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Alternatives to Mel's in Hollywood?

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Hi 'Hounds --

My 11 year old's birthday party consists of seeing Prince Caspian at the El Capitan at 4 PM and then dinner somewhere funky and fun in the area. Mel's is the obvious choice for her age group, but she is hesitant because a friend already had her party there a couple months ago.

I suggested Lucky Devils, but that was nixed. Fabioulus is probably too adult, though she has eaten there and enjoyed it.

Any other fun eateries in the area? Obviously, quality of food is not the sole criterion, but the food must be edible and not too outre. For example, if there were a Friscos nearby that would probably be perfect. I'm not sure what the options are in the Hollywood/Highland complex these days, so those suggestions would be fine too.

Thanks for any and all suggestions!

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    1. re: SauceSupreme

      Good question...I forgot to include that info...approximately 12 (of which 2 are adults).

      1. re: ipsedixit

        Carney's is a great idea.

        Another idea is Big Mamas and Big Papas on Hollywood, one block east of Normandie. You can get a 36" pizza and bunch of drinks.

        Or Musso & Frank. Call ahead. They'll probably put you in the back corner of the larger room (so it will still be more of a party than scattered around at a bunch of different booths).

        Or, solely for geographic convenience, CPK in Hollywood and Highland was a good idea.

        If you want to extend the fun, book a bowling party at Lucky Strike on Highland. 2 hours of bowling+shoe rental+unlimited soft drinks+cheese pizza for $25 per kid.

      2. my nieces always want burgers & fries (sigh); If memory serves, there's a Johnny Rockets across the street at Hollywood & Highland along with various other eateries

        1. Not sure what night we're talking about here, but what about Pig and Whistle on Hollywood Blvd.? The time is still early, so it would be kid-friendly enough while being kind to the adults and it won't break the bank. It's close enought to walk and yummy.

          1. 25 Degrees -- the hip burger joint at the Hollywood Roosevelt -- has the funky-and-fun thing going. Call then first and see if they take reservations ... the size of your group might strain their resources service-wise, and it's not as cheap as, say, Johnny Rockets (which I hate, but I guess it's kid-friendly).

            There's a CPK in the Hollywood & Highland, or else I second the Pig & Whistle rec. Frisco's isn't exactly convenient to downtown Hollywood.

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            1. re: maxzook

              i was going to recommend 25 degrees as well. good choice for the age bracket.

              don't know how sophisticated her and or her friend's palates are, or if you feel it's too dangerous, but Koji's Shabu Shabu could be really fun for them. they also have precooked dishes for the kids who don't want to do shabu shabu or don't like sushi.

              Might the kids find Roscoe's fun?