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May 15, 2009 10:12 AM

birthday dinner Sunday night for ChowPup WLA or Santa Monica

Chowpup's birthday on Sunday needs a special celebration; want to stay in West LA or Santa Monica. Suggestions please and has anyone been to Annisette recently?

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  1. Although Anisette is fine for a coffee and croissant for breakfast, or some shellfish or a croque for lunch, I do not think it is really appropriate for a special celebration birthday dinner. The food is ok, but the seating is very uncomfortable and the service variable.

    If you are up to spending a few bucks, Josie in Santa Monica is an excellent restaurant, and it is open on Sundays. Also excellent in Santa Monica, and I think open on Sundays are JiRaffe, and La Botte.

      1. Casual joint for a pup's big day - How about The Counter @ Ocean Park Blvd?

        2901 Ocean Park Blvd Ste 102, Santa Monica, CA 90405

        1. I'm not really sure what you are looking for, but I wouldn't bring a child to Josie or Jiraffe, especially not Josie, although I enjoy them both among adults. Anisette is more casual and could work, but it doesn't really scream kid's birthday either.

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          1. re: Nicole

            It all depends on the age and behavior of the child. I know some 7 or 8 year olds who would love these restaurants and would fit in perfectly. On the other hand, there are some who would be out of place at McDonalds!

          2. It's been a while since I have visited Chinois on Main in Santa Monica, but when we lived in SM my kids loved it for special occassions (so did my husband and I.) I even took a former first lady to Chinois for dinner and while she raved about the food, I think she was even more impressed when Mr. and Mrs. Tom Hanks and Mr. and Mrs. Steven Spielberg were seated at the next table. I hope its still as good, because I really loved the food. There is also the beach side resto at the hotel Shutters but it was a little stuffy.