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Mar 15, 2008 01:18 AM

Theme Restaurants

OK, I've got a gun in my back. My wife is insisting that we take the kid to a theme restaurant for his ninth birthday. Is there anything that is less horrible than the rest? Apologizing in advance. If the management wants to throw this posting off the site, I'll understand.

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  1. Hard Rock's food won't kill you. And the rock & roll artifacts are neat if your kid likes old people music.

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    1. re: small h

      How is Buddokan? I know it's not a theme restaurant, but a sort of "experience" restaurant, that maybe will satisfy my wife.

      1. re: small h

        The food is pretty awful there, but the artifacts really are fantastic. Probably some of the best ones in the Hard Rock collection. And they play good rock music while you eat. So if you have to go to a theme restaurant, it does have its plus points.

        1. re: BW212

          I would go to Buddakhan over ninja any day. I have never eaten there, but I think they would have to pay me to eat there after Bruni's review a couple years ago. The food at Buddkhan is not the best thing I have ever eaten, but it is definitely good.

      2. How about Ninja? I haven't been, but I have heard the food is good.

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        1. I vote for Ninja. It's silly, entertaining, and the food is surprisingly tolerable for a ninja castle, particularly their crispy pork dish. We actually had a ball when we went with a big group - a lot of alcohol consumption had taken place before of course - but our waiter hammed it up and there were ninjas swooping down from the ceiling to scare the bejeezus out of us and my inner fourth grader really appreciated all the dry ice effects with the food presentation.

          1. OK, so the food isn't the greatest at the theme places, but it's only one meal, and your son will love it, so isn't that the point? I would say it should depend upon him. If he is into sports, I would go to ESPN Zone or Mickey Mantle's. If he is into music, then Hard Rock. Is Jeckle and Hyde still open? That used to be a popular one. I am sure you could suffer through a burger and fries to make his day.

            1. Whatever you do, avoid Mars2112, the kid will love it because it has an arcade and rides and people in costume, but truthfully, you'll die inside.

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              1. re: hungry_fox

                Like I said, this is about the kid. Not that I think you should necessarily take your kid to a place with an arcarde though.

                1. re: robinsilver

                  I know this is about the kid, but you can still keep your sanity at most theme restaurants, for example Jekyll and Hyde, not terrible and the food is decent. I'm just saying that for your sake, there are plenty of theme restaurants to try, just avoid mars 2112 at all costs.

                  1. re: hungry_fox

                    I would second Jekyll and Hyde, but the one downtown, not the other one. It is less crazed with tourists downtown and the food isn't awful. you might actuall have fun, especially if you have to use the bathroom...