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Trendy, Hollywoodish, reasonable place for visiting 13 year old from KY

My cousin is bringing her Hollywood obsessed daughter to visit from Kentucky in two weeks. I've been tasked with coming up with a restaurant that (a) is kind of trendy, (b) won't cause my relatives to pass out from the prices (maybe $25 entrees tops), (c) isn't too strange for them (my mom vetoed my dad's choice of Korean bbq), (d) has somewhat decent food and (e) will accept a reservation for 11-13 people on 2 weeks notice. Easy, right? So far, I've come up with Cobras & Matadors in Los Feliz. Any help would be appreciated.

Oh, and I've already scored tickets to a taping to a Disney show, so star sighting is not a requirement.


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  1. Every 13 year old loves burgers, right? I'd suggest 25 Degrees for the a la carte, customized burgers. Not too "weird" for the parents, and it's across the street from the Hollywood & Highland complex for the tourist appeal

    The smallish room has banquette seating and it might be tough to secure a reservation for a dozen people. Call and ask.

    Gourmet burgers with lots of options in bun, patty, cheese, sauce, and other toppings. A burger, shake and fries will cost you $25. Luckily, you can share an order of fries or oninon rings, so the damage won't be as heavy. I thought the food here was pretty good, albeit a touch pricy for a burger.

    1. You could try Lucky Devil's, Hungry Cat, Musso and Franks (kinda old school for a kid), the counter, a yogurt from Pinkberry, Moun of Tunis, Somewhere in the Brentwood Mart for pastries, Canter's Deli, Abe's Deli, Toast, Milk, Anglei Caffe, and more

      Frankly, not to bne rude, but they may do well with good old Planet Hollywood, from the sounds of it.

      Angeli is nice. Not expensive, itlaian, good with kids of all ages, trendy looking (not so new, so not in the "limelight".)

      Frankly, the new Palate in Glendale is popular, would they do big reservations?

      Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks has BBQ and a coolness factor-myabe not for a 13 year old, though.

      Maybe Ford's Filling Station? Might be too $$$

      1. newsroom cafe on robertson might be worth a try.

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        1. re: hughman

          Yea, i agree with Newsroom Care. Reasonably priced....reasonably healthy. And often a celeb or two, which would be fun for the visitor.

        2. Citizen Smith in Hollywood has a great big table that could probably seat that many people and should fit your price range. Also, think that the 25 Degrees suggestion is a good one if they can accomodate your group.

          1. What about one of the restaurants at the Grove (but not Cheesecake Factory!)? Great people watching, star potential (even if you don't require it), packs of hip LA teenagers on the prowl would be interesting to the 13 year old, not too sophisticated or off-beat, high energy, and provides some opportunities for walking around after dinner. (Save on dessert and go for Bennet's ice cream at Farmer's Market afterwards)

            1. I vowed never to return, but they may have a fun Hollywood experience at Ketchup. It's in a good location, and if the 13 year old watches "The Hills," I think that she would have a good time here. It is really loud though.

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              1. re: jenngen

                Ketchup is one option.

                I think for scene and better food Dolce might be an option.. In a similar vein would also be Social and Ritual.

              2. out of the box a bit - consider a breakfast at the bel-air hotel - it will be around $25 a head, you check them out in advance. As well, the tea at the bel-air might be glamorous enough.

                And consider taking your cousin ALONE (11 people? yikes) for a coke or soft drink dressed up in the bar area of the polo lounge.

                this is old hollywood (older - that is). but there might be celebrity spotting at the sunset 5, at amoeba, at malibu's granita. at that restaurant in paradise cove that i can't remember the name of right now...

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                1. re: Jerome

                  Granita's been closed for about three years. And as lovely as the Bel Air Hotel is, I'm not sure dining with Nancy Reagan would impress a thirteen year old.
                  Paradise Cove has an older crowd as well.

                  1. re: perk

                    take her to Koi or Beso.

                    part of the idea is giving the girl a sense of being grown up and a little glamour. I don't think she's going clubbing.

                2. Thanks for the suggestions everyone. I'd blocked Ketchup from my memory after my dress stuck to the table the last time I was there, but she would LOVE it. I've got to see if my parents would be willing to accomodate her enought to eat there. If not, I'll try one of the other suggestions and maybe I'll take her there for lunch.

                  1. None of these will fit your size req's, but for fun things for your cousin & her daughter...

                    Urth Caffe! My teens love it. Also good celeb spotting at Fred Segal's cafe. Doughboys & Toast are fun & I'm spacing on the name of that breakfast place on... I want to say Melrose, up from Gelson's, where all the celebs hang out... someone help out an OC girl?

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                    1. re: torta basilica

                      Yes, I was also thinking about Urth as a place she'd like--especially the one on Melrose, where's there's a reasonable chance of seeing someone she'd recognize, or at least someone who looks like and/or is as good looking as someone she'd recognize. (Got that? Actually, we saw a couple of apparent paparazzi outside Urth in Santa Monica last weekend so I guess the celebs must show up there sometimes too.)

                      1. Try some place on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood. Cheaper options include 24/7 at the Standard or Ketchup (which several people have already mentioned). If you want more upscale but not obscenely expensive, try Asia de Cuba in the Mondrian. All of these places have a very strong Hollywood vibe.

                        If you're staying near the beach, try the penthouse restaurant in the Huntley in Santa Monica.

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                        1. re: houndofmusic

                          The Penthouse in Santa Monica would definately be a "wow!" moment, but it's pricey, so go for drinks.

                          1. re: gsw

                            sorry but i wouldn't take a 13 year old for drinks at the penthouse. the views spectacular, but i don't think the trendy hollywood factor is really there, nor will she be able to drink... or even be allowed in the bar... i'd stay hollywood/weho side for this request.

                        2. Uwink at Hollywood and Highland seems like it would be great for a 13 year old girl from Kentucky, but I don't know about the rest of the group...