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Looking For One of a Kind, Fun, Nutty-Campy Restaurant Experience

I have a friend who I owe a dinner to and I want to give him the nuttiest, campiest restaurant in the general area. Does anyone know of a fun, weird, one of a kind, non-touristy, restaurant. It can be a bit outside of Los Angeles, but not too far. Any kind of ethnic welcome. Nothing high class necessarily. We're not looking for a great restaurant, just something different. Decent-to-terrific food. But something unforgettable. And fun.

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  1. Clifton's in downtown.

    1. Bring a picnic to the Hollywood Bowl's Sound of Music Sing-A-Long. So much camp, so little time

      1. Frisco's http://www.friscos.com

        Dar Maghreb or Mouns-of-Tunis

        That place where you eat in the dark... perhaps another hound recalls the name....

        Or, do that Friday night horseback ride from Hollywood to Burbank and back that stops for dinner at a Mexican place in the valley

        Or, take him on a hot dog crawl or bbq crawl or whatever crawl

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        1. re: Emme

          Opaque – Dining in the Dark

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          Opaque - dining in the dark at V- Lounge
          2020 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403

          1. re: dockhl

            oddly, the reviews seem to indicate the food at opaque isn't all that great. Which I guess the OP said was ok. But if I eat food I can't see, I wanna tasty meal.

            Plus, if we "eat with our eyes" as well as our stomach, just how much do we lose not seeing the dish.

            Perhaps, cutting through the bunk, dining in the dark is all about saving the chefs from making the effort in proper plating? :)

        2. The Bahooka Room, say hello to Rufus for me.

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          Bahooka Ribs & Grog
          4501 Rosemead Blvd, Rosemead, CA 91770

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          1. re: Burger Boy

            Wow, looking at the list that is growing makes me realize that I actually like kitsch’y / camp’y places. I second the Bahooka because once you enter the front door you are thousands of miles away from L.A. and feel almost stranded on an island. Ribs can be good or the shrimp. I would stay away from the fish. The drinks can be real fun. This place is like a movie set for “South Pacific,” or maybe “McHale's Navy.”

            Check out the pics of the Bahooka.
            http://www.geocities.com/bahookaresta...

            For much better food I would go to the North Woods Inn. Very good menu, reasonable prices and a very North Woods log cabin ambiance. Walking through the front door of this place you almost want to scan the place for Seargent Preston of the Yukon.
            http://www.clearmansrestaurants.com/n...

            Emme mentioned Frisco’s and that place is perfect for a burger and rings. The Dar Maghreb rec is also very good but much more money. However, go for dinner on a clear night when the stars are bright, then close your eyes as the front door begins to open and after you enter look up to the stars again. Same starts but you are now many thousands of miles away and the food is very good. Skip having lunch the day you go because dinner here comes in large servings and you will want to eat it all – with your fingers.

            http://www.darmaghrebrestaurant.com/c...

          2. http://www.delve-sushibar.com/Busines... or maybe Palms Thai in Hollywood Thai town for "Elvis"?

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            1. re: Servorg

              I second Tokyo Delve. A lot of fun.

              1. re: designjb

                I'll "third" Tokyo Delves. Been a while since I've been in, but this is like no other sushi bar. A couple of games of "Lucky Lamps" and the whole restaurant dancing on the chairs (in spite of the "no dancing" signs) and you'll see what we're talking about. And this goes way back, but I sure do miss the Sake Cocktail guy!