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Mar 3, 2008 11:47 AM

Dinner near Bridge / Howard Hughes?

We're going to see an IMAX movie tomorrow night at the Bridge / Howard Hughes center at 7 pm and am wondering what our pre-movie dinner options are. I know about Kabuki but I don't think it would suit the finicky 17-year old in our group who likes mainstream fare and is not a fan of ethnic food. We may go to Islands, but wondering if there's anything else we can consider.


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  1. Not a lot of options. I've only been to the Islands there!

    Just up Sepulveda from Howard Hughes is Pann's, an old diner famous for their fried chicken.

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    1. re: LisaStitch

      practically across the street from the Bride/IMAX is dinah's, a family restaurant along the same lines as panns (even sports similar architecture).

      imho, the food at dinah's is far superior to that of panns ; this is probably because i don't eat red meat and so many of the pann's dishes that people rave about are meat based. (when i went to pann's they managed to screw up a grilled cheese sandwich.)

      that said, my carnivore friends generally like the burgers, ribs, and fried chicken at dinah's.

      when i go to dinah's, no matter what time of day it is, i usually order breakfast. the menu items that i'm stuck on are:
      the baked apple pancake
      the baked german pancake
      the thin swedish pancakes with lingonberry butter
      the chile relleno omlette.

    2. There is also a Jody Maroni's Sausage place in the same mall, not super healthy but tasty, and Rubio's for fish tacos (is this too ethnic?). The Star Chicken there has decent chicken salads, but none of these are restaurants, more like take out with seating.

      Islands is safe.

      Out of mall, there's an M&M Soul Food place on La Tijera a short drive away for fried chicken, meatloaf, etc.

      I'd also recommend Ayara further south, but if Kabuki in its Americanized glory is too ethnic, Ayara will be a different planet.

      I'd probably pass on Pann's for the chicken. They have decent dutch pancakes though.

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      1. re: mungus

        Are you sure you're not thinking of Dinah's when you mention the dutch pancake? I know there's one on the menu there, but can't recall seeing one on the menu at Pann's.

        1. re: mollyomormon

          I'm thinking of the baked apple & german pancakes at Dinah's. I said Pann's because... brain fart. But I agree w/WG that the pancakes are fine at Dinah's.

          I just don't like the fried chicken at Dinah's, which is tragic because I looooove fried chicken.

          Pann's is a different animal and probably not close enough, unless the poster happened to be coming from that direction.

      2. What part of town are you coming from?

        Truxton's is not a bad option, albeit very plain, if you are coming north. I also like the Del.

        The Del
        119 Culver Blvd, Playa del Rey, CA 90293

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        1. re: ElissaInPlaya

          Meant to Link to Truxton's.

          Marie Calendar grill in the Bridge center is better than Islands, maybe. At least, I can vouch for the pie.

          Truxton's American Bistro
          8611 Truxton Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90045

        2. Places your mainstream 17 year old might like:
          Pann's for fried chicken
          Dinah's for Chicken
          Viva Fresh, next to Dinah's, for Mexican

          A little farther out:
          Alejo's on Lincoln for Italian
          Chicago for Ribs on Lincoln
          KJ's Diner, good prime rib sandwiches, good diner food.

          Places you might like:
          Ayara Thai, best Thai on the Westside
          Pann's, great fried chicken
          Panera Bakery

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

          6521 S Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

          Ayara Thai Cuisine
          6245 W 87th St, Los Angeles, CA 90045

          8343 Lincoln Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

          Kj's Family Restaurant
          8731 Lincoln Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

          Chicago For Ribs
          8311 Lincoln Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

          Viva Fresh Mexican Grill
          6515 S Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

          Panera Bread
          8647 S Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

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          1. re: Ogawak

            Wow, thanks for your suggestions, everyone -- it turns out we'll be pressed for time and will probably have to settle for one of those take-out-ish places right next to the theater. But always good to know this stuff for future reference!

            Thanks again!

            1. re: chowmominLA

              Rubios is your best option then. Or, the cafe at the Spectrum gym, right up the street is healthier. Enjoy.