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trendy but not too expensive

julia728 Jul 8, 2008 02:02 PM

Hi All,

I am looking for a restaurant between Santa Monica and Beverly Hills that is sort of LA and would be good for two teenage girls. Not too expensive. It doesn't have to be brand new or overly trendy but kind of LA, if you know what I mean. I don't think they like sushi though.. any thoughts??

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    New Trial RE: julia728 Jul 8, 2008 02:27 PM

    Violet or Nook come to mind, with Violet probably having more of the vibe they would want.

    Nook Bistro
    11628 Santa Monica Blvd Ste 9, Los Angeles, CA 90025

    3221 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405

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      hrhboo RE: New Trial Jul 8, 2008 02:37 PM

      Those were my exact recs! Strongly second both of them.

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        westsidegal RE: hrhboo Jul 9, 2008 06:37 AM

        disagree with the recommendation of the nook for teenagers.
        whatever one thinks of their food, the scene definitely does NOT have a young 'with-it' vibe.

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          hrhboo RE: westsidegal Jul 9, 2008 10:13 AM

          I'm young and "with-it" and I eat there, as do my young "with-it" friends. I'm no teenager but the vibe isn't stuffy at all.

          Wilshire is a great option too, probably a much better suggestion than Nook.

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            wilafur RE: hrhboo Jul 9, 2008 10:49 AM

            i'll have to agree with westsidegal....nook and wilshire both are not hip for teenagers. maybe for the mid 20's through 40's crowd...but not teens.

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      TailbackU RE: julia728 Jul 8, 2008 02:52 PM

      is good food a requirement? If not, Ketchup might be a good option.

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        queen jord RE: TailbackU Jul 8, 2008 03:33 PM

        i took two teenager to ketchup... even they thought it was disgusting. please spare the girls!

        sushi roku on ocean came to mind.. not my favorite for sushi but definitely a hollywood scee, as i've seen celebrities there a few times. they have options that aren't sushi on the menu as well.

        i've also seen celebs at Bandera on Wilshire and Barrington - i know it's a chain but i do enjoy their food, and if you take the girls on a thursday, friday, or saturday night, it's definitely a scene.

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          Schweinhaxen RE: queen jord Jul 9, 2008 10:32 AM

          Bandera is a COUGAR den, and not suited for with "it" teenagers......

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        JE33 RE: julia728 Jul 8, 2008 03:18 PM

        How about the patio at the World Cafe on Main St. in Santa Monica? Or else Border Grill?

        Ford's Filling Station in Culver City would be great. I even like the food at Bottlerock (although it more of a beer-wine drinking place). Whoever recommended Ketchup is on the right track. Maybe the place on Ocean Ave (Makai?) although i have only had drinks there...

        I find the Nook pretty sleepy. The food is great, to be sure. Violet is much of the same. And neither one of them is an a neighborhood that is remotely going to help you out if things get slow (as opposed to, say, World Cafe or Border Grill).

        Obviously I have not met these teenagers, so discount my opinion appropriately. But I'm pretty confident that my standards for trendiness and vibe are far lower than theirs.

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          TracyS RE: julia728 Jul 8, 2008 04:08 PM

          The beach hotel restaurants come to mind for me: The Penthouse at the Huntley, Whist at the Viceroy, Ocean and Vine at the Loews, Nine Thirty at the W (Westwood not the beach). Rooftop patio or poolside dining is very trendy and I think would appeal to teenage girls.

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            nosh RE: TracyS Jul 8, 2008 06:45 PM

            C'mon, OP specified "not too expensive" and even highlighted that in the title. None of these beach hotel restaurants would remotely qualify.

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              TracyS RE: nosh Jul 10, 2008 12:58 PM

              Just throwing out ideas since a specific price range was not specified. Depending how they order, they could still get a very reasonably priced meal for the atmosphere.

              For example, Whist's Taste of Tuesday for $5 small plates and cocktails.

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              westsidegal RE: TracyS Jul 9, 2008 06:39 AM

              Ocean and Vine is DEFINITELY more expensive than what the op was searching for.

            3. mollyomormon RE: julia728 Jul 8, 2008 09:30 PM

              For lunch spots, Urth Cafe, Newsroom Cafe (directly across from the Ivy but lots cheaper), or the cafe at Fred Segal.

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                Emme RE: mollyomormon Jul 9, 2008 12:40 AM

                agree w/ all of these... fred segal on melrose or 5th st. urth cafe on melrose. and newsroom def has potential for across the street celeb spotting.

                in beverly hills, Xi'an is kind of a trendy Americanized Chinese restaurant where power meals tend to take place.

                don't know about Barney Greengrass being too expensive, but it has a cool vibe.

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                  LAcupcake RE: mollyomormon Jul 9, 2008 10:36 AM

                  Those are all excellent suggestions for teenage girls. The scene is what you're looking for, the food will be good enough for you as a CH but straighforward enough for teenagers and the price points are well within your range.

                2. ipsedixit RE: julia728 Jul 8, 2008 09:45 PM

                  How about Hungry Cat?

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                    Wolfgang RE: ipsedixit Jul 9, 2008 09:52 AM

                    You can eat pretty well for not a ton of money using the bar menu at the Wilshire in Santa Monica. I think they allow under 21 year olds in the bar area, but I would call them in advance.
                    I think you can also get away without spending a fortune at Robata Bar in SM.

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                    foodiemahoodie RE: julia728 Jul 10, 2008 01:20 PM

                    Katsuya is exactly what you're looking for. Not cheap, but you're talking trendy teenage girls - and they don't eat a lot.

                    It skews pretty young - a lot of UCLA. And a smatter of young. I'm talking in the evening, lunch is a more mature crowd.

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                      hrhboo RE: foodiemahoodie Jul 10, 2008 01:37 PM

                      Julia mentioned that she doesn't think the girls like sushi.

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