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Help on Melrose

I am taking my youngest son (14) to Melrose on Saturday(12/27) for clothes shopping and bonding time (we live in Covina) - then to Hollywood to spend the night with a cousin who lives behind the Capital building - I have got the Saturday night and Sunday morning (Farmers Market) planned out but I need somewhere to make me ( 40 something with five kids) look cool for lunch on Melrose in the shopping district. We are taking trains and buses so driving is not an option - don't care what type of cuisine just as long as it can make a jaded 14 year old is impressed when he walks in - thanks in advance

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  1. Comme Ca would probably fit the bill.

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    1. re: baloney

      14 yr old into French food? Really?

      I don't have kids, I've been out of the loop, but isn't that a bit over the top? Are teenagers foodies these days?

    2. I think Comme Ca might be a bit much for even the most sophisticated 14 year old. But 8 oz., which is much closer by foot to the shopping area, is probably more teen-friendly.

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      1. re: Chowpatty

        Agree that 8 oz. is a good choice.

        I'll also throw out BLD, Village Idiot, and Pizzeria Mozza.

      2. Antonio's Mexican ought to make even the squarest 'rent look (somewhat) cool to a 14 year-old. There are often a bunch of rockers and hispters hanging out on weekends and the food is good. http://www.antoniosonmelrose.com/

        Way on the other end of the health-o-meter but similarly cool and with excellent, inventive healthy fare and a stunning looking crwod is M Cafe de Chaya.
        http://losangeles.metromix.com/restau...

        1. Hmmm... Melrose near the shopping district? I've got nothing really. It's a culinary blindspot. My usual places are M Cafe de Chaya (is he vegetarian? He'll love this place, and it's next to Pinkberry. Celebrity sightings are common) There's Hot Wings Cafe a few blocks down, great place for teens but very casual.

          I hear great things about California Chicken Cafe.

          How about Pink's Hot Dogs off La Brea? That's famous, a teenager would get a kick out of eating there.

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          Pink's
          709 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

          M Cafe De Chaya
          7119 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

          California Chicken Cafe
          6805 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

          1. I second Pink's. But if the line is too long try taking your son to Mao's Kitchen. Pretty accessible mid-priced chinese fare and a teenager might get a kick out of the worker's paradise decor.