HOME > Chowhound > Los Angeles Area >
What's your latest food quest? Share your adventure

Seeking delectable (& organic) special dinner

susiequeue Mar 16, 2009 02:27 PM


My son is turning 18 next week. Being MY son (!!) he has excellent taste in food -- a refined palate, i think one might call it -- making his adoring mother occasionally broke albeit proud. Nevertheless, for his BD, I want to get him a gift certificate for a good restaurant (don't worry about the Mom-being-broke part!) .

Now here's the catch --the love of is life (who isn't his mother, of course, but a cool, comely 17 year old) has food allergies (no peanuts/ peanut oil, therefore no asian food and more) plus she's ethical (!!) In other words, she likes organic. No chilean sea bass, foie gras or veal for her! (Some of MY favorites..!) For Xmas, I got them a gift certificate to the Inn of the 7th Ray and that was a major hit (yay!)

While we live in Burbank/ La Crescenta, my son will drive (within reason. Not IE or OC, I suppose, but LA, Santa Monica, Hollywood, etc -- all okay).

Any great ideas out there? They're into "romantic" (ahhh, but at that age, who isn't?) ;)

Thanks -- I appreciate your help!

  1. n
    NumeroUnoEat Mar 16, 2009 11:26 PM

    AKASHA restaurant in Culver City is perfect for your needs
    and has very eco-friendly design also.

    4 Replies
    1. re: NumeroUnoEat
      susiequeue Mar 17, 2009 01:53 PM

      I looked up Akasha (as I didn't know it) -- is it pretty? The menu looks like them....!

      1. re: susiequeue
        Phurstluv Mar 17, 2009 04:02 PM

        I wouldn't call it pretty - I thought it was a little industrial - maybe I'm thinking of Beacon St. instead.

        Anyway, it was recommended b/c of the date's limitations - not for it's romantic atmosphere. And I have heard there's some attitude there too, for those not totally blown away by the pc menu.

        1. re: Phurstluv
          susiequeue Mar 17, 2009 05:16 PM

          Dang, Phurstlove! I looked at the Akasha menu and seemed like the girlfriend's "thang." But my boy is a romantic... I'd choose The Raymond if the food were better -- sorry Raymond-o-philes. I've been a Raymond-o-phile in my life and times myself. But the lat time I went, the food and srvice were not so hot. Still, it IS a beautiful spot!!

          ME, I'd like to go to Grace! That sounded wonderful... unfortunately I fear too "exotic" for the girlfriend who is so picky. No wild boar or olives (even). She's organic, but limited! (A very cool person, though! I don't mean to make her sound bad in any way!)

          I'm thinking of giving them a $100 gift cert, and w/ them being 17-18 yrs old, alcohol isn't (or better not be!) an issue.

          M cafe de Chaya looked a bit casual but def. what the girlfriend would like. (Am I wrong about the casual part? I did not see a 'real" dinner menu. ??)

          Palate -- I need to re-read that menu! That's another restaurant on MY must-go-to list! I remember Cinnabar, after all! We even had reservations last summer (but I got sick and we had to cancel). I would want the pork belly but I sure can't see the girlfriend partaking of the that, and the wines (which is a real plus) -- well, again they're teens....

          Not so easy, huh??!! Really a tough choice. Especially 'cause I also am seeking the "perfect look" -- pretty, like a hidden gem, loving, cozy even... And did I mention that the girlfriend wouldn't want a 'snooty' part of town? (I know -- she's picky!!) So I'm not considering Beverly Hills (not that I know of a lot of places I'd want to pick there, though).

          And finally, I must say my son is picky himself though -- he disdains long menus! (Okay, so I agree with that assessment!) I looked up "Chez Mimi" yesterday and it looked like a long menu. Any thoughts, anyone..?

          Sigh. I know I should just forget it. Oh -- and adopt Silverlaker(!!!)

          Thanks all of you!

          1. re: susiequeue
            Phurstluv Mar 17, 2009 06:00 PM

            Don't worry friend, all is not lost. If she doesn't want a chi-chi part of town, forget Grace. And I can't recommend M de Chaya, because it's just not my "thang", if you know what I mean!

            Stick with Venice or Culver City. Don't worry about romantic - they are teens, after all! If it's important for your son to impress her, go to Axe or Akasha. There are even spots like Hal's or Gjelina on Abbott Kinney that my vegan friends like & can find something to eat in, so that should satisfy her.

            Then you can take your son out and really splurge on pork belly, foie & veal, closer to home or in Beverly Hills. And what the heck is wrong with olives, anyway?!

    2. toomanypots Mar 16, 2009 11:07 PM

      Madeline's in Reseda on Ventura Blvd. Charming in its' simple decor, stunning in the creative gourmet vegan fare.

      Madeleine Bistro
      18621 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana, CA 91356

      1. Phurstluv Mar 16, 2009 04:00 PM

        I would second Palate, in your area, too. But know that M Cafe de Chaya is macrobiotic, not just organic, and your son may not find it very appealing.

        If his friend is so inclined, you may want to try Axe or Gjelina in Venice - although I hear there's major attitude at Axe. Also Akasha, in Culver City is along those lines.

        1. s
          Silverlaker Mar 16, 2009 02:36 PM

          Try Grace or Palate (glendale) -- btw, will you adopt me?

          1 Reply
          1. re: Silverlaker
            Bria Silbert Mar 16, 2009 02:44 PM

            Second the Grace suggestion and also would recommend

            M Cafe De Chaya

            7119 Melrose Ave
            Los Angeles, CA 90046
            (323) 525-0588

          Show Hidden Posts