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Jun 16, 2008 12:48 PM

Restaurants (and dessert) for my birthday!

So my birthday is on Thursday (June 19), and since I get the day off work, my fiance and I are going to apply for a marriage license. My only request on my birthday is to eat out for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and I would like lemon meringue pie for dessert. Can anyone help?

Breakfast will be in or near Montrose (or La Crescenta). If there are no new suggestions, I'll go with my stand-by, Rocky Cola Cafe, because it's close and I know what I like.

The 3 closest county clerk's offices are: 12400 Imperial Highway, Norwalk; 4716 E. Cesar E. Chavez Ave., Los Angeles; 14340 West Sylvan Street, Van Nuys. We'll go to any of these once we decide on lunch. Anything within walking distance? If not, I'll go for easy driving distance (with equally easy parking!)

Dinner can be either close to home, or we'll go as far as Glendale or Pasadena. I really want a place that serves a good lemon meringue pie by the slice, as my fiance doesn't like it, and I don't want to buy a whole one for myself.

I'd rather not go somewhere fancy. Entrees should be between $5-$20. No sushi places, please, or other Asian cuisine. A good burger place, or Mexican restaurant, steak house, whatever. Thanks for your help in advance.

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  1. Easy Driving Distnace to Van Nuys is Sherman Oaks, Studio City, and Van Nuys;

    El Katracho is hole in the wall fabulous Honduran in Van Nuys on Burbank Blvd.

    Close to that is Pico Pica Rico on Riverside-small mexican counter place.

    4 and 20 on Van Nuys, outh of the courthouse has amazing pies Call and see if they Lemon Meringue

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    1. re: Diana

      I'm afraid I must disagree with Diana . . . ask for the Chocolate Cream. I'm just sayin'.

      1. re: Steve2 in LA

        the OP WANTED Lemon Meringue, Steve.

        Also close is Hugo's on Riverside in Studio City, Henry's Taco's on Tujunga, Caoti Cafe, Aroma Cafe (all on Tujunga), Il Tiramisu on Ventura, IN and Out (eh), Billy's Grill (YEAH! great burgers! Try the buffalo or ostrich), Leaf Cuisine (raw and such), Oliva, Nat's Early Bite and more.

    2. If the county clerk's office on Cesar Chavez Ave. is close to Olvera Street and Chinatown, why not go there? Parking can be expensive, however, on Olvera Street. I've always been lucky and found street parking in Chinatown. Pine Tree Inn and Yang Chow are good, and I know others can recommend a good dim sum place.

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      1. re: brandygirl

        Thanks for the suggestion. But the only Chinese food my fiance will eat is chicken fried rice, and we have it a lot.

      2. For breakfast in Montrose have the french toast at the Black Cow - just a few stores down from Rocky Cola.

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        1. re: LMelba

          I second Black Cow. Their eggs Florentine which is served on a croissant rather than an English muffin is my current favorite. Their coffee is pretty good too! Also, Frank's Famous on Verdugo just about a 1/2 mile south is good if not a bit unorthodox for breakfast because it is a bit small but cute for a place in a strip mall.

          1. re: Fru

            Ooh, I didn't know Black Cow was open for breakfast. I haven't been there (only Star Cafe, but aren't they run by the same guy?), but my fiance has, and all you have to do is say "french toast" and he's all over it. That would be a good alternative. Thanks!

        2. On a non-food topic, I hope you've planned for the expected long lines at the clerk's offices this week:

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          1. re: maxzook

            Oh I know! But I have one month (and one day) till my wedding, and not a single other day off available when they are also open. (Gotta save my time off for the honeymoon.) We're going to go earlier in the day, enjoy a lovely lunch, and hopefully it won't take TOO long.

            1. re: ayme

              From today's L.A. Times, it seems to be coming off very well. I think it's rather a fine time for anyone to be getting married. Congratulations!