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Jul 8, 2008 02:02 PM

trendy but not too expensive

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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  1. 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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    1. re: New Trial

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

      1. re: hrhboo

        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.

        1. re: westsidegal

          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.

          1. re: hrhboo

            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.

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

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      1. re: TailbackU

        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.

        1. re: queen jord

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

      2. 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.

        1. 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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          1. re: TracyS

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

            1. re: nosh

              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.

            2. re: TracyS

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

            3. 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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              1. re: mollyomormon

                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.

                1. re: mollyomormon

                  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.