Van Nuys/Valley Glen and I live in West Hollywood. Thanks!

  1. J.L. Feb 8, 2008 03:54 PM

    Hmmm... intriguing... Pork AND inexpensive... How 'bout taking Mom out to try a bowl of Japanese ramen? The broth is all porkalicious! And it won't break the bank.

    Santouka (Centinela, in West LA)
    Chabuya (Sawtelle)
    Daikokuya (Little Tokyo)

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      Diana Feb 8, 2008 07:13 AM

      Your mom sounds like a Southern Gal! Is she?

      In Sherman Oaks, she might like:
      Cafe Bizou
      cafe Cordiale
      Marmalade Cafe
      Boneyard bistro (GOOOD BBQ pork-is it open for lunch? take her to dinner!)
      Il Tiramisu
      LA Frite
      Bistro Garden
      ca Del Sole (hide the menu!)
      Aroma Cafe in Tujunga

      In West Hollywood
      Angeli caffe

      In the area near there
      Comme Ca
      The Foundry

      Heck, take her to Grace if you can, the Pork there is supposed to be good.

      I love the Valley in, but it is sorta stuck in a steak house time-warp. But I love it for that.

      1. sharkgirl88 Feb 8, 2008 06:42 AM

        The Valley Inn?

        I've been there once and I remember the pork chops to be good. By the way, your mom has good taste -- I could eat chops everyday (if i could!)

        I hope she has a great birthday :)

        The Valley Inn
        4557 Sherman Oaks Ave
        Sherman Oaks, CA 91403-3011
        Phone: (818) 784-1163

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        1. re: sharkgirl88
          Fru Feb 8, 2008 07:51 AM

          How long ago were you at the Valley Inn? It was a mainstay in the Valley forever but several years ago it changed hands and not for the better. Maybe it was just my experience. Based on $$ I would highly recommend Cafe Bizou. I love Bistro Garden as well for atmosphere but you should check out the menu $$ first. I haven't been in years but Rive Gauche had a very nice garden atmosphere. La Frite in Woodland Hills might be an options too.

          1. re: Fru
            Servorg Feb 8, 2008 09:40 AM

            We tried the Valley Inn not too long ago out of nostalgia on my part. Suffice it to say, I am now completely over my nostalgia and will not make that mistake again.

            I think your Bistro Garden recommendation is a good one. Rive Gauche also is a very nice setting with acceptable food.

        2. Debbie W Feb 8, 2008 06:04 AM

          How about Ca' del Sole in North Hollywood/Univ. City? If her birthday is coming up shortly, the weather is projected to be very nice for the next several days and their garden is a lovely spot for al fresco dining. I'm thinking there would be pastas to your mom's liking, some with pork products, and enough variety for you to eat well too. Plus, it's not overly expensive.

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