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In Studio City on Friday Night with No Idea Where to Eat...Help!

Hi all--got a call to be in Studio City tomorrow afternoon (11000 block of Ventura Blvd). Where can I go (with a well-behaved) 6 year old for dinner? I'm open to all cuisines--just want good food! Thanks in advance for your guidance.

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  1. A 6 year old might like Amazon Bar & Grill, like a rainforest-jungle inside with a waterfall. Sparks Woodfire Grill gets good reviews. I like The Good Earth myself.

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    1. re: jackattack

      This kid is used to fine dining--we both want **great food**, so don't think of the age as a limitation :).

      I especially like classic American food (ribs, meatloaf, mac & cheese), but my "date" likes shrimp...and Shirley Temples!

      1. re: Funwithfood

        How about Max? Very nice food. Or Boneyard Bistro. They even have fried mac & cheese. And terrific ribs.

        1. re: perk

          i second Boneyard Bistro. good american food.

    2. Trattoria Mezzomondo. Really good food. Not overly fancy, and perfectly fine for a well-behaved 6 y.o.

      http://mezzomondotrattoria.com/

      If your tastes lean towards Indian, try Gangadin on Ventura Place.

      http://gangadin.biz/

      If you like Thai, then Sompun, also on Ventura Place.

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      Sompun Restaurant
      12051 Ventura Pl, Studio City, CA 91604

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      1. re: Jack Flash

        YES YES and YES! All fantastic selections, from a cuisine perspective (I can't speak of the kid factor...)

      2. If the kid is REALLY well-behaved (and can resist lots and lots and LOTS of tchotchkes), go to Daichan (11288, at Eureka). Other good places in the immediate (walkable) vicinity are Bollywood Cafe (11101, between the two ends of Arch) or Tortas Mexico (11040, across from the east end of Arch).

        The Thai place in the same plaza as Tortas Mexico changes hands every 6 months or so but is usually not bad. The Pig and Bollocks (Fox and Dogs?) across the street from that plaza has forgettable British food but it's OK if you're craving fish and chips, though Robin Hood in Van Nuys is leagues better.

        A bit further is the usual choice for AYCE sushi that's not bad (and don't worry too much about the 'rules'), Midori (11622, slightly east of Colfax).

        Finally, I have to admit to having a soft spot for City Wok (10949, at Vineland, in the Ralphs plaza) -- while it's utterly Americanised Chinese food, I just... like it. Shameful, I know, but they do a decent job with sweet-gloppy Americanised Chinese food.

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        1. re: Das Ubergeek

          Laurel Canyon & Ventura Blvd.: Daily Grill's meatloaf.

          1. re: Das Ubergeek

            Do not be ashamed that you like City Wok, cause it is Americanized Chinese Food made very well. I love City Wok and would go there over the nasty chains like Pick up Stix, PF Changs and the like.

            Affordable, made to order and delicious- don't feel bad cause it ain't "authentic"-- spread the word that its' great!

            1. re: Veggietales

              Well, no one expected me to stay out of this conversation for too long, but City Wok's food all seems to taste of cornstarch, as in pasty. No lively flavors whatsoever.
              The owner has more than one of them in the Palm Desert area, and this one just sort of runs itself, and the results are telling.
              pass!
              Better than the chains - yes, but.....

          2. Thanks for all your replies!

            The last time we were there we went to Boneyard Bistro, which was good. Tell me more about Max...

            Trattoria Mezzomondo sounds good--what to you like to order there? (I do love Indian food, but my 6 year old may not be in the mood for it...)

            What kind of food does Daichan serve? I do love a British experience--something to keep in mind! (How far away of a drive would Robin Hood be?)

            TIA :)

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            1. re: Funwithfood

              Daichan is "homestyle" Japanese food with a Hawaiian influence. Lots of small plates too. Some sushi but that's not their specialty. Many healthy options. The people are very sweet but it can be a bit slow. One of our favorites.

              Robin Hood is on Burbank Blvd. just east of Woodman. Probably a 10 minute drive from where you'll be, traffic depending. The food is way better at Robin Hood than the food at the Fox & Hounds (I think that's the name) pub near where you'll be.

              Max is upscale-ish though they are refashioning themselves as a gastropub of sorts. I actually prefer the new, somewhat less formal, vibe. Menu here: http://www.maxrestaurant.com/Home.html

              1. re: Funwithfood

                Mezzomondo has lots of good pastas, and usually a few interesting specials (meat, fish). I often get one of the specials. The carpaccio and antipasto platter are good starters.

                1. re: Jack Flash

                  Ask which of Elio's pastas are home-made that night. They usually have fantastic ravioli (I love it with "pink sauce") and lasagne and sometimes hand-cut parpadelle.

                  And if you ever go for lunch, Mezzomondo's pounded & grilled chicken fillet sandwich on foccaccia is just fantastic.

                  1. re: Maxmillion

                    I had a great meal at Trattoria Mezzomondo--the service was wonderful and the ambiance was lovely!

                2. re: Funwithfood

                  Go to Max - I was there last week - best burger (they just added to menu) I have had in a real long time

                  food is very good

                  1. re: Funwithfood

                    Daichan: Hawaiian influenced Japanese soul food. Their Fried Chicken is good. Juicy fried chicken nuggets, spaghetti-like macaroni salad, white or brown rice and a slice of watermelon. Their Spam sushi rollis yummy: Spam mitsubi.

                  2. Caioti Pizza on Tujunga near Moorpark.There's Aroma Cafe for dessert or a gelato place just south of Caioti, great for familes in general, the whole Tujunga scene.