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birthday dinner Sunday night for ChowPup WLA or Santa Monica

ZoeZ May 15, 2009 10:12 AM

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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    josephnl May 15, 2009 10:43 AM

    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.

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      jkao1817 May 15, 2009 12:28 PM

      How about Jiraffe?

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        HappyYummyDay May 15, 2009 01:09 PM

        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

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          Nicole May 15, 2009 04:11 PM

          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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            josephnl May 15, 2009 04:14 PM

            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!

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            annabana May 15, 2009 05:32 PM

            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.

            1. westsidegal May 15, 2009 05:35 PM

              how old is the chowpup please?

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                NAspy May 15, 2009 05:39 PM

                My daughter just turned 12 and her birthday choice was Wilshire. My other daughter is 8 and she likes K-Zo in Culver City (not Sushi Zo). They both like Pann's also.

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                  westsidegal May 15, 2009 05:45 PM

                  i asked the question of the OP, ZoeZ. i presume that you are not the spouse of ZoeZ??? trying to get a handle on what age we're talking about here. . . .

                  nevertheless, it's nice to know the age and preferences of your daughters.

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                    NAspy May 16, 2009 08:37 AM

                    Right and I didn't respond to your post -- I was also responding to the OP and just providing an age example for comparison purposes.

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                      westsidegal May 16, 2009 10:14 AM

                      thanks for clarifying

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