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
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.
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.
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
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.